Billionaire Donald Trump is the wealthiest man to become president of the United States by a long shot, but he might not be quite as wealthy as you think he is. The current president and former reality TV star was worth about $3.7 billion in 2015, according to Forbes, down from $4.5 billion a year earlier. (The decline, according to the magazine, has little to do with politics and more to do with a softer New York real estate market.)
A net worth of close to $4 billion is nothing to sneeze at, but it’s not enough to place Trump among the top 100 richest people in the U.S. On the 2016 Forbes 400 list, he came in at No. 156, behind both former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot (No. 142) and Michael Bloomberg (No. 6) another businessman-turned-politician.
Forbes’ ranking doesn’t square with Trump’s own assessment of his wealth. He claimed to be worth about $10 billion, which would place him at about No. 50 on the Forbes 400. What’s with the $6.3 billion discrepancy? Trump’s been arguing with Forbes about how much he’s really worth for years, and the issue boils down to a difference in how he and the magazine estimate a person’s fortune. Trump includes the value of his brand in his net-worth estimates; Forbes doesn’t.
Whether he’s worth $10 billion or $3.7 billion, there’s no question Trump’s fortune is dwarfed by that of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg. What might be surprising, though, are all the other people who are wealthier than Trump.
Some names won’t be familiar to most Americans. Blair Parry-Okedon (No. 39 on the Forbes 400) is heir to the Cox Enterprises fortune and so under-the-radar that the magazine didn’t even include her photo. But others are familiar names and faces. In fact, No. 4 is an adviser to Trump, while No. 2 calls Trump a conman.
Let’s take a look at 10 famous people you might not have realized are richer than Donald Trump, as well as their views and connections to the 45th president of the U.S.