Donald Trump: The Life and Times of America’s Most Controversial Presidential Candidate

Although Republican Party candidate Donald Trump has been all over the media lately due to the inflammatory statements that he just can’t seem to stop making, there’s a lot that you don’t know about him that probably won’t come up during the debates.

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Early Life

Donald Trump was born in 1946 in Queens, New York. He is the son of Mary Anne and Fred Trump, and was lucky enough to be born into privilege. From his earliest years in school, he attended the private Kew-Forest School, but as he grew older, he became unruly, undisciplined, and a bully. This prompted his father to enroll him in the New York Military Academy, where he said he got, “more training, militarily, than a lot of guys that go into the military.”

Whether or not this is true, the military academy seems to have given Trump some much-needed discipline. After high school, he went to Fordham University and studied economics. He managed to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, and went to work for his father’s real estate company.

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Business Career

His father’s real estate company was called Elizabeth Trump & Son, and when a young Donald started working there in 1968, he immediately realized that real estate was his calling. Within two years, he moved to Manhattan to work on bigger projects and formed his own company, The Trump Organization.

Some of his biggest projects within the organization were acquiring the old Commodore Hotel and turning it into the Grand Hyatt, and building both Trump World Tower and Trump Tower, which features his own personal apartment complex — over 3,000 square feet of luxury real estate that’s thought to be one of the most valuable apartments in all of New York City.


In addition to these famous buildings, his company also owns and manages many smaller properties around New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Palm Beach.

Personal Brand

After his great success in real estate, Trump expanded his personal brand to include many other ventures such as Trump Magazine, Trump Catering, and Donald J. Trump: The Fragrance. Some of these have been more successful than others, and although financial experts from Forbes estimate his brand’s value sits at $200 million, Trump insists that it’s worth over $3 billion.

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