|Family of Donald Trump|
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The family of Donald Trump, the owner of The Trump Organization and 45th president of the United States, is a prominent American family active in real estate, entertainment, business, and politics. Trump's immediate family circle has been the first family of the United States since his inauguration on January 20, 2017. They are part of the broader Trump family originating from Germany. Donald Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, came from the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland. Trump has five children from three wives, and ten grandchildren.
Ivana Marie Trump (née Zelníčková), the first wife of Donald Trump, was born on February 20, 1949, in Zlín, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). She is a former fashion model and a businesswoman. They were married from 1977 until 1992.
Ivana Trump took a major role in the Trump Organization. She became the vice president of interior design for the company, leading the signature design of Trump Tower. Afterwards, her then-husband appointed her to head up the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino as president. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1988.
Marla Ann Maples, the second wife of Donald Trump, was born on October 27, 1963, in Dalton, Georgia, making her Donald Trump's only wife who was an American citizen at the time of their marriage. She is an actress and television personality. They were married from 1993 to 1999.
Melania Trump (née Knavs), the third wife of Donald Trump, was born on April 26, 1970, in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia (present-day Slovenia). She had a lengthy modeling career and is the second foreign-born first lady of the United States. They were married in 2005.
Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric are Trump's three eldest children, from his first marriage with Ivana Trump.
Prior to the election, each of the siblings held the title of executive vice president at the Trump Organization. During the campaign, they served as surrogates for their father on national news programs. Following Trump's election victory, all three were named to the presidential transition team.
Following the inauguration, Donald Jr. and Eric took charge of the family's real estate empire. Ivanka moved to Washington, D.C., with her husband Jared Kushner, who was appointed to a senior White House advisory position.
Tiffany Ariana Trump (born October 13, 1993) is Donald Trump's only child with Marla Maples. In 2016, she participated little in her father's campaign because she was studying sociology and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania, her father's alma mater. Shortly after graduating, she made a speech for her father at the Republican National Convention at age 22.
Barron William Trump (born March 20, 2006) is Donald Trump's youngest child and his only child with Melania Trump. He is of German and Scottish descent on his father's side and Slovenian descent on his mother's side. In May 2006, Barron Trump was baptized at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. He attended the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in Manhattan. In addition to English, Barron is fluent in Slovene. During his early childhood, Barron made several television appearances, including on The Apprentice and a May 16, 2006, episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show at only two months old. Barron did not immediately move into the White House when his father became president, but remained at Trump Tower with his mother until the end of the 2016–2017 school year. Melania and Barron moved to the White House on June 11, 2017. He now attends St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.
He appeared at a campaign rally in South Carolina, and was present for his father's RNC acceptance speech, presidential victory speech, and inauguration ceremony in January 2017, and some of the subsequent events.
Barron is known to be a fan of soccer. He appeared in an Arsenal F.C. jersey and met D.C. United players at the White House Easter Egg Roll in April 2017. In September 2017, he was selected to join the U-12 team for D.C. United's Development Academy for the 2017–2018 season. As of February 2019, Barron plays with the Arlington Soccer Association.
Donald Trump has ten grandchildren. Donald Trump Jr. and his former wife Vanessa have five children: daughters Kai Madison (born May 12, 2007) and Chloe Sophia (born June 16, 2014), and sons Donald John III (born February 18, 2009), Tristan Milos (born October 2, 2011), and Spencer Frederick (born October 21, 2012).
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have three children: daughter Arabella Rose (born July 17, 2011), and sons Joseph Frederick (born October 14, 2013) and Theodore James (born March 27, 2016).
Donald Trump's paternal ancestry is traceable to Bobenheim am Berg, a village in the Palatinate, Germany, in the 18th century. Johann Trump, born in Bobenheim in 1789, moved to the nearby village of Kallstadt where his grandson, Friedrich Trump, the grandfather of Donald Trump, was born in 1869. This German heritage was long concealed by Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump, who had grown up in a mainly German-speaking environment until he was ten years old; after World War II and until the 1980s, he told people he was of Swedish ancestry. Donald Trump repeated this version in The Art of the Deal (1987) but later said he is "proud" of his German heritage, and served as grand marshal of the 1999 German-American Steuben Parade in New York City.
