Trump: My Fortune's Too Big for Disclosure Forms

But some of that $10B may exist only in his head
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2015 1:19 AM CDT
In this July 11, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at FreedomFest in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher)
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(Newser) – How rich is Donald Trump? His campaign says he's worth $10 billion, and that figure has been filed on disclosure forms with the Federal Election Commission, although his fortune was apparently more than the FEC's forms could handle, NBC News reports. "This report was not designed for a man of Mr. Trump's massive wealth," the campaign said in a press release. "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.'"

A $10 billion fortune would make Trump the richest person ever to run for president, the AP reports. Forbes, however, estimates Trump's fortune at $4.1 billion, and the Trump campaign's press release only had details of around $50 million in assets, NBC notes. Much of the discrepancy appears to lie in the candidate's $3.3 billion valuation of the Trump brand and marketing deals, according to the AP. Forbes calculated that the Trump brand is worth $125 million—and that estimate was made before companies like Univision and Macy's started cutting their ties with Trump. (The FAA has ditched Trump-inspired navigation codes.)

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