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Donald Trump

Real estate developer, mogul, presidential candidate · (1946 - )

Real estate developer, mogul, presidential candidate · (1946 - )

  • || Achievement
  • One of the world's most famous businessmen, with high profile projects in real estate, media, and many other areas. His TV show, The Apprentice, is the most well known to the general public although his fortune comes from real estate development.

  • || Achievements made possible by
  • Family influence: Strongly influenced by his father in his decision to make a career in real estate development. Frederick Trump was a builder and real estate developer who specialized in constructing and operating middle income apartments in the Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. Particularly adept at using publicity and personal promotion. In 1979 Trump leased a site on Fifth Avenue and built a luxurious $200 million apartment-retail building complex named Trump Tower. When it opened in 1982, Trump gained national attention as it attracted well-known retail stores and celebrity renters.
  • || Notable
  • Nearly $900 million in the red, Trump's decline was seen as symbolic of the many business, economic, and social excesses that had arisen in the 1980s. However, he climbed back and was reported to be worth close to $8 billion in 2015.
  • || Education
  • He entered Fordham University and then transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in economics in 1968.
  • || Married
  • Trump married Ivana Zelnickova Winklmayr, a New York fashion model who had been an alternate on the 1968 Czech Olympic Ski Team, in 1977. He married again in 1993, to Marla Maples, a fledgling actress. He is now married for a third time to model Melania Knauss.
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