For mere mortals, budgeting is an important attribute to have. Without a bottomless pit of trust funds, we need to make sure that we have enough money to make it through the day. Whether it be paying off student loans, buying groceries, or saving up for that Netflix subscription, we need to know how to keep our wallets and cravings in check. But controversial President of the United States, Donald Trump, does not have that problem. On top of being known for his flowing hair, he’s also known for owning loads of ridiculously expensive items. Surprised we’re not getting political? Here’s a list of 7 ridiculously expensive things that POTUS owns.
We all know about the Trump tower, and his reality show The Apprentice, but what else does Donald Trump own that average American citizens simply can’t afford?
Read on to find out what items Trump likes to get gold-plated.
1. Besides getting everything he owns engraved with his family emblem, Trump also likes to get his possessions gold-plated. From cutlery, to private jets, to his New York penthouse, everything needs to have a nice coat of gold on it. Maybe that’s why he always has that orange glow to him?
Trump’s penthouse in New York City was inspired by Louis XIV, covering three floors. Commonly referred to as the 68th floor of Trump Tower, this is the home base of Trump, his wife Melania and his son Barron. Adorned with marble, diamonds, crystal chandeliers, murals on the ceiling and of course, 24 karat gold, Trump’s home is ridiculously expensive to say the least.
What you don’t see in the below picture are gold-rimmed cups in Trump’s gold-rimmed cabinets, a personalized toy Mercedes for his son, Barron, and a statue of Eros and Psyche. This expensive penthouse estimated at over $100 million embraces the view of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. And yes, that book is a tribute to Muhammad Ali and it is worth over $15,000.
Angelo Donghia, a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, is responsible for the design and splendor of Trump’s penthouse. What is not shown in this picture is a fountain that is present in the family sitting room behind two ivory, semi-circle couches. With an apartment like that you wonder why Trump would trade this for the White House.
2. Although Trump is probably riding in a bullet-proof, Secret Service Cadillac nowadays, to say his car collection is expensive would be an understatement. The first Rolls-Royce that Trump purchased was a 1956 Silver Cloud. These British, hand-made rides may be pricey, but that’s no issue for the POTUS.
At one point considered “the best car in the world” the $500,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom could be customized to the owner’s specifications. With over 44,000 colors to choose from, I’m sure Trump still got his Rolls-Royce gold-plated.
Hiring chauffeurs is no problem for President Trump but the Mercedes-Benz SLR is one of the few vehicles that Trump likes to drive himself. Valued at over $544,000 dollars, Mercedes-Benz decided to ship it to Trump at Trump Towers at no additional cost to save him the trip of riding in his personal jet.
Now what kind of a billionaire would Trump be if he didn’t own a Maybach? This is a higher-end version of the Mercedes-Benz S class series. It’s heated, and it comes with massage seats, along with an aroma pump, and a 3D surround system with a mere 24 speakers. Loud enough for you?
3. Just like many other wealthy individuals, golf is one of Trump’s favorite pastimes. Unlike other wealthy individuals who just play golf, Trump owns golf courses too. He currently owns over 17 golf courses that are valued at over $300 million. He owns three golf courses in New York, three in Florida, two in New Jersey, one in California, one in North Carolina, one in Philadelphia and one in Washington, DC. In regards to his international golf courses, he owns two in Scotland (where golf was created), two more in Dubai and one in Ireland.
Although not all of Trump’s golf courses are private, they are certainly all extravagant. He’s even hosted four Open Championships at the Ailsa course in Scotland.
Trump has numerous golf clubs and tournaments under his name. While many of his courses are on Golf Monthly‘s Top 100 Courses, some are open to the public…at a fee of course.
Trump Golf Links located at Ferry Point, New York is one of the courses that are open to the public. Designed by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, this course also showcases views of the Manhattan skyline as well as Central Park.
4. Trump Tower is a fifty-eight story skyscraper that not only houses Trump’s penthouse, but it also comes with shops, an atrium, apartments and offices. Trump Tower is located on Fifth avenue in Manhattan, New York City and is so prominent that it was used as Wayne Enterprises in The Dark Knight Rises. It also showed up in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Trump Tower is not only the headquarters of Trump’s business but it is also the place where The Apprentice was shot.
Designed by famous architect Der Scutt, Trump Tower holds Trump Grill, the more casual Trump Cafe and the aptly named, Trump Bar. In addition to a breath-taking view of Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and Central Park, Trump Tower is also a tourist destination. Along with Nike and Gucci opening up their flagship stores, you can also find Ivanka Trump’s Fine Jewelry Boutique.
According to Trump, he says he lives on the 66th to the 68th floor of Trump Tower with his family. According to New York City databases, Trump Tower is a mere 58 stories tall. Back in 2003, when confronted about the height anomalies, Trump said that the first 30 floors, which were commercial floors, had high ceilings which allowed him to jump up 10 floors in his building.
5. Trump purchased a Boeing 757. Just like with all of his other extravagant purchases, he had to deck it out to suit his needs. It originally started out as a passenger plane. Trump had all the original flooring, seats, and interior removed and replaced with a much more lavish outfit. Complete with gold-plated seat belts of course. That’s Trump’s signature remember?!
Trump’s private jet also comes with an office, a master bedroom, several more bedrooms, and a 24-karat gold sink in the master bathroom.
As if a private jet wasn’t fast enough, Trump had to replace the original Boeing engines with a pair of Rolls-Royce engines.
The Trump plane is worth over $35 million and he may be the first President ever to own two private planes; Air Force One, and his own private Boeing 757.
6. Trump bought the Mar-a-Lago resort in 1985 for $7 million and in typical Trump fashion he has renovated it since then. Constructed in the late 1920’s, the resort, located at Palm Beach, Florida, is a 110,000 square foot mansion.
In one area of the “house” is a private resort and a club while the other closed off area houses Trump and his family.
It currently has 58 bedrooms, 12 fireplaces. 33 bathrooms, and even 3 bomb shelters! It comes with a tennis court, a spa, and a 20,000 square foot ballroom.
To be a member of the private resort and club, members must fork over a $100,000 initiation fee as well as an annual fee of $14,000.
7. The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. Not everyone can afford a helicopter, and Trump isn’t just anyone. After purchasing the Sikorsky S-76, he spent $75,000 refurbishing the interior to suit his needs…his golden needs.
The chopper cost him $7 million but it is probably worth more now seeing as it is outfitted with 24-karat gold-plated seat belts, handles and any other hardware that can potentially be gold-plated.
The Trump emblem is also gold-crusted and stamped on various side tables and cabinets.
The plane comes with four luxury leather chairs with plush, Trump-embroidered pillows and a huge sign on the tail of the plane that reads boldly: Trump.