He has been described as a clown and a joke. On other occasions, egotistical, narcissist and selfish. His fans, however, simply reckon him as frank and outspoken. Meanwhile according to Politico, an American Political Magazine, as of September 30, 2015, a national poll suggested that 10% of likely voters would describe him as stupid, a jerk and an idiot. But then again all this comes with politics.
Donald Trump has, in fact, earned the right to fly his own kite. He is an American business magnate, investor, socialite, author, television personality, and candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election. He is chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
He has been talked of as a man who minces no words which is what others have regarded as being too opinionated. Yet for as long as he runs for the top job of the world’s largest economy, nothing will escape his motor-mouth.
Just a few weeks ago, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni turned out a subject of Trump’s ferocious rhetoric simply out of the blue.
“I will not condone any dictatorial tendencies exhibited by dictators all around the world, especially the two old men from Uganda and Zimbabwe,” he said as he addressed America’s war veterans in Washington. He reiterated that Museveni must be put on notice that his days are numbered and that he was to arrest him and lock him up.
“I will personally do it,” he reaffirmed.
Trump’s controversial words are nonetheless not new to the ears of those who have heard him a while longer.
In 2011, as he was contemplating his run for the presidency, Trump launched a spirited public pursuit of Obama’s birth certificate, announcing that he had sent private investigators to look it up. This was amid intense conspiracy theories that President Obama had never been born in America.
President Obama then released a long-form version of his birth certificate in response to the uproar Trump had caused. After its release, Trump said he was proud of himself that he had achieved something no one else had ever been able to accomplish.
Who’s Donald Trump?
Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, in New York City. He was the fourth among five children of Mary Anne, a home maker and Fred Trump who worked as a real estate developer.
Trump is said to have attended Kew-Forest School where his father was a member of the Board of trustees.
However Fred Trump, in 1983, revealed in an interview that his son, Donald was a pretty rough fellow when he was small which prompted him to enroll Donald in the New York Military Academy (NYMA). This is where he finished High School.
Trump then went to Fordham University for two years. He afterwards entered the Wharton School of business at the university of Pennsylvania, as Wharton then offered one of the few real estate studies departments in US. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.
Trump began his career at his father’s real-estate company, which focused on middle-class rental housing in the New York City suburbs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. During his undergraduate study, one of Trump’s first projects was the improvement of the rundown Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio, which his father had purchased for $5.7 million in 1962.
In 1971, Trump moved to Manhattan, becoming involved in larger building projects, and used attractive architectural design to win public recognition.
Trump soon made plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million. Later, he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and created The Trump Organization.
In 1972, the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6.75 million.
The late 1990s saw a resurgence in Trump’s financial situation although the will of Trump’s father, who died in 1999, divided an estate estimated at $250–300 million equally among his four surviving children.
In 2001, Donald Trump completed Trump World Tower, a 72-storey residential tower across from the United Nations Headquarters. Also, he began construction on Trump Place, a multi-building development along the Hudson River. Trump owns commercial space in Trump International Hotel and Tower, a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle. Trump owns several million square feet of prime Manhattan real estate.
Trump has licensed his name and image for the development of many real estate projects.
In 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth at $4.5billion. Although by June 30, 2014, financial statements supplied by Trump reflected his net worth as $8.7 billion.
Business Ventures And Investments
The Trump Organization owns, operates, develops and invests in real estate around the world such as Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Beyond his traditional ventures in the real-estate, hospitality, and entertainment industries, Trump has established the Trump name and brand in other industries and products. With mixed success, Trump has marketed his name on a large number of products, including Trump Mortgage, Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales), Trump Restaurants (located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet, Trump Catering, Trump Ice Cream Parlor, and Trump Bar), Go Trump (an online travel website), Donald J. Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear, men’s accessories, and watches), Donald J. Trump: The Fragrance, Trump Magazine, Trump Golf, Trump Chocolate, Trump home (home furnishings), Trump Productions (a television production company),The Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, Trump: The Game(1989 board game, relaunched 2005), Donald Trump’s Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game), Trump Model Management, Trump Shuttle , Trump Ice and Trump Vodka. In addition, Trump reportedly receives $1.5 million for each one-hour presentation he does for The Learning Annex.
In 2011, Forbes’ financial experts estimated the value of the Trump brand at $200 million.
Trump disputes this valuation, saying that his brand is worth about $3 billion. Many
Developers pay Trump to market their properties and to be the public face for their projects. For that reason, Trump does not own many of the buildings that display his name. According to Forbes, this portion of Trump’s empire, actually run by his children, is by far his most valuable, having a $562 million valuation. According to Forbes, there are 33licensing projects under development including seven “condo hotels” (the seven Trump International Hotel and Tower developments). He is also a renowned investor in sports all over America.
Trump’s Private Life
Trump has married three times and in 2005 he married his current wife Melania Knauss. He has five
Children; Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, Barron.
Without a shadow of doubt, this is a story of a successful man, and whether it is this huge affluence that sponsors his mouth, or his convictions, Mr. Trump simply has a lot of ways to justify his points of view – they have worked for him.
Although not all the time. Last year, an outstanding number of lawmakers in Britain moved to slap a ban on any future attempt of the American politician to step foot on the streets of their country’s cities. This followed his continued jingoistic and outrageous remarks against the Muslim faith.
Whether by November election, Trump will be America’s 45th president, no one can be certain. What’s more certain is he is an out-of-the-box rich man with a very big mouth.