Donald Trump plans to release a two-page report detailing the some-$9 billion in assets he owns on Tuesday. If he jumps into the GOP primary, he would be the wealthiest candidate running with a net worth of $4.1 billion, according to The Washington Post. His closest contender would be ousted Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who’s worth $59 million.
“I’ve had great success. My statements are phenomenal. I get my financial statements very early, actually. I put tremendous amounts of people to work. I’ve negotiated against the best in the world, including countries, and I’ve come out on top,” Trump said on Fox Business earlier in June.
Trump’s move is an aggressive one, making it clear that he isn’t considering a presidential run rather on a lark, like he did in 2011. Candidates are required to release their financial records 30 days after their announcement under federal ethics law; Trump is timing his report’s release on Day One of his likely campaign launch.
Trump’s pride in his wealth is a dramatic contrast to multi-millionaire Hillary Clinton’s attitude towards her fellow one-percenters. He enthusiastically sued the New York Times for defamation after the paper estimated his net worth at only $150 million to $250 million in 2005. Hillary, by contrast, bragged that she and Bill were once “dead broke.”
“Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge-fund managers. Democracy can’t just be for billionaires and corporations,” she said during her Sunday presidential campaign launch.
Unlike Clinton, Trump touts his billions as executive bonafides.
“I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far,” he declared to the Des Moines Register on June 2. “Nobody’s ever been more successful than me. I’m the most successful person ever to run. Ross Perot isn’t successful like me. Romney — I have a Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.”
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