Donald Trump's Early Life and Wives Ivana, Marla & Melania
Donald Trump's Road to Success
Donald Trump became famous in the 1970s and his celebrity status has continued to grow over the past several decades. This man is both admired for his ability to make money and despised for his candid and controversial straight-forward approach to business and politics. No matter what your opinion is on Trump the man, the fact is that he knows how to stir people's emotions, which means that no matter what public opinion is of "The Donald" at any particular time, Trump will be profiting one way or another. has set himself up to win. Sure there have been a few set backs in his career but, Donald Trump never looses for the long haul. Winning in everything is exactly what Trump does best. He makes money and turns bad luck into great fortune, or near-bankruptcy into extreme financial success. His greatest win; beating out George Soros and the corrupt democratic party by winning the United States Presidency.
Trump has always been a leader with a yen for the spotlight. But as a youngster, what has evolved into determination and strategy used to be the bossiness of a headstrong kid with a hot temper.. Donald Trump was always the captain when football teams were arranged and the president during class time. In short, he had all the attributes for success that Joe Kennedy Sr. possessed before ironing out his strong will in military school to become a man with a solid mission.
Like Fred Trump Like Son
The Influence of Donald's Father, Fred Trump
Donald studied and admired his father, Fred Trump. He witnessed first hand that Fred Trump commanded respect through his intelligence and business savvy. Fred grew up in Queens, and his own father was also an entrepreneur, but he died when Fred was only 13. Fred once told Vanity Fair that his family was so poor that his mother had to take up stitching to keep them going. Fred Trump never complained about his sad circumstances, instead, like a good old fashioned American, he began laboring hard while honing his talent and leadership nature to not only put food on the table but to keep his entire family comfortable. Fred looked around at what was happening in the world and came up with an original idea. He began designing and building prefab garages while he was still in high school—a brilliant move in a time when the automobile was becoming a staple in every household, but most homes that existed were built without garages, many homes had a storage shed that could only hold a wagon to pull by horses. Fred Trump was a born entrepreneur. He sold the units for a major profit for himself and a reasonable price for the customers. At the age of 15, he was too young to sign checks, so he formed a business with his mother called E. Trump & Son and she signed the checks for him.
Fred Trump's creative juices were flowing and carried him through the rest of his life. During the Roaring Twenties, he was building single-family houses; during the Great Depression, he pioneered the concept of supermarkets; and during World War II, he built barracks and garden apartments for the Navy. After the war, he moved into middle-income housing, and by 1999 he was estimated to be worth between 250 and 300 million dollars. A huge accomplishment for a man who started with nothing.
His Ambition for Wealth
Donald Trump could have easily settled into obscurity by riding his father's coat tails. He could have had an easy and stress free life, but Trump is made of something entirely different from the average man. It states clearly in Art of The Deal, Donald Trump's first book, "I do it to do it". Trump was pointing out that he does not do all the things he does for money because he could have easily retired in great wealth long ago, Donald is driven to accomplish for the sake of accomplishment alone. Great credit is due to Donald for taking the ball and running with it. These days it is all too common from those who still watch CNN to cry that he was lucky and, therefore, should not be given credit for his success. Trump was fortunate that he had a father like Fred Trump to observe and act as role model. However, the truth is that most children who are born to wealth achieve neither Trump's name recognition nor net worth. Donald Trump has made a lot more money than his father had ever dreamed of, which says a lot about the younger Trump's work ethic and dedication.
Personal Life and Marriages
There never seemed to be a special woman in Trump's life for many of his early years. He was good looking, successful, and determined, all qualifications that attract women in droves, but Trump remained focused on building unique real estate in Manhattan until he met Ivana.
Trump's First Wife: Ivana Marie Zelníčková
Ivana was born Ivana Marie Zelníčková in Czechoslovakia, but managed to make her way to the United States through hard work, determination, and the ability to ski well enough to join the Olympic games. These traits alone made her stand out alongside the spoiled liberal women of New York whom Donald was accustomed to . Ivana understood what it meant to feel trapped financially and by class. She had the heart to take her opportunities in the United States to infinity. She earned her master's in physical education, but her education did not end there. She also studied decorating and business, which would prove to be useful to the Trump empire.
