Wealth Comparison: President Donald Trump vs. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Before he was elected president of the United States, Donald Trump’s net worth already exceeded billions. He’s still not as rich as Jeff Bezos, though, who became the richest man in the world in 2017.
How does Trump’s wealth compare to the Amazon CEO? Let’s look closer at their business investments, properties, collections of private jets, and more.
How they first got rich
These days, you can go to one of many internet sites and buy any book you want. That really wasn’t a thing until Jeff Bezos started Amazon.com in 1994. It’s since expanded far beyond its original intent as a virtual bookseller.
Born into an already wealthy family, Trump started out investing before diving into the New York City real estate market, where he still holds the majority of his wealth.
Next: Amazon owns many of the companies you know and love.
Amazon has acquired companies such as Whole Foods, Zappos, and Twitch, and invested in many more, including Twitter and LivingSocial. Personally, Bezos has invested millions in Airbnb, Uber, and Business Insider.
Though no longer directly involved, Trump still owns and profits from the Trump Organization and its many real estate, sales, and marketing investments.
Next: How many states do you live in? Probably not four.
How much property do they own?
Bezos primarily lives in an apartment building in Manhattan, but he doesn’t always call NYC home. Beverly Hills and Washington are home to more of his private, multi-million dollar properties.
The majority of Trump’s wealth likely comes from New York City real estate, of which he likely owns around $1.5 billion. He also owns real estate outside of New York City, in addition to golf courses and resorts around the country.
Next: Did you buy your house for over $20 million? They did.
How much is a billionaire’s mansion worth?
When he’s not in New York, Washington, or California, Bezos heads to Washington, D.C. He owns the most expensive house in his neighborhood: He bought it for $23 million.
Trump owns private estates in Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, and St. Martin, in addition to his $64 million penthouse at the top of Trump Tower.
Next: Not many people are worth more than $100 billion in their lifetime.
How much is each man actually worth?
As the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos finally surpassed Bill Gates with a total net worth of over $130 billion. He is the first centi-billionaire to appear on Forbes’s World Billionaires list.
Forbes estimates that Donald Trump is probably worth about $3.1 billion total, though it’s impossible to know for sure.
Next: How many helicopters does Donald Trump own? Not one. Not even two.
If you had over $100 billion, would you spend $65 million on a private jet? Jeff Bezos did. It’s a pretty cool-looking jet.
Donald Trump has Bezos beat, at least if you’re counting jets. In addition to his handful of private estates around the U.S., Donald Trump owns two private planes and three helicopters, worth about $30 million.
Next: Jeff Bezos has purchased and launched a few major companies since Amazon.
Their businesses today
In addition to Amazon, Bezos also owns The Washington Post and Blue Origin, a sort-of-secret project involving space travel (Amazon Prime delivery IN SPACE?).
Trump’s brand businesses still contribute to a small portion of his wealth. The Trump Hotel Management and Licensing Business is worth $170 million, while his product licensing company is worth about $6 million.
Next: From charities to fancy suits, here’s where these billionaires put their extra cash.
How do Donald Trump and Jeff Bezos spend their money?
What does a billionaire do when they aren’t doing business? Jeff Bezos has invested in a few big businesses, but also hopes to start donating more of his wealth to charity.
When Trump isn’t spending $66 million of his own money on presidential campaigns, he usually buys expensive suits, cars, and yachts.
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