Before he became president, most people knew Donald Trump from the reality hit show The Apprentice. He hosted the NBC-created show. In fact, he was given executive powers to fire budding entrepreneurs who failed to meet their weekly potential. The Apprentice brought together numerous entrepreneurs from all walks of life, promising to offer a large bounty to the winner. Although it was devastating for those sent home each week, it was almost heavenly for Trump – he barely flinched during his firing sessions. Thus, he got his unpopular reputation as an arrogant billionaire who harbored no feelings.
What exactly did he do?
Most people still wonder: what did Donald Trump do for a living? It’s a question that baffles even his adversaries. To unravel this mystery, we’ll have to start from the very beginning – his birth. Donald Trump is the fourth of five children born by Mary Anne Macleod and Frederick Trump Sr. Trump was a mischievous lad, so full of energy and frequently landing in trouble. He attended kindergarten at the prestigious Kew-Forest School and stayed there till he completed seventh grade. After his constant unsupervised trips to Manhattan, his parents took him to the New York Military Academy.
Donald Trump had an insatiable desire to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a budding businessman and real estate guru. After spending only two years at the Fordham University, he opted to drop out so he could study at the revered Wharton School of Business, just one of the schools at the University of Pennsylvania. He preferred the institution because it offered real estate studies. Soon after his graduation, his father put him in charge of the family business. It was a huge step for Donald – he had to earn the trust of his father by improving his business. He didn’t disappoint.
Expanding the family business
When Donald’s father, Frederick Trump, started his real estate business with the help of his mother (Trump’s grandmother), he called the business Elizabeth Trump & Son. He worked really hard to build his business – he even had to study blueprints and earn a living as a carpenter for some years. However, his patience and resilience finally paid off. During the late 1920s, he began building multiple houses for the single families living in Queens. He sold them for $3,990 each. He also invested in supermarkets in the mid-1930s. Clearly, putting his empire in his son’s hands was a huge risk. However, it paid off in the end.
After inheriting his father’s company, Donald trump renamed it to The Trump Organization. He went on to sell numerous high-end properties in Manhattan and all over New York. He also built the Trump Tower in 1978, a skyscraper within Manhattan which hosts all his businesses and acts as headquarters for The Trump Organization. He then started investing in golf courses, casinos and hotel chains, most of which have enjoyed tremendous success. Donald Trump was definitely cut out for business – the New York Times has even described him as a ‘persistent individual’ and a ‘skilled negotiator’. Clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Now you know the answer to the question: what did Donald Trump do for a living?