Donald Trump

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Donald Trump
Born June 14, 1946 (1946-06-14) (age 69)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Fordham University
University of Pennsylvania
Occupation  • Chairman and president of The Trump Organization
 • Chairman of Trump Plaza Associates, LLC
 • Chairman of Trump Atlantic City Associates
 • Host of The Apprentice
Years active 1968–present
Salary $60 million
Net worth Increase $3.5 billion
Political party Republican (Before 1999; 2009–2011; 2012-present)
Reform Party (1999–2001)[1]
Democratic (2001–2009)[2]
Independent (2011–2012)[3]
Religion Presbyterianism
Spouse Ivana Zelníčková (1977–1992)
Marla Maples (1993–1999)
Melania Knauss (2005–present)
Children Donald
Official website

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman. Much of his money was made in real estate in New York City, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City. He owns the Miss Universe pageant. He was the star in his own reality show The Apprentice.

In June 2015, Trump announced that he will run for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential elections.

Early life[change | change source]

Trump was born in Queens, New York City, New York. He is a son of Fred Trump, and his wife, Mary Anne (nee MacLeod), who married in 1936. His mother was born on the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland.[4] Donald was one of five children. Donald's oldest brother, Fred Jr., died in 1981 at the age of 43.[5] Trump's paternal grandparents were German immigrants.[6] His grandfather, Frederick Trump (ne Friedrich Drumpf), immigrated to the United States in 1885 and became a naturalized American citizen in 1892. Frederick married Elisabeth Christ (October 10, 1880 – June 6, 1966)[7] at Kallstadt, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, on August 26, 1902. They had three children. He studied at Fordham University until transferring to the University of Pennsylvania.

Career[change | change source]

Trump began his career at his father's real estate company,[8] Elizabeth Trump and Son,[9] which focused on middle-class rental housing in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. One of Trump's first projects, while he was still in college, was the revitalization of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio, which his father had purchased for $5.7 million in 1962. Trump became intimately involved in the project and with a $500,000 investment, turned the 1200-unit complex with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. In 1972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6.75 million.[10]

Trump has developed many real estate projects, such as Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu, Trump International Hotel and Tower – Chicago, Trump International Hotel and Tower – Toronto, and Trump Tower – Tampa. In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, one Trump construction project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tower – Fort Lauderdale). Meanwhile, Trump Towers – Atlanta is being developed in a housing market having the nation's second-highest inventory of unsold homes.[11]

In its October 7, 2007 Forbes 400 issue, "Acreage Aces", Forbes valued Trump's wealth at $3.0 billion.[12] Since 2011, his net worth has been estimated from $2.9 billion to $7 billion.[13]

Personal life[change | change source]

Trump married Ivana Zelníčková in 1977. They divorced in 1992. He then married Marla Maples from 1993 until they divorced in 1999. Then he married Melania Knauss in 2005. Trump has 5 children.

2016 presidential campaign[change | change source]

Trump made a formal announcement of his candidacy for president of the United States for the 2016 elections on June 16, 2015. He made the announcement at 11am EST from his headquarters in Trump Tower in New York City.[14][15] Trump launched his campaign declaring, "We are going to make our Country Great Again" with a commitment to become the "greatest jobs president."[15]

Border security and illegal immigration remarks[change | change source]

During his announcement speech he stated in part, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems.... They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." On July 6, 2015, Trump issued a written statement to clarify his position on illegal immigration which drew a reaction from critics.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jesse The Body Ventura bodyslams national Reform Party". CNN. March 13, 2000.
  2. Griffith, Carson; Fischer, Molly (February 15, 2011). "President Trump? The Donald swapped party affiliations for potential presidential bid in 2009: doc". Daily News.
  3. "Donald Trump switches party affiliation to independent". CBS News.
  4. Scottish Genealogy, Scottish Ancestry – Donald Trump Retrieved January 9, 2014
  5. "Flashy Symbol of an Acquisitive Age: DONALD TRUMP". Time. January 16, 1989.,9171,956733-4,00.html.
  6. "Ancestry of Donald Trump - Trump Family Tree". Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  7. "Ancestry of Donald Trump". WARGS. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  8. "In Step With: Donald Trump". Parade. November 14, 2004.
  9. Trump: the art of the deal, Paperback, ISBN 978-0-446-35325-0, page 46 "He called his company Elizabeth Trump & Son ..."
  10. Korte, Gregory. "Complex was troubled from beginning". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  11. Frangos, Alex (November 16, 2007). "Stalled Condo Projects Tarnish Trump's Name". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
  12. Forbes topic page on Donald Trump Retrieved April 2010.
  13. Trump, Donald J. (December 5, 2011). Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again. Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-1-59698-773-9 .
  14. Reid J. Epstein (June 16, 2015).Donald Trump Enters 2016 Presidential Race. Wall Street Journal.
  15. 15.0 15.1 John Santucci and Veronica Stracqualursi (June 16, 2015). Donald Trump Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign: 'We Are Going Make our Country Great Again'. ABC News.
  16. Business Insider - July 6, 2015 (Provides full text of Trump's July 6, 2015, written statement.) Retrieved 2015-07-08

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