All of Donald Trump’s Business Ties in One Overwhelming Visualization
Have a few days to spare? Start in the middle and just try to escape this terrifying maze of connections. This is how Donald Trump does business. Judge for yourself why so many folds and convolutions are built in.
Before Donald Trump was the president, he was a businessman. He came to office leading a vast business enterprise that includes real estate, casinos, and a lucrative branding operation. “The network is huge,” says designer Kim Albrecht, whose riveting data visualization Trump Connections attempts to untangle it all.
Albrecht used data from BuzzFeed’s TrumpWorld investigation into the president’s 1,500-odd business connections to create two visualizations. The first places Trump at the center of an enormous web. The other, which resembles a family tree, deconstructs that network person by person, business by business. “It’s a complete mess if you look at the entire dataset,” Albrecht says.