24 Trump Properties Not Actually Owned by Trump
New York City
Donald Trump had a role in developing this 55-story condominium complex at 200 E. 69th S., but it's now strictly a Trump-branded property that holds his name through a licensing agreement. Residents have tried to have the named removed (as has happened at the Trump SoHo and former Trump Place at Riverside South), but it hasn't budged.
New York City
Trump bought the first building at 106 Central Park South and the second at 100 Central Park South in 1981 for $13 million. Trump tried to turn the building into condominiums and kick out residents in rent-controlled apartments, his plan stalled in court. They stayed, and Trump paid their legal fees.
New York City
Trump built this 36-story co-op at 167 E. 61st St. on the Upper East Side back in 1983 for $125 million. The co-op owners have left Trump's name on the building, but got a nasty surprise in 2014 when they were asked to cough up $1 million or more apiece to buy the land beneath the building.
New York City
Opened at 845 United Nations Plaza in 2001, Trump World Tower and its 72 stories of glass walls have been home to former New York Yankee Derek Jeter, tech mogul Bill Gates, and, on the 45th floor, Saudi Arabian royalty. It's been featured on "The Apprentice," but Trump is listed only as the developer, not the owner.
New York City
Trump partnered with General Electric on 1 Central Park West for $40 million when it redeveloped the building in 1994. With 200 condominium units and a full hotel right on Columbus Circle, this supposedly 52-story building -- it was a 44-story building before Trump, and he added no height -- was considered something of a comeback for the magnate after a post-1980s slump. But he doesn't own it.
Jersey City, New Jersey
Son-in-law Jared Kushner is the "Trump" at these towers of 55 and 50 stories. Opened in 2008 and 2016 (a break due in large part to the recession), these towers raised eyebrows along the Jersey City waterfront and inspired neighbors, many of whom Trump accused of cheering after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to protest after Trump's election.
New Rochelle, New York
Briefly the tallest building in Westchester County, the 40-story Plaza licensed to display the Trump name was seen as key to New Rochelle redevelopment plans when opening in 2007. Linked to the New Roc City shopping and entertainment district, it is now part of a city within a city and is basically a condo complex with its own outdoor mall.
White Plains, New York
White Plains is a booming corporate center, and the 35-story, 212-condo Trump Tower -- where the licensed name is now a point of contention among residents -- was no slouch when the property opened in 2005. Much of the credit goes to local developer Louis R. Cappelli, who was behind New Rochelle as well.
Shrub Oak, New York
Yet another Trump license project with Cappelli, these 141 condos debuted in 2007. Easily the most suburban of Trump's residential properties in the area, this community on 55 woodland acres has a pond, movie screening room, business center, and trails. The "Trump" sign at the entrance was vandalized and taken down in 2017.
Once again, this 37-story condo tower is Trump's only in name, which is all Cappelli and F.D. Rich needed when opening in 2009. Trump Parc has also grappled with dropping the name -- though one of 177 units is owned by Trump supporters and WWE owners Vince and Linda McMahon.
This 40-story, 200-unit condo along 240 feet of beach between Fort Lauderdale and Miami includes an oceanfront pool deck, elaborate spa, and beach cabanas, a cigar lounge, and wine cellar. But when it was foreclosed upon just one year after opening, it turned out Trump -- listed as a developer -- was just licensing his name.
Donald Trump says he owns this winery. He does not. He may have bought it under interesting circumstances in 2011, but his son Eric's limited liability corporation is the owner. He's also called it one of the largest wineries in the United States or the east coast. It is not.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Bathed in garish lights and color, this casino hotel was the crown jewel of Trump's casino empire when it opened in 1990. It was a run-down wreck when it closed in 2016 and sold for pennies on the dollar last year. This summer, it reopens as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino stripped of Trump's name.
This 38-story, 462-unit hotel-condominium reportedly sold out all of its units in one day for $700 million when it opened in 2009, though it was mostly vacant a year later in a real estate slump. Now it includes a disclaimer on its website noting that is it not owned by Trump or his organization and the license can be terminated or revoked.
Along the river on what was once the site of the Chicago Sun-Times, this hotel -- the seventh-tallest building in the world when it opened in 2009, now the 26th tallest -- was developed by Trump and managed by the Trump organization. The International is no longer under his direct control, but protesters flock there nonetheless.
There's a licensing and management agreement in place for this condo, office, and mall complex, and many Turks -- including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- want the Trump name removed for his comments about Muslims. (Some didn't realize the "Trump" referred to that Trump.)
Vancouver, British Columbia
This 63-story building, the second-tallest in Vancouver wasn't built by Trump and was never owned by him or his organization. It still faced protests as soon as it opened in 2017 with three Trump children on hand, boycotted by local officials. Considering that Ivanka Trump faces an FBI investigation for business deals at the tower, the name may not be permanent.
The funny thing about strictly licensing Trump's name is that you can remove it almost by whim. Toronto just scrubbed Trump's name off what became the Adelaide after falling into receivership when the owners -- never Trump -- opted to try their luck elsewhere.
Billionaire Mangal Lodha sounds like Trump: Developing a 75-story, 400-unit luxury condo building while serving in a leadership role for a major political party. Trump Tower Mumbai is in a planned city community called The Park, which we get the feeling Trump would like for its distinct similarities to Central Park. Sales were slow, despite the Trump name and offers of a private jet service just for tenants.
Panama City, Panama
The owners of this Trump-branded hotel and condo complex sent the Trump management team packing with the help of Panamanian officials, suggesting the brand was tanking property values. Ownership pried his name off of the building and played Greek anti- fascist music in the lobby in victory.
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