Donald Trump has revealed he got his start in business with a “small loan” of $1 million from his father.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, voters asked the tycoon to show some humility and common ground with average Americans.
The Republican presidential candidate said he “often drives himself” and recently ate at McDonald’s.
Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was a successful real estate developer who gave him seed money to begin investments.
“It has not been easy for me,” the GOP front-runner said.
“And I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of $1 million. I came into Manhattan and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest.”
The town hall’s host, NBC’s Matt Lauer, said most people would not consider that a small amount.
One woman at the town hall said some would only vote for Donald Trump if he would “eat a piece of humble pie once in a while”, to which he responded that doing so would expose weaknesses to foes like Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Opponent Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon, has been gaining on Donald Trump in some polls.
In the last few days, he has been on the receiving end of attacks from the billionaire businessman, who says Ben Carson is “low energy”.
Voting in the party primary contests begins in February and the presidential election is in November 2016.