New Yorker Donald J. Trump is one of the most talked about individuals in the world. He became the United States president on Jan. 20, 2017. Hundreds of articles are written every day about the controversial president, however, this eminence is not only attributed to his current position.
Born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York, he was the fourth of five children of Frederick Christ and Mary Anne. Raised in Jamaica Estates, Queens, Trump attended the Kew-Forest School. The young man had some troubles in school and was enrolled in the New York Military Academy at the age of 13.
His father was a real estate investor who specialized in building and designing middle-income apartments in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn.
In 1964, Trump started working on his degree at Fordham University and transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in May 1968, with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
However, his career as a businessman began with a “small loan of one million dollars” before joining his father’s company. He helped manage the wide portfolio of residential projects in the boroughs of New York City and took over the company in 1971 and renamed it the Trump Organization.
The real estate mogul started making changes in the organization from residential apartments in Brooklyn and Queens to fancy and outstanding projects in Manhattan. One of the most notable acquisition and changes was the transformation of the Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and building the company’s most famous property the 68-story Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
Multiple properties carry the brand name: Trump Place, Trump World Tower, Trump International Hotel and Tower, at locations around the world.
His business vision was beyond his father’s biggest projects. Trump invested in casinos and hotels, a part of the company that drove his business into four bankruptcies.
In 1977, at age 30, Trump married his first wife Ivana Zelnickova Winklmayr, a New York fashion model from Czechoslovakia. The couple had three children: son Donald Jr. (b. 1977), daughter Ivanka (b. 1981), and son Eric (b. 1984). They divorced in 1992.
On December 20, 1993, he married his second wife, actress Maria Maples. This marriage lasted 6 years, until June 1999. Maples gave birth to his fourth child Tiffany, in 1993.
This was just the beginning for the real estate mogul. In 2003, he became the chief producer of the well-known reality show, “The Apprentice.” A group of high-qualified competitors battled for a position in the Trump organization.
He was a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and participated in an event on April 1, 2007. The match was called “The Battle of the Billionaires.” Trump and Bobby Lashley faced off with Vince McMahon and Armando Alejandro Estrada
The media has been a Large part of his life. He acted in more than 10 films and 12 television series. He was even nominated twice for an Emmy Award.
The real estate mogul has not only been a businessman but a man of the media. He owned the highest beauty contest in the world, the Miss Universe Pageant. He also bought the New Jersey Generals football team.
He also founded a for-profit university of his own brand. After hundreds of lawsuits and inquiries, the higher education institution had to close its doors. Other properties have been acquired by his empire, including the Mar-a-Lago resort, golf courses, several casinos in Atlantic City, as well as hotels outside of the United States.
On June 16, 2015, the businessman officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Although he was the front runner for the Republican Party, no one expected his exuberant campaign would win the presidential election against Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, who enjoyed a significant lead in national polls throughout 2016.
His controversial statements and roughness were never seen in a political figure before and it became the subject of severe criticism throughout the medias. However, the Trump wave was in a crescendo.
On November 8, 2016, and against all odds, he won the presidential election, becoming the 45th president of the United States. Ironically, Clinton won almost 3 million more votes, however, he won more electoral votes.
Written by Bassil Sockar
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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