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Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump (1905–1999), born in New York, was a successful real estate developer in New York City. Using their inheritance, Fred Trump and his mother Elizabeth founded E. Trump & Son by 1927. The company grew to build and manage single-family houses in Queens, barracks and garden apartments for U.S. Navy personnel near major shipyards along the East Coast, and more than 27,000 apartments in New York City. Trump was investigated by a U.S. Senate committee for profiteering in 1954, and again by the State of New York in 1966.
Donald Trump became the president of his father's real estate business in 1971 and renamed it the Trump Organization around 1973. That year, Donald and his father were sued by the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division for violating the Fair Housing Act. In the mid-1970s, Donald received loans from his father exceeding $14 million (later claimed by Donald to have been only $1 million). Donald served as the Trump Organization's chairman and president until assuming the office of U.S. president.
Born as Mary Anne MacLeod (1912–2000) in Tong, a small village near Stornoway, in the Western Isles of Scotland, she was the daughter of fisherman Malcolm MacLeod and Mary MacLeod (née Smith). At age 17, she immigrated to the United States with $50 (equivalent to $772 in 2020), and moved in with a sister before starting work as a maid in New York. Mary and Donald Trump's father, Fred Trump, met in New York and married in 1936, settling together in Queens. Mary became a U.S. citizen in 1942. Donald Trump has said he "feels Scottish".
In 1885, Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump, emigrated from Kallstadt, Palatinate (then part of the Kingdom of Bavaria), to the United States at age 16. He anglicized his name to Frederick in 1892 when he became a U.S. citizen. During the Klondike Gold Rush, he amassed a fortune by opening a restaurant and hotel in Bennett and later Whitehorse, serving gold seekers on their way to the region; one biographer wrote that the business included a brothel, a portrayal Donald Trump has said was "totally false". Frederick Trump died in the first wave of the Spanish flu pandemic. After his death, his fortune was passed on to his wife and son.
Donald Trump's grandmother, Elizabeth Christ Trump, née Christ, was born in 1880 and died on June 6, 1966. Born Elisabeth Christ, she married Frederick Trump in 1902 and moved to the United States with him. Like her husband, she was a native of Kallstadt, born as the daughter of Philipp and Marie Christ. Philipp Christ was descended from Johannes Christ (1626–1688/9) of Flörsheim, Hesse. Elizabeth Christ Trump was a descendant of organ builder Johann Michael Hartung (1708–1763) through her paternal grandmother Sabina Christ.
Maryanne Barry (born 1937) is Donald Trump's eldest sister. She was a senior federal judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, became inactive in 2017 after her brother took office, and retired in 2019. According to Maryanne, there was once an incident where Donald played a game of catch with her son David, who was seven years old at the time; Donald "just had to beat" David, so Donald threw the ball "harder and harder" until "the ball hit David's head" with a "crack" sound.
Frederick "Freddy" Crist [sic] Trump Jr. (October 14, 1938 – September 26, 1981) was Donald Trump's older brother. While attending Lehigh University, he joined a Jewish fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, even though he was not Jewish. After he graduated, he briefly worked for his father, who wanted his oldest son to be "invulnerable" so he could take over the business, but Fred Jr. was the opposite in personality. He left to pursue his dream of being a pilot, which created tension. According to Fred Jr.'s daughter, Mary L. Trump, her grandfather "dismantled [Fred Jr.] by devaluing and degrading every aspect of his personality." Both he and Donald mocked him for his decision to become an airline pilot. He soon got a job piloting for Trans World Airlines.
In 1962, Fred Jr. married Linda Clapp and had two children with her, Mary Lea and Fred Trump III, before they divorced. When his alcoholism prevented him from continuing to function as a pilot, he moved back in with his parents, and was hired to do maintenance on Trump properties. On September 26, 1981, at the age of 42, he died from a heart attack caused by his alcoholism. Donald Trump later said watching his brother descend into alcoholism motivated him to avoid alcohol and cigarettes; in August 2019, he expressed regret over how he treated Fred Jr. and his struggle. Trump said Fred's memory still shaped his life to that day, and had a huge impact on the trajectory of his own business career and life, saying, "He was so handsome, and I saw what alcohol did to him even physically ... and that had an impact on me, too."
