Donald Trump (1946-) was the 45th president of the United States from January 2017 to January 2021. As a Republican candidate in 2016, the billionaire entrepreneur won over his anticipated losing opponent, Hillary Clinton.
In the 1970s, Trump began working for his father’s property development company, eventually taking over as president. He was the first person ever elected president without prior military or government experience. Trump’s presidency was one of controversy as he became one of three presidents impeached. On December 18, 2019, Trump was impeached for allegedly abusing power and obstructing congress’s investigation of his campaign tactics. He was acquitted on February 5, 2020.
But that wasn’t Trump’s only time in an impeachment trial. The only president who faced impeachment twice, Trump also sat in an impeachment trial on January 13, 2021, for inciting an insurrection. He was acquitted for a second time on February 13, 2021.
Born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York, Donald John Trump, Fred’s son and a developer, and his wife, Mary, were homemade Scottish immigrants. Before entering high school, New York Military Academy, he was the second youngest of five children. Trump then spent two years studying at New York City’s Fordham University before moving to the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at Pennsylvania University. He received four deferments and one deferment during the Vietnam War.
Following graduation from college, Trump joined E. Trump & Son, a company specializing in the development of high-quality apartments outside of New York City. He was named president of the company in 1974, and he quickly made a name for himself in Manhattan’s real estate world by developing high-profile projects such as the Grand Hyatt New York Hotel in 1900 and a tower bearing his name, a luxury high-rise that opened in 1983. As a businessman in the 1980s, Trump established hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, purchased Manhattan’s historic Plaza Hotel, and built his private resort community in Florida.
In 2004, Trump started hosting “The Apprentice,” a reality TV show where competitors ran for a management job in one of his companies. The show featured “You’re fired,” drawing large ratings. The business magnate earned $1 million per episode for his family. He hosted 14 “Apprentices” seasons and the “Celebrities’ Apprentice,” a spin-off show.
In addition to the show “The Apprentice” and other films such as “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” Trump was the owner of several beauty pageants, including, from 1996 to 2015, Miss Universe and Miss USA. In 1999, he created an operational modeling agency.