Donald Trump is the first billionaire to serve as president of the United States — here's how he spends his $3.1 billion fortune, from his 24-karat gold-plated helicopter to the $350,000 in annual alimony to his first wife

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesDonald Trump is the first billionaire in history to serve as President of the United States.
  • Donald Trump, with a net worth of $US3.1 billion according to Forbes, is the first billionaire in history to serve as president of the United States.
  • From his New York real estate to his golf clubs around the world, he rakes in millions of dollars of revenue annually.
  • Here’s how Trump spends his fortune.

Donald Trump is worth an estimated $US3.1 billion, according to Forbes, making him the first billionaire in US history to serve as president.

From emblazoning a private helicopter in 24-karat gold, right down to the seatbelts, to a 100-cabin yacht dubbed “Trump Princess,” here’s how the real-estate titan spends his fortune.


Forbes currently estimates Donald Trump’s net worth to be $US3.1 billion, a $US400 million drop since he took presidential office in January 2017.

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Source: Forbes


During his presidential campaign, Trump claimed he had a net worth of $US10 billion —three times as much as it really was.

Source: Business Insider and Time


Still, he’s made history as the first billionaire to serve as President of the United States.

Source: Time


Trump’s finances are supplemented annually by a variety of sources.

Source: Forbes


Between January 2016 though the spring of 2017, Trump raked in anywhere from $US597,396,914 to $US667,811,903, according to a public financial disclosure report.

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Source: Business Insider


While running for the presidency, Trump emptied out $US66 million from his own pockets to fund his campaign, according to campaign finance disclosures examined by Reuters.

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Source: Business Insider


Now as president, he also earns about $US400,000 a year, which he has so far donated to the Department of Education, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Source: Time


His presidential salary is a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of his income.

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Revenue from New York City real estate alone accounts for $US1.5 billion of his net worth, according to Forbes.

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesTrump Tower in New York City.

Source: Forbes


Sales from Central Park Carousel admission and ice skating rink operations combined add up to more than $US13,000,000 in revenue.

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Source: Business Insider and Center for Responsible Politics


And $US170 million of his total net worth is generated from the Trump brand and licensing alone.

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesA sign outside the Trump Tower in New York City.

Source: Forbes


Hundreds of millions of dollars more are generated from golf clubs and real estate outside of New York City.

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty ImagesTrump at the opening of his Trump Turnberry Resort in Ayr, Scotland in 2016.

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His exclusive private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, for example, is valued at $US160 million.

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Source: Forbes


It became even more exclusive after Trump became president. You now need to shell out $US200,000 for initiation fees to join, up from $US100,000 from before the election.

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Source: Forbes


But among the perks afforded to you are 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, and 3 bomb shelters.

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Source: Business Insider


In 2011, Trump doled out $US6.2 million for a winery and vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia. He later sold it to his eldest son, Eric. The property is known as Trump Vineyard Estates.

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Read more about what it’s like to go to Trump Vineyard Estates.

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As far as his cash and personal assets go, they account for $US320 million of his net worth, according to Forbes.

Peter Kramer/Getty ImagesTrump at an event for his new book in 2004.

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That includes his massive personal aircraft fleet, which he used to travel during his election campaign.

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Source: The New York Times


Trump reportedly bought a Boeing 727 in 2010 from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for $US100 million.

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Source: Business Insider and The New York Times


According to the New York Times, the aircraft burns fuel at a rate of thousands of dollars an hour.

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Source: The New York Times


He also owns a Cessna, a jet known for its low operating costs and high performance.

Source: Jet Advisors


It was reportedly worth $US15.3 million bought new and $US3.2 million secondhand in 2016.

Source: The New York Times and Business Insider


He also owns three Sikorsky S-76’s, helicopters known for their ease-of-use.

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Source: The New York Times and Wired


Previously-owned Sikorsky S-76’s usually sell for $US5 million to $US7 million.

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Source: The New York Times and Wired


With his most recently purchased S-76, Trump had the whole interior gutted and redone with 24-karat gold-plated hardware, from the seat belts and handles to his family crest emblazoned on the side of the aircraft.

Source: The New York Times and Wired


All of the gold embossment cost Trump an estimated $US750,000.

Source: CNBC and Business Insider


He’s also indulged in road travel.

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He reportedly owns a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud …

Matt Cardy/Getty ImagesAbove: A Silver Cloud II, an example of a vintage Rolls Royce.

