How Rich and Successful Is Donald Trump, Really?
Donald Trump is running for president on the premise that he’s a successful businessman, skilled at what he famously calls “the art of the deal.”
But explosive new revelations about how Trump University was run—basically, as a fraudulent, money-making pyramid scheme, according to former students as well as former staff—raise serious questions about Trump’s business practices.
So how rich and successful is Trump, really? What’s the deal with his empire? After all, a lot of companies and brands do carry the Trump name. Let’s dive in.
Trump’s core business is real estate—numerous buildings, hotels, golf courses, and more around the world. His real estate empire has included:
How many times have Trump companies actually filed for bankruptcy?
How many legal actions, like lawsuits, have Trump and his companies been involved in, total?
About how many businesses does Trump currently control?
One of Trump’s companies is called Trump International Realty, a real estate brokerage for luxury property. True or false: It only lists properties in Trump buildings.
True or false: One business Trump does not have is a modeling agency.
True or false: Trump’s two main brand fragrances are named Empire and Success.
Trump Steaks were sold in packages ranging in price from $199 to $999. Where could you buy them?
Does Trump still own the Miss Universe organization, which also owns Miss USA and Miss Teen USA?
Donald Trump is a billionaire. How much is he worth?
How did Trump get rich in the first place?
Holly Epstein Ojalvo
Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.