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Did you think Donald Trump is rich? You were wrong. He is ridiculously rich. But his presidential campaign may be taking a toll on his wealth.
The 69-year-old real estate and business mogul and current frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination recently had a Rolling Stone writer on the campaign trail with him and talked about politics, his kids and...money, money, money, money....
Check out 7 interesting things revealed during the interview:
1. So how rich is Trump really?
"I make $400 to $600 million a year," he told Rolling Stone.
The outlet reported last year, per figures he released himself, that he had $362 million in income.
The New York Times reported in July that a financial disclosure form filed with the Federal Election Commission that month showed Trump earned just $14,222 in salary and owes at least $265 million in debt. It also showed he is paid about $250,000 per speech and received $110,000 from a pension with the Screen Actors Guild.
Trump had said that month that he is worth more than $10 billion, also per the NY Times. Forbes, meanwhile, insists he's "only" worth around $4 billion. Trump receives his income from resorts, golf courses, home sales, property rent and speaking engagements, plus returns on investments in hedge funds, mutual funds, stocks and gold.
Rolling Stone said Trump stands to earn at least $50 million less for this tax year, mostly due to losing seven business deals, including his contract with NBC, which airs The Apprentice and previously aired his Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, following a controversial statement he made about Mexican immigrants when he announced his presidential bid in June.
2. He shares the wealth...
Rolling Stone reported that Trump handed out $100 bills to the drivers of his motorcade.
3. Pimpin' ride
Trump is so rich that he travels in a private Boeing 757 plane that contains sleeper seats wrapped in eggshell calfskin with gold-plated seat belt buckles and his family crest stitched in the headrests. The jet also contains a theater with a 57-inch television (tunes to Fox at the time) and two bedrooms.
4. Christian Grey??
At his luxurious 98-story Trump Tower in New York City, Trump's got a "series of dazzling young female assistants," according to Rolling Stone, which added that "many of his close aides are women in their '20s not very long removed from college."
In his office, "every flat surface is adorned by his image," including a framed cover of a 1990 issue of Playboy, which features him and Playboy model Brandi Brandt. The room also contains a stuffed bald eagle doll and a bust of late former President Ronald Reagan, to whom Trump has often been compared.
5. Speaking of women...
According to Rolling Stone, while watching presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina talk about him on TV, Trump said, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
6. Daddy dearest
Trump made to Rolling Stone a joke about daughter and former Apprentice co-star Ivanka Trump, 33, that was similar to one he made on The View in 2006.
"Yeah, she's really something, and what a beauty, that one," he told the magazine. "If I weren't happily married and, ya know, her father..."
He had said on The View, "She does have a very nice figure. I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."
7. How to Solve ISIS
"We gotta waterboard 'em, don't you agree?" he asked Rolling Stone.