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The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth

Forbes pegs the GOP president-elect's net worth at $3.7 billion—down by $800 million from last year. From depressed real estate prices to new information, a transparent, asset-by-asset breakdown of his empire

Published: Nov 9, 2016 12:27:05 PM IST
Updated: Nov 9, 2016 06:44:35 PM IST

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
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Donald Trump seems disinclined to share any tax information, despite decades of precedent among presidential candidates. A lot of Trump critics have argued that he’s afraid that it will show he’s not a billionaire. Highly doubtful. First, Trump’s income will not directly correlate with the value of his assets, the debt on them or his stake in each. Second, we’ve been scouring Trump’s fortune since the debut of The Forbes 400 in 1982. Sometimes he’s up, sometimes down—and for much of the 1990s, he was off. But his fortune is real, though by no means approaching the $10 billion that Trump continues to maintain he’s worth.

After 15 months of unprecedented focus, Forbes pegs his fortune at $3.7 billion, down $800 million from a year ago. His drop in net worth is in part due to a softening of New York City’s real estate market, particularly in retail and office, where valuations are trending down. New information was also a factor. Of the 28 assets or asset classes scrutinised by Forbes, 18 declined in value, including his trademark Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, his downtown jewel 40 Wall Street and Mar-a-Lago, his private beachfront club in Palm Beach. Seven assets rose in value—including San Francisco’s second-tallest building, 555 California Street. One held steady. There are two new assets included in his total count. One is a 4 percent stake in an affordable housing compound in Brooklyn that is listed in Trump’s Federal Election Commission filing. In his sole real estate deal this year, Trump bought a nearly 50-year-old warehouse in Charleston, South Carolina, that was in foreclosure. The warehouse had been owned by a company, Titan Atlas, in which Donald Jr had been an investor. At one point, the younger Trump (as well as other investors) had personally guaranteed a Deutsche Bank loan to the company; his dad later bought it out. As for his campaign, Trump loaned it $48 million of his own cash, which Forbes does not expect he will get back, and gave it $7 million.  

The stakes are high. For the first time since H Ross Perot Sr in 1992 and again in 1996, a member of The Forbes 400 has a shot (in this case, as a major party’s nominee, a far better one) of becoming president of the United States. On the following pages you’ll find our estimates and assumptions for all his assets. And no, as with Oprah Winfrey and Mark Cuban and all the rest, we don’t subscribe an intangible value to his “brand”. Great businessmen turn brands into profits, which then get valued. The deals that putatively could get done do not.

1. Trump Tower
(New York City)

Type: Office and retail
What Trump owns: 244,000 sq ft
Total value: $471 million
Debt: $100 million
Net value: $371 million
Change vs 2015: –$159 million
opened: 1983

This Fifth Avenue glass skyscraper signalled Trump’s arrival as a proper Manhattan mogul. But the contractor he hired in 1980 to demolish the existing Bonwit Teller department store allegedly used a small army of undocumented Polish labourers, who were paid off the books when paid at all, to work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trump spent years in court battling a ruling that he was involved in the scheme before reaching a confidential settlement in 1999. He still denies wrongdoing. Trump Tower is worth $159 million less this year due to an estimated 20 percent drop in the building’s net operating income and an estimated 8 percent decline due to overall softening in Manhattan commercial real estate. Trump lives in the tower’s three-storey penthouse, which Forbes values separately.
$371,000,000

2. 1290 Avenue of the Americas
(New York City)
Type: Office and retail 
What Trump owns: 30%
Total value: $2.31 billion
Debt: $950 million
Net value of stake: $409 million
Change vs 2015: –$62 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
In 1994, Trump’s 78-acre tract of land on New York’s Upper West Side near the Hudson River was saddled with debt. The Donald persuaded a group of Chinese investors to bail him out by purchasing the property—and its reported $250 million in liabilities—and keeping him on as a 30 percent limited partner. Twelve years later, the investors flipped the property for $1.76 billion and used the proceeds to purchase 1290 Avenue of the Americas and the Bank of America Center in San Francisco. Trump sued his partners to block the deal, claiming that the tract was worth far more than its sale price. Courts disagreed. Trump still owns 30 percent of the buildings purchased by his Chinese partners (who sold their 70 percent controlling stake to Vornado in 2007 for $1.81 billion). Says a New York broker: “The best thing that ever happened to him is he lost those lawsuits.” Like Trump Tower, his stake in this 45-storey office building has lost value ($62 million) due to Manhattan’s cooling market.
$409,000,000

3. Niketown
(New York City)

Type: Retail
What Trump owns: Ground lease through 2079
Total value: $400 million
Debt: $10 million
Net value: $390 million
Change vs 2015: –$52 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
Image: Anna Blanco

