Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump, came to America unaccompanied at the age of 16.
When he was just 16 years old, Friedrich Trump purchased a one-way ticket for America. He boarded the steamship Eider and arrived in New York City on October 18, 1885. Friedrich was sick and not suited for hard labor, and feared the draft. He escaped the requirement of serving in the German military service. Germans were considered desirable migrants, so Friedrich was eagerly welcomed.
He arrived in New York and there he worked as a barber for six years. Later, Friedrich would earn a small fortune from operating a restaurant, bar, and boarding rooms during the Klondike Gold Rush. Friedrich married a German woman from his hometown, and tried to return, but couldn't because of his dodge drafting. Friedrich lost his Bavarian citizenship and had to live in America. The couple ended up having three children. Donald Trump's father, Frederick Christ Trump, was the second born.
The Trumps were followers of minister and self-help author of "The Power of Positive Thinking," Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.
Donald was only 6 when Peale's book was first released, but his parents had an affinity for Peale's inspiring work.
Public DomainOn Sundays, the Trump family drove into Manhatten to attend Marble Collegiate Church where Peale gave sermons as the head pastor. Peale even officiated at Ivana and Trump's lavish wedding in 1977.
Trump's unruly behavior as a teen was the reason he was sent off to military school.
Trump was sent away to New York Military Academy in 1959 because the 13-year-old was not well-behaved in school and his parents thought he needed more discipline.
Ninian Reid / Flickr / CC BY 2.0He thrived there, participating in sports and popular among his peers.
Trump is a germaphobe and he prefers not to shake hands with people.
Trump told Howard Stern during an interview that he washed his hands often and would prefer drinking out of a straw to avoid contamination. Stern asked him, "You have to wash your hands, how many times a day?" Trump replied, "Well as many as possible. I like it. I like cleanliness. Cleanliness is a nice thing.
Not only hands, body, everything,” In the book The World According to Trump by Ken Lawrence, Trump is quoted saying "I'm not a big fan of the handshake. I think it's barbaric. I mean, they have medical reports all the time. Shaking hands, you catch colds, you catch the flu, you catch this. You catch all sorts of things. Who knows what you don't catch?".
When Trump was just 27 years old, he owned 14,000 rental apartments.
During that time, Trump was mentioned on the front page of the New York Times on October 16, 1973, with a headline that read: Major Landlord Accused of Antiblack Bias in City. In the early '70s, Trump was the owner of 14,000 apartments under Trump Management Corporation in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Trump and his father, Fred C.
Trump, were charged with violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The Times reported: “The government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color.' It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.” A few months later, the US government was sued by Trump Management for $100 million stating that the charges were "irresponsible and baseless." Trump Management reached an agreement with the government in June 1975, which required them to furnish the New York Urban League with information on all of their vacancies every week for two years. It also allowed that every fifth vacancy to be presented with qualified applicants by the league. Trump Management made sure to note that this agreement did not mean an admission of guilt on their part.
There's a somber reason that Trump doesn't consume alcohol.
He says he's never had alcohol in his life, nor has he ever smoked tobacco or used drugs including marijuana. During several interviews, he cited his older brother's difficulties suffering from alcoholism.
"He would tell me, ‘Don’t drink ever,'" Trump told Newsweek.“He was a great guy, a handsome person. He was the life of the party, he was a fantastic guy, but he got stuck on alcohol." Fred Trump, Jr died at the of 43 due to complications related to alcohol in 1981.
Trump has been taking to court 3,500 times by contractors, clients, business partners, banks, and employees, according to USA Today.
USA Today reported having found 3,500 federal and state lawsuits against Trump ranging from fights with casino patrons to real estate dealings to personal defamation suits.
Even though Trump doesn't drink alcohol, he owned Trump Vodka for a short time.
Trump Vodka was released in 2005 and was expected to be big competition for Grey Goose and take over the premium vodka market, but obviously, it did not.
