Donald Trump is a Real estate developer to casino owner, to reality TV star, the center of attention of politics and commerce for a long time.
Date of Birth: June 14, 1946
place of Birth: New York, New York
Birth name: Donald John Trump
Father: Fred Trump, real estate developer
Mother: Mary (Macleod) Trump
Marriages: Melania (Knauss) Trump (January 22, 2005-present); Marla (Maples) Trump (December 1993-June 1999, divorced); Ivana (Zelnicek) Trump (1977-1990, divorced)
Children: with Melania (Knauss) Trump: Barron, March 20, 2006; with Marla Maples: Tiffany, October 13, 1993; with Ivana (Zelnicek) Trump: Eric, 1984; Ivanka, October 30, 1981; Donald Jr., December 31, 1977
Education: Attended Fordham University; University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, 1968
Interesting Facts About Donald Trump
⦁ DONALD WOULD HAVE BEEN A BILLIONAIRE ON HIS INHERITANCE ALONE
Donald Trump inherited so much money from his father that he would have the same net worth if he would have just put his inheritance in an index fund. He done nothing and just let his money accumulate instead of working.
⦁ Trump has run for president before. He won the California presidential primary for the Reform Party in 2000. In 2000, Trump made a short bid for President as part of the Reform Party. He even gained the support of Jesse Ventura, who had the idea of becoming vice president. Trump dropped out of the race, but even so, he managed to win the California and Michigan primaries.
⦁ HE’S INDUCTED INTO THE WWE HALL OF FAME
Trump has hosted several WWE events at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ, and was often seen in the front row of the stands. But in 2007, he rose to WWE fame when he dropped tens of thousands of dollars from the rafters in order to upstage Vince McMahon. After that came the Battle of the Billionaires, in which Trump earned the right to shave McMahon’s head.
⦁ DONALD TRUMP IS A GERMAPHOBE
Jeb Bush has made it his mission to frequently point out that Donald Trump is a germaphobe who does not like to shake hands. Trump has admitted that he likes to have clean hands and is bothered that he is constantly expected to shake hands.
⦁ TRUMP HAS WON A RAZZIE
In 1990, Trump won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for his role in Ghost Can’t Do It. One scene involving Trump had him in a business meeting with Bo Derek’s character. Her ghost husband, who was invisible to everyone but her, aided her character during the meeting.
⦁ HE HAS HIS OWN BOARD GAME
The Board Game was released by Milton Bradley in 1989 after Trump’s rise to success. He had become a media darling after using a loan from his father to create multi-million-dollar real estate empire. The game allows players to try and re-create Trump’s rise to fortune, but they can also lose everything, much like Trump himself the year after the game was released. The game was a huge flop.
⦁ IN 1991, DONALD TRUMP WAS BILLIONS IN DEBT
In 1991 Donald Trump owed billions to several different banks and had to divide up his wealth and assets. Citigroup took an airline and several retail businesses. Bankers Trust got control of the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. None of the banks were happy to get the property and assets in the middle of a recession, but it was the only way to recoup some of their money from the bankrupt businessman.
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⦁ TRUMP MANAGEMENT CORPORATION WAS ONCE SUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
⦁ HE MADE $375,000 AN EPISODE TO APPEAR ON HIS OWN SHOW
The Apprentice was a very popular reality television show for a period. It gave Trump great exposure, continued to propel his brand to a household name and gave him an opportunity to make new partnerships and advertising ventures.
⦁ TRUMP TOWER WAS CONSTRUCTED IN PART BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WORKING FOR $4 AN HOUR
The company that Donald Trump contracted to build Trump Tower hired 200 Polish workers who were in the country illegally. The workers made to work 12 hour shifts for $4 to $5 an hour. Donald Trump later denied any knowledge of the illegal workers, but when workers asked for the money they were owed, he threatened to have them deported.
⦁ HE WAS GIVEN AN HONORARY DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SCOTLAND WHICH WAS LATER REVOKED
⦁ TRUMP WANTS TO BE REBORN AS A BLACK MAN
In 1989, Trump told an interviewer that a well-educated black man had tremendous advantages over a well-educated white man in the job market. He said that he if he were starting off again he would want to be a black man with a good education because he truly believes that they have an advantage. He also believes that racism is completely finished. Because America elected a black president.
