Trump is not the “largest” or “biggest” developer in New York, despite claims he has made, BuzzFeed reports.
“I’m the biggest developer in New York by far, there’s nobody even closer,” Trump has said. On the pilot of “The Apprentice”: “My name is Donald Trump and I’m the largest real estate developer in New York.”
But as you might have guessed, that’s not true.
“Trump has never been the largest real estate developer by any measure,” Trump Nation biographer Timothy O’ Brien said this year.
Another biographer, Wayne Barrett:
“He manages the largest city-owned golf course, so if grass square footage is the measure, he’s right up there,” said Barrett. “But the Times established he’s not among the city’s top 10 real estate power players, which he readily conceded when pressed, hyping instead the international projects of others who paid to use his name. Trump Tower is the face of his empire and all he owns there is his own apartment and the tax subsidized commercial space. The claim is as inflated as his hair.”
Even Trump’s friends who he competes with to be very large and huge and big and massive in the biz kept it 1,000:
“‘He’s a dear friend of mine, but it wouldn’t be accurate for him to say that,” a real heavyweight, Richard S. LeFrak said to the New York Times in 2004.
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