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Learning from Donald Trump's biggest business wins

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, acknowledges cheering audience members before speaking at a campaign rally at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

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Donald Trump's presidential campaign is built on a carefully burnished image of success — but how real is it?

Real enough that he claims to be worth $10 billion or more, though independent estimates are lower, including Bloomberg News' estimate of $2.9 billion last year and Forbes' estimate of a net worth of $4.5 billion. But a billionaire is a billionaire. We'd all rather be in the fight as to whether our wealth was $2.9 billion or $4.5 billion or $10 billion, right?

Yes, Trump is a beneficiary of inheritance, huge early success and has taken companies into bankruptcy, something he said is a function of how all corporations use existing laws, won't apologize for and has only happened "four times out of hundreds."

For all the criticism Trump receives about his business prowess, he has had many successful ventures during his long career. Sorry, haters: It's not just decades of blustery self-preservation. Here are some of Trump's biggest business wins.

By Tim Mullaney, special to CNBC.com
Posted 19 March 2016

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