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Donald Trump Jr.
File:Donald Trump, Jr. (30309613870).jpg
Donald Trump Jr. in October 2016
Born Donald John Trump Jr.
(1977-12-31) December 31, 1977 (age 40)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Don Jr.
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (BS)
  • Businessman
  • television personality
Known for Executive in the Trump Organization
Former boardroom judge on The Apprentice
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Vanessa Haydon (m. 2005)
Children 5
Parent(s) Donald Trump
Ivana Zelníčková
Relatives See Trump family

Donald John "Don" Trump Jr. (born December 31, 1977) is an American businessman and former reality TV personality. He is the oldest child of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his first wife, Ivana. He currently works alongside his brother Eric as a trustee of The Trump Organization. A longtime company Executive VP and sole controller of the company’s commercial leasing operation,[2] in his trustee role he and his brother will run the company during his father's presidency.

Early life and education

Trump was born on December 31, 1977 in Manhattan, New York City, to Ivana Marie (née Zelníčková) and Donald John Trump. He has two younger siblings, Ivanka and Eric. He also has two half siblings, Tiffany, from his father's marriage to Marla Maples, and Barron, from his father's current marriage to Melania Trump. Trump was particularly close to his maternal grandfather and is fluent in Czech.[3]

His parents' widely publicized divorce affected Trump, who as a child encountered reporters asking about his father's affair with Maples. To protect her children, Ivana Trump sent her children to boarding school.[4] Trump was educated at The Hill School, a university-preparatory boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, followed by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he earned a B.S. degree in Economics.[5]


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Trump speaking at a rally in Iowa, November 2016

After college graduation, Trump moved to Aspen, Colorado. While briefly estranged from his father, for a year he hunted, fished, skied, lived in a truck, and worked as a bartender before returning to New York and joining the Trump Organization. Trump supervises building projects, including 40 Wall Street, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and Trump Park Avenue.[4] Trump appeared as a guest adviser and judge on many episodes of his father's reality television show The Apprentice, from season 5 in 2006 to his father's last season.

On January 11, his father announced that he and his brother Eric would oversee a trust that included the Trump Organization assets while his father was President, in order to avert a conflict of interest.[6]

Personal life

Trump married model Vanessa Kay Haydon (born December 18, 1977) on November 12, 2005, at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida; the service was officiated by Trump's aunt, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.[7] Haydon is the daughter of Bonnie and Charles Haydon,[8] and is of half Jewish and half Danish descent.[9][10] She is an alumna of the Dwight School[11] and studied psychology at New York's Marymount Manhattan College.[8] They have five children. Their two daughters are Kai Madison (born May 12, 2007) and Chloe Sophia (born June 16, 2014).[12] Their three sons are[13] Donald John III (born February 18, 2009),[14] Tristan Milos (born October 2, 2011),[15][16] and Spencer Frederick (born October 21, 2012).[17]

In his childhood, Trump learned to hunt and fish by spending time with his maternal grandfather in what was then Czechoslovakia.[18] Controversy erupted in 2012 when pictures surfaced of an African hunting trip Trump had taken in 2010. In one photo Trump has his arms around an endangered, dead leopard, and in another he is holding a knife in one hand and a bloody elephant tail in the other. Although the hunt was legal, many people were outraged, and at least one sponsor dropped his father's Celebrity Apprentice TV show.[19]


  1. Struyk, Ryan (11 April 2016). "Trump Kids Eric and Ivanka Miss Deadline to Vote in NY GOP Primary". ABC News. Retrieved 11 December 2016. Donald Trump Jr., 38, as well as Donald and Melania Trump, are registered Republicans, the records show.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter: "I speak Czech fluently '@sofia5013: Jr great work with @operationsmile!! U travel quite a bit-wondering if u r fluent in other languages?'"". Twitter. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cohan, William D. (February 2017). "Can Donald Jr. and Eric Trump Really Run the Family Business?". Vanity Fair.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  6. Craig, Susanne and Eric Lipton (January 11, 2017). "Trump's Plans on Businesses May Fall Short". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Silverman, Stephen M. (November 14, 2005). "Donald Trump Jr. Marries Model Girlfriend". People. Retrieved July 14, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Weddings: Vanessa Haydon, Donald Trump Jr". New York Times. November 13, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Konigsberg, Eric. "The OB-GYN Who Loves Women". New York Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Jews in the News: Andy Samberg, Liza Weil and Ivanka Trump". Tampa Jewish Federation. March 1, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Williams, Alex (November 21, 2006). "Trump Jr.: Finally trading on a famous name". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Michaud, Sarah (June 18, 2014). "Donald and Vanessa Trump Welcome Daughter Chloe Sophia". People. Retrieved September 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Dagostino, Mark (May 13, 2007). "It's a Girl for Donald Trump Jr. and Wife Vanessa". People. Retrieved July 14, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Dagostino, Mark (February 18, 2009). "Donald Trump Jr. 'Extremely Excited' About New Baby". People. Retrieved May 5, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Ravitz, Justin (October 3, 2011). "Update: Vanessa, Donald Trump Jr. Welcome Baby Boy Tristan Milos". US Weekly. Retrieved October 5, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Michaud, Sarah (October 3, 2011). "Donald Trump, Jr. Welcomes Son Tristan Milos". People. Retrieved October 5, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Donald Trump Jr welcomes a fourth child with wife Vanessa". Daily Mail. October 21, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  19. "Sponsor Drops 'Celebrity Apprentice' Over Donald Trump Jr.'s Hunting Controversy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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