Nike’s flagship store is just around the corner from Trump Tower. Trump first got the retailer to rent the space in 1995, persuading two separate landowners to let Nike construct a single building across their adjoining parcels. (Trump doesn’t actually own the space but has the rights to lease it out until 2079.) The property—situated on prime real estate on 57th Street—generates some of the highest rents in Trump’s portfolio. But Nike is reportedly seeking to move out once its lease is up in May 2017, and Manhattan retail vacancies are on the rise, helping drive the value of this space down by $52 million since last year.
$390,000,000

4. 40 Wall Street
(New York City)

Type: Office and retail
What Trump owns: Ground lease through 2059
Total value: $501 million
Debt: $156 million
Net value: $345 million
Change vs 2015: –$28 million
Trump’s lower Manhattan gem was designed to be the world’s tallest building when construction started in 1929. It quickly lost the title to the rival Chrysler Building, which is 100 feet taller. The 71-storey tower was secretly acquired in 1982 by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, the former dictator of the Philippines and his extravagant wife. After Marcos was ousted from power in 1986, the building was auctioned off; it changed hands a few times before Trump picked it up, reportedly for less than $10 million, in 1995. The Donald has been criticised for comments to a local TV station on 9/11 mentioning how the Twin Towers collapse made 40 Wall the tallest building downtown. The value of this property has also declined this year.
$345,000,000

5. Trump Park Avenue
(New York City)

Type: Residential and retail
What Trump owns:
49,564 sq ft of condos; 27,467 sq ft of retail
Total Value: $191 million
Debt: $14.3 million
Net value: $177 million
Change vs 2015: –$27 million
$177,000,000

6. Trump Parc/Trump Parc East
(New York City)

Type: Residential and retail
What Trump owns: 11,750 sq ft of condos; 14,963 sq ft of retail; 13,108 sq ft of garage
Total Value: $88 million
Debt: $0
Net value: $88 million
Change vs 2015: +$17 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
Image: Anna Blanco

Trump bought two buildings overlooking Central Park in 1981, hoping to demolish them to make way for a new skyscraper. But first he had to get rid of dozens of rent-controlled tenants in Trump Parc East (the other was a hotel). According to court filings, residents claimed Trump let the building fall into disrepair. He even publicly offered to house the city’s homeless in the vacant units. Tenants sued for harassment and claimed the place was uninhabitable. Trump disagreed, saying that he cut back on high-end services that the low rents couldn’t cover. He told the press that the building was full of rich folks taking advantage of rent control. Eventually he abandoned his plan to tear it down. He reached an agreement with tenants to convert the units into condos and allow rent-controlled residents to stay. Some still live there—as does Trump’s son, Eric. Forbes’s estimate of the property’s value is up by $17 million this year after we discovered that Trump still owns retail space and a parking garage at Trump Parc, the building next door.
$88,000,000

7. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Central Park West
(New York City)

Type: Hotel/residential and retail
What Trump owns: 10,578 sq ft of retail; 18,370 sq ft of garage; one 460-sq-ft condo
Total value: $38 million
Debt: $0
Net value of stake: $38 million
Change vs 2015: +$21 million 
$38,000,000

8. Trump World Tower, 845 United Nations Plaza
(New York City)

Type:
Residential and retail

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
Image: Shutterstock

What Trump owns: 9,007 sq ft of retail; 28,579 sq ft of garage; one 2,835-sq-ft condo
Total value: $27 million
Debt: $0
Net value of stake: $27 million
Change vs 2015: –$16 million 
$27,000,000

9. Spring Creek Towers
(Brooklyn, New York)

Type: Affordable housing units
What Trump owns: 4% stake
Total value: $1 billion
Debt: $408 million
Net value of stake: $25 million
Trump’s father, Fred, amassed a portfolio of 20,000 Brooklyn and Queens apartments worth hundreds of millions at one point. But Donald was more interested in Manhattan. Over time the family sold most of the outer-borough holdings. The lone remaining asset from his father’s era is a 4 percent interest in Spring Creek Towers, a ­massive, 46-tower government subsidised ­housing complex with 5,881 units in Brooklyn’s East New York neighbourhood that the Trumps reportedly bought into in 1973.
$25,000,000

10. Trump Plaza
(New York City)

Type: Residential and retail
What Trump owns: Ground lease through 2082
Total value: $27.7 million
Debt: $14.7 million
Net value: $13 million
Change vs 2015: –$16 million
$13,000,000

11. Trump tower Pent­house
(New York City)
Type:
Personal residence
What Trump owns:
30,000 sq ft
Total value: $90 million
Debt: $0
Net value: $90 million
Change vs 2015: -$10 million 
Opened: 1983
$90,000,000

12. 555 California Street
(San Francisco)

Type: Office
What Trump owns: 30% stake
Building Value: $1.645 billion
Debt: $589 million
Net value of stake:
$317 million
Change vs 2015: +$32 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
Image: Shutterstock

