Larry Slawson received his master's degree at UNC Charlotte. He specializes in Russian and Ukrainian history.
Donald Trump: Biographical Facts
- Birth Name: Donald John Trump
- Current Age: 72
- Date of Birth: 14 June 1946
- Place of Birth: Queens, New York
- Current Profession: President of the United States of America (45th President)
- Past Professions/Occupations: Television Star; Business Leader; Real Estate Developer
- Current Relationship Status: Married
- Spouse(s): Ivana Zelnickova (Married in 1977; Divorced in 1992); Marla Maples (Married in 1993; Divorced in 1999); Melania Knauss (Married in 2005).
- Children: Donald Trump Junior; Ivanka; Eric; Tiffany; Barron
- Parents: Fred and Mary Anne Trump
- Sibling(s): Maryanne, Fred Jr.; Elizabeth; Robert
- Political Affiliation: Republican Party (current); Independent (2011-2012); Democratic Party (1987-2009)
- Religious Views: Presbyterian (Protestant)
- Current Residence: White House; Washington D.C.
- Alma Mater: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
- Education: Bachelor of Science in Economics
- Net Worth: $3.5 Billion Dollars
Quick Facts About Donald Trump
- Donald John Trump was born in Queens, New York on 14 June 1946 to Frederick and Mary Anne Trump.
- At an early age (thirteen), Trump was enrolled in the New York Military Academy by his parents.
- A few years later, Trump began to take classes at Fordham University but later transferred to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. There, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics (May 1968).
- While attending college. Young Trump also continued to work at his family business, “Elizabeth Trump & Son,” and continued in this endeavor after college as well.
Trump’s career really took off with his partnership with the Hyatt Corporation in 1976. With his father and Hyatt, the trio purchased the Commodore Hotel in midtown Manhattan.
After extensive remodels (taking nearly four years), the hotel reopened and was dubbed the “Grand Hyatt Hotel.” After the success of the Grand Hyatt, Trump began to purchase multiple properties across New York City and began construction on casinos in Atlantic City.
One of Trump’s most notable purchases included the “Mar-a-Lago” oceanfront estate in Palm Beach, Florida (1985). After extensive renovations, Trump made the Mar-a-Lago a private club in the mid-1990s.
Book and Financial Downfall
Trump published his first book in 1987, entitled: Trump: The Art of the Deal. The book experienced overwhelming success, becoming a nationwide bestseller.
In response, Trump developed “The Donald J. Trump Foundation” which donated a portion of the book’s sales to local and national charities.
Nearly three years later, however, Trump faced complete bankruptcy as he faced nearly a billion dollars of debt. After making numerous arrangements with bankers, Trump was able to avoid declaring bankruptcy.
However, in 1991 and 1992 both the Trump Taj Mahal, The Trump Plaza, and the Trump Castle were forced to file for bankruptcy.
Pageants and The Apprentice
In the mid-1990s, Trump moved to purchase Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. Later, in the early 2000s, Trump became involved in the reality show known as “The Apprentice” which aired on NBC.
Trump even hinted at the possibility of a run for the Presidency in the late 1990s but decided against it due to discord within the Reform Party.
During his years of real estate development, writing, and entertainment, Trump was also married on several occasions.
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- His first wife, Olympic skier and model Ivana Zelnickova (1977) bore the couple three children: Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Junior. However, the couple decided to divorce in 1990.
- In 1993, Trump and Marla Maples tied the knot and had one daughter, Tiffany. After six years, the couple split in 1999.
- Trump’s final marriage in 2005 to Slovenian model, Melania Knauss, continues to thrive, however. The couple has one son named Barron.
Politics and the Presidency
In 2015, Trump officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States after considering the idea for quite some time. Trump surprised many with his victory over Republican opponents also vying for the Presidency due to his straight and direct talk.
Even more surprising was the stunning victory over Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the November 2016 election. In 2017, Trump was officially inaugurated as President of the United States. He is currently the wealthiest President in American history, ahead of even John F. Kennedy.
Despite winning the election, Trump’s presidency has been highly controversial due to allegations, scandals, and political mudslinging from both sides of the political spectrum.
Fun Facts About Trump
- Trump is the first elected President of the United States to have never held a prior government office or military rank.
- Trump had a famous uncle by the name of John G. Trump that served as a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His uncle was given permission by the FBI (1943) to examine the papers of the famous inventor, Nikola Tesla, following his death earlier in the year.
- Donald Trump is a major fan of golf. In total, he owns and operates nearly eighteen golf courses around the globe.
- In addition to real estate and golf courses, Trump also owned Trump University LLC, which provided real estate training to prospective students.
- Despite being a lifetime business owner, Trump has never enjoyed shaking hands due to his fear of germs.
- Trump abstains from the use of alcohol. After his brother died in 1982, due to his addiction to alcohol, Trump refuses to drink.
- Trump nearly purchased the New England Patriots in the 1980s. However, he felt they were a bad investment at the time due to their record.
- By the time Trump was twenty-seven years old, he already owned over 14,000 apartments.
“No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.”
— Donald Trump
Quotes by Trump
- “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”
- “No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.”
- “Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.”
- “It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.”
- “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.”
- “Together, we will make America strong again. We will make wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.”
- “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.”
- “One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.”
- “So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”
In closing, Donald Trump represents one of the most fascinating and intriguing figures to have emerged in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From real estate tycoon to President of the United States, Trump’s rise to the Presidency has forever altered American politics as we now know it today.
What does the future hold for Trump? Does he have enough support for four more years in office? The answers to these questions remain unanswered for the time being. Only time will tell what direction the American people choose to follow in the months and years ahead.
Suggestions for Further Reading:
Trump, Donald J. and Tony Schwartz. Trump: The Art of the Deal. New York, New York: Ballantine Books, 1987.
Wikipedia contributors, "Donald Trump," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Donald_Trump&oldid=888313961 (accessed March 19, 2019).
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2019 Larry Slawson