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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may not be the richest man in the world -- Forbes' list of billionaires ranks him 324th. But his words are likely being followed more closely right now than anyone above or below him on the list.
He bickers with Democrats and leaders of his own party. He makes testy remarks about his detractors. And, he takes controversial positions (some would say worse things) -- on whether Muslims should be allowed to enter the U.S., on Saddam Hussein's legacy and on building a wall to stop the flow of people from Mexico.
He's chairman and president of The Trump Organization, which oversees Trump hotels around the world, Trump golf courses, and corporate and residential real estate projects.
Books, bottled water and beauty pageants
He also has a slew of books out, including his most recent "Crippled America." Others include "The Art of the Deal," "The Art of the Comeback" and "Think like a Billionaire."
When Trump was interviewed by Bankrate in 2009, he was involved in projects ranging from real estate development to his former NBC reality show "The Apprentice."
He was in the beauty contest business, producing the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, but sold the organization in 2015. He has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Then there's the Trump merchandise -- everything from furniture to bottled water to men's cologne. His campaign website even offers a Trump presidential dog sweater for $15.
Started in the family business
Trump, who's 70, got started in business helping his father Frank with real estate deals in New York. And despite his father's assertion that his son had the Midas touch, he has suffered some significant setbacks, including bankruptcies and internecine battles with the board of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
“I dealt with being millions of dollars in debt without going bankrupt.”
The rough patches don't faze Trump, including recent feuds with Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The real-estate-magnate-turned-politician also has had a colorful personal life. He's had famous wives (Ivana Trump and Marla Maples), famous divorces (Ivana and Marla) and famous weddings. His 2005 wedding to current wife Melania Knauss-Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, was one of the most talked-about celeb hookups of the year. The couple have a son, Barron William Trump, Trump's 5th child.
His older children -- Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka -- work with dad at The Trump Organization.
Well before becoming a presidential candidate, Trump sat down to mull over questions from Bankrate. We recently reached out to Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks for a comment and to request a follow-up interview with her boss, but she did not respond. Here's what he told us during President Barack Obama's first term.
Bankrate: You seem to have really embraced new social technology. You're on Facebook, you tweet regularly on Twitter, you blog. What do you find to be the most valuable about this way of communicating? And how do you find time to do it?
Donald Trump: It's fast, easy and accessible to many people. Those are good reasons, especially as I consider being an educator an important aspect of my business enterprises. The traffic is good so I know I'm reaching people. I'm used to getting many requests each day for comments on many things, so this does not represent a hardship to me nor is it time-consuming as I'm used to working quickly. I would recommend it to other business people, provided they keep the time requirements in mind. If they are not fast, it might not be the best thing for them.