President Trump’s last name has been licensed to at least 50 different licensing or management deals according to a Washington Post analysis of his financial disclosures from 2015 and 2016. These deals are linked to properties that bear the Trump name — contracts that have earned his companies at least $59 million in revenue.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver, which opened this week in Canada, is the first business to launch with the Trump name since he took the oath of office. The Trump Organization has built a worldwide empire through licensing deals like this, which has raised ethical questions around Trump’s involvement with his businesses while he is in office. Trump stated in his Jan. 11 news conference that he will move his assets into a trust controlled by his sons while retaining ownership of his companies — a move that Trump and his staff have said would shield him from any potential conflicts.

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CANADA

AZERBAIJAN

2

1

U.S.

14

properties

TURKEY

PUERTO

RICO

INDIA

PHILIPPINES

1

U.A.E

4

1

1

2

PANAMA

BRAZIL

1

INDONESIA

1

2

URUGUAY

1

Countries where President Trump’s

companies received revenue from

licensing or management deals

Number of

properties

CANADA

2

U.S.

AZERBAIJAN

14

1

TURKEY

1

INDIA

PUERTO

RICO

4

U.A.E

1

PHILIPPINES

2

1

PANAMA

1

Number of

properties

BRAZIL

INDONESIA

1

2

URUGUAY

1

Countries where President Trump’s

companies received revenue from

licensing or management deals

CANADA

2

UNITED STATES

AZERBAIJAN

14

1

TURKEY

1

INDIA

PUERTO

RICO

4

UNITED

ARAB

EMIRATES

1

PHILIPPINES

1

PANAMA

2

Number of

properties

1

BRAZIL

INDONESIA

1

2

URUGUAY

1

Countries where President Trump’s

companies received revenue from

licensing or management deals

Trump’s real estate holdings are scattered around the world. For his international projects, he has done a majority of his work through licensing — where a developer who is liable for the actual cost and responsibility of the contract uses Trump’s name for their hotels. This allows Trump to spread his brand and image worldwide without actually being liable for the project, while a local real estate contractor can boost the value and image of their property.

And it works. In Indonesia, Trump has licensed his name to two projects — a luxury resort and a golf course — for which he earned between $1 million and $5 million each project, each year. Hary Tanoesoedibjo, Trump’s partner on the project who also ran for vice president of Indonesia in 2014, said that both projects are worth more than $500 million. (He plans on running for president in 2019.)

Trump has also licensed his name to a suite of private mansions called Trump PRVT in the United Arab Emirates owned by Damac Properties. After two successful partnerships, Hussain Sajwani, the chief executive of Damac, offered Trump an additional project worth $2 billion , which Trump said he declined to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The Trump Organization routinely places a disclaimer at the bottom of its property sites explaining that its listed properties are actually owned by a separate company and that the Trump named is merely leased.

The Trump Organization routinely (but not always) places a disclaimer at the bottom of its property sites explaining that their listed properties are actually owned by a separate company and that the Trump named is merely leased.

The Trump Organization routinely places a disclaimer at the bottom of its property sites explaining that its listed properties are actually owned by a separate company and that the Trump named is merely leased.

Trump licensed his name to a project in Baku, Azerbaijan, in May 25, 2012, but development on the project stopped amid the country’s struggling oil economy. Still, Trump earned just over $2.5 million in licensing and management fees from the project according to his 2015 and 2016 financial disclosures.

After licensing his name and brokering a management deal with Irongate Azrep BW LLC for Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki, which opened in 2009, he partnered with them again. Jason Grosfeld and Adam Fisher — the CEOs of Irongate — had partnered with Trump on a project in Tijuana, Mexico, but the project was shelved, and buyers  sued them for $20 million. While the Los Angeles court ordered Grosfeld to pay $7.25 million in settlement, then-Republican presidential candidate Trump protested the settlement, saying Grosfeld should be liable for paying the entire $20 million. He maintained that he had no involvement in the project other than lending his name.  

Trump licensed his name to Talon International for the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto. Since its 2012 opening, the building has been inundated with problems and was recently put on sale for a minimum price of $225 million. Last year, Trump made just over $1 million in licensing fees from the project.

Trump’s licensing deals expand beyond his real estate dealings. He has licensed his name to an array of products, including Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks and Trump Menswear. A majority of these are now defunct, though he has earned revenue from several products since 2015.

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Trump Menswear*

Trump Home® iSeries*

Trump licensed his name with PVH Corp to create a line of menswear for his Donald J. Trump Collections company. He earned between $100,00 and $1 million.

Serta, the largest mattress brand in the United States, partnered with Trump for a series of mattresses, which netted him between $1 million and $5 million.

Select by Trump

Trump Home®

Trump licensed his name to Two Rivers Coffee for a line of single-cup coffee pods called Select by Trump. He made between $15,000 and $50,000.

Trump has licensed his name to a line of lamps and wall sconces that are manufacuted by Elk Lighting. The Trump Home series made him between $100,000 and $1 million.

Trump Menswear*

Trump Home® iSeries*

Select by Trump

Trump Home®

Trump licensed his name with PVH Corp to create a line of menswear for his Donald J. Trump Collections company. He earned between $100,00 and $1 million..

Serta, the largest mattress brand in the United States, partnered with Trump for a series of mattresses, which netted him between $1 million and $5 million.

Trump licensed his name to Two Rivers Coffee for a line of single-cup coffee pods called Select by Trump. He made between $15,000 and $50,000.

Trump has licensed his name to a line of lamps and wall sconces that are manufacuted by Elk Lighting. The Trump Home series made him between $100,000 and $1 million.

Trump Menswear*

Trump licensed his name with PVH Corp to create a line of menswear for his Donald J. Trump Collections company. He earned between $100,00 and $1 million.

Trump Home® iSeries*

Serta, the largest mattress brand in the United States, partnered with Trump for a series of mattresses, which netted him between $1 million and $5 million.

Select by Trump

Trump licensed his name to Two Rivers Coffee for a line of single-cup coffee pods called Select by Trump. He made between $15,000 and $50,000.

Trump Home®

Trump has licensed his name to a line of lamps and wall sconces that are manufacuted by Elk Lighting. The Trump Home series made him between $100,000 and $1 million.

*Both PVH Corp and Serta chose not to renew their licenses with Trump after he made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants during the presidential campaign. 

Other offbeat licensing deals include one for a carousel in Central Park, an ice skating rink in New York City and an operating agreement for a golf course in Ferry Point in the Bronx.

As the Trump Organization continues to benefit from licensing deals around the world, many have called on Trump to demonstrate that these deals will not influence his foreign policy or diplomatic actions.

In an effort to address concerns about potential conflicts of interest, the Trump Organization sent media organizations, including The Post, a signed letter from the president where he agreed to resign from more than 400 different companies. They include active companies like DT Marks Vancouver, which he used to license his name to the new Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, as well as defunct companies that licensed his name in such places as Batumi, Georgia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment.

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