Donald J. Trump is the President-elect of the United States and he’s scheduled to take office as the 45th President on January 20, 2017. He’s well-known for his great entrepreneurial skills. Besides, Trump is the President and chairman of The Trump Organization and the founder of the hotel and gaming enterprise which is Trump Entertainment Resorts through the billionaire Carl Icahn currently owns these businesses.
Very few entrepreneurs can cause the high level of buzz which you’re going to find with Donald Trump. Donald is a man who’s set firm in his beliefs and is not afraid to say what he thinks and believes.
Besides the antics which have been going on with his current presidential bid, Trump has also been known to partake in various events and associating with individuals that you might not have realized were good friends of Donald.
Over the years, Donald has been able to establish an impressive portfolio which does not just include prime real estate but also includes numerous awards in different fields. The billionaire Donald Trump has been under media scrutiny for a very long time, even more so now with his presidential bid.
Being the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, interest in Donald Trump has not been higher than now. Here are interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Donald Trump.
1. Trump Tower
Another reason for the popularity of Trump in the 1980s was the Trump Tower in Manhattan; that was built in 1983. The structure has a controversy which an Art Deco building, built in 1929, was demolished to construct Trump’s building.
The Art Deco building was considered architecturally and historically significant. Also, the construction firm was found guilty of hiring two hundred Polish workers, who had been living illegally in the country to carry out the bulk of the demolition work.
These employees were paid about 4 to 5 dollars an hour after they worked 12-hour shifts and when they requested for the rest of their cash, they were threatened to be deported. Nonetheless, Donald Trump has denied knowledge of this awful situation.
2. Badly Behaved Kid
Trump was a badly behaved boy. At the age of 13, he was kicked out of Kew-Forest School, a private school where his father was on the Board of Trustees. Therefore, you can only imagine what he would’ve had to have done to get expelled.
His father chose to send him to a military school where Donald Trump attained the rank of Captain. The parents of Trump sent him to the NY Military Academy when he was thirteen because he was an energetic kid too.
They believed the institution would teach their son some discipline. In 1964, he graduated from the military academy before continuing his education at the Fordham University and finally, the University of Pennsylvania.
3. Bankruptcy In 1990
Trump nearly filed for bankruptcy in 1990 because of enormous personal and business debts. A considerable amount of debt was saved from financing the Taj Mahal, one of Donald’s casinos acquired in 1988, through high-interest junk bonds.
Nonetheless, he gave way 50% ownership of his casino to the original bondholders, who reduced Trump’s interest rates and even extended the loan to give Trump more time to pay off the debt. Today, Donald Trump owns over 100 companies and his net worth is about $4 billion.
4. A Luxury Golf Course
In 2006, Trump purchased a large estate in Scotland and constructed a luxury golf course on the property. He would promise the locals that its construction would provide 6,000 jobs. It only produced 200. The whole affair made the natives very mad that a full documentary was made about the tragedy known as “You have Been Trumped.”
5. Trump Hair
Perhaps, this is the most interesting fact of Donald Trump. When he wakes up in the morning, he looks different than you see him. Trump has to blow-dry his hair forward and backward to attain that incredible hairline.
He nearly lost his 50-shaded signature locks of indistinct color when betted in 2007. He placed a bet with the WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, and they chose a pro-wrestler to fight on their behalf. It was agreed that the person who loses the fight would’ve his head shaved. Apparently, Trump won and assisted to shave McMahon’s head.
6. Donald Trump is a WWE Hall of Famer
The WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is an organization which Donald Trump has been involved with since the early days of its inception. His involvement is not just as a co-owner and investor of some of the company’s main viewing night like Monday Night Raw.
Also, Trump creates a fan appreciation night where he dumped thousands of dollars on the audience. Over time, it isn’t unusual to see Donald hosting WWE events himself. Trump Plaza in the Atlantic City N.J., is the only setting to have hosted WrestleMania 2 years in a row.
Although Donald ended up selling his shares back to McMahon for twice what he purchased them for, it’s still common to see him in the front row of events. Out of everyone who’s involved in the WWE, Trump is the only one who can match the value that McMahon has accumulated over the years.
7. Trump Vodka, Though He Doesn’t Drink
One fascinating fact about Donald Trump is that according to reports, he has never done drugs, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. Fred, his elder brother, was an alcoholic for many years and warned Donald to stay away from drinking since he eventually died due to his addiction.
Nonetheless, in 2006, Trump launched his own vodka brand that he described as a gorgeously-packed product. Unluckily for him, the customers didn’t like it, and the production of Trump Vodka was halted in 2011 because of meager sales.