Among other astute observations since his campaign launch, Donald Trump noted: “I’m really rich.”
The one-page wealth summary he released in June reveals that his net worth exceeds $8.7 billion. (The Forbes list of billionaires pegged it at less than half that amount – a meager $4.1 billion.)
After Trump announced his presidential bid, Stephen Colbert joked about Trump’s “luxurious, gold-plated, diamond encrusted” campaign. In that spirit, here are the top eight most luxurious, gold-plated, diamond-encrusted items Trump has possessed.
8. Trump 24K Super Premium Vodka
7. Rent, Paid in Gold Bullion
Concerned about the value of the dollar, Trump ever-so-graciously accepted gold bullion in lieu of a deposit check from a new tenant in his 40 Wall Street property. Tenant Michael Haynes, chief executive of precious metals dealer APMEX, paid Trump $200,000 worth of 0.9999 pure, 32.15-troy-ounce gold bars.
6. Custom Gold Motorcycle
Keeping with the 24-karat theme, Paul Teutal Sr. of the Discovery Channel’s American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior designed Trump a chopper – branded with Trump’s name, of course – featuring 24-karat gold detailing and custom parts.
5. Gold-Plated Helicopter
Trump owns another kind of gold chopper. He upgraded one helicopter in his fleet to a top-grade Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, estimated at $7 million. The upgrade likely cost around $750,000. Obligatory gold items include seatbelt buckles, handles, and the family crests emblazoned inside.
4. Seven Springs Westchester Mansion
When Trump and his family have a hankering for suburbia, they escape to this nearly 40,000-square-foot stone and glass mansion on 213 acres, complete with marble pool. He paid $7.5 million for the home in 1995, and it’s probably worth loads more now.
3. Trump Tower Penthouse
A Louis XIV-style Manhattan apartment features marble floors, walls, and columns; ceiling frescos; winged cherubs; and diamond chandeliers. Gold platters, lamps, vases, crown molding, and other 24-karat fittings decorate this ostentatious King Midas’s abode.2. Private Jet, Boeing 757
This $100 million avian beast marked “TRUMP” is equipped with a 57-inch television, two wood-paneled bedrooms, and marble sinks, as well as the predictable 24-karat gold faucets, table legs, seatbelt buckles, trimmings, and insignias.
1. Trump Princess Yacht
In Trump’s boat, the master stateroom has a tortoise-shell (the chic, endangered variety) ceiling and the master bedroom has its own barber chair for touching up that famous toupee (comb-over? red panda tail?). An onyx bathroom, a marble bar, three elevators, 3,500 square meters of suede, a movie theater, and 210 telephones are just a few of the other amenities. The Trump Organization appraised the yacht at $150 million–$200 million.
— Celina Durgin is a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review.