Born on June 14th 1946 in New York, an era of new business men was created that was when Donald Trump was born. Donald John Trump knew from an early age what he wanted to become and later went on to become that dream. Working for his father Fred Trump in his real estate business, and studying finance at University Donald perfected his business skills and abilities to realize a good deal when it presented itself. He has often been quoted saying “My father was my mentor, and I learned a tremendous amount about every aspect of the construction industry from him. After working with his father for five years in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York, where they made many profitable deals, Donald decided to make the Manhattan real estate market his next goal and later did so with great success. With his father Fred often stating “some of my best deals were made by Donald, everything he touches turns to gold” Donald had only a small bank balance, but the confidence and negotiating skills to become a member of an exclusive Manhattan club, which usually would not have allowed just anybody to join.
Rather than sailing and polo Donald used his new member status to make contacts within the industry, which set him on his way to building his wealth and status. Trump became one of the best known businessmen of the 80’s and 90’s with his real estate portfolio including: Trump Tower, the Plaza Hotel, Trump Parc, Atlantic City Casino, and the new jersey generals, while also venturing into transportation with Trump Shuttle airline.
Nicknamed “The Donald” he ran for president in 2000 but later wrote in “The Art of the Comeback” that he didn’t have what it takes to become president. Trump has also made himself a successful television career, being associated with shows such as the Miss Universe Pageant, the Nanny, Roseanne, Suddenly Susan, the Fresh Prince of BelAir, the Job and Spin City. In early 2004 Trump Stared in the reality television show “the Apprentice” which quickly became the most popular show in that year breaking many ratings records, which resulted in Trump signing on for another season.
He often went against economic principals of lowering prices to meet competitors, instead often raising prices, which often proved successful. During 1990 Trump was forced into bankruptcy over $2 billion worth of loans that he could no longer afford to pay. Although losing most of his holdings, by the end of that same year he made a return and wrote about it in his book “The Art of the Comeback”. Donald Trump had had two previous marriages that didn’t end up ell. He divorced Ivana Trump in 1990, then Marla Maples 1999, he has 3 children from his first marriage and 1 from the second. Donald J. Trump is the definition of a success story, setting new standards while expanding his interests in real estate, sports, gaming and entertainment. He is the classic businessman – a deal-maker without equal and a passionate philanthropist. For those very reasons I look up to him as a business leader.