The other half of the deal that Trump’s Chinese investors completed in 2006. In exchange For a 78-acre tract of land on New York’s Upper West Side, The Chinese got 1290 Avenue Of Americas in New York and
555 California Street in San Francisco, then called the Bank of America Center. While valuations for San Francisco office space have dipped, the building has brought a higher net income, raising the value of Trump’s stake by $32 million.
$317,000,000

13. Trump National Doral Miami

Type: Golf resort
What Trump owns: 100%
Total value: $275 million
Debt: $106 million
Net value: $169 million
Change vs 2015: +$25 million
$169,000,000

14. Mar-A-Lago
(Palm Beach, Florida)

Type: Private club
What Trump owns: 100%
Total value: $150 million
Debt: $0
Net value: $150 million
Change vs 2015: –$50 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
Image: Shutterstock

Spanish for ‘Sea to Lake’, Mar-a-Lago is the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the socialite who inherited General Foods in 1914. Trump bought the 126-room property for $5 million in 1985 and turned it into a private club a decade later. He has since had numerous skirmishes with the locals, including a fight with the city over flying a giant American flag on a reported 80-foot pole (the maximum height allowed at the time was 56 feet). The trophy property was the site of Trump and his third wife Melania’s 2005 wedding reception—which the Clintons famously attended. Forbes reduced its valuation after other top luxury properties, including a nearly 16-acre, 33-bedroom compound down the road, struggled to sell at a higher price.  
$150,000,000

15. US Golf Courses
Type: 10 golf courses in 6 states plus the District of Columbia
What Trump owns: 100%
Total value: $225 million
Debt: $18.5 million (estimated)
Net value: $206 million
Change vs 2015: –$72 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth

The ten golf clubs in Trump’s empire stretch across the nation from the seaside community of Palos Verdes, California, to the quiet suburbs of New York City. The upscale courses have been points of both pride and controversy. The Donald, who is an avid golfer, obtained a farmland tax break for a New Jersey golf club. He once also claimed to local authorities that the market value of his Westchester club was $1.4 million, to lower taxes, while listing its value at over $50 million on his federal election filings. This year, Forbes found that many of the residential lots his camp had claimed he owned on his Palos Verdes course have either already been sold or are not yet approved for sale. Trump’s camp confirmed that he has just 13 left that he can sell and another 23 not yet approved for sale, down from the 60 we gave him last year.
$206,000,000

16. Scotland & Ireland golf courses 
Type: 3 golf resorts in 2 countries
What Trump owns: 100%
Total value: $85 million
Debt: $0
Net value: $85 million
Change vs 2015: –$3 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealthImage: Findlay / Alamy

Turnberry, the legendary seaside golf resort—which Trump bought in 2014—is bunkered in the homeland of his mother, Mary MacLeod, a native of the Isle of Lewis (her first language was Scots Gaelic). She arrived in the US when she was 18 years old, making the voyage from Glasgow to Ellis Island in 1930 with $50 in her pocket. She married Fred Trump, the son of a German immigrant, in 1936. Though Forbes upped the value of the trophy property by 7 percent this year, the falling pound and a stronger greenback have diminished its value in US dollars.
$85,000,000

17. Trump Chicago
Type: Hotel, condos and retail
What Trump owns: 100%
Total value: $169 million
Debt: $50 million (estimated)
Net value: $119 million
Change vs 2015: –$39 million
Trump had a spat with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the hotel-condo building’s imposing Trump logo; the city ended up passing an ordinance to control the size of future signs (as well as the number of them) placed along the Riverwalk. Trump also sued Deutsche Bank for an extension on the construction loan payment in 2008, citing the financial crisis as a force majeure—a clause usually reserved for unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. The parties finalised a settlement in 2010.
$119,000,000

18. Trump International Hotel Washington, DC
Type: Hotel
What Trump owns: Ground lease through 2075
Total value: $229 million
Debt: $125 million
Net value: $104 million
Change vs 2015: –$97 million
Located on Pennsylvania Avenue—just down the street from you know what—in what was the Old Post Office building, Trump’s latest real estate project is scheduled to open imminently. The nearly-120-year-old structure has survived several demolition attempts in the past century and has been redeveloped into a 263-room hotel. The total value of the hotel increased by $20 million in the past year—but the net value (all that ultimately matters, in regards to Trump) dropped after Trump took on more debt, tapping $125 million of a $170 million credit line from Deutsche Bank to complete construction, up from $8 million last year. Trump’s camp claims it deserves the same premium as hotels that are valued at $1 million or more per key (room). But sources tell Forbes that since the hotel has not yet opened, it’s too early to give it the same value as more established hotels in DC.
$104,000,000

19. Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
Type: Hotel and condos
What Trump owns: 50% stake
Total value: $156 million
Debt: $18 million (estimated)
Net value of his stake: $69 million
Change vs 2015: –$27 million
Opened: 2008

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealthImage: George Rose / Getty Images

The gleaming hotel—which claims to be encased in 24-karat gold glass—has been more successful than Trump’s previous forays in gambling zones. While his Atlantic City casinos suffered through corporate bankruptcies, eventually reducing his stake to nothing, this joint venture with fellow real estate billionaire Phil Ruffin (No 274) has become a premier destination by the Strip. It has 1,282 suites, more than half of which have been sold since it opened in 2008. It apparently has managed some of the properties for owners, renting them out.
$69,000,000

20. Cash/Liquid Assets: $230 million 
Change vs 2015: –$97 million
$230,000,000

21. Trump winery
Type: Winery

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealthImage: Steve Hebler / AP

What Trump owns:
100%
Total value: $30 million
Debt: $0
Net value: $30 million
Change vs 2015: $0
$30,000,000

22. Seven Springs
(Bedford, New York)

Type: Private estate
What Trump owns: 100%
Total value: $37.5 million
Debt: $20 million (estimated)
Net value: $17.5 million
Change vs 2015: –$5.5 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealthImage: Kirsten Taggart and Will Sanderson

The country home, where his children from his first marriage (to Ivana) spent their summers, was built by Eugene Meyer, publisher of the Washington Post from 1933 to 1946 and the father of Katharine Graham. The compound also included the residence of Meyer’s best friend, Henry Heinz, founder of Heinz ketchup, who died in 1919. Trump bought it in 1996 for a reported $7.5 million; he planned to turn it into a golf course but reportedly failed to obtain zoning permits, eventually putting much of the land under a conservation easement. “We were mowing all the fields, cutting down trees,” Eric Trump once told Forbes of summers where his father put him and Donald Jr to work. “It was the first lessons of development from my father.” 
$17,500,000

23. Trump hotel Management & licencing business
Type: Management and/or licencing agreements
What Trump owns: 100%
Total value: $123 million
Debt: $0
Net value: $123 million
Change vs 2015:
–$229 million

Here are some of his most prominent licencing and management deals:

Trump Toronto
Trump Ocean Club (Panama) Trump Hawaii
Trump Vancouver
Trump Bali
Trump Gurgaon (India)
Trump Towers Pune
Trump Plaza New Rochelle (Westchester)
Trump Grande, Sunny Isles (Miami)
Trump Tower at City Center (White Plains, New York)
Trump Tower Mumbai
Trump Towers Istanbul
Trump Philippines
Trump Parc Stamford
Trump Golf Dubai
Trump Tower Punta del Este

The management and licencing company has roughly two dozen properties under its umbrella. Trump’s organisation manages some of the hotels and resorts, including Trump Vancouver. Others, like India’s luxury condo Trump Tower, merely pay Trump to use his name. The highly lucrative business has enabled the Donald to spread his brand from the Philippines to Uruguay. While Trump has struck more licencing arrangements in the past year, Forbes cut the value of the portfolio after several sources suggested that the revenue from wholly owned properties like Doral Miami and Trump Las Vegas (disclosed in Federal Election Commission filings) should not be included in the valuation. Forbes already values those assets separately and thus this year subtracted their estimated revenues from the management business to avoid double counting.  
$123,000,000

24. Product licencing
Type: Consumer-products licencing

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
Image: Josh Edelson / AFP/ Getty Images

What Trump owns: 100%
Net value: $14 million
Change vs 2015: –$8.75 million

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth

Image: Josh Edelson / AFP/ Getty Images

Products:
Trump Home
Donald J Trump Collection (menswear)
Select by Trump (coffee)
Trump Natural Spring Water
Trump Fragrance
$14,000,000

25. Aircraft
Models: 2 1989 Sikorsky S-76B Helicopters, one 1990 Sikorsky S-76B Helicopter, one 1991 Boeing 757, one 1997 Cessna 750 Citation X

The definitive look at Donald Trump's wealth
Image: Donald Stewart / Pacific Coast News / Newscom

What Trump owns: 100%
Net value: $35 million 
Change vs 2015: –$27 million
$35,000,000

26. Two Palm Beach, Florida, Residences
Type: Personal property
What Trump owns: 100%
Net value: $14.5 million
Change vs 2015:
+$2.85 million
$14,500,000

27. 809 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
Type: Personal property
What Trump oOwns: 100%
Net value: $9 million
Change vs 2015: +$500,000
$9,000,000

28. Stark Industrial Park, Charleston, South Carolina
Type: Industrial warehouse
What Trump owns: 100%
Net value: $3.5 million
Change vs 2015: Purchased this year
$3,500,000

Total: $3,700,000,000

(This story appears in the 11 November, 2016 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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