The word “typical” isn’t typically used to describe Donald Trump. After all, as low points in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign made clear, The Donald is somewhat special.
Nevertheless, when it comes to members of the Richie Rich crowd, the bad boy of American politics was considered typical not long ago. In 2014, an AP story proclaimed: “At 68, with a net worth of US$3.5 billion and living in New York, Donald Trump fits the profile of a billionaire.” That number may not be accurate, but it really doesn’t matter if the Mouth from Manhattan has more than US$10 billion socked away as he claimed during the fight for the White House.
It also doesn’t matter if he is instead a much lower-grade billionaire as media estimates of his wealth suggest. Whether Trump’s nest egg is as huge as his ego or not, he isn’t an average billionaire, at least not anymore. It’s not the hair. Trump was set apart from today’s 1% crowd years ago, when his father supported his early efforts to make a name for himself as a real-estate tycoon.