Can Donald Trump Beat the Odds and Jump from Corner to Oval Office?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Moving from the corner office to the West Wing of the White House is a tough run, but that doesn't stop America's corporate elite from trying. Few have succeeded.

The latest business titan to try the nearly impossible task is celebrity and real-estate magnate Donald Trump. In a splashy announcement from Trump Towers in New York, the The Celebrity Apprentice star made an impromptu speech sprinkled with such gems as, "I will be the greatest jobs president that god ever created" and "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall."

In announcing his bid for the presidency, Trump also released documentation that claims his net worth is close to $9 billion. This isn't the first election in which he has been interested in running. Trump, now 68, was reportedly considering a bid in the 2012 election, but ultimately decided not to run.

He's not the lone corporate jockey in this election cycle. Former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CEO Carly Fiorina has also decided to run in 2016. Since World War II, more than a dozen corporate executives have sought the highest or second-highest office in the land -- though only two have won the presidency. 

Check out the candidates who, like Trump, straddled both the business and political worlds. TheStreet's list is derived from Information Please Database, a Pearson (PSO) subsidiary, supplemented with news reports.

1. Glen H. Taylor -- Vice Presidential Candidate, 1948

Glen Hearst Taylor was the vice presidential candidate for Progressive Party in the 1948 election, running on the ticket with Henry Wallace. President Harry S. Truman won re-election that year.

Taylor, who died in 1984, served as a senator for Idaho from 1945 to 1951, but he was also a businessman. From 1926 to 1944, Taylor was the owner and manager of various entertainment enterprises. He also was president of Coryell Construction for two years from 1950 to 1952.

Later on, after Taylor and his wife Dora moved to California, he started a business making hairpieces under the name Taylor Topper.

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