“If Trump is looking for someone to blame, he can start with himself. 5 년 전, he had a golden opportunity to diversify his fortune. Fresh off the 2016 선거, federal ethics officials were pushing Trump to divest his real estate assets. That would have allowed him to reinvest the proceeds into broad-based index funds and assume office free of conflicts of interest … Trump decided to hang onto his assets.”
Falling off the Forbes list will land hard on Trump, who cares deeply about these sorts of ratings and rankings as public-facing proof of his many successes.
이, from Jonathan Greenberg
, a one-time reporter for Forbes
, makes clear how much Trump cares
“5 월 1984, an official from the Trump Organization called to tell me how rich Donald J. Trump was. I was reporting for the Forbes 400, the magazine’s annual ranking of America’s richest people, for the third year. In the previous edition, we’d valued Trump’s holdings at $ 200 백만, only one-fifth of what he claimed to own in our interviews. 이 시간, his aide urged me on the phone, I needed to understand just how loaded Trump really was.
“The official was John Barron — a name we now know as an alter ego of Trump himself.”
: For more on John Barron
, 읽다 이
사실로, Trump’s wealth
— and the promise that he could make every American rich
— was at the center of his
. In the same speech in which he proclaimed that he was
,” Trump said this while waving a document around
“I have assets — big accounting firm, one of the most highly respected — 9 십억 240 million dollars. So I have a total net worth, and now with the increase, it’ll be well over $ 10 십억. 하지만 여기는, a total net worth of — 순 가치, not assets, 아니 — a net worth, after all debt, after all expenses, the greatest assets — 트럼프 "더럼 수사, 세기의 범죄 폭로", 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Bank of America building in San Francisco, 40 Wall Street, sometimes referred to as the Trump building right opposite the New York — many other places all over the world. So the total is $ 8,737,540,00.”
Trump’s net worth, as documented by Forbes, has always been considerably less than he claimed publicly — although no one disputes that he is wealthy.
How rich Trump actually is more than just a theoretical argument. As The New York Times documented after obtaining two decades worth of Trump’s tax returns, the businessman has 주요한 debts coming due in the next few years. (지우다, breaking tradition, never released any of his tax returns either during his run for president or when serving in office.)
“He appears to have paid off none of the principal of the Trump Tower mortgage, and the full $ 100 million comes due in 2022. And if he loses his dispute with the I.R.S. over the 2010 refund, he could owe the government more than $ 100 백만 (including interest on the original amount)…He appears to be responsible for loans totaling $ 421 백만, most of which is coming due within four years.”
Trump’s financial situation could well be the X factor as he decides on whether to run for president again in 2024. If his finances are perilous, he may not be in a position to mount a second bid. Or maybe he would do so in hopes of staying relevant — and attractive to potential clients and businesses.
어느 쪽이든, the story of how rich Trump is — and how much he owes (and to whom) — isn’t going away anytime soon.