In the early '70s, Ivana was married to a fellow skier, but the marriage was later reported to be in name only so as to help Ivana attain citizenship and keep the communist leaders off her tail. She met Trump in New York while promoting the Olympic Games.
After dating for a year, Donald and Ivana married on Easter Sunday in 1977. It was a grand and lavish ceremony that became the major society event of the decade. After their wedding, the Trumps were a solid business team, taking on major projects such as the construction of the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Trump Plaza, and just one year after their marriage, Donald Trump Jr. was born. The couple would eventually have three children together who would grow up to be solid and accomplished citizens just like their parents.
Donald Trump was both handsome and wealthy at this time of his life, but, even more important to a young lady like Ivana, he had a heart and regularly helped out people in need. Trump's good deeds in the 70s were admirable, but not very news worthy due to he not being a celebrity yet, but young Donald Trump would periodically be moved by stories of poor people losing their homes and take great delight in stopping the banks from foreclosing by paying off their mortgages for them. He would have mortgage burning ceremonies in which the whole neighborhood would become involved.
Donald Trump the Multimillionaire
Ivana was more than just a beautiful face with charming personality, she was a powerful force who helped boost Donald to celebrity status. She was vice president of interior design for the Trump Organization and the president of the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino. What's more, Ivana gave birth to three wonderful children during this time. Donald's ultimate joy.
However, even a high-powered woman like Ivana needed a break. In the early 1980s, Ivana informed Donald that she wanted more time with the children. Donald cut his wife loose from her positions in Atlantic City, but asked her to take over as president of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Ironically, years later when Trump was running for POTUS the liberal media tried to trick Americans into believing that Donald Trump was sexist and that he had no respect for women. His wife was running his massive organizations in the 70s when very few women headed even small organizations. He was even criticized by liberal leaders at that time for letting "a woman have that much power."
Trump's Second Wife: Marla Maples
Enter Marla / Slippery Slope
Affair with Marla Maples
It did not take long after Ivana was out of the business picture in Atlantic City that rumors were circulating that a beauty pageant winner from Georgia was trying to lure Trump into a serious affair. Marla was just 23 years old when she started dating Donald secretly; he was 40. According to sources close to Marla at the time, she was pressuring Trump to leave Ivana and he was merely offering her money and gifts to keep things quiet. The Trump/Maples affair soon became intense with Maples threatening to run around with other men and Donald doing all he could to keep the affair under control.
Finally, Donald was cornered to a point where he took Marla with him wherever he went. If he took his family to California, Marla had to go to California and be put up in a hotel close by so that Donald could escape Ivana and the kids to see his mistress. This went on for some time with Marla becoming more and more dissatisfied. In 1991, when Donald and his family were in Aspen with Marla lodged nearby, the situation came to a boil when the two women either accidentally or deliberately, on Marla's part, met on the ski slopes. It was after this nasty confrontation that Ivana filed for divorce. She was greatly humiliated by the stories and the photos of Marla with Donald on the covers of all the gossip magazines.
Trump Maples Wedding
Divorce and Married Again
Trump Divorces Ivana and Marries Marla Maples
After a messy divorce, Trump dated Argentinean tennis champion Gabriela Sabatini for about one month, as well as, Rowanne Brewer Lane and the current first lady of France, Carla Bruni. This was one of the low points of Donald's life. He loved Ivanna but he had betrayed her. It was the time in his life where he had been less than planned to perfection and it greatly bothered him. He also knew that Marla Maples, a money hungry beauty pageant contestant, had manipulated him and damaged his home life and he had not been strong enough to stop it. Trump also knew that he was genuinely in love with Marla. At heart he was a one woman man who admired the relationship of his parents that lasted a lifetime, and although he made a brief attempt to forget Marla by dating a few attractive women after his divorce, his heart belonged to Marla Maples. His time dating Carla