Who is Don­ald J. Trump?


Don­ald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York, the fourth of five chil­dren of Fred­er­ick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump.

Fred­er­ick Trump was a de­vel­oper who spe­cial­ized in build­ing and op­er­at­ing mid­dle-in­come apart­ments in New York City. At the age of 13, Don­ald was sent to the New York Mil­i­tary Academy, where he did well as a stu­dent leader and stand-out ath­lete.

Grad­u­at­ing in 1964, Trump en­tered Ford­ham Univer­sity and two years later trans­ferred to the Whar­ton School of Fi­nance at the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, where he grad­u­ated in 1968 with a de­gree in eco­nom­ics.

Trump fol­lowed his father into the real es­tate busi­ness where com­pe­ti­tion was stiff and profit mar­gins thin.

In 1971, Don­ald Trump was handed con­trol of his father’s firm, re­nam­ing it the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Cer­tain of New York City’s po­ten­tial, he got in­volved in large, high-pro­file pro­jects in Man­hat­tan, earn­ing big profits, in­flu­en­tial con­nec­tions and pub­lic recog­ni­tion.

His pro­jects in­cluded Penn Cen­tral’s Com­modore Ho­tel ad­ja­cent to Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion in 1974, the Der Scutt de­signed Grand Hy­att in 1980 and the mon­u­men­tal 58-story $200 mil­lion Trump Tower ad­ja­cent to Tif­fany and Com­pany on Fifth Av­enue, which opened in 1982 and fea­tured a six-story mar­ble atrium with an 80-foot water­fall.

At the same time, Trump was look­ing into the lu­cra­tive casino busi­ness and in 1980 ac­quired a piece of prop­erty in At­lantic City in part­ner­ship with the Hol­i­day Inn Cor­po­ra­tion. The $250 mil­lion Har­rah’s at Trump Plaza com­plex opened in 1984 as Har­rah’s at Trump Plaza. Trump bought out Hol­i­day Inn soon there­after and re­named the fa­cil­ity Trump Plaza Ho­tel and Casino.

Trump also took over a Hil­ton casino-ho­tel in At­lantic City and re­named the $320 mil­lion com­plex Trump’s Cas­tle and later the largest hotel­casino in the world while it was still un­der con­struc­tion, the Trump Taj Ma­hal, which opened its doors in 1990.

In 1990, the real es­tate mar­ket de­clined, re­duc­ing the value of and in­come from Trump’s em­pire, which re­quired a mas­sive in­fu­sion of loans to keep it from col­laps­ing.

Trump was able to climb back from a $900 mil­lion deficit and in 2000 made head­lines again when an ap­peals court ruled he had the right to fin­ish an 856-foot-tall con­do­minium.

In 1999, Trump looked into run­ning for pres­i­dent of the United States but af­ter a poor per­for­mance in the Re­form Party’s Cal­i­for­nia pri­mary, he pulled his hat out of the ring.

In 2004 Trump cashed in on his high-pro­file celebrity and be­gan pro­duc­ing and star­ring in the NBC re­al­ity series The Ap­pren­tice, which was an in­stant hit and made the tele­vi­sion show’s catch­phrase — “You’re fired” — a house­hold term.

On June 16, 2015, Trump made his am­bi­tions for the White House of­fi­cial when he an­nounced he would join a crowded Repub­li­can field, boast­ing that “I will be the great­est jobs pres­i­dent that God ever cre­ated.”

In 1977, Trump mar­ried Ivana Zel­nick­ova Win­kl­mayr, a New York fash­ion model who had been on the 1972 Czech Olympic Ski Team. Af­ter the 1977 birth of the cou­ple’s first of three chil­dren, Don­ald John Trump Jr., Ivana Trump was named vice pres­i­dent in charge of de­sign in the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion and played a ma­jor role in su­per­vis­ing the ren­o­va­tion of the Com­modore and the Plaza Ho­tel. The cou­ple had two more chil­dren to­gether — Ivanka (born in 1981) and Eric (born in 1984) — and went through a highly pub­li­cized di­vorce, which was fi­nal­ized in 1992.

In 1993 Trump mar­ried Marla Maples, an ac­tress with whom he al­ready had a daugh­ter, Tif­fany (born in 1993). Trump would ul­ti­mately file for di­vorce from Maples in 1997, which be­came fi­nal in June 1999.

In Jan­uary 2005, Trump mar­ried Slove­nian model Me­la­nia Knauss, more than twenty years his ju­nior. Among the many celebrity guests at the wed­ding were Hil­lary Clin­ton and for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton. She gave birth to their son, Bar­ron Wil­liam Trump, in March 2006.

Trump’s chil­dren — Don­ald Jr, Ivanka and Eric— work as ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dents for The Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion.


Sup­port­ers of Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton watch and wait at her elec­tion night rally in New York, on Tues­day.

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