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Young Donald Trump; Biography

Updated on August 24, 2015



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Donald Trump was born in Queens, New York City to Fred and Mary Anne Trump, who were married in 1936. Fred's father died while he was still a teenager forcing him to think like an entrepreneur in order to help support his mother and younger siblings. Fred's mentality stemmed from his immigrant parents was one of American values that the United States was founded upon. He did not consider himself a victim because he was fatherless, nor did he seek out the government in effort to receive a regular dole. Instead, Fred Trump paid close attention to what was happening around him, and decided that real estate was an avenue where a man with little formal education could use the free market system to prosper. Fred Trump did not want mediocrity that is associated with handouts, he wanted actually financial freedom that only capitalism could provide.

With Fred's determination and hard work the Trump family did not flounder, and within a few years Fred was earning more money than the average American. He just watched the changes that were taking place and provided what people were looking for. In the 1920s garages were becoming necessary and many of the older homes were built without one, so Fred came up with the idea of building prefab garages and selling them for a reasonable price that the average American could afford. He was American entrepreneurialism in action. By the end of the 20's, when the stock market had crashed, Trump did not cry about it, he shifted gears and found other ways to prosper than the methods that he was using in the early 1920s, and eventually was owner and manager of several low income apartments. Fred Trump became a wealthy real estate developer in New York City, but did not in any way come close to achieving the wealth and notoriety of his son, Donald.

Donald Trump was born in 1946 and is the youngest of five children. Of all the who children Fred and Mary Anne Trump produced, Donald's personality towards business is the only one that is vaguely similar to that of his father's. Because Fred had reached success, the life of his children was a lot softer than his own upbringing had been, and in many cases, the offspring of wealthy entrepreneurs are lazy, and unmotivated due to their own knowledge that they don't really have to work as hard, because there is no level of desperation driving them.

Donald trump was different. He had the desire to become his own man at an early age, and when his older brother felt that he could not compete with his super successful father, Donald welcomed the challenge. He displayed bravado and ego in his teens and later attended Military school, which he credits as being instrumental in channelling his aggression into something positive.

After military school Donald Trump went to the Wharton School which is the University of Pennsylvania, and simultaneously he joined his fathers firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son. Although he was working for his father, Donald was simply learning a few things and planning to take the business in his own direction. Fred Trump's way of thinking was a lot smaller than that of his son Donald. Donald Trump wanted a piece of Manhattan, more to the point, he wanted a piece of 5th avenue. In 1971 Donald renamed the company, The Trump Organization. Donald developed land and build buildings that Fred Trump never could have imagined.

As a young man in his 20s, Donald seemed to be much more mature than other men his age. He did not drink or smoke and was interested in getting up early to a productive business day. He associated with successful men and was eager to learn new strategies and do something big. He met Ivana Zelnickova in the 1970s and they were married in 1977, in a huge society ceremony boasting the guest list and the finery. Ivana had a master's degree in physical education from Prague, and was a world class skier and fashion model. The Trump's were now a beautiful society couple who made the colomns regularly. They were the toast of extravagant celebrity parties in New York and the worked together on massive project such as the Hyatt Hotel, Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Aatlantic City, and Trump tower on Fifth Avenue. The couple had three children, two boys and one girl.

Ivana was a great asset to Donald trump as far as publicity and a world of help managing and growing the Trump empire. Ivana was CEO of Trump Organization and Vice president of an Interior Design company. No one could accuse Ivana of being a dumb blond or a gold digger. She worked hard and was as highly efficient as her husband. Trouble started for Ivana when she decided to quit working with her husband and spend more time raising her children. She was not a regular presence while work was being done on Plaza Hotel, and and a now aging Donald, who was at that certain age of male mid life crises, was falling prey to the women who were fawning all over him in effort to boost their careers and get an easy ride. Donald met Marla Maples, a beauty contestant from Georgia. Rumors were rampant about Marla working Trump for her career and financial aspirations. It was the familiar story of an older man who is well to do with a younger woman who is not doing too well. Marla latched on tightly and when the Trump family were vacationing in Aspen Colorado, Marla was staying in a nearby hotel.

No one knows for sure if their confrontation was planned by Marla, or if it was purely an accident, but we do know that the two women exchanged words on the slopes and Ivana was soon filing for divorce. Shortly thereafter photos were all over the yellow press of Donald with his new bride, Marla Maples. The ugliness and embarrassment that come from the Trump divorce changed Donald forever. Before the divorce, he was viewed with respect for being a business man with a beautiful family, and living as a respectable and admirable man. After the scandal, he was viewed as a guy with a huge ego, who can't accept that he is over the hill, and his wealth was now looked upon with extreme negativity. Although Trump was not happy with being viewed as the bad guy, being a smart business man, he never misses a beat. He simply does what his father did when he saw which way the tide was turning, he made the most of a bad thing. He plays on his image as the mean guy, and even more recently married another woman who is even younger than Marla was. There is a prenuptial agreement and the union seems to be for the benefit of publicity.

Any time something scandalous happens Donald finds a way to profit on it. He does what it takes to get himself interviewed on television so that eventually people will talk more about him than about the original scandal. Donald Trump makes more money scowling at the camera and talking about Obama than his father, Fred Trump, could ever have made by being a business man with a good reputation.

Trump has in more recent years become a figure of outrage and controversy, and one must know by now that it must be more profitable to be controversial than to be likable, because Donald Trump isa master at finding out where the money is.

For Donald Trump's full story- Donald Trump, The Early Years.

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      Vladislav Andreev 

      2 years ago

      I learned many new and interesting things about the presidential candidate. Thanks for the useful characteristics of this accomodation and Khorog syllable.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      He is to be admired for his hardwork and work excellence. He looks so different now doesn't he? We pass by some of this buildings in downtown Palm Beach, they are impressive. Good post and interesting information.

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      Angela Blair 

      5 years ago from Central Texas

      Excellent, interesting Hub. I'm not a huge fan of the Donald but as far as making it in business he's done extremely well. I didn't know he came from an entrepreneurial, hard-working father -- quite a story. Best/Sis

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      5 years ago

      Nice job on the hub! I still think Trump is a nut job and I'm amazed at how awfully unattractive he was in his younger days, thought he would have looked better. Haha.

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      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This was a fascinating read without the typical slant. I had no idea of his early situation. I admire greatly that he doesn't censor his opinion though I don't always agree with him. He seems a born leader and we surely need more of those. You did a great job with this.

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      There's obviously more to Trump than meets the eye. It's hard to separate Trump, the personality, from Trump, the business man. Yes, he is flamboyant to say the least but through his own determination he has built the Trump empire to what it is today.

      The Frog

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      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Interesting hub topic. I liked your choices on the poll. And I never knew that Donald's father was also an entrepreneur. I really haven't kept up with his life so was surprised that he and Marla are no longer married, but I guess I did hear something about another wedding. Thanks for enlightening all of us! Nice pictures that match. Who did he marry this time?


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