EDITOR'S NOTE: Since the publication of this article, we have learned that the interview with Donald Trump never took place. Please read the true story.
Donald Trump is the ultimate guy, brash and in your face. Forbes calls him one of the world's most overexposed billionaires. It's not so hard to see why. His hit reality TV show, The Apprentice, has gone on to become one of the most successful television franchises in history. His catchphrase "You're fired!" is one of those things we all dream we will be able to tell other people someday; his is one of the most globally recognized brands in real estate; and whenever he pens a book, it is sure to become a bestseller.
Some say he is proud, bogus, overrated, and too loud. He once sued a journalist for defamation. The reason? The journalist called him merely a "millionaire." The Donald was so angry that he sued for $5 billion. Who would have ever thought that one would find it slanderous to be called a millionaire?
But hate him or love him, The Donald typifies the American dream. Today, he is rich and famous. He has a wife to die for, and really smart children. There's a little part in all of us that yearns to be like him.
I recently caught up with The Donald at a restaurant in Manhattan where he talked about his story, the triumph and the glory.
How does it feel being Donald Trump?
It's amazing. I love my life. I really do. I wake up every morning, and when I read about Donald Trump in the papers, it hits me later on that the really awesome guy is me.
Forbes Magazine says that even though you are a billionaire, you are not worth as much as you claim you are worth. What exactly is your net worth?
My brand alone, the Trump brand, is worth over $5 billion. My personal stakes in the Trump Organization, and in several other companies, are worth over $3 billion. So do the math.
So you're worth over $8 billion?
Around that figure.
What book are you currently reading?
I'm reading Crazy Billionaires Speak, from Hodderway Books. It's a collection of awesome quotes by my fellow billionaires.
When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as the greatest real estate developer of all time.
What does money mean to you?
It's nothing but a means of keeping score. It does not bring happiness. It never does; but it sure reduces stress.
Which billionaire is your dream apprentice?
Two of them come to mind. One of them will be Bill Gates. He's created a revolution. The other will be Richard Branson—he reminds me a lot of myself. I'm just the more awesome version of me.
What is the most important business advice you would give to young people starting out in business?
Never give up. Almost nothing succeeds the first time. Keep trying and you will succeed someday.Powered by Sidelines