Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Donald Trump's 2017 Financial Disclosure - The Small Details

While the mainstream media focuses on the significant size of Donald Trump's 2017 Personal Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e), for this posting, I'm going to look at some of the more interesting but relatively small parts of Trump's asset base and annual income. 

1.) Book Writing: Donald Trump is credited with writing a total of 19 books, many of which were written by ghost writers.  Even though some of the books were published two to three decades ago, sales of some of these books are still producing royalty income as follows:

The Art of the Deal (1987) - $100,000 to $1,000,000

Trump: Surviving At The Top (1990) - less than $201

The Art of the Comeback (1997) - less than $201

The America We Deserve (2000) - less than $201

The Way To The Top (2004) - $1,001 to $2,500

How To Get Rich (2004) - $15,001 to $50,000

Think Like a Billionaire (2004) - $2,501 to $5,000

The Best Real Estate Advice (2005) - less than $201

Why We Want You To Be Rich (2006) - less than $201

Trump 101: The Way to Success (2007) - less than $201

Think Big and Kick Ass (2007) - less than $201

Never Give Up (2008) - less than $201

Think Like a Champion (2009) - $15,001 to $50,000

Time to Get Tough (2011)  - $15,001 to $50,000

Crippled America (2015) - less than $201

2.) Pensions: Donald Trump's involvement in television production has earned him pensions from two organizations as follows:

Screen Actors Guild (started participating in 1992) - $64,840

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (started participating in 1989) - $6,543

3.) Movie and Television Cameo Appearances: In case you weren't aware or had forgotten, Donald Trump actually made a cameo appearance in the Little Rascals movie from 1994 for which he actually receives an IMDb credit.  Here he is:

Donald Trump also made a cameo appearance on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1994 in an episode entitled "For Sale by Owner" with his then wife, Marla Maples as shown here:

Donald Trump still receives residual income from both appearances as follows:

Little Rascals - $201 to $1,000

Fresh Prince - $201 to $1,000

He also earned between $201 and $1,000 in residual income from other appearances in movies and television, however detailed information regarding these appearances is not available.

While the income from his ventures outside of real estate development are relatively insignificant, in total, they add up to far more than the median family income of $72,707.  Nonetheless, it is still interesting to note that his income stream is extremely diverse and is, at the very least entertaining.

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