Donald Trump Jr.
Born on New Year's Eve in 1977, Donald Trump Jr. joined the business founded by his famous father, Donald Trump, as a full-time employee in 2001. Initially tasked with development of Trump Place and Trump Park Avenue in Manhattan, he eventually took over direction of new project acquisition and development for the company. After helping his father's successful campaign to become U.S. president in 2016, Don Jr. and younger brother Eric were named directors of a trust that held the family business interests.
Donald John Trump Jr. was born on December 31, 1977, in New York City. The oldest child of real estate mogul and eventual U.S. President Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana, Don Jr. spent much of his time with his maternal grandparents instead of his busy parents, spending summers with them in Czechoslovakia.
Following a messy divorce between Donald Sr. and Ivana, Don Jr. and his younger siblings, Ivanka and Eric, were sent to boarding school. He reconnected with his dad during summertime, helping out as a dock attendant and with the renovation of the Seven Springs estate in Westchester County, New York.
Trump attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After earning his degree in finance and real estate, he moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he spent his time camping, skiing and bartending. Tiring of the lifestyle, he returned to New York in 2001 to join his dad at the Trump Organization.
Trump Organization Executive
Donald Trump Jr. initially helped with the development of Trump Place, a 17-building complex on Manhattan's West Side. He then moved on to such projects as Trump Park Avenue, a conversion of the former Hotel Delmonico in midtown Manhattan, and the Trump International Hotel in Chicago and Las Vegas. Additionally, he also surfaced as an adviser on his dad's reality TV program, The Apprentice.
Named executive vice president of the Trump Organization, Don Jr. was tasked with new project acquisition and development for properties around the world. In recent years, he has overseen the development of buildings in Mumbai, India, and Vancouver, Canada, and handled leasing arrangements for Trump Tower and 40 Wall Street in Manhattan.
2016 Presidential Campaign
After Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race, Don Jr. joined his siblings on the campaign trail. He delivered a well-received speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, presenting Donald Sr. as an everyman with a connection to regular, hard-working Americans. He also displayed his dad's penchant for stoking controversy via social media, particularly with a tweet that compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles. "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you," he tweeted. "Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem. Make America great again."
Upon Donald Trump's victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November, Don Jr. joined the transition team for the new administration. In January 2017, the president-elect announced that he was placing his businesses into a trust that would be controlled by Don Jr. and younger brother Eric.
Donald Trump Jr. met his wife, former model Vanessa Haydon, at a fashion show in 2003. They married at the Trump Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2005, and went on to have five children.
Along with his responsibilities for the family business, Don Jr. has hosted the business show 21st Century Television and been involved with the medical charity Operation Smile. He has long held a love for the outdoors and counts hunting and fishing among his personal interests.
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