Donald Trump Jr.

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Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump, Jr. by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Donald Trump Jr. in October 2016
Born Donald John Trump Jr.
(1977-12-31) December 31, 1977 (age 39)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Don Jr.
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (BS)
Known for Executive in the Trump Organization
Former boardroom judge on The Apprentice
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Vanessa Haydon (m. 2005)
Children 5
Parent(s) Donald Trump (father)
Ivana Zelníčková (mother)
Relatives Ivanka Trump (sister)
Eric Trump (brother)
Tiffany Trump (half-sister)
Barron Trump (half-brother)

Donald John "Don" Trump Jr. (born December 31, 1977) is an American businessman and former reality TV personality. He is the oldest child of real estate developer and President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his first wife, Czech model Ivana Trump. He currently works alongside his brother Eric as a trustee of The Trump Organization. A longtime company Executive VP, in his trustee role he and his brother will run the company during his father's presidency.

Early life and education[edit]

Trump speaking at a rally in Iowa, November 2016

Trump was born on December 31, 1977 in Manhattan, New York City, to Ivana Marie (née Zelníčková) and Donald John Trump. He has two younger siblings, Ivanka and Eric. He also has two half siblings, Tiffany, from his father's marriage to Marla Maples, and Barron, from his father's current marriage to Melania Trump. Trump was particularly close to his maternal grandfather and is fluent in Czech.[2]

His parents' widely publicized divorce affected Trump, who as a child encountered reporters asking about his father's affair with Maples. To protect her children, Ivana Trump sent her children to boarding school.[3] Trump was educated at The Hill School, a university-preparatory boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, followed by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he gained a B.S. degree in Economics.[4]

Career[edit]

After college graduation, Trump moved to Aspen, Colorado. While briefly estranged from his father, for a year he hunted, fished, skied, lived in a truck, and worked as a bartender before returning to New York and joining the Trump Organization. Trump supervises building projects, including 40 Wall Street, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and Trump Park Avenue.[3] Trump appeared as a guest adviser and judge on many episodes of his father's reality television show The Apprentice, from season 5 in 2006 to his father's last season.

On January 11, his father announced that he and his brother (Eric) would oversee a trust that included the Trump Organization assets while his father was President in order to avert a conflict of interest.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Trump married model Vanessa Kay Haydon (born December 18, 1977) on November 12, 2005, at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida; the service was officiated by Trump's aunt, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.[6] Haydon is the daughter of Bonnie and Charles Haydon,[7] and is of Jewish and Danish descent.[8][9] She is an alumna of the Dwight School[10] and studied psychology at New York's Marymount Manhattan College.[7] They have five children: daughters Kai Madison (born May 12, 2007) and Chloe Sophia (born June 16, 2014)[11] and sons[12] Donald John III (born February 18, 2009),[13] Tristan Milos (born October 2, 2011),[14][15] and Spencer Frederick (born October 21, 2012).[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Struyk, Ryan (11 April 2016). "Trump Kids Eric and Ivanka Miss Deadline to Vote in NY GOP Primary". ABC News. Retrieved 11 December 2016. Donald Trump Jr., 38, as well as Donald and Melania Trump, are registered Republicans, the records show. 
  2. ^ "Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter: "I speak Czech fluently '@sofia5013: Jr great work with @operationsmile!! U travel quite a bit-wondering if u r fluent in other languages?'"". Twitter. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Cohan, William D. (February 2017). "Can Donald Jr. and Eric Trump Really Run the Family Business?". Vanity Fair. 
  4. ^ "Industry Insiders: Donald Trump, Jr., Trumped Again". BlackBook. January 28, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Craig, Susanne and Eric Lipton (January 11, 2017). "Trump's Plans on Businesses May Fall Short". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (November 14, 2005). "Donald Trump Jr. Marries Model Girlfriend". People. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Weddings: Vanessa Haydon, Donald Trump Jr". New York Times. November 13, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Konigsberg, Eric. "The OB-GYN Who Loves Women". New York Magazine. 
  9. ^ "Jews in the News: Andy Samberg, Liza Weil and Ivanka Trump". Tampa Jewish Federation. March 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ Williams, Alex (November 21, 2006). "Trump Jr.: Finally trading on a famous name". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  11. ^ Michaud, Sarah (June 18, 2014). "Donald and Vanessa Trump Welcome Daughter Chloe Sophia". People. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ Dagostino, Mark (May 13, 2007). "It's a Girl for Donald Trump Jr. and Wife Vanessa". People. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  13. ^ Dagostino, Mark (February 18, 2009). "Donald Trump Jr. 'Extremely Excited' About New Baby". People. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  14. ^ Ravitz, Justin (October 3, 2011). "Update: Vanessa, Donald Trump Jr. Welcome Baby Boy Tristan Milos". US Weekly. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  15. ^ Michaud, Sarah (October 3, 2011). "Donald Trump, Jr. Welcomes Son Tristan Milos". People. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Donald Trump Jr welcomes a fourth child with wife Vanessa". Daily Mail. October 21, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 

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