Donald John Trump

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946, his nickname being "The Donald") is an American business executive. Donald Trump is most famous for several large skyscrapers he developed in Manhattan and named after himself. Starting with Trump Tower, he developed Trump World Tower along the East River, completed in 2001, and then began construction of the Trump Place apartment complex along the Hudson River that same year. He is also a major figure in the field of casino in the United States, and has become notable on television for his role on the reality show The Apprentice. Trump is often known as "A Schoolboy's Dream" and "A Competitor's Challenge", as he is rarely afraid of defining the ways of a prolific American business executive, and thus became an example of one.


He was born in New York, New York, the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. His grandfather came from Germany. Donald's father, Fred Trump, was a real estate developer who became rich with the building and operating of rental barracks in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.


At age 13, Donald's parents sent him to the New York Military Academy hoping to channel his energy and assertiveness in a positive manner. Trump attended Fordham University before transferring to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics, he joined his father's real estate company, the Trump Organization. Trump moved to Manhattan in 1971.

In his book, Art of the Deal, Trump discusses his undergraduate career:

"After I graduated from the New York Military Academy in 1964 I flirted briefly with the idea of attending film school...But in the end I decided real estate was a much better business. I began by attending Fordham University...but after two years, I decided that as long as I had to be in college, I might as well test myself against the best. I applied to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and I got in...I was also very glad to get finished. I immediately moved back home and went to work full-time with my father."


1980s Boom

Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, New York CityAs a talented dealmaker, he was able to secure loans with little collateral in the 1980s and created an empire in real estate, online casino, sports, and transportation, becoming something of a celebrity in the process. His buildings are all characterized by a somewhat satirical personality cult around himself. The name "Trump" always appears in the name of his buildings and often the decor features large letter "T"s in prominent locations. This self promotion also led to criticism and ridicule, most notably by Spy Magazine, which printed unflattering photographs and satirical commentary of Donald Trump and his wife Ivana. The 1980s also saw the brief emergence of an American cycling stage race, the Tour de Trump.


By 1990, the effects of recession left him unable to meet loan payments. Although he shored up his businesses with additional loans and postponed interest payments, increasing debt brought Trump to business bankruptcy and the brink of personal bankruptcy. Banks and bondholders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars, but opted to restructure his debt to avoid risking losing even more in a court fight.

By 1994, Trump had eliminated a large portion of his $900 million personal debt and reduced significantly his nearly $3.5 billion in business debt. While he was forced to relinquish the Trump Shuttle, he managed to retain Trump Tower in New York City and control of his three casinos in Atlantic City.

In 1995, he combined his casino holdings into the publicly held Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. Wall Street drove its stock above $35 in 1996, but by 1998 it had fallen into single digits as the company remained profitless and struggled to pay just the interest on its nearly $2 billion in debt. Under such financial pressure, the properties have been unable to make the improvements necessary for keeping up with its flashier competitors.

On October 21, 2004, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts announced a restructuring of its debt. The plan called for Trump's individual ownership to be reduced from 56 percent to 27 percent, with bondholders receiving stock in exchange for surrendering part of the debt. However, Trump's personal fortune has not been, in recent years, affected by his financial troubles with hotels and casinos. The Forbes 400 lists his net worth at $2.6 billion, though Trump himself claims to be worth over $5 billion.


In 1999, Trump indicated an interest in running for president on the Reform party ticket in 2000. He withdrew after the party disintegrated into factionalism. Trump's political views are largely centrist. He is pro-choice regarding abortion and supports gay rights, Social Security privatization, and tax cuts such as those implemented by President Bush. In 2004, Trump expressed opposition to the Iraq War but claims to have still voted for Bush due to his tax cut policy. Trump has contributed to both Republicans and Democrats, having donated slightly more money to Democratic candidates.

Trump has recently attacked the official "Freedom Tower" plan for rebuilding the World Trade Center, claiming the plan to be "a pile of crap", and claims that most New Yorkers want the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center rebuilt, with a symbolic 111 stories, one story taller than the original predecessors. He claims they would be taller, better, stronger and safer than the Freedom Tower; however, there is skepticism that the Twin Towers II proposal will actually replace the Freedom Tower plan and be built. In a recent CNN poll over 63% of voters wanted to see Trump's plan go into action.


In 2004, Trump became star and executive producer of the NBC reality show, The Apprentice, in which a group of competitors battle for a high-level management job in one of Trump's commercial enterprises. The other contestants are "fired", or eliminated, from the game. The winner of the program earns a $250,000 annual salary. At the end of each episode, Trump eliminates one contestant by telling them, "You're fired," which became a somewhat popular catch phrase.

A Muppet of Donald Trump also appears in an episode of the 36th season of Sesame Street, alongside grouch Muppet Donald Grump.


In 1977 Trump married Ivana Zelnickova and together they have three children: Donald, Jr. and Eric (born 1984). They were divorced in 1992. In 1993, he married Marla Maples, and together they have one child, Tiffany (born October 13, 1993). They divorced in June 8, 1999. Ivanka Trump is featured in a documentary called Born Rich about the experience of growing up as an heir to not only one of America's prolific business lineages, but to also a respected name in the New York Business World.

On April 26, 2004, he proposed to Melania Knauss. Trump and Knauss married on January 22, 2005 at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church on the Island of Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.


United States and Canada:

  • The Estates at Trump National: California
  • Mar-a-Lago: Florida
  • Trump 29: 46-200 Harrison Place, Coachella, CA 92236
  • Trump Casino Lake Michigan: 1 Buffington Harbor Dr, Gary, IN 46406
  • The Estates at Trump National: Rancho Palos Verdes Estate, CA 90275
  • Trump Grande: Florida
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower: 1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago:
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower, Las Vegas:
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto, Toronto: 311 Bay St, Toronto (under construction)
  • Trump Marina Hotel and Casino: 1 Castle Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Trump Palace: 200 East 69th Street, New York, NY
  • Trump Parc: 106 Central Park South, New York, NY
  • Trump Park Avenue: Park Avenue & 59th Street
  • Trump Place: Riverside Boulevard (multiple addresses), New York, NY
  • Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino: The Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort: 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Trump Tower: 725 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10022
  • Trump Tower, Tampa: Tampa, FL
  • Trump World Tower: 845 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY
  • Trump Tower at City Center: 10 City Place, White Plains, NY 10601


  • Trump Island Villas: Canouan Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trump World I, II, and III: Seoul, Korea
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