What Billionaires Are Saying About Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has courted controversy during the presidential campaign.

Many billionaires have come out to criticise Donald Trump, the bombastic Republican candidate, ahead of the 8 November presidential election, while a number have made supportive noises.

Here is our round-up of what billionaires have to say about Donald Trump.

Mo Ibrahim, is founder of Celtel and the Ibrahim Index of African Governance. He makes it his business to shine a light on good African leaders, and expose bad ones.

“I would vote for Clinton. I don’t think Trump is equipped to lead even a small African nation; forget about the US.”

Bill Heinecke is founder of Minor International, a hospitality and retail conglomerate. Heinecke gave up his US passport to become a Thai citizen in 1991, and said that the decision was “very easy”.

“As a matter of fact, today, I think it is the wisest decision I ever made. I’d much rather be voting in the Thai referendum than voting for either Hillary or Trump. It’s depressing.”

Former New York City mayor and founder of Bloomberg LP Michael Bloomberg derided Donald Trump in a speech during the Democratic National Convention. Bloomberg, who is far wealthier than Trump, called Trump “a con”.

“Most of us who have created a business know that we’re only as good as the way our employees, clients and partners view us. Most of us don’t pretend that we’re smart enough to make every decision by ourselves,” he explained.

“And most of us who have our names on the door know we are only as good as our word. But not Donald Trump.

“Through his career, Donald Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of law suits, angry stockholders, contractors who feel cheated and disillusioned, and customers who feel they’ve been ripped off.”

Octogenarian oil magnate T. Boone Pickens has come out in support of Trump, although for an unusual reason – his adavanced age. "I’m ready to take a chance on it," he said of his decision to back the Republican candidate. "In case it’s a mistake, [I’ll] be gone."

Hewlett-Packard boss Meg Whitman likened Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini at a summit hosted by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney in June, according to The Washington Post. She reiterated her comments afterwards, branding Trump “a dishonest demagogue”.

Tom Barrack, CEO of investment firm Colony Capital, has been a supporter of Trump from the beginning. He was recently quoted as saying, Trump is: ""good enough, tough enough, smart enough and well-versed enough to do it on his own merits."

Berkshire Hathaway chief Warren Buffett has said that he is also under audit, which is no reason to withhold tax returns, in response to Trump’s refusal to make his tax returns public. Buffett was quoted as saying: “You’re only afraid if you’ve got something to be afraid about… he’s not afraid because of the IRS [US Internal Revenue Service]. He’s afraid because of you [the voter].”

PayPal founder Peter Thiel came out in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform. But fake culture wars only serve to distract us from our economic decline. And no one is being honest about it but Donald Trump.”

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg referenced Trump obliquely in this statement: “I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community… I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others.”

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos tweeted in response to a Donald Trump insult to The Washington Post, which Bezos owns.

“Finally trashed by @realDonaldTrump. Will still reserve him a seat on the Blue Origin rocket. #sendDonaldtospace.”

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