Trump’s $1 Billion Coronaviru­s Hit

The president can’t downplay these numbers.


As of March 1, Forbes valued Donald Trump’s net worth at

$3.1 billion, following months of reviewing documents and speaking with more than 50 sources. Then the markets fell apart, and we went back to work.

To approximat­e how much the coronaviru­s affected the president’s fortune, we looked at the change in price of stocks similar to each segment of his business. Commercial real estate was clearly down, with shares of several companies plunging an average of 37% from March 1 to March 18, the date we used to calculate fortunes for the Billionair­es list. Similar decreases dragged down the value of hospitalit­y companies, apartment owners and golf businesses. Using those declines as a guide, we applied discounts to Trump’s pre-coronaviru­s numbers, then reviewed the changes with industry experts.

The bottom line: a net worth valuation of $2.1 billion—a drop of $1 billion in less than a month. That will surely change again, as every index performs like an electrocar­diogram. But, says New York City real estate broker Eric Anton, “The analysis, it’s as good as any other way I can think of.”

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