Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is known for his entrepreneurial savvy, but not every business idea of his has been a success. Rolling Stone rounded up the current GOP frontrunner’s biggest career flops.
According to the magazine, Trump, 69, tried taking his business empire sky-high with Trump Airlines. In 1988, he took out a $245 million loan to buy planes and routes from Eastern Air Shuttle. But not even gold bathroom fixtures could convince customers to buy tickets for flights. The venture was a bust and Trump had to eventually surrender ownership of the business to his creditors because he couldn’t afford the $1 million monthly interest on his loan.
Do you remember Trump: The Game? Probably not. Rolling Stone reports that the real estate tycoon released a board game with Milton Bradley that sold only 800,000 copies. It was discontinued in 1990, two years after its release. At the time, the now-ex-Celebrity Apprentice host retorted that the game was “too complicated” for consumers to understand.
Rolling Stone also points out this gem: Trump Steaks. After declaring bankruptcy on properties in Atlantic City, Trump apparently figured his next best move was to invest in Buckhead Beef. In 2007, he teamed up with then-Sharper Image CEO Jerry Levin to try and sell meat to the masses.
“It was a bad business idea,” Levin admitted to ThinkProgress in March 2016. “[W]e literally sold almost no steaks. If we sold $50,000 of steaks grand total, I’d be surprised.”
To see Rolling Stone’s complete list of Trump’s most memorable business blunders, click here.
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