Trump Vodka's production ceased in 2011, however, you can still find some sealed bottles of golden Trump Vodka for $1,000 on eBay.
In 1990, Donald Trump won a Golden Raspberry Award, a parody award, for his cameo role as the future president of America in "Ghosts Can't Do It."
But Trump wasn't the only one to win a Razzie for the 1989 crime story comedy film, Bo Derek was also won a Razzie for Worst Actress.
The film also earned Razzies for Worst Picture of the Year and Worst Director.
Trump has acquired a massive golf empire, owning 18 golf courses around the globe.
One of the best golf courses in Scotland is Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire, South West Scotland, which Trump purchased in 2014.
Ian Dick / Flickr / CC BY 2.0He announced that he would put $260 million into transforming the property.
Trump is well known for being a huge fan of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Trump is also friends with WWE's Vince McMahon. The Donald hosted two WrestleMania events at the Trump Plaza.
WWE / YouTubeTrump also made many appearances in the wrestling shows. For his wrestling contributions, Trump was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
The third largest yacht in the world was once owned by Donald Trump.
Trump bought the the281-foot yacht for $29 million in 1987. After spending $10 million on renovations, Trump welcomed members of the New York press aboard the Trump Princess in 1988.
FrummerThanThou / CC BY-SA 3.0The massive boat had just about everything you could imagine, including a pool, disco, movie theater, 2 dining rooms, 3 elevators, 11 staterooms, and a total of 210 telephones. But after just a couple of years of owning Trump Princess, Trump sold it because of the real estate recession for $20 million to Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal.
In 1999, Trump proposed to tax rich people with a net worth of $10 million or more with a one-time tax.
He said the 14.25 percent levy could raise $5.7 trillion and eliminate the national debt.
PixabayTrump proposed that this would save $200 billion a year in interest. Half of the saving would be earmarked for middle-class tax cuts and the other half would be used for Social Security.
Trump once sued Bill Maher for saying his mother had sex with a primate.
On his show "Real Time with Bill Maher," Maher made some tasteless jokes about Trump's mother having sex with an orangutan. Maher shockingly said: “To determine whether he is, in fact, the love child of a human woman and an orangutan from the Brooklyn zoo. Look, I’m not saying your mother was repeatedly ****ing an orangutan back in the 1940’s, I don’t know if that’s true I hope it’s not true. But given your face, your physique and your intelligence level and of course your hair, the American people deserve some real proof that your mother did not spend most nights in 1945 covering her body in banana oil sneaking into the monkey cage and compulsively humping an orange orangutan.” The satire was not found humorous at all by Trump.
Angela George / CC BY 3.0Maher continued to tear into Trump publicly promising on NBC's "The Tonight Show" that he would donate $5 million to Trump's charity if Trump could prove he was not orangutan offspring. Trump immediately sent Maher his a copy of his New York birth certificate, but Maher did not fulfill his promise, so Trump took him to court. He later dropped the suit against Maher. The "joke" was Maher's way of getting back at Trump for asking President Barak Obama to share his birth certificate publicly, even offering to give $5 million to Obama's choice charity. But the White House never responded to Trump's challenge.
Trump is one of the reasons that stuffed crust pizza became a hit in 1995.
Recently divorced, Donald and Ivana, appeared in Pizza Hut commercials promoting stuffed crust pizza in 1995. When stuffed crust was first debuted by Pizza Hut, it looked like it could flop, but then Trump got involved and agreed to appear in commercials with his ex, Ivana.
YouTubePizza Hut earned $300 million in stuffed crust pizza sales their first year. Executives at Pizza Hut claim it was because customers began following the wealthy couple's example.
Trump has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy for his Atlantic City businesses a total of four times.
According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy. But he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy four times for his business properties: Trump Taj Mahal in 1991, Trump Plaza Hotel in 1992, Trump Hotels and Casinos in 2004, and Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2009.
