Trump financials detail his vast business holdings; reducing value of studying individual tax returns

While the study of tax returns may have meaning for individuals, it has far little information than the assets and liabilities of a business. I learned this in the process of buying and selling newspaper companies in the 80s and 90s.

donald-trumps-penthouse-apartment-trump-tower-new-york-profileDonald Trump’s holdings are vast, and they are so diversified that any analysis of how each of hundreds of corporations makes a profit, would take yards of paper and millions of entries.

But Trump’s required election bid financial disclosure form shows how his empire works and could provide many hours of conjecture.

It isn’t how much you make, but how much you are worth. Warren Buffett lives in an average house, lives an average skinflint life, and is the second richest man in the country. He probably earns little compared to others, but he owns more than almost anyone else.

Trump’s financials are here: Trump Holdings

In total there are 518 disclosures of firms and non-profits that he holds an interest. Besides the raw listing there are details about each one.


    $1 ,000,001 – $5,000,000
    rent $100,001 – $ 1,000,000
    Underlying Assets: aircraft
    Location: New York, NY
    See attached schedule
    $5,000,001 – $25,000,000
    interest $50,001 – $100,000
    Value reported reflects bank account and US Treasury Security only.
    Entity’s other holdings and assets are reported elsewhere; see attached
    schedule. Holding company, New York, NY
  • Excel Venture I LLC 098
    $5,000,001 – $25,000,000
    rent $100,001 – $1 ,000,000
    Underlying Assets: residential rental property
    Location: St. Martin, French West Indies
    See attached schedule
  • Fifty-Seventh Street Associates LLC 100
    Over $50,000,000
    rent Over $5,000,000
    Underlying Assets: commercial real estate
    Location: New York, NY
    See attached schedule

With more than 500 of these entities, most with attached detailed schedules, it seems humorous that anyone would consider a couple page overview tax return summary of any value. If you want to know why I came this to this conclusion, review the 94-page pdf linked above in this blog.

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