“Donald Trump appears to be testing the waters for a possible 2016 presidential run as advisers confirm the businessman has spent $1 million for research to determine his political standing in specific states.” (newsmax.com 5-27-13)
From the WSJ online 5-18-2009:
“My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feeling,” he [Trump] told lawyers in the December 2007 deposition. The deposition, marked “Confidential,” comes to light at a time when some of Mr. Trump’s projects, including several condominium developments that bear his name, are struggling. Among the problems are anemic sales, lawsuits, sharp declines in value and troubles with creditors . . .
In the deposition, Mr. Trump said that his 2007 estimate of his net worth — over $4 billion — is “a very conservative number, in my opinion.” He also said $6 billion is a good number, counting his brand value. (In the interview Sunday, he said he was worth $5 billion, not counting brand value.)
Mr. Trump was asked whether he has ever exaggerated in statements about his properties. “I think everybody does,” he said in the deposition. “Who wouldn’t?” A follow-up question: Does that mean he inflates the value of his properties in general, nonfinancial public statements? “Not beyond reason,” he said in the testimony.
The deposition reveals he told his bankers and New Jersey casino authorities in 2004 and 2005 that he was worth approximately $3.6 billion. In 2005, Deutsche Bank evaluated his net worth as part of underwriting a $640 million construction loan it made to Mr. Trump’s Chicago condo and hotel project. The bank said his worth was $788 million, according to information presented by the author’s lawyers present during Mr. Trump’s deposition.