Just a “quote” but worth a laugh:
“I have made myself very rich”; Bloomber puts Trump’s current net worth at $2.9bn. If Trump had just put his father’s money in a mutual fund that tracked the S&P 500 and spent his career finger-painting, then he’d have $8 bn.
- cited from Deborah Friedell, London Review of Books
Bit more detail:
‘I have made myself very rich,’ Trump says (over and over again). ‘I
would make this country very rich.’ That’s why he should be president.
He insists that he’s the ‘most successful man ever to run’, never mind
the drafters of the constitution or the supreme commander of the allied
forces. Bloomberg puts Trump’s current net worth at $2.9 billion, Forbes at $4.1 billion. The National Journal
has worked out that if Trump had just put his father’s money in a
mutual fund that tracked the S&P 500 and spent his career
finger-painting, he’d have $8 billion. Wisely, D’Antonio refrains from
offering an estimate of Trump’s net worth. When Timothy O’Brien, a New York Times journalist, suggested in Trump Nation (2005)
that Trump probably wasn’t a billionaire at all, he was sued for libel.
The case was eventually thrown out, as Trump must have known it would
be, but O’Brien’s publisher is thought to have spent much more money
defending the book than it could have made.