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Not to be confused with her mother, Ivana Trump.
Ivanka Trump
Photo portrait of Ivanka Trump
Born Ivanka Marie Trump
(1981-10-30) October 30, 1981 (age 35)
New York City New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (BS)
Known for Chair and President-designate
of the Trump Organization
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Jared Kushner (2009–present)
Children 3
Parent(s) Donald Trump (father)
Ivana Zelníčková (mother)
Relatives Donald Trump Jr. (brother)
Eric Trump (brother)
Tiffany Trump (half-sister)
Barron Trump (half-brother)
Website Official website

Ivanka Marie Trump (/iˈvɑːŋkə/, born October 30, 1981) is an American businesswoman and former fashion model. She is the daughter of real estate developer and President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump and former model Ivana Trump.[1] She is the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at her father's company, the Trump Organization, where her work is focused on the company's real estate and hotel management initiatives.[2]

Early life

Ivanka Marie Trump was born in Manhattan, New York City, to athlete, model and socialite Ivana Marie (née Zelníčková) and American business magnate Donald John Trump. The Trump family is of German descent, originating in Kallstadt. The name Ivanka is a diminutive form of Ivana. Trump's parents divorced in 1991, when she was nine years old. She has two brothers, Donald Jr. and Eric; a half sister, Tiffany; and a half brother, Barron.

Trump attended the Chapin School in Manhattan until she was 15,[3] when she transferred to Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, where she characterized its "boarding-school life" as like a "prison", while her "friends in New York were having fun".[3]

After graduating from Choate,[4] she attended Georgetown University for two years, then transferred to the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics in 2004.[3][5][6]

Trump speaks English and French. Unlike her brother Donald Jr., she has only elementary knowledge of her mother's native language, Czech.[4][7][8]



Before joining the family business, Trump briefly worked for Forest City Enterprises.[9] In 2007 she successfully joined forces with a diamond vendor, Dynamic Diamond Corp., to create Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, a line of diamond and gold jewelry, sold at her first flagship retail store in Manhattan.[10][11] In November 2011, Trump's retail flagship moved from Madison Avenue to 109 Mercer Street, a larger space in the fashionable Soho district.[12][13] On October 2, 2015, retail website reported that "Ivanka Trump's flagship store on Mercer Street appear[s] to be closed" and, noting that the shop had been "stripped clean," said that it's unclear exactly when the shop stopped doing business.[14] As of October 2016, though the company's website lists Trump Tower as its flagship boutique and its only dedicated retail shop, the brand is also available at fine-jewelry stores throughout the US and Canada, as well as in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.[15]

Trump is currently Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization. On the work drive among her and her siblings, she has stated, "I look at my brothers and myself and I’m, like, really proud of the fact that nobody’s ... a drug addict, nobody’s driving around chasing women, snorting coke."[6] Trump serves on the Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, an industry organization that provides support to women professionals in finance.[16]

Trump has her own line of fashion items, including clothes, handbags, shoes, and accessories, which is available in major U.S. department stores.[17] Her brand has been criticized for allegedly copying designs by other designers,[18][19] and by PETA and other animal rights activists for using fur from rabbits.[20][21] In 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled "Ivanka Trump"-branded scarves because they did not meet federal flammability standards.[22][23] A 2016 analysis found that most of the fashion line was produced outside the U.S.[24]


Trump in July 2007

Trump's first cover was a 1997 issue of Seventeen. Since then, she has walked fashion runways for Versace, Marc Bouwer and Thierry Mugler. She has done advertisement campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Sassoon Jeans and was featured on the cover of Stuff in August 2006 and again in September 2007. She has been featured on the covers of Forbes, Golf Magazine, Avenue, Elle Mexico and Top Choice Magazine[25] and in the October 2007 issue of Harper's Bazaar.[26] She has also featured many times in Love FMD magazine.[27][28]

She placed Number 83 in the 2007 Maxim Hot 100. She has also placed Number 99 in the Top 99 Women of 2007 and then at 84 in the 2008 edition on Trump's page in the Fashion Model Directory provides complete professional details of her prior work in that domain.[29]

The Wharton Club of New York, an alumni club of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (her alma mater), gave Trump the 2012 Joseph Wharton Young Leadership Award "for being a Wharton alumnus who, early in her career, has demonstrated great potential for leadership and lasting impact."[30]

Television appearances

The Apprentice

In 2006, Trump filled in for Carolyn Kepcher on five episodes of her father's television program The Apprentice 5, first appearing to help judge the Gillette task in week 2.[31] Like Kepcher, Trump visited the site of the tasks and spoke to the teams, asking them pointed questions. She also evaluated contestants in the boardroom, pointing out critical errors and rebutting excuses they offered for losing the tasks. Though initially unsympathetic to the contestants, Trump later said, "Whenever I see their breakdowns, I understand. They go virtually 24 hours a day, and each task takes about three days. Unless they win, they don't get a day off... It's an incredible amount of work..."[26] Trump now collaborates with season 5 winner Sean Yazbeck on his winner's project of choice, Trump SoHo Hotel-Condominium.[32][33][34]

She replaced Carolyn Kepcher as a primary boardroom judge during the sixth season of The Apprentice and its follow-up iteration The Celebrity Apprentice.

Other TV appearances

Trump at the Vanity Fair party, 2009

In 1997, Trump hosted the Miss Teen USA Pageant, which was partially owned by her father, Donald Trump. In 2003, she was featured in Born Rich, a documentary about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world's most affluent families. During an April 2006 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jay Leno commented that he could hear her father's influence and inflections in her. David Letterman also made a similar comment when she appeared on Late Show with David Letterman on April 24, 2007.

She was a featured guest-judge on Project Runway Season 3. She was also at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, event in April 2007 called the Creating Wealth Summit in which she spoke for about 30 minutes about making money and her latest projects. She has been offered to appear on The Bachelorette, but she declined.[35] On October 25, 2010, Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, briefly portrayed themselves in Season 4 Episode 6 of Gossip Girl.[36]


Trump wrote a book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life ISBN 1439140014, published in October 2009. She announced that she will be publishing a second book titled Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success in June 2016. [37]

Social and political causes

Trump at Seeds of Peace 2009

Trump has said of her political views, "Like many of my fellow millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat."[38] In 2007, Trump donated $1,000 to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.[39] In 2012, Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president.[40] In 2013, Trump and her husband hosted a fundraiser for Cory Booker. The couple bundled more than $40,000 for Booker's U.S. Senate campaign.[41]

Trump says she is an advocate for women and Israel.[42]

Role in 2016 presidential election

In 2015, Trump publicly endorsed her father's presidential campaign. Trump has been involved with her father's campaign by making public appearances in support of him[43] and has defended him.[44][45] However, she admitted mixed feelings about his presidential ambitions, saying, "As a citizen, I love what he’s doing. As a daughter, it’s obviously more complicated.”[46] In August, Trump's father stated that she was his leading advisor on "women's health and women" and said it was she who propelled him to elaborate on his views of women.[47][48] In January 2016, Trump was featured in a radio ad which aired in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Trump in the advertisement praising her father.[49][50] She appeared by his side following the results of early voting states, in particular briefly speaking in South Carolina after being invited by her father to speak, thanking the state in doing so.[51][52] She was not able to vote for her father in the New York primary because she missed the voter registration deadline. Independents are not allowed to vote as Independents in the primary, she would have had to register as a Republican by October 2015.[53]

Trump introduced her father in a speech immediately before his own speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC).[54] The George Harrison song, "Here Comes the Sun" was used as her entrance music. She knew her father quite well and said: "One of my father's greatest talents is the ability to see the potential in people". And she said her father will "Make America Great Again". [55] Her speech was well received as portraying her father “in a warmer-than-usual light”, according to the Washington Post, though the article also referred to another Post article that had critiqued the speech.[56] The earlier Post article had questioned whether the policy positions Ivanka Trump espoused were closer to those of Hillary Clinton than to those of her father.[57] After the speech, the George Harrison estate complained about the use of his song as being offensive to their wishes.[58] The next morning, Ivanka's official Twitter account tweeted, "Shop Ivanka's look from her #RNC speech" with a link to a Macy’s page that featured the dress she wore.[59]

After her father's election, Trump wore a bracelet on a family appearance with the president-elect on 60 Minutes. Her company, as after the RNC with her dress, then promoted the appearance of the bracelet as worn by Trump in an "email blast". After critiques for "monetization" the company quickly apologized for the work of "a well-intentioned marketing employee at one of our companies who was following customary protocol". A spokeswoman went on to state the company was, post-election, "proactively discussing new policies and procedures with all of our partners going forward".[60]

Personal life

Trump at Macy's Herald Square, NYC, 2011.

During college, Trump was in a nearly four-year relationship with Greg Hersch, an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, Bear Stearns and UBS.[6][61] From 2001 to 2005, she dated James "Bingo" Gubelmann.[3][4][6]

In 2005, she started dating real estate developer Jared Kushner.[62] The couple broke up in 2008 due to the objections of Kushner's parents,[62] but the couple got back together and married in a Jewish ceremony on October 25, 2009.[62] [63] They have three children: daughter Arabella Rose Kushner (born July 17, 2011)[64][65] and sons Joseph Frederick Kushner (born October 14, 2013)[66] and Theodore James Kushner (born March 27, 2016).[67]

Ivanka was a childhood friend of Paris Hilton.[68] She is friends with Chelsea Clinton (daughter of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump's major opponent in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election), who says of her: "There's nothing skin-deep about Ivanka. And I think that's a real tribute to her because certainly anyone as gorgeous as she is could have probably gone quite far being skin-deep."[69] Other friends include Georgina Bloomberg, whose father is Michael Bloomberg (a former New York City Mayor who had also considered entering the presidential race against Trump's father, Donald).[70]

Trump has a close relationship with her father, who has publicly expressed his admiration for her on several occasions.[71][72] Ivanka Trump has likewise praised her father, complimenting his leadership skills and saying he empowers other people.[73]

Trump reads books by writers such as Ayn Rand, as well as having finance and real-estate textbooks in her office.[3]


Trump was raised Presbyterian.[74] Before her wedding, in July 2009, after studying for over a year[75] with Rabbi Elie Weinstock from the Modern Orthodox Ramaz School, she passed an Orthodox conversion to Judaism[76][77][78] and took the Hebrew name "Yael".[79][80] She describes her conversion as “amazing and beautiful journey” and that her father supported her studies from day one, due to his respect for the Jewish religion.[42] She attests to keeping a kosher diet and observing the Jewish Sabbath, saying in 2015: "We're pretty observant... It's been such a great life decision for me... I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity. From Friday to Saturday we don't do anything but hang out with one another. We don't make phone calls."[69] Ivanka Trump sends her daughter to kindergarten at a Jewish school in New York City. She says that “It’s such a blessing for me to have her come home every night and share with me the Hebrew that she’s learned and sing songs for me around the holidays."[42] She visited the Ohel (grave of the Lubavitch Rebbe), a popular pilgrimage site, shortly before her father's election.[76][81]


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