Combing through the data, Newsweek found that he and his wife, Melania, sold the two stocks in early 2017 along with four others, after purchasing them just four years earlier.
But after he sold his shares, both stock prices skyrocketed, peaking in 2021 and 2022. And though they are lower than what they were back then, the former president could have walked away with more than $5million if he sold them today.
Still, Trump has claimed the newly-released tax documents prove how successful of a businessman he is.
Former President Donald Trump lost out on millions of dollars by selling his shares in Apple and Microsoft too early
According to a 2017 tax return, the former president and Melania sold stocks in six companies — including Apple and Microsoft — in early 2017 as his presidency was beginning.
He had bought the stocks in October 2013 — purchasing $481,505 shares of Apple and $248,867 of Microsoft.
Trump the sold Apple for $833,118, earning $351,613 or a 73 percent gain, and sold Microsoft for $464,558, earning him $215,691 or an 87 percent gain.
In total, the former president earned a net gain of $642,000 from his initial investments in seven companies in 2017, a return of 47 percent. In comparison, the S&P 500 rose around 32 percent over the same time period.
He had warned in 2014 that he was going to sell his Apple shares ‘based on their dumb refusal to give the option of a larger iPhone screen like Samsung,’ but held on to it until early 2017.
That investment would have been worth $4,750,000 today, earning Trump a profit of $3,669,000.
And if Trump had held on to his Microsoft shares, they would be worth just under $2million.
In selling both today, Trump would have made a return of over $5m, with Apple shares trading at $134.76 over the weekend and Microsoft trading at $239.23.
The Trumps could have also sold Apple shares for around $5,1million in early January 2022, when the prices were at its peak, and Microsoft shares for $2,5million in November 2021.
That would have earned the former president over $7million once dividends are factored in.
If Trump had held on to his Apple shares, they would have been worth $4,750,000 today and if he held onto his Microsoft shares, they would be worth just under $2 million
Trump had previously announced back in 2014 that he was selling his Apple shares ‘based on their dumb refusal to give the option of a larger iPhone screen like Samsung.’ But he held onto the shares until early 2017
The ex-presidents’ losses are just one of many revelations gleaned from the six years worth of tax returns that the House Ways and Means Committee released last month.
Thousands of pages of documents reviewed by DailyMail.com confirm Trump paid little federal income tax while he was in the White House and nothing in 2020.
He and wife Melania reported that they had a negative income of $53.2million from 2015 to 2020.
And Trump paid $1.7 million in taxes over the six-year period, including just $750 in both 2016 and 2017.
The returns show that Trump held financial accounts in China, the United Kingdom, Ireland and St. Martin.
Apple shares were trading at $134.76 over the weekend, down from its high in 2021 and 2022
Microsoft was trading at $239.23 over the weekend, down slightly from its high in 2021
In response, the ex-president both shamed the Democrats for releasing his returns Friday and boasted about what they said about him as a longtime real estate developer and television personality.
‘The Democrats should have never done it, the Supreme Court should have never approved it, and it’s going to lead to horrible things for so many people,’ Trump said in a statement Friday. ‘The radical, left Democrats have weaponized everything, but remember, that is a dangerous two-way street!’
He added, ‘The “Trump” tax returns once again show how proudly successful I have been and how I have been able to use depreciation and various other tax deductions as an incentive for creating thousands of jobs and magnificent structures and enterprises.’