Since Donald Trump has been campaigning for the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidency, people are finding out many things about the billionaire real estate mogul. However, there are some interesting things that many people don’t know.
Donald John Trump was born June 14, 1946. He is an American real estate developer, television personality, and business author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. He was a success on his NBC reality show, “The Apprentice.” His religious preference is Presbyterian.
Trump jokes about always having a love for building things. When he was a kid, his father gave him and his brother a set of building blocks. He asked his brother for his blocks and Donald said he built a skyscraper and glued all the blocks together. Trump has been building things every since.
Donald Trump owns Trump World Tower, a 72-story residential tower across from the United Nations Headquarters. His other real estate includes Trump Place, a multi-building development along the Hudson River. Trump owns several million square feet of prime Manhattan real estate.
Other than real estate, Trump has established the Trump name and brand in other industries and products, including but not limited to restaurants, an ice cream parlor, a travel website, menswear, a fragrance, home furnishings, a board game, ice, vodka, and steaks. Trump reportedly receives $1.5 million for each one-hour presentation he does for The Learning Annex.
In June 2015, “Business Insider” published a financial statement supplied by Trump that reflects his net worth as $8.7 billion. In spite of all that money and notoriety, four of Trump’s businesses have declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Over the course of his career, Trump has initiated and been the target of hundreds of civil lawsuits. His companies have also allegedly been linked to organized crime.
Trump has been married three times. Two of his wives have been foreign models. His first marriage was in 1977 to model Ivana Zelníčková, a native of the Czech Republic, and together they have three adult children: Donald, Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. Ivana is the first one to call her husband “The Donald” in 1989. The couple divorced in 1991 because of a troubled marriage and a long affair with actress Marla Maples. Trump married Maples in 1993, two months after the birth of their child, Tiffany. They divorced on June 8, 1999.
In 2005, Trump married and is still married to fashion model Melania Knauss, a native of Slovenia. He is 24 years older than his wife. They have one son together. Barron Will Trump, born in 2006 is Melania’s first child and Donald’s fifth. Before Barron was born, Melania became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Trump has eight grandchildren. Five of them are from his son Donald Jr. (Kai Madison, Donald John III, Tristan Milos, Spencer Frederick, and Chloe Sophia Trump), and three are from his daughter Ivanka (Arabella Rose, Joseph Frederick and Theodore James Kushner).
In between marriages, Donald dated some of the most beautiful women in the world. The one person he regretted not dating was Princess Diana. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t try after her 1996 divorce from Prince Charles. He reportedly bombarded her with expensive floral arrangements.