Monday 29 May 2017

The anti-business businessman will have conflicts of interest to untangle

A member of the New York Police Department stands in front of Trump Tower on 5th Avenue to provide security to US President-elect Donald Trump. AFP/Getty Images
A member of the New York Police Department stands in front of Trump Tower on 5th Avenue to provide security to US President-elect Donald Trump. AFP/Getty Images

Christopher Williams

'Part of the beauty of me is that I'm very rich," said Donald Trump back in 2011 as he publicly mused on the idea of a run for the presidency.

The incoming 45th president is indeed very rich. Clearly the richest ever, in fact. Regardless of his opaque finances, convoluted business empire and the debatable intangible value of the Trump brand, he is several times richer than any other holder of America's highest office.

The next richest president was George Washington, who, like Mr Trump, invested in property. Mr Washington amassed land worth a relatively modest $500m (€460m) or so in today's money, and had not a single golf course or casino to his name.

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