Eric Trump

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Eric Trump
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Born Eric Frederic Trump
(1984-01-06) January 6, 1984 (age 32)
Manhattan, New York City
Residence Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Westchester, New York, U.S.
Education Trinity School
The Hill School
Alma mater Georgetown University
Occupation  • Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization
 • Owner of Trump Winery
 • Founder of The Eric Trump Foundation
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Lara Yunaska (m. 2014)
Parent(s) Donald Trump
Ivana Trump
Relatives Donald Trump Jr. (brother)
Ivanka Trump (sister)
Tiffany Trump (half-sister)
Barron Trump (half-brother)
Melania Trump (stepmother)
Jared Kushner (brother-in-law)
Website The Trump Organization
The Eric Trump Foundation

Eric Frederic Trump (born January 6, 1984) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the third child of American businessman Donald J. Trump and his first wife, Ivana Trump. He is Executive Vice President, Development and Acquisitions, at The Trump Organization, and directs all new project acquisition and development throughout the world, alongside his brother, Donald, Jr., and sister, Ivanka. In 2006, he founded The Eric Trump Foundation, which has donated and pledged over $28 million to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[1] He also owns Trump Winery.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Trump was born in Manhattan and attended Trinity School. His parents divorced in 1991, when he was 7 years old. In 2002, he graduated from The Hill School and served as a board member until 2013.[4] He joined The Trump Organization in 2006, after graduating with honors from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in finance and management.[5]

Career and Philanthropy[edit]

The Trump Organization[edit]

Trump is an Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions, and a task advisor/boardroom judge on The Apprentice.

He is charged with the domestic and global expansion of the company's real estate interests.[6] Along with his father, Trump spearheaded the expansion of the Trump Golf portfolio of properties, increasing the number from three when he joined the company in 2006 to over fifteen, with courses in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, California, and Puerto Rico. Trump regularly identifies and pursues distressed golf properties for domestic and global expansion. Currently, he is responsible for the redesign and renovation of the newly acquired Trump National Doral, Miami, Florida, and its famed Blue Monster course, with his sister, Ivanka.[7]

Trump and his siblings are credited with the creation and management of the Trump Hotel Collection properties. Trump's current management portfolio of global hotels includes Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Toronto, Panama, Waikiki, Punta del Este, Washington D.C., Vancouver, the Philippines and Rio de Janeiro.[8]

Trump also executed the acquisition of the Kluge Winery and Vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in the creation of Trump Winery. In 2013, Trump earned Wine Enthusiast Magazine's "Rising Star of the Year" Award.[9]

Trump is an authority in the business sector and regularly delivers keynote speeches at international business, winery and real estate conferences around the world. In 2012, Trump was recognized by Forbes magazine among their top "30 under 30" in Real Estate and by the New York Observer as one of the "20 Most Important Young Philanthropists". [10]

The Eric Trump Foundation[edit]

Founded in 2006,[1] The Eric Trump Foundation (ETF) is dedicated to raising money for terminally-ill children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – donating and pledging nearly $28 million, to date.

The Eric Trump Foundation uses only Trump owned and operated facilities, full-time volunteers, donated food and beverage product, and pro-bono celebrity performers to ensure that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital receives nearly all of the money raised by the foundation each year.

The Eric Trump Foundation pledged $20 million to St. Jude for the construction of The Eric Trump Foundation Surgery and ICU Center, opening in 2015. In 2012, The Eric Trump Foundation Cancer Research Lab at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital made a groundbreaking discovery and identified a critical fusion gene responsible for almost 30% of a rare subtype of childhood leukemia.[11]

The main fundraiser for the foundation is an annual golf invitational held every September at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York. Past hosts have included Jimmy Fallon, Bret Michaels, Lisa Lampanelli and John Rich. This year, the event raised nearly $2 million for St. Jude.

The foundation also generates nearly $300,000 per year from a permanent Charitybuzz online auction, which regularly offers such items as "Spend the Entire Day with President Bill Clinton" and "Sit in Derek Jeter's Personal Seats at a New York Yankees Game and Meet the Future Hall of Famer".

The Eric Trump Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

Criticism by PETA[edit]

In 2010, PETA criticized Trump for an African hunting trip he took with his brother Donald Trump, Jr. PETA condemned the pair after photos showed the brothers on an organized safari in Zimbabwe where they hunted animals.[12] The Director General of The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, V. Chandenga, issued an official response supporting the brothers and calling any allegations to the contrary "baseless" and "false".[13] Both brothers further defended their safari via Twitter, affirming their actions as hunters and longtime advocates of the outdoors.[14] Donald Trump, Sr. also addressed the controversy via TMZ saying that he fully supported his sons.[14]

Personal life[edit]

On July 4, 2013, Trump became engaged to longtime girlfriend, Lara Yunaska, an associate producer at the CBS television news program, Inside Edition. The couple married on November 8, 2014.


  1. ^ a b "Welcome". Eric Trump Foundation. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Richard. (June 15, 2015) Donald Trump doesn’t own Trump Winery, his son does. Page Six. Retrieved on 2015-10-30.
  3. ^ Meet Donald Trump's five children. Business Insider. Retrieved on October 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "Celebrity Prep Schools". Retrieved November 23, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Eric Trump, American Royalty". CBS News. June 9, 2003. Retrieved November 23, 2006. 
  6. ^ Kawamoto, Dawn (June 17, 2011). "Donald Trump's Legacy: Kids Who Aim to Think Big". Daily Finance. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Leon, Alexandra (October 3, 2013). "Trump National Doral Miami Construction Ahead of Schedule". NBC 6 South Florida. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ Sylvester, Ron (April 2, 2013). "Hired or Fired? How Trump is doing after Five Years in Las Vegas". Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ Hoover, Andrew (November 17, 2013). "2013 Rising Star of the Year: Eric Trump". Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Davis, Peter (April 10, 2013). "New York's Young Philanthropist Powerhouse Eric Trump". New York Observer. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Groundbreaking Discovery made by The Eric Trump Foundation AMKL Cancer Research Lab". Eric Trump Foundation. May 14, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Kelly, Tara (March 13, 2012). "Donald Trump's Sons Defend Safari Killing Spree In Zimbabwe (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ Weiss, Lois (March 28, 2012). "Letter: Trump safari not 'canned'". New York Post. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Pfeiffer, Eric (November 15, 2011). "Donald Trump's sons criticized after brutal hunting photos released". The Sideshow. Yahoo! News. Retrieved May 7, 2012.