Donald J. Trump By: Justis J. Sperry

Early Life

Donald J. Trump was born on June 14th, 1946. He was born in Queens, NY. His father (Frederick Trump) was a builder. He focused on construction real estate in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. His mother (Mary McLeod trump) was a stay at home mom. This family is of German and Scottish decent. Donald was a very energetic and generally out going child.


Donald J. Trump as a seinor in the New York Military Academy

At age 13 Donald's parents sent him to New York Military Academy, in hope of transforming all of that energy into positive things. He was well behaved and stayed out of trouble but his parents feared that he would get caught with a bad crowd and did not want to take the chance of that happening. Donald succeeded very well at the academy becoming the top athlete by the time he graduated in 1964. He then attented Fordam University for 2 years and transferred to the Whartron School of Finace at the University of Pennsilvania. Graduating in 1968 with a degree in economics.

Path to Success

Donald has always had his eye on the prize, " if you're ain't first, you're last" - Ricky Bobby. Following the family business of Real Estate Development. When he was a student he would only work during the summer so he could focus on school and get just a taste of the business. After graduation he joined as a full time employee at his fathers company. Donald gave his father the idea of becoming more liberal with loans to help expand Elizabeth Trump & Son.

Donald, taking control of the the company in 1971, moves to Manhattan. Moving there gave Donald many opportunities with very influential people, getting the trump name out for grabs with investors and such. Doing so he was getting the Trump Organization involved in Manhattan building projects. Using strategies, economically and architecturally, attracting people to his projects. The attraction to his buildings was astronomical, maximizing his profits and getting the Trump Organization involved in many other projects.

Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

8 years later Donald started leasing a site on Fifth Avenue across the street from Tiffany & Co. Building the magnificent Trump Towers, one of the most expensive and luxurious places to live in the United States. Trump Towers opening ion 1982, attracted luxurious retailers and celebrity tenants. The Tower opening could make Trump a millionaire alone, but the $200 million building wasn't enough.

Trump then started to look into the casino business. Trump opened a $250 million complex, bringing his brother to run it and Holiday Inn to help with licensing. Finally winning the gambling license the complex opened in 1984. When Donald figured out how the business worked he bought out Holiday Inn getting them out of the picture making all profits Trump's. Trump renamed the complex Trump's Plaza, Hotel, and Casino. Trump also bought out Hilton Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. Renaming the $320 million complex Trump's Castle. He also had his name on the Taj Mahal, (closing its doors due to many bankruptcies, Trump lost is remaining 10% of the business in 2016)

Trump has done millions of charitable donations. (below)



With trump doing television, real estate, and all the other things he has done. I think we can all agree that Trump is a self made man. Yes, he had some help on the way but he didn't just sit back and take advantage of it or not attempt to better the business. Donald got out there and got his hands on everything he could to maximize his profit's. If you gave him $100 he could turn it into $1,000,000 some how, some way. He is a business man that does everything he can to make the most money possible. If i could ask Donald Trump one question, I think I would ask him about story's.

President Trump's official Presidential portrait for 2016
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