Top Ten Interesting Facts About Donald Trump
With Donald Trump recently announcing his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, it is time the American public has gotten to know this iconic billionaire a bit better. Here are the top ten most interesting facts about Donald Trump:
Donald Trump attended Fordham University in the Bronx and then later the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. During his time there he earned a degree in economics and anthropology.
Although the media typically refers to Donald Trump as Trump or “The Donald,” his real nickname is DJT. It is an abbreviation of his full name, Donald John Trump.
Unlike most of the extremely rich in the United States, Donald Trump has historically been very hush-lipped about his overall net worth. When he was complicating running during the 2012 presidential election, he has his net worth professionally calculated, as is required of all presidential candidates, and they came up with a figure of approximately $7 billion.
Trump is married to Slovenian model Melania Trump (formerly Melania Knavs). After moving to New York City in 1996, Melania met Donald at a Fashion Week party in the fall of 1998. Their relationship gained notoriety after a 1999 interview on the Howard Stern Show. Their relationship was again put into the spotlight with the launch of Donald’s show, The Apprentice in 2004. After getting engaged in 2004, the two wed on January 22nd, 2005.
Donald Trump is a self-proclaimed germaphobe and has admitted to hating shaking hands with people. When forced to shake hands, Trump has a compulsive habit to pull the other persons hands vigorously toward his body. Don’t believe us? Watch the next time you see him shaking hands.
Donald Trump does not drink any alcohol and is entirely sober. Despite his sobriety, he launched a line of his own Vodka in 2006 with the slogan “Success Distilled”. Unfortunately, it was met with poor reviews and the line was axed in 2011.
Since 1999, Donald Trump has expressed an interest in being involved in politics. During the 2000 Presidential election he considered running for the Reform Party, but ultimately decided against it. As most people know, in 2015 his interest was re-ignited when he announced his candidacy for the Republican nominee for President in the 2016 Presidential election.
In 2004, Donald Trump became the executive director of the NBC show, The Apprentice. For his appearance and time he was paid $375,000.00 per episode. Additionally, not as many people know, but he was a partner in the Miss Universe franchise since 2002.
Bankruptcy to Billionaire
Not many people know, but Donald Trump was on the brink of financial ruin in 1990 Within a short 4 year period of time, he was able to pay back $900 million in personal debt, as well as, greatly reduce his $3.5 billion business debt, all while being able to keep his Trump towers and 3 casinos located in Atlantic City. Since then, he is the CEO of the Trump Organization which owns more than 100 companies and has a personal net worth in excess of $2.6 billion.
Donald Trump is the owner to one of the nicest pieces of real estate in the country. Located in Palm Beach, Florida, Donald Trump owns a 18-bedroom waterfront estate, known as the Trump Palace.
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