The Forbes roundup of the world’s richest individuals, published April 6, shows that Trump ranked at 1,299 with an estimated net worth of $2.4 billion in 2021.
In 2017, Trump’s first year in office, the former president’s net worth was an estimated $3.5 billion, or nearly 32 percent more than now.
The data affirms Trump’s numerous statements that his presidency wasn’t making him richer.
Still, Trump’s current net worth is an uptick from March of last year, when he was estimated to be worth $2.1 billion, according to a Forbes estimate that sought to gauge the impact of the pandemic on his many business interests. That approximation was done looking at changes in the prices of stocks similar to each segment of Trump’s businesses, with the numbers reviewed by industry experts.
According to Dan Alexander, senior editor at Forbes covering Trump’s businesses, had the former president sold off all his assets in 2017 and invested in the stock market, he would be $1.6 billion richer now.
“If he had sold everything on Day 1, paid the maximum capital-gains taxes on the sales, then put the proceeds into a conflict-free fund tracking the S&P 500, Trump would have ended his presidency an estimated $1.6 billion richer than he is today,” Alexander wrote.
Trump is the only billionaire to have served as president of the United States.
Over the past year, billionaires have multiplied at a striking rate, with a record 493 people joining the Forbes billionaires list since March 18, 2020. That’s a pace of around one new billionaire every 17 hours.
The United States added 98 newcomers to the list, including celebrity Kim Kardashian and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tops the list, with an estimated net worth of $177 billion, followed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk with $151 billion.