The life and times of Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump is a larger-than-life character. His career has veered between huge success and near bankruptcy. Now he has found international fame as the star of television series The Apprentice. We chronicle key points in his life.

1946

Donald Trump is born in Queens, New York

1959

Aged 13, Trump goes to New York Military Academy

1968

Trump graduates from Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania and starts working for his dad's successful real estate development and construction company

1971

Aged 25, Trump moves to Manhattan

1974

In his first development project, Trump acquires the failing Commodore Hotel on Manhattan's 42nd Street. The development takes nearly 6 years to complete.

1977

Donald Trump & Ivana Winklmayr marry. In the same year their first child, Donald Trump Jnr, is born

1980

Opening of The Grand Hyatt (once the Commodore Hotel)

1981

Daughter Ivanka is born

1982

Ahead of the Trump Tower completion, 266 luxury condos in the building go on sale, bought by Martina Navratilova, Johnny Carson, Steven Spielberg and Sophia Loren

1983

Trump Tower completed

1984

Second son Eric is born

Completion of Trump Plaza, Upper East Side

1987

Publication of Trump's 'The Art of the Deal'

1988

Completion of Trump Parc, Central Park South

Buys New York's iconic Plaza Hotel for $407m, at the time the highest price ever paid for a single hotel

1989

Start of recession

1990

Ivana Trump starts divorce proceedings

Donald Trump claims he's $3.2b in debt

1991

Completion of Trump Palace, Upper East Side

1992

Divorce settlement with Ivana results in a $10m pay-out

In a deal with the banks over his business debts he is forced to give up his yacht, his jet, his stake in Grand Hyatt and the Trump Shuttle

1993

Donald Trump marries Marla Maples at Plaza hotel

Daughter Tiffany Trump born

1994

Trump averts bankruptcy again by getting banks to agree to another 3 years to pay back his debt

1996

Buys Miss Universe organisation

1997

Completion of Trump International Hotel and Tower, Columbus Circus

Separates from Marla and divorces in the same year

1998

Meets model Melania Knauss (when he was 52 and she was 25)

1999

Death of Trump's father, Fred Trump

2000

Death of Trump's mother, Mary Trump

2001

Don Jnr starts full-time at the Trump Organisation

2003

Launch of the first series of the Apprentice

2005

Marries Melania Knauss

Ivanka Trump joins the Trump Organisation

2006

Son Barron Trump born

Eric Trump joins the Trump Organisation

Trump purchases Menie Estate in Scotland

2008

Menie Estate Public Enquiry

2010

Championship Golf Course design approved and work begins on the Menie Estate

Trump reveals that he is considering running for the White House in 2012

Donald Trump: All-American Billionaire is on BBC Two on Sunday, 28 November, at 2100 UK time

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