Donald Trump’s Net Worth Is Determined by How He Feels That Day

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Nobody ever really knows what Donald Trump is worth. Forbes currently pegs his net worth at $2.7 billion. Trump insisted last week that it's actually "much more than that." The validity of his claim may depend on whether you measure net worth the way Trump does — according to how he's feeling about the world in that very moment. That's how Trump explained the process to lawyers during a deposition in 2007, after Trump sued Times scribe Timothy O'Brien for claiming in his book that the real-estate mogul was actually only worth between $150,000 and $250,000:


Trump: My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with the markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings, but I try.

Ceresney: Let me just understand that a little. You said your net worth goes up and down based upon your own feelings?

Trump: Yes, even my own feelings, as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day ...

Ceresney: When you publicly state a net worth number, what do you base that number on?

Trump: I would say it's my general attitude at the time that the question may be asked. And as I say, it varies.

So if you want to know why Trump's net worth went up another $500,000 today, it's because he just watched that video of a dog and a baby playing with bubbles:

Trump: I'm worth whatever I feel [CNN Money]