⦁ DONALD TRUMP HAS FILED FOR BANKRUPTEY 4 TIMES
In 1991 the Trump Taj Mahal went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the Trump Plaza following the same path in 1992. They reorganized in 1995 into what was called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. This company, in turn, went into bankruptcy in 2004. It eventually came back renamed Trump Entertainment. In 2009, during the global recession, Trump went through Chapter 11 for a fourth time with Trump Entertainment filing for bankruptcy.
⦁ DONALD TRUMP PREVIOUSLY OWNED A FOOTBALL TEAM
In 1983 Trump decided to branch out and decided to buy a foot ball team. It reported that Trump bought the team for $9 million. He said he bought it for $5 million. The team, part of the United States Football League (USFL). USFL won the lawsuit but only received a check for $3.76 after attorney fees and court costs were paid. The check has never been cashed.
⦁ TRUMP OWNED 14,000 APARTMENTS BY THE TIME HE WAS 27
Donald Trump supposedly took a small $1 million “loan” from Dad to get started on his ventures. He eventually built the Trump Management Corporation almost single-handedly and ultimately turned it into an empire. In 1973, when Trump was just 27-years-old, the real estate tycoon owned 14,000 apartments that located throughout Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn.
Amazing Facts about Donald Trump:
⦁ As Trump evolved from real estate developer to reality television star, he turned his name into a brand. Licensed Trump products have included board games, steaks, cologne, vodka, furniture and menswear.
⦁ He has portrayed himself in cameo appearances in movies and on television, including “Zoolander,” “Sex and the City” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”
⦁ He and Ringo Starr starred in the same “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” episode.
⦁ He passed up the chance to buy the New England Patriots back in the 80s because he thought they were a bad investment.
⦁ Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again” first used by Ronald Reagan while he was running against President Jimmy Carter.
⦁ When Donald Trump married to Ivana, he had an illicit affair with Marla Maples. It was an affair that Ivana discovered while on vacation in Aspen with Donald. Hence, Ivana confronted Marla at a restaurant, which led to the affair getting plenty of press.
Donald said it was great for business, since Marla bragged that the best sex she ever had. Ivana and Donald divorced soon after.
⦁ HE CLAIMS TO HAVE NEVER USED AN ATM
While doing an interview with Conan O’Brien on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, he claimed that he has never used an ATM. That maybe be true, because, well, he has people to use the ATM for him.
⦁ HE HAS A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Donald Trump earned his star on the Walk of Fame due to the popularity of his television show, The Apprentice. He was the 2,327th star on the Walk of Fame because of the contribution his show made to the entertainment industry. However, Donald Trump himself has said that making the show was an amazing experience and that every woman who ever appeared on the show flirted with him.
⦁ DONALD TRUMP IS ASOCIAL MEDIA FANATIC
Donald Trump loves to stay involved on social media, and Twitter in particular. However, it reported that he sends approximately 372 Tweets each month. That averages out to about 12 a day! He’s also prominent in other areas of social media with millions of followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Vine. Undoubtedly Trump’s savvy use of social media has played a part in his political success.
⦁ HE DOESN’T DRINK, BUT RELEASED HIS OWN VODKA BRAND
The Donald has never smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol or done drugs. Because his older brother, Fred, alcoholic for many years and warned Trump to avoid drinking. Fred ultimately died from his addiction.
Although Trump doesn’t drink, he launched his own brand of vodka in 2006, self-described as “a superb product and beautifully packaged.” Unfortunately, consumers didn’t agree and production of Trump Vodka was halted in 2011 due to meager sales.
⦁ HE SENT TO MILITARY SCHOOL FOR BAD BEHAVIOR
While he went to elementary school and middle school in Queens, NY, he started getting into trouble in his teen years. That prompted his parents to send him to New York Military Academy in the hope that it would straighten him out.
⦁ TRUMP IS OVERSENSITIVE ABOUT THE SIZE OF HIS FINGERS
Trump was so bothered by short-fingered that he periodically sends Graydon Carter pictures of himself with his hands circled with gold sharpie. He has also sent tracings of his hands to prove that there was nothing short about his fingers.