Donald John Trump is the 45th president of the United States and one the most successful business men in the world, with over $4 billion in net worth. He is also a famous television personality, having hosted the popular game show The Apprentice for many years. Trump is one of the most controversial presidential candidates and president, known for making extreme policies, his war against the media and telling flat-out falsehoods.
Trump was born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York, where he was also raised. He studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Warton School and graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree. His father is Frederick Christ Trump, who was a real estate developer, and his mother is Mary Anne Trump. He has four siblings (Trump is the fourth-born son of Fred and Mary Anne).
Trump is currently married to Melania Trump, who he married in 2005 and is his third wife. He has a total of five children across all marriages and eight grandchildren. Trump is a Christian, and he often consults with many spiritual leaders and advisors and refers to the Bible as his number one favorite book.
When it comes to business, Trump is a real estate tycoon who has constructed, renovated and been in charge of several casinos, hotels, golf courses and office towers (Trump Tower being the most famous). Until 2017, he was the chairman and president of The Trump Organization after he took over in 1971 when it was a real estate and construction company known as Elizabeth Trump & Son.
According to Forbes Magazine, Trump is number 113 on the list of wealthy people in America and number 324 when compared to other wealth people all over the world, as of 2016. His net worth is $4.5 billion.
Trump popularized the phrase “you’re fired” when he was a television personality on the game show The Apprentice, which selects contestants and puts their business skills to the test. He served as the show’s host for 14 seasons (2004 – 2015). He stepped down as host after announcing his intention to run for president in 2016.
Politics and Presidency
Trump is a republican, and since 1987, he has expressed his desire to run for president. He almost ran in the 2012 elections but withdrew his decision. He decided to go through with it in 2016, declaring his intention to run in June 2015. He was victorious in the republican primaries, emerging as the top forerunner after beating numerous other candidates. His candidacy was made official in May 2016.
During his campaign, his events and rallies got extensive coverage from numerous international media outlets and social media. He was a controversial candidate who promised to build a wall along the US/Mexican border, enact strict immigration laws, do away with Obamacare and oppose climate change research, among others.
He had only one opponent from the Democratic Party, Hilary Clinton, running against him for presidency in 2016. Although he wasn’t as popular and well-liked as Hilary, he beat her in the November 8 election, becoming the 45th president of America in a surprising turn of events. Hilary ultimately won the popular vote but Trump was declared winner because he won a majority of the Electoral College votes.