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Is Donald Trump Exaggerating His Wealth?

Donald Trump's campaign released financial documents stating Trump's net worth to be $10 billion. However, he has not filed the required Federal Election Commission disclosure that is required of all candidates. Is the Republican candidate overstating his wealth?

a full 100% of writers and pundits say yes
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Is Donald Trump Exaggerating His Wealth?  

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All the experts put it at $5 Billion. So is doubling the size of your wealth an exaggeration? Hell yeah.
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last 24 hours | bloomberg
Here's Our Tally of Donald Trump's Wealth - Bloomberg
"...The latest math on Donald Trump: $2.9 billion.An analysis by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based in part on a 92-page personal financial disclosure form made public last week, revealed a portfolio dominated by skyscrapers and golf courses. The celebrity presidential candidate says he's worth more than $10 billion.Trump has vaulted to the top of some polls in the crowded field of Republican contenders hoping to win the White House next year. His comments against illegal immigration and Senator John McCain's status as a Vietnam War hero have attracted attention and renewed the focus on his many and varied claims to the size of his own wealth...." see full article


844 days ago | gantdaily
What we know – and don't know – about Donald Trump's wealth - Gant Daily
"...But his 92-page disclosure forms released Wednesday don't actually clear up the confusion about his true wealth. It's a touchy subject that dates back at least to 2006, when Trump sued Tim O'Brien, author of TrumpNation, because O'Brien reported a much lower net worth figure for Trump than Trump himself asserted. Like, a tenth less.The suit was eventually dismissed. But O'Brien noted in a Bloomberg column that when his lawyers asked Trump how he figured his net worth, Trump said it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings. Fast forward to 2015, and The Donald has been asserting his net worth is $10 billion. Forbes and WealthX have put it at closer to $4 billion...." see full article


850 days ago | fortune
The Donald Trump Net Worth Calculator - Fortune
"...You have worth, a lot of it. The biggest discrepancy between what Trump thinks he's worth and what others say is the value of his brand. Forbes used to say it was worth $125 million, but now it might be zero, as business partners have severed their relationships with him recently, after some remarks. Trump says his personal brand is worth somewhere north of $3 billion. So figure out what you might be worth, and then add some zeros...." see full article


855 days ago | fortune
We're about to learn way more about Donald Trump's net worth - Fortune
"...Campaign laws require presidential candidates to submit details about their personal finances to the Federal Elections Commission within 30 days of officially declaring their bid for the presidency. Candidates may apply for up to two 45-day extensions on that limit.Still, the disclosure form is not likely to be as detailed as many hope. It will require Trump to give a broad value for his assets, rather than an itemized list. Thus, skepticism and curiosity over his true wealth may continue for some time...." see full article


857 days ago | forbes
Trump Exaggerating His Net Worth (By 100%) In Presidential Bid
"...Campaign exaggerations are as much a part of politics as kissing babies. In announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination this morning, Donald Trumpstarted with what Forbes believes is a whopper. He claimed his net worth was nearly $9 billion. We figure it's closer to $4 billion $4.1 billion to be exact.This discrepancy is noteworthy, since Trump's financial success he put his fortune at exactly $8,737,540,000 is core to his candidacy. I'm proud of my net worth. I've done an amazing job, said Trump at his circus-like announcement, before referencing his autobiography. We need a leader that wrote The Art of the Deal. Since 1982, Forbes has been tracking Trump's net worth in great detail. That's more than thirty years. Over those decades, we have worked both with him and outside experts who can help us come up with a fair market valuation of his assets. Every year, Trump shares a lot of information with us that helps us get to the figures we publish. But he also consistently pushes for a higher net worth especially when it comes to the value of his personal brand...." see full article


857 days ago | washingtonpost
Donald Trumps massive wealth isnt clear from his campaign filings which he probably loves

"...In light of his assertions about real estate, all of the other details he released today -- Trump getting $213 million from NBC for 14 seasons of "The Apprentice," and his $27 million in stock deals -- are peanuts. One not assumed to view his assertions generously might consider them a bit of hand-waving, a look-at-these-big-numbers move meant to be the focus of attention.The FEC form was not designed for a man of Mr. Trump's willingness to assert massive wealth. He could eliminate any questions by releasing details of the precise valuations of his property using some other mechanism. But for Trump, that "over $50 million" loophole probably feels more than comfortable enough...." see full article


857 days ago | nytimes
Donald Trump Claims His Wealth Exceeds 'TEN BILLION DOLLARS' - First Draft ... - New York Times

"...Donald J. Trump s wealth is rising with his polling numbers, if his characterization of his own net worth is to be believed.Mr. Trump issued a statement Wednesday saying that his net worth was now in excess of $10 billion, more than the $8.7 billion he said he was worth when he announced his presidential candidacy a month ago.The statement noted that Mr. Trump had filed his financial disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission, a requirement of presidential candidates, and the commission confirmed his filing. The Trump statement was full of the bombast often associated with Mr. Trump, including an all-capitalization declaration of his wealth:..." see full article


857 days ago | reason
Donald Trump is Exaggerating His Wealth by 100 Percent: Forbes - Reason (blog)
"...Donald Trump started with what Forbes believes is a whopper. He claimed his net worth was nearly $9 billion. We figure it's closer to $4 billion $4.1 billion to be exact.This discrepancy is noteworthy, since Trump's financial success he put his fortune at exactly $8,737,540,000 is core to his candidacy. "I'm proud of my net worth. I've done an amazing job," said Trump at his circus-like announcement, before referencing his autobiography. "We need a leader that wrote 'The Art of the Deal.'"..." see full article



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