During a presidential debate in 2015, Trump explained, "I have used the laws of this country ... the [bankruptcy] chapter laws, to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family.".
Trump was once described as looking similar to actor Robert Redford in The New York Times.
Judy Klemesrud, a writer for New York Times, described a young Donald Trump on Nov. 1, 1976: “He is tall, lean and blond, with dazzling white teeth, and he looks ever so much like Robert Redford.
Boss Tweed / Flickr / CC BY 2.0He rides around town in a chauffeured silver Cadillac with his initials, DJT, on the plates. He dates slinky fashion models, belongs to the most elegant clubs and, at only 30 years of age, estimates that he is worth ‘more than $200 million.’ ”.
During his 13 years with NBC, Trump got paid a hefty total of $213.6 million.
The Donald coined the infamous line "You're fired" and was reportedly paid $375,000 for each episode of the hit show "The Apprentice." Trump earned $3 million per episode of "The Celebrity Apprentice."
Trump made a cameo in "Home Alone2: Lost in New York," and many other movies.
"Home Alone2: Lost in New York" was filmed at Trump's property, the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Home Alone2: Lost in New YorkTrump also appeared in an episode of "The Jefferson's," "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Little Rascals," "Across the Sea of Time," "The Nanny," "The Associate," "Suddenly Susan," "Spin City," "Zoolander," and "Sex in The City.".
Trump is a Republican presently, but he was registered as an Independent from 2011 to 2012.
According to Wikipedia, he registered in Manhatten as a Republican in 1987. Trump has changed his party affiliation a total of five times.
Public DomainHe switched to Democrat in 2001. In 2009, he registered as a Republican, but in 2011, he listed himself as "no party affiliation." Then in 2012, Trump came back to the Republican party again.
In 1988, Trump made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Trump had published his book "The Art of the Deal" the year before. Oprah asked him about his presidential aspirations saying that his newspaper ads in which he attacked U.S. foreign policy sounded a lot like "presidential talk." Trump told her, "Probably not, but I do get tired of seeing the country get ripped off." He continued with the same issues of the presidential election of 2016.
Oprah Winfrey Network / YouTubeWhen Oprah asked if he thought he'd win a presidential election, Trump replied, "Well, I don't know, I think I'd win. I'll tell you what: I wouldn't go in to lose. I've never gone in to lose in my life.".
In 1991, Ivana and Trump settled their divorce and Ivana received $10 million, $300, 000 annually in child support, and $350,000 per year in alimony.
Ivana Marie Zelníčková became Trump's first wife in 1977. The couple had three children: Donald Trump, Jr, Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump.
Christopher Peterson / CC BY-SA 3.0In addition to lots of cash, Ivana also got the 45-room mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, and use of the Trump's Florida mansion, and a one-month visit per year at Mar-a-Lago as part of the divorce settlement. According to recent reports, Ivana and Trump have a good relationship and still speak by telephone once a week.
The writers of SPY Magazine decided to prank people in 1990 by sending celebrities checks for minuscule amounts of money to see who would cash them.
They sent checks for thirteen cents out to the world's wealthiest people and guess who cashed one of them.
Spy MagazineDonald Trump.
According to Business Insider, since the 1970s, Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by 23 women.
Trump continues to deny the accusations calling them all "liars." He claimed the "false allegations" were brought about by "women who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me." He also alleged that "mainstream media" didn't report the evidence that the accusations were made up.
During the '80s, Trump was offered to buy the New England Patriots football team, but he passed because he didn't want to take on their debt.
The Boston Globe reported that the Sullivan family approached Trump about buying the Patriots.
Jack Newton / CC BY-SA 2.0A close friend of Trump's told the Boston Globe "that between the team and the stadium there was $104 million in debt, and that was too much for him to handle.".
In 1964, Donald Trump continued his education at Fordham University for two years, then he transferred to Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Trump graduated Wharton in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.