In 1999, just after Fred Sr.'s funeral, Fred III's son was born with cerebral palsy. The Trump family agreed to pay for the child's medical expenses. Fred Sr.'s will was revealed, which Donald Trump helped write. The will mandated that Fred Jr., and by extension his children, Fred III and Mary, would be left out from receiving most of the inheritance, which amounted to over $20 million.[a][b] Fred III and Mary filed a lawsuit, alleging that Fred Jr.'s siblings, including Donald, used "undue influence" on a dementia-addled Fred Sr. to cut them out of the inheritance. Donald Trump reacted by removing the medical benefits for Fred III's infant son; declaring: "I was angry because they sued." Donald later said that the lawsuit was settled "very amicably".
Elizabeth Trump Grau (born 1942) is an older sister of Donald Trump. In 1989, she married film producer James Grau. She worked as an executive for Chase Manhattan Bank, before retiring to Florida.
Robert Trump (1948–2020) was Donald Trump's younger brother. He was a business executive who managed Trump Management Inc, the Trump Organization's real estate holdings outside Manhattan. He was an investor in SHiRT LLC, one of two owners of Virginia-based CertiPathx which was awarded a $33 million government contract in 2019.
Robert Trump married Blaine Beard in 1980. They were divorced in 2009 after Trump had left his wife for Trump Organization employee Ann Marie Pallan. He married Pallan in early 2020. Trump died on August 15, 2020, at the age of 71. According to The New York Times, he had been having brain bleeds after a recent fall.
Donald Trump's paternal uncle John George Trump (1907–1985) was an electrical engineer, inventor and physicist who developed rotational radiation therapy, and, together with Robert J. Van de Graaff, one of the first million-volt X-ray generators. He was a recipient of Ronald Reagan's National Medal of Science and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Trump’s first cousin John W. Walter (1934–2018) was the son of father Fred’s sister Elizabeth Trump and William Walter. He worked for the Trump Organization for most of his life and was executive vice president of Trump Management, Inc. He shared ownership of All County Building Supply & Maintenance Corp with Donald Trump, Maryanne Trump Barry, Elizabeth Trump Grau, and Robert Trump.
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|16. Johannes Trump|
|8. Christian Johannes Trump|
|17. Susanna Maria Bechtloff|
|4. Friedrich Trump|
|18. Johann Jakob Kober|
|9. Katharina Kober|
|19. Elisabeth Peter|
|2. Frederick Christ Trump|
|20. Johann Georg Christ|
|10. Philipp Christ|
|21. Sabina Christina Hartung|
|5. Elisabeth Christ|
|22. Johannes Anthon|
|11. Anna Marie Anthon|
|23. Eva Farny|
|1. Donald John Trump|
|24. William MacLeod|
|12. Alexander MacLeod|
|25. Catherine MacLeod|
|6. Malcolm MacLeod|
|26. Alexander MacLeod|
|13. Ann MacLeod|
|27. Ann MacKenzie|
|3. Mary Anne MacLeod|
|28. Duncan Smith|
|14. Donald Smith|
|29. Henrietta MacQueen|
|7. Mary Smith|
|30. John MacAulay|
|15. Mary MacAulay|
|31. Isabella Murray|
He and the first lady were married in 2005 in an Episcopal church in Palm Beach, Fla., where their son Barron Trump was later baptized.
Donald and Melania Trump leave The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea after the baptism of 8-month-old Barron William Trump on Dec. 8, 2006.
Melania and Barron Trump have been living in Manhattan while he finishes his school year on the Upper West Side. After they move to the White House this summer, he will attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal, a prep school in Potomac, Md., where just 16 percent of its students are Episcopalian.
E. Trump & Son Company, Inc., of Jamaica, has been formed with $50,000 capital to deal in realty.
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