Former US President Donald Trump

Ex-President’s networth dips by $500m due to pandemic damage to business empire

*Former US President Donald Trump’s last financial disclosure shows huge declines in hotel revenue, and Golf courses decline as COVID-19 halts travel and tourism

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Former US President Donald J. Trump’s business empire has been hit hard by closures as a result of outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with revenue from his Washington and Las Vegas hotels down by more than half.

Trump, in his last financial disclosure form as US President, was said to have detailed the damage the pandemic has wreaked at a time when many tourism businesses are suffering from a lack of travellers worldwide.

Incidentally, while in office as the President, the real-estate and entertainment magnate reportedly resisted practical policies to slow the fatal disease through mask-wearing, as he insisted it remained safe for people to travel domestically.

Revenue from the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., which he had been trying to sell, fell to $15.1 million from $40.5 million a year earlier, according to the disclosure posted last Wednesday.

In Vegas, hotel-related sales were down to $9.2 million from $23.3 million. Another important property of Trump’s, the Doral Golf Resort in Miami, also saw revenues drop to $44 million from $77 million a year earlier, according to report.

His golf courses in the U.K. and Ireland saw revenue drop by roughly two-thirds, part of a 27% overall decline in golfing revenue from the prior year.

In terms of pandemic pressure, over the years, some of Trump’s most important assets were reported to have seen revenue dip.

His total income fell to between $273 million and $308 million, according to the form, which covers 2020 and the first 20 days of 2021.

In his first financial disclosure in 2017, Trump reported making more than $528.9 million over 15 1/2 months, including his first three months as president.

However, a bright spot in Trump’s empire is his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where the he returned after his final day in the White House Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Revenue for the club hit $24.2 million, up from $21.4 million a year earlier, according to the financial disclosure.

It is one of Trump’s few properties that seem unaffected by the raging pandemic in the United States.

He also reported an uptick in online retail sales year-over-year, up to $1.96 million from $930,869 in 2019.

However, in-store sales at Trump Tower in New York City fell because of forced closures ─ down to $166,064 from $849,313.

In total, Trump valued the assets from his businesses at between $1.3 billion and $1.7 billion.

The disclosures are not exact, according to federal officials give the value of their assets and income in broad ranges, and the top value is “over $50 million.”

Trump had 22 assets he listed in that range, including his Mar-a-Lago resort and the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

The form also details more than $40,000 in gifts Trump accepted in his last year in office, including freebies from executives at Boeing Co., Apple Inc. and Ford Motor Co.

Trump is networth $2.5 billion, down about $500 million from when he took office, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

His buildings are saddled with more than $1 billion in debt, most of it coming due in the next three years and more than a third of it personally guaranteed.

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