Donald John Trump, U.S. President, real estate magnate and former reality TV star, was born in 1946, in Queens, New York. In 1971, Trump became involved in large and profitable building projects in Manhattan. In 1980, he opened the Grand Hyatt, which made him the city’s best-known developer. In 2004, Trump began starring in the NBC reality series The Apprentice. Trump then turned his attention to politics, and in 2015 he announced his candidacy for president of the United States. Then Trump became the official Republican candidate for president on July 19, 2016. In that November, Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Donald Trump is the first person to assume presidency without prior military or governmental service. He is also the oldest one to assume the office. As a politician, his career was marred by allegations of sexual misconduct and he also got criticism for his extravagant lifestyle and controversial comments on immigrants from Islamic countries.
Early Life and Education
Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York. He was the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. Frederick Trump was a builder and real estate developer who specialized in constructing middle-income apartments in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. Donald was an energetic and confident child. His parents sent him to the New York Military Academy when he was 13 years old.
Trump did well at the academy, both socially and academically. He became a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964. He then entered Fordham University. Two years later, he transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wharton with a degree in Economics in 1968.
Real Estate Developer
Trump followed his father into a career in real estate development. As a student, Trump worked with his father during the summer and then joined his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, after graduation from college. In 1971, Donald Trump was given control of the company. He later renamed the company the Trump Organization. He also moved his residence to Manhattan in order to make important connections with influential people. Trump believed the city had sufficient economic opportunity, so he soon became involved in large building projects in Manhattan that would bring the company high profits by using attractive architectural design and winning public recognition.
In 1974, Trump obtained an option on a hotel called Commodore. Commodore was unprofitable, but it had an excellent location adjacent to Grand Central Station. The next year he signed a partnership agreement with the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. Trump then worked out a complex deal with the city and won a 40-year tax abatement. He completely renovated the building, constructing a striking new facade of reflective glass designed by architect Der Scutt. The hotel was renamed the Grand Hyatt. When opened in 1980, it was instantly popular, making Donald Trump the city’s best known developer.
Expanding His Empire
In 1979, Trump leased a site on Fifth Avenue adjacent to the famous Tiffany & Company as the location for a monumental $200-million apartment-retail complex designed by Der Scutt. Opened in 1982, it was named Trump Tower. The 58-story building featured a six-story atrium lined with pink marble and an 80-foot waterfall. The luxury building suddenly attracted famous retail stores and celebrity renters, and this brought Trump national attention.
Reality TV Show
In 2004 Trump took advantage of his high-profile persona when he began producing and starring in the NBC reality series The Apprentice, in which contestants competed for a management position within the Trump Organization. The show quickly became popular and made famous Trump’s television phrase “You’re fired.” The success of the show resulted in plenty of spin-offs, including The Celebrity Apprentice that highlighted well-known people as contestants.
Historic Presidential Election
In June 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for president as a Republican. His campaigning focused on domestic issues such as illegal immigration, crime, Islamic terrorism, and the U.S. national debt. His campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” resonated with the American citizens.
While many of his campaigning tactics received criticism, they also ensured that he got unprecedented media coverage. He was accused of lying and embellishing facts during his election speeches. There were several accusations of sexual misconduct against him and he was criticized by the media for using vulgar and sexist language.
In a stunning victory, Trump won the majority of electoral college votes and was elected the 45th president of the United States on November 8, 2016. Then he assumed the office on January 20, 2017.
In 1977, he married Ivana Zelnickova and had three children from her, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. The couple ended their marriage in 1992 when Ivana discovered his extra-marital love affair with an American actress called Marla Maples.
In 1993, he married Marla Maples and they had one child, Tiffany, two months before their marriage. In 1997, he filed a highly-publicized divorce with Maples. Maples got $2 million after the divorce in 1999.
On January 22, 2005, he married Melania Knauss. Then they have a son together named Barron William Trump.