Before his catchphrase "You're fired!" became the "Talk to the hand!" of the early 2000s, Trump became famous in the '80s when he took the respectable real-estate business he inherited from his father and turned it into an empire. Astutely aware of the currency of fame, Trump marketed his own image and became an unlikely celebrity, with his high-profile marriages---and subsequent divorces---from Marla Maples and Ivana Trump only serving to increase his visibility. After almost going bankrupt in the '90s, he bounced back in 2004 by executive-producing and starring in the hugely successful reality show The Apprentice. And Trump saw an improvement in his personal life as well in 2005 when he wed Slovenian model Melania Knauss.

Fast Facts

  • Developer of real-estate complexes and skyscrapers, including Trump Tower, Trump Place Apartments and Trump Casino & Resorts.
  • Began his business career in an office he shared with his father (also a successful real-estate developer) in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, NY. His father was quoted as saying, "Some of my best deals were made by my son, Donald. Everything he touches turns to gold."
  • Author of a number of best-selling books, including The Art of the Deal.
  • Was nearly forced to file bankruptcy in 1990 after a loss of over two-thirds of his net worth, or $1.5 billion. Eventually he recovered and returned his net worth to $3 billion.
  • Reportedly received $3 million per episode of The Apprentice.


  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee


  • Maryanne Trump Barry — Sister
  • Mary MacLeod Trump — Mother
  • Robert Trump — Brother
  • Barron Trump — Son
  • Elizabeth Trump — Sister
  • Eric Trump — Son
  • Marla Maples — Ex-wife
  • Frederick C. Trump — Father
  • Ivana Trump — Ex-wife
  • Donald Trump Jr. — Son
  • Tiffany Trump — Daughter
  • Fred Trump Jr. — Brother
  • Ivanka Trump — Daughter
  • Melania Knauss Trump — Wife


  • Attended Fordham University, Bronx, New York, United States; University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (BS in Economics, 1968)

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  • Birth Name: Donald John Trump
  • Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
  • Birthday: June 14, 1946, Gemini
  • Profession: Real-estate developer, Executive producer, TV-series host, Author

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