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Donald Trump Is Not Impressed With Mitt Romney's Net Worth, Resumé

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As you may have heard, Donald Trump has been mulling a run for president, which he says he’ll make a final decision on by June. For the last several months he's been putting his credentials out there (unlike our pussy diplomats who went to school to study "how to be nice," Trump is the "right messenger" to deliver news to people like the Chinese, who fear him and know he means business) and debating the issues (namely China, which we should stop treating to "beautiful five-star meals" and needs to be told “If you don’t stop manipulating your currency, we’re going to put a 25 percent tax on your products that come into the United States"). Over the weekend The Don took on one of his potential competitors for the boss of the US gig, Mitt Romney. Trump says he's more qualified than the former Governor of Massachusetts for a couple of reasons.

1. He's richer than Mitt. "I have a much, much bigger net worth. I mean my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney," Trump told CNN's Candy Crowley.

2. Whereas Romney was basically a plebe at Bain Capital, which he co-founded, concerned with performance reviews and whether or not he's get a big bonus, Trump is a real businessman."Well, Mitt Romney is a basically small-business guy, if you really think about it. He was a hedge fund.** He was a funds guy. He walked away with some money from a very good company that he didn't create. He worked there. He didn't create it," Trump said. Trump claimed that he had created "hundreds of thousands of jobs."

Donald Trump Says His Net Worth Is Bigger Than Mitt Romney's [NYP via DI]

**Hedge fund, private equity firm, same diff, no diff.


Julian Robertson Made Mitt Romney An Offer He Could Refuse

And did! (Next time think about throwing in a tutorial on not letting The Man make you his bitch and some tales from the crypt to sweeten the deal.) Not long after Mitt Romney dropped out of the presidential race in early 2008, a titan of New York finance, Julian H. Robertson, flew to Utah to deliver an eye-popping offer. He asked Mr. Romney to become chief executive of his hedge fund, Tiger Management, for an annual salary of about $30 million, plus investment profits, according to two people told of the discussions. For Mr. Romney, who had spent the previous decade in public life forgoing any paychecks, the position promised to catapult him back to the pinnacle of American business and into the ranks of the stratospherically rich. Several friends and relatives urged him to accept. “Let’s put it this way,” said Mr. Robertson. “He could have made a lot of money.” But Mr. Romney was uninterested. Defeat, Introspection, Reinvention, Nomination [NYT]