The story of Donald Trump’s personal wealth is almost as complicated as figuring out who’s who in the Republican field. On Wednesday, it took another turn as Trump, desperate to connect to working Americans, complained that the Federal Election Commission’s forms weren’t designed for a person of his “massive wealth.”
Schrodinger’s Net Worth
Back when Trump was contemplating a bid for the presidency in 2012, Politico published a piece noting that his net worth was around 7 billion dollars, or $7,000,000,000. According to Politico, the information came from “sources.”
This figure is in sharp contrast with the $2.7 billion — $2,700,000,000 — that Forbes had originally assigned him. Even today, that sort of wealth is beyond the reach of most Americans; with 45 million living in poverty, almost every single person in that figure will die without even seeing a tenth of that wealth.
Fast forward to 2015. With Trump having announced a bid at the presidency, his personal worth is once again in the limelight. Forbes predicts his net worth is now $4.1 billion.
The Trump Campaign, however, disagrees.
“TEN BILLION DOLLARS”
Trump’s campaign released a statement that put his net worth at, and the emphasis is his campaign’s: “TEN BILLION DOLLARS.”
The statement read, “This report was not designed for a man of Mr. Trump’s massive wealth” and, “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.”
Rich people problems — and you poor people think you have it bad trying to find food and shelter. Just imagine what it’s like having to check All. Those. Boxes. It’s trying, but he’s doing it all for you, America. He’s not the billionaire we need, but he’s almost certainly the billionaire we deserve.
The disclosure form isn’t available online yet, though; the FEC has 30 days to review the forms before they make them available to the public.
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