Source: The Washington Post and Business Insider


… a Rolls-Royce Phantom, which starts at $US500,000 …

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Source: The Washington Post and Business Insider


… a Ferrari …

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Source: The Washington Post and Business Insider


… a Mercedes-Benz 3600, and a Maybach.

Harold Cunningham/Getty ImagesA new Maybach model in 2015.

Source: The Washington Post and Business Insider


He also reportedly bought First Lady Melania a $US455,000 SLR McLaren.

Bryan Mitchell/Getty ImagesA Mercedes SLR McLaren.

Source: The Washington Post and Business Insider


Trump also shelled out $US30 million for a 100-cabin yacht in the 1980s and called it “Trump Princess.”

Source: Cheatsheet


Trump has a penchant for suits made by Italian brand Brioni, a clothing line found in the closets of many a powerful CEO and celebrity.

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Source: Business Insider and Business of Fashion and Barron’s


The luxurious suits sell for anywhere between $US5,250 and $US6,900.

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Source: Business Insider and Business of Fashion


During his tenure on the reality show “The Apprentice,” Brioni supplied Trump with suits to wear on air, but while campaigning, he started paying for them himself.

YouTube/New York MagazineTrump on the reality TV show ‘The Apprentice,’ which aired in 2004.

Source: Business Insider and Business of Fashion


Trump’s assets also include a number of personal residences.

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesTrump and his wife and son at the Palm Beach International Airport in Florida.

Source: Forbes


His three homes near Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, are valued at $US36 million.

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Source: Forbes


His Beverly Hills, California, home is worth $US13 million.

Flickr/Annie MoleA view of Los Angeles from Beverly Hills, California.

Source: Forbes


And Trump’s St. Martin island abode in the West Indies is valued at $US15 million.

Source: Forbes


Trump purchased the St. Martin property in 2013 for an undisclosed price before listing it for sale four years later for $US28 million.

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Source: Forbes


It saw a price gouge since Trump was sworn into office, due to potential buyers wishing to avoid the publicity that would come with purchasing the property, according to local real estate brokers.

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Source: Forbes


Over on the East Coast, Trump’s Seven Springs private estate in Bedford, New York, is valued at $US30 million. He bought it in 1996 for a reported $US7.5 million.

Source: Forbes


And then there’s the Trump Tower Penthouse in the heart of Manhattan valued at $US57 million.

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Source: Forbes


That’s a steep drop from its 2016 valuation of $US100 million.

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Source: Travel + Leisure


The penthouse is adorned in 24-karat gold and marble a la King Louis XIV.

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesTrump Tower lobby.

Source: Travel and Leisure


Even the drinking glasses are rimmed in gold.

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesTrump entering an elevator in Trump Tower in 2017.

Source: Travel + Leisure


Trump also covers his children’s schooling.

Zach Gibson-Pool/Getty ImagesTrump with his wife, Melania, and their son Barron.

Source: Cheatsheet and Business Insider


Barron’s tuition at New York’s Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School was $US40,000 a year.

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Source: Cheatsheet and Business Insider


When Trump’s election brought his family and Barron to Washington DC, Barron transferred to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland. The tuition there also costs about $US40,000 a year.

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Source: Cheatsheet and Business Insider


He also reportedly pays Tiffany’s way through college and grad school. She currently attends Georgetown Law School, which costs upwards of $US58,000.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesTrump shares daughter Tiffany with ex-wife Marla Maples.

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His divorce with first wife Ivana also cost Trump a pretty penny.

Adam Scull/PHOTOlink.net /MediaPunch /IPXDonald and Ivana Trump before their divorce in 1985.

Source: Cheatsheet


She not only received the initial $US10 million from the divorce settlement, but also the 45-room mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, that the couple shared …

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Source: Cheatsheet


… an apartment in Trump Plaza …

Gabe Palacio/ImageDirectIvana Trump at the Plaza Hotel in 2001.

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… $US300,000 a year in child support …

Source: Cheatsheet


… and annual alimony of $US350,000.

Dave Kotinsky/Getty ImagesTrump and his ex-wife, Ivana, at an event in 2014.

Source: Cheatsheet


There’s some speculation about exactly how much Trump has donated to philanthropic causes, but he did donate $US1 million of his own money to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in 2017.

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesThe Trumps also pitched in donating emergency supplies to victims during a visit to Texas in 2017.

Source: Business Insider and The New Yorker

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