Trump's Fabulous World of Golf
A schoolboy’s dream…a competitor’s challenge. Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, gaming, sports, and entertainment. He is the archetypal businessman – a deal maker without peer and an ardent philanthropist.
Mr. Trump started his business career in an office he shared with his father in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. He worked with his father for five years, where they were busy making deals together. Mr. Trump has been quoted as saying, “My father was my mentor, and I learned a tremendous amount about every aspect of the construction industry from him.” Likewise, Fred C. Trump often stated that “some of my best deals were made by my son, Donald...everything he touches seems to turn to gold.” Mr. Trump then entered the very different world of Manhattan real estate.
A native of New York City, Mr. Trump is a graduate of The Wharton School of Finance. Involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Police Athletic League. Mr. Trump also serves as a Chairman of the Donald J. Trump Foundation as well as Co-Chairman of the New York Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund. In 1995, he served as the Grand Marshal of the largest parade ever held in New York, The Nation’s Parade, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. He also hosts the annual Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
Mr. Trump is a founding member of both the Committee to Complete Construction of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and The Wharton School Real Estate Center. Mr. Trump was also a committee member of the Celebration of Nations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations and UNICEF. He was also designated “The Developer of the Year” by the Construction Management Association of America and Master Builder by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational & Historic Preservation. In June 2000, he received his greatest honor of all, the Hotel and Real Estate Visionary of the Century, given by the UJA Federation, and in 2003 was named to the Benefactors Board of Directors by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
By January of 2004, Mr. Trump had joined forces with Mark Burnett Productions and NBC to produce and star in the television reality show, The Apprentice. This quickly became the number one show on television, making ratings history and receiving rave reviews. Few shows have garnered the worldwide attention that The Apprentice has achieved, and it received three Emmy nominations for excellence. The Celebrity Apprentice has met with great success as well, being one of the highest rated shows on television, and Mr. Trump signed to continue in this role for the 2011 television season. This marks the eleventh season of the show. Moreover, Mr. Trump is producing additional network and cable television programming via his Los Angeles based production company, Trump Productions LLC. His radio program with Clear Channel Radio, parent company of Premiere Radio Networks, beginning in the summer of 2004, broke all syndication records, followed by the launch and great success of the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, which includes business suits, dress shirts, neckwear, cufflinks, eyewear, small leather goods, and belts. The neckwear collection became the number one selling brand at Macy’s Herald Square, New York, highlighting the demand by consumers to emulate Mr. Trump’s sense of fashion. In the fall of 2006, Trump Vodka was successfully launched and Trump Home was introduced in the spring of 2007, which includes a comprehensive collection of mattresses, furniture, lighting and room decor. In 2010, Rogaska Crystal and Trump Home announced a partnership to launch crystal home accessories and giftware.
In the August 21-28, 2006 issue of BusinessWeek magazine, Mr. Trump was voted, by their readers, as “the world’s most competitive businessperson” and voted by the staff and writers of BusinessWeek as one of the Top 10 most competitive businesspeople on the planet. The ongoing business success of the Trump Organization was recognized by the Crain’s New York Business List 2007, with a ranking of Number 1 for the largest privately held company in the New York area. Also renowned for his celebrity status, Forbes ranked Mr. Trump Number 12 in the world on their top 100 celebrity list in 2006.
Mr. Trump is the highest paid speaker in the world, and he’s drawn the largest crowds in the Learning Annex’s history, often in excess of 50,000 people.
In January of 2007, Mr. Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008, “You’re fired!” was listed as the #3 greatest TV catchphrase of all time. His appearance as guest host on World Wrestling Entertainment resulted in #1 ratings for Raw and it was the most-watched episode in more than seven years.
On the Larry King Show in June 2008, Barbara Corcoran, a well respected real estate expert, said “How can I possibly compete with Donald Trump? Thanks to him I sold more property in Manhattan. He single-handedly turned the whole image of Manhattan around in the 1970’s when nobody wanted to live in New York.” Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, added, “Donald is the smartest man in real estate—no one else even comes close.”
In July of 2008, Mr. Trump sold his magnificent estate at 515 South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach for a record $100 million, and in March of 2010, the penthouse apartment at Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City sold for $33 million.
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