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Yes he does, but it's mostly modern stuff that you'd expect many billionaires to have....not because they're into cars, but because they need to show people they can afford such cars...Rolls Royce Phantom (and a 50's RR), Mercedes McLaren, he had a Diablo but apparently sold it.....so yes, he has some cars, and expensive ones.

 

He likes to surround himself with expensive and pretty things, as do many people.  Hopefully, on his car collection, he'll make the right choices and bring them all together in the end.....

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Trimacar posted before I finished... but...I saw a youtube video a few days ago.  Yes, he has a collection.  Oldest one is a Rolls I think.  He has some Mercedes "special very pricey sporty car" around 2003?,  that this video said he does drive himself when he wanted to drive himself.  Probably can no longer do that now?  :(

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We use to see a Helicopter with Trump written on the side, as shown in the Video. It use to fly over our house a few years ago on a heading towards Washington, but haven't seen it in a long time. I don't know if he was actually on it, or if it was used for other purposes.   

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Actually, we were discussing the very same topic

back in February.  Here's the thread:

 

And I don't think anyone knows someone else's

motives for having cars.  We have to be careful

assuming that a wealthy person bought it just to

show off:  Does he drive around the block with

his head hanging out the window, to be seen!

Or does a person buy an item because he really likes it,

and has the money to spend on an unnecessary item?

 

Please don't accept TV's fictional portrayal of those people.

I've met 3 billionaires, or near billionaires, and have

found them to be more modest than the average person.

They may be busy, but they're happy to take a friendly call.

If you met one in the local hardware store, you would

think he was just another guy there to buy fertilizer---

and he very well might be.

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We did a restoration for a legitimate local Billionaire. Not too many in our area. He worried more about his hundreds of employees and their futures once he was forced to sell his businesses due to advancing age than most bosses I've ever met. They aren't all Scrooge McDucks swimming in their piles of cash. Most I've met worked very hard to get to where they are.

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I retract my generalization about billionaires.  I actually discussed a car with a multi-billionaire recently, he was very nice to talk with, and he loves big American Classics (think 1930's heavy iron).

 

Just like any upper strata of society, there are straight forward people one enjoys being around, and there are show-offs that one tries to avoid.

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Isn't it interesting how people (especially newsmen)

refer to most people by their occupation:

"Furniture store owner Bob Brown,"

"Attorney Herb Brubaker,"

"Aluminum manufacturer Joe Slatoski"---

 

But when someone reaches that specific level of wealth,

his identifying title becomes, "Billionaire Warren Buffet."

His job is not simply being a billionaire!

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Indeed, we car fanatics should thank heaven for wealthy car collectors and enthusiasts. How many of the rest of us could spend literally millions of dollars restoring or building the super cars? What does it cost to rebuild the engine in a Bugatti, Ferrari, or Duesenberg these days? What should you expect to pay for a pair of missing headlights for a Bucciali or Thomas Flyer? What does it cost to totally restore a top Hispano-Suiza today? Can you imagine having to pay to have quite a few one-off rare parts made from scratch...such as old superchargers, cylinder heads, brass headlights, or four fenders? 

 

My point is not to lecture or "correct" anyone, but to remind us all that it is way too easy to fall into the trap of resentment of anyone with more cash than ourselves. I can't tell you how many times I have heard car guys discussing something about Jay Leno's collection, for example, when someone in the group would say something like, "Of COURSE! He's got all that money!" as though having wealth was somehow dirty.  

 

I too have hob-knobbed with some very, very wealthy car collectors. Some are friends, and others are just nice folks. It is my experience that the amount of wealth someone has is not a good indicator of how genial that person may be. 

 

We are best served by assuming every car collector is a fine person and potential good friend, until they might prove otherwise, in my opinion. 

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Donald Trumps Brother Robert collects Power Shovels of all things. He live's in Millbrook, N.Y. Met him at the Rhinebeck Fair a number of years ago. He wanted to buy my small power shovel that I built from scrap and discarded parts. I had it as a running display at the fair at the time. Dandy Dave! 

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The local billionaire who owns the building where I work is a nice guy although many describe him as eccentric.  Back in the day, he owned MANY beautiful & expensive cars and lots of other 'stuff'.  He decided instead to give away his money to charitable purposes - schools, universities, religious organizations, etc. and has actively been doing that for many years now.  

 

He still has a couple very nice homes, and of course the office building, but most of the cars are gone now.  I do occasionally eat lunch in the cafeteria looking out across the atrium at the 1942 Buick Convertible in the upper reception area. 

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Again, I have nothing against people who have money, it's just that Trump doesn't strike me as a "car guy", but one doesn't always know what goes on behind closed garage doors!

 

It's interesting that there are people in this country who really hate those one-percenters who've worked hard to make a lot of money, yet some of the same people who throw rocks at the rich have no trouble imagining the possibility of winning a lottery.

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According the internet encyclopedia "Wikipedia,"

there are 536 billionaires in the United States,

33 in Canada, 27 in Australia, etc., as measured in U. S. dollars.

But how would anyone know that some of these businessmen

truly are billionaires?

 

Is there a box to check on the census form? 

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I bet Chartreuse News Network can tell you. And there is something wrong with all of them.

 

Reading all this stuff about money reminds me that I am supposed to be working on a proposal this morning.

Bernie

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2 hours ago, Larry Schramm said:

I would just GUESS by their income tax filings.

 

---But income tax forms are private, not open

to magazines such as Forbes who list their "400"

richest people.  And being a billionaire is based on

net assets, not income.  Certain people who are

major stockholders in publicly traded companies

are listed in those companies' annual reports, so 

at least those assets can be counted.  However,

the average local businessman who has a medium-

sized company with several hundred employees,

while he may be a friendly car collector, is likely

far from a billionaire.

 

I think those lists are suspect, and the number of

billionaires may fluctuate with the ups and downs of

their investments.

 

Thankfully, money doesn't buy happiness, and any of us

with a '62 Corvair or a '52 Plymouth is probably

at least as happy as any of those considered rich.

Driving an old car is a richer experience than hoarding money.

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2 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

---But income tax forms are private, not open

to magazines such as Forbes who list their "400"

richest people.  And being a billionaire is based on

net assets, not income.  Certain people who are

major stockholders in publicly traded companies

are listed in those companies' annual reports, so 

at least those assets can be counted.  However,

the average local businessman who has a medium-

sized company with several hundred employees,

while he may be a friendly car collector, is likely

far from a billionaire.

 

I think those lists are suspect, and the number of

billionaires may fluctuate with the ups and downs of

their investments.

 

Thankfully, money doesn't buy happiness, and any of us

with a '62 Corvair or a '52 Plymouth is probably

at least as happy as any of those considered rich.

Driving an old car is a richer experience than hoarding money.

 

Income tax data would be just an aggregate total without names I would think.  Otherwise how else would you know if the billionaires did not tell you?

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Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure makes the misery more enjoyable!

 

One of the quotes that's abused day in and day out is the one that supposedly says "money is the root of all evil". 

 

That's not the true quote at all, it's "...for the love of money is the root of all evil".  I don't love money, but I like it.  Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to like me, and never seems to either come my way nor stay around if it does.....

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13 minutes ago, trimacar said:

Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure makes the misery more enjoyable!

 

One of the quotes that's abused day in and day out is the one that supposedly says "money is the root of all evil". 

 

That's not the true quote at all, it's "...for the love of money is the root of all evil".  I don't love money, but I like it.  Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to like me, and never seems to either come my way nor stay around if it does.....

 

Any amount more than what you need to satisfy your needs along with your modest and reasonable wants is just a pain in the ass...............Bob

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