Who is worth more: Donald Trump or Michael Bloomberg?

Who’s got the money?
Who’s got the money?
Image: Trump: Randall Hill/Reuters; Bloomberg: Brendan McDermid/Reuters
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Media mogul and former New York city mayor Mike Bloomberg is a perennial non-candidate candidate in US presidential elections. He usually denies rumors that he might be running, but this month, he told the Financial Times that he was “looking at all the options.”

Following his cautious statement last week, Google searches for his name increased by 1100%, the Washington Post reported. Among the most-searched questions was: ”Who has more money, Michael Bloomberg or Donald Trump?”

The answer, according to Forbes’ real time estimates as of Feb. 11, 2016, is pretty simple:

The difference is perhaps even starker, according to re/code, who put Bloomberg’s fortune at $48.8 billion, based on different estimates.

Donald Trump says he is worth much more than the Forbes calculation, even $10 billion, and does not believe Bloomberg is worth even what Forbes estimates. In January, he said “I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that,” when confronted with the number on CNN.

“It’s a technology company—I mean, if someone came in, frankly, and comes up with a better machine than him, people would stop using his machine,” he said, referring to the Bloomberg Terminal computer system.