And now for another round of, “How Much Is Donald Trump Worth, Anyway?”
The mogul, reality TV personality and GOP presidential candidate filed his personal financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, claiming in a press release that his net worth is “in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS.” (The all-caps are Trump’s, in case there was any doubt.)
Trump also claimed that, through 14 seasons of NBC’s “The Apprentice” — a show that he is no longer associated with, thanks to his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants — he was paid $213 million and change.
The release announcing the financial disclosure also contained a bit of perhaps-expected braggadocio, noting that the FEC report “was not designed for a man of Mr. Trump’s massive wealth.”
“For instance, they have boxes once a certain number is reached that simply state $50 million or more. Many of these boxes have been checked. As an example, if a building owned by Mr. Trump is worth $1.5 billion, the box checked is “$50,000,000 or more,” the release read.
Trump himself took the act of filing his financial disclosure statement as a big ol’ “toldya!” to naysayers.
“First people said I would never run, and I did. Then, they said, I would never file my statement of candidacy with the FEC, and I did. Next, they said I would never file my personal financial disclosure forms. I filed them early despite the fact that I am allowed two 45 days extensions,” Trump said. “Now I have surged in the polls and am fighting to Make America Great Again. I look forward to the challenge of winning the presidency and doing a fantastic job for our country. I will make the United States rich and strong and respected again, but also a country with a „big heart‟ toward the care of our people.”
As Forbes points out, when Trump announced his campaign earlier this year, he put his net worth at $8.8 billion, an amount that Forbes estimates to be twice his actual worth. But as it turns out, Trump has an explanation for the extra $1.2 billion-plus.
“Mr. Trump’s net worth has increased since the more than one year old financial statement produced at his presidential announcement,” the release read. “Real estate values in New York City, San Francisco, Miami and many other places where he owns property have gone up considerably during this period of time.”
Trump’s personal financial disclosure form is not yet available from the FEC; it may not be made public for several days, pending agency review.