Donald Trump. biography
Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York to Frederick C., a real estate developer, and Mary MacLeod Trump. Due to Donald Trump's overly animated, hyper personality, Frederick and Mary shipped him off to the New York Military Academy with the intention of funneling his energy in a productive way.
Donald naturally excelled in academics and the social circle at the academy, becoming an all-around star athlete and a student body leader before his graduation in 1964. He then attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.
Migrating towards a career as a real estate developer after graduating, Donald joined his family's company, the Trump Organization, in hopes of surpassing his father's level of success. By 1971, Donald was living in Manhattan, socializing with New York's most influential individuals and building profitable projects, which were architecturally captivating and well received by New York natives.
In 1974, Donald stumbled across a property option for Penn Central's hotel Commodore, which bordered Grand Central Station. A year later, Donald partnered up with the Hyatt Hotel Corporation, attained a 40-year tax deduction deal with the city and financed the building's renovation. The newly renamed hotel Grand Hyatt, opened in 1980 with great success, turning Donald into one of the city's most famous and dubious developer.
Donald's next achievement came when he married fashion model Ivana Zelnickova Winklmayr in 1977 and had three children in 1978. In the following year, Donald landed a location on Fifth Avenue for his new $200 million building, called Trump Tower. Debuting in 1982, the extravagant, 58-story complex appealed to popular retail venues, celebrity apartment hunters and transformed Trump into a household name. During this time, Donald joined forces with Holiday Inns Corporation to construct a $250 million casino hotel named Harrah's at Trump Plaza.
In 1986, Donald bought out Holiday Inns' share and renamed the venue Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. On a buy-out streak, Donald acquired a Hilton casino hotel in Atlantic City after discovering the corporation's failure to secure a gambling license and later renamed it Trump's Castle. While Trump's Castle was under destruction, Donald purchased the renowned Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and acquired the New York City Barbizon-Plaza Hotel, located across from Central Park. After renovating the hotel, Donald renamed it Trump Parc.
In 1985, Donald acquired 76 acres on Manhattan's west side for $88 million in hopes of building a complex comprised of multiple skyscrapers, a riverfront park and a mall, named Television City. His goal, however, came to a halt when the surrounding community opposed the construction. The minor setback did little to stop Donald's ambition, and in 1988, he purchased the Plaza Hotel for $407 million and put $50 million into its renovation.
Donald began expanding the reach of his projects in the late 80s, constructing a condominium building in West Palm Beach, Florida, obtaining the Eastern Air Lines Shuttle for a mere $365 million in which he renamed it Trump Shuttle, followed by his announcement in 1990, to build a $1 billion, 125-story complex.
Seen as a business idol since his debut in 1980, the success of Donald's indestructible empire was threatened for the first time when the real estate market plummeted in 1990, causing Trump's net worth to drop from $1.7 billion to $500 million and the Trump Organization taking on an array of loans to keep from going bankrupt. Some how, Donald was able to survive $900 million in debt and increased his worth to $2 billion by 1997.
Donald's success may have survived the economic downfall but his image was called into question after he divorced Ivanna and turned around to marry actress Marla Maples, which resulted in the birth of their daughter before tying the knot in 1993. He made matters worse in 1997 when he filed for a publicized divorce from Maples, followed by an overly publicized wedding with model Melania Knauss in 2005.
In 2004, Donald gained popularity among a younger audience with his role in NBC's reality series The Apprentice but his continuous need to be in the public eye has tested the patience of many. Whether he's criticizing a celebrity and going to battle or making fictional claims against political figures, Donald has established himself as a well-know character and businessman with a stylish comb-over.