George H. Ross

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George H. Ross
Born (1928-01-06) January 6, 1928 (age 87)
Ethnicity Jewish
Education B.A. Brooklyn College
J.D. Brooklyn Law School
Occupation Executive vice president, senior counsel, business and legal advisor
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Millie Ross
Children Nancy Ross
Stephanie Ross
Website The Trump Organization

George H. Ross (born January 6, 1928) is executive vice president and senior counsel of the Trump Organization. He is perhaps best known as one of Donald Trump's two advisors on the NBC reality television program The Apprentice; Carolyn Kepcher was the other. On the program, he monitors the progress of the contestants and assists Trump in determining who should be "fired."


Ross was born to a Jewish family[1] in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx.[2] His father died when he was 16. Ross went to Stuyvesant High School and afterward, he joined the U.S. Army as a crypt analyst for one year[2] and then attended Clemson University and Brooklyn College where he received a B.A. and then earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.[2] He was admitted to practice in New York State in 1953.[3] After he passed the bar, he worked in the litigation department for Dreyer & Traub.[2] In 1954, he became the in-house counsel for Goldman DeLorenzo (founded by Sol Goldman and Alex DiLorenzo).[2]

In a March 2004 interview with USA Today, Ross said that he has known Trump since the 1970s, when he was a lawyer in a firm with which Trump was negotiating a deal. They became friends, and Ross represented Trump in several major real estate deals in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1996, when Ross had become bored with his legal practice, Trump offered Ross a job. Ross said of his boss, "I think I know his mind as well as anybody else. I know what he wants. He gives it to me, and I can take it from there. He does not micromanage. He deals in broad strokes. I love it." Trump said of Ross, "He's tough, firm but fair, a very brilliant lawyer, and I trust his judgment."[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He lives on Long Island, is married to Billie Ross; they have two children: Nanci and Stephanie.[2] He is of the Jewish faith.[1] He enjoys tennis and golf, and teaches courses in negotiation and real estate transactions at New York University. He is the author of two books, Trump Strategies For Real Estate[4] and Trump Style Negotiation.[5]


  1. ^ a b JWeekly: "Celebrity Jews" by Nate Bloom January 13, 2006
  2. ^ a b c d e f BuildingNY: "George Ross, Trump Organization" interview by Michael Stoler July 22, 2011
  3. ^ American Program Bureau: "George H. Ross" retrieved September 12, 2015
  4. ^ Bruss, Robert J. (April 3, 2005). "Insider reveals Donald Trump's secrets". San Diego Union-Tribune (Union-Tribune Publishing Co.). Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  5. ^ Bruss, Robert J. (December 3, 2006). "Negotiation secrets of Donald Trump are revealed". San Diego Union-Tribune (Union-Tribune Publishing Co.). Archived from the original on December 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 

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