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Donald Trump might be the world’s stingiest billionaire

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Everyone knows Donald Trump is equal parts wealthy and insufferable. Now we can add a third descriptor: tightfisted. A look through his tax returns shows that he's not the philanthropist he'd like to cast himself as. In fact, he's not even the largest contributor to his own charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

From 1990 to 2009, Trump donated a princely sum of $3.7 million to the foundation — a pretty small figure for a billionaire, especially if you spread it over nineteen years. The World Wrestling Entertainment beat him, making a five-million-dollar donation spread over two years.

The Trump Foundation's donations to other charities are similarly meager: most of his donations in 2009 numbered in the thousands. And at one point, it dropped a hefty 250 dollars to the Special Olympics. Trump's web site includes lip service to the man as an "ardent philanthropist," whose charitable activities are "an integral part of his ethos." If cutting a 250-dollar check is ardent support, I can't imagine what his idea of tepid is.