Donald Trump

Donald Trump
Real Estate Mogul

Who was “The Don”

Donald John Trump was born June 14, 1946 in New York, New York. His father was Fred Trump, a real estate developer, whom Donald viewed as his mentor.

He joined his father's business after studying at Wharton Business School and worked for him for five years. Donald then decided that he want to go bigger than his father and moved to Manhattan. Though he didn't have a lot of money at that stage, his negotiation skills got him accepted into a very exclusive club. This gave him the access to power and money that he needed to start his real estate empire.

His property holdings include some very prestigious Manhattan addresses like Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, Trump Parc, Trump Palace, Trump Plaza and 610 Park Avenue. He is also the owner of the West Side Rail Yards and this is in the process of being developed to the tune of $5 billion. Other properties and holdings include several hotels and casinos in various places including Atlantic City and Miami.

Despite his incredible wealth and deal making skills, the recession of the early 90's hit him hard as he was overstretched on debt. He couldn't make his debt payments and had to sell several assets to make payments.

His business was bankrupted and personally he was very close to bankruptcy. He, however, never lay down and got back on his feet to amass another fortune.

More recently he bought the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss USA Teen Beauty Pageants and also stars in his own reality TV show, The Apprentice. He even briefly considered running for President as the Reform Party candidate during 2000, but these plans fell through after the party disintegrated.

He is also an accomplished writer and has several books that might be of interest.

The first was “The Art of the Deal” that remains a business classic today. There is also “The Way To The Top”, “How To Get Rich” and “The Art of The Comeback”.

You can get all these books at your local bookstore or through

Donald Trump lives the life we expect of billionaires.

He lives a life of luxury and always has a beautiful woman on his arm. "As long as you are going to think anyway, you might as well think big."

Donald Trump thinks big.

Lessons we can learn…

Just because you fail for a time doesn’t mean you should give up. Failure comes to everyone. They say that some of the most successful millionaires went through difficult times and some were bankrupted 2 or 3 times before they eventually triumphed. They never considered quitting. They dusted themselves down, got up and carried on until they won. Don’t you ever give up if things don’t go your way.

Tomorrow is always another day. Start again.

You will eventually succeed if you don’t quit.

Article Vault

Back to Menu