Donald J. Trump, the controversial real estate mogul, and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has boasted widely about having a net worth of more than $10 billion. While Investopedia lists Trump’s 2016 net worth lower than that, at $3.9 billion, Trump is nevertheless one of the all-time wealthiest presidential candidates. (For related reading, see: Donald Trump’s Real Net Worth.)
Born into a wealthy family, Trump made a few successful real estate investments in the Manhattan market in the 1980s before transitioning to self-marketing in the 1990s. Trump bought beauty pageants, football teams, television shows and fashion lines and with every investment, ‘The Donald’ infused his brand: brash, boisterous, unapologetic and always entertaining, and marketers loved it. In a way, Donald Trump built his wealth simply from the fact his name was Donald Trump.