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Donald Trump in South Florida for campaign rally tonight



Donald Trump is a creature of New York. But when he comes to South Florida, it’s still a homecoming.

The Donald has been a fixture in local power circles for three decades — and pulled in more than $90 million last year from the properties he owns in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

That’s nearly five times Jeb Bush’s entire net worth. And it doesn’t even include the cash Trump raked in from real-estate licensing deals that brand luxury condos and hotels built by other developers with the Trump name.

Bush and Marco Rubio may be Miami Republicans’ golden boys in the 2016 Republican primary. But it’s Trump who has made the most millions from his businesses here.

“His touch on the project was absolute magic,” raved developer Gil Dezer, who partnered with Trump on two Sunny Isles Beach licensing projects.

No local venture has been more lucrative for the tycoon than Trump National Doral, the golf resort where Trump will hold his first Florida campaign rally — presumably rent-free — at 7 p.m. Friday. Trump reported nearly $50 million in revenue from the opulent resort in 2014, according to a financial disclosure form he filed as a presidential candidate.

Then there’s Mar-a-Lago, the historic West Palm Beach estate Trump turned into a lavish private club. It collected more than $15 million last year. His two golf clubs — Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter — brought in more than $12 million each.

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[Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2015 8:41am]


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