United States: Donald Trump leaves the top 400 of the biggest American fortunes

From the top of his 2.5 billion dollars, Donald Trump was ejected from the top 400 of the biggest American fortunes, unheard of for 25 years.

Donald Trump is no longer among the richest 400 Americans. The former President of the United States and businessman, whose fortune is estimated at 2.5 billion dollars (2.2 billion euros) , is not in the list of the 400 biggest fortunes of the country, for $ 400 million.

Published by  Forbes magazine , this list is obviously dominated by Amazon founder  Jeff Bezos  and his $ 201 billion , followed by  Elon Musk  ($ 190.5 billion), Mark Zuckerberg (134.5) and Bill Gates ( 134). This is the first time in 25 years that Donald Trump has not appeared in this ranking.

Since becoming President of the United States in 2016, Donald Trump’s fortune has continued to decline. This has not been arranged recently with the Covid-19 crisis, which would have cost him $ 600 million. 

Former US President Donald Trump has not found a place in the Forbes list of the richest 400 Americans for the first time in 25 years.

Although Trump is worth $2.5 billion, he fell $400 million short of the cutoff required to make it to this year’s Forbes 400 list of America’s richest people. Donald Trump’s stood at 339 on the ranking last year, but his personal net worth is down $600 million this year.

The 75-year-old real estate mogul’s real estate assets have faltered during the pandemic and this has led to his exit from the list. It may be noted that the former US president’s wealth has shown signs of stagnation during the pandemic, unlike other billionaires who have successfully diversified their businesses.

According to Forbes, Donald Trump had a good opportunity to diversify his fortune around five years ago. After the 2016 presidential election, federal ethics officials reportedly pushed Trump to divest his real estate assets.

It would have allowed him to reinvest the proceeds into broad-based index funds besides allowing him to assume office without any conflict of interest.

However, Donald Trump decided to hold on to his assets estimated at $3.5 billion at the time, after subtracting debt. While Trump would have had to pay a significant amount of capital tax gains on selling his real estate assets at the time, it could have helped him in the long run.

Donald Trump is worth an estimated $2.5 billion, leaving him $400 million short of the cutoff to make this year’s Forbes 400 list of America’s richest people. The real estate mogul is just as wealthy as he was a year ago, when he stood at No. 339 on the ranking, but he is down $600 million since the start of the pandemic. Technology stocks, cryptocurrencies and other assets have thrived in the Covid era. But big-city properties—which make up the bulk of Trump’s fortune—have languished, knocking the former president out of the nation’s most exclusive club.

If Trump is looking for someone to blame, he can start with himself. Five years ago, he had a golden opportunity to diversify his fortune. Fresh off the 2016 election, federal ethics officials were pushing Trump to divest his real estate assets. That would have allowed him to reinvest the proceeds into broad-based index funds and assume office free of conflicts of interest.

Others in the executive branch have little choice but to listen to ethics officials. People who hold assets that might conflict with their day jobs in government run the risk of violating the criminal conflicts-of-interest law. The president, however, is exempt from that statute, as Trump proudly noted during a press conference nine days before entering the White House. “I could actually run my business and run government at the same time,” he told a crowd of reporters assembled in Trump Tower. “I don’t like the way that looks, but I would be able to do that if I wanted to. I would be the only one that would be able to do that.”

Trump decided to hang onto his assets. At the time, they were worth an estimated $3.5 billion, after subtracting debt. If he had instead chosen to sell off everything, there is a chance that he would have had to pay significant capital gains taxes. Trump acquired his five most valuable holdings long ago, so he likely has huge untaxed gains locked in each of them. If he paid the maximum possible capital gains tax—23.8% to the federal government, plus 8.8% to the New York State authorities on every penny he owned—that would have shaved about $1.1 billion off his fortune, leaving him with $2.4 billion on the first day of his presidency. But what would have appeared to be a huge sacrifice at first could have turned into a lucrative realignment. By plowing that $2.4 billion in an index fund tracking the S&P 500, for example, Trump’s fortune would have ballooned to $4.5 billion by now, leaving him 80% richer than he is today. His refusal to divest, in other words, cost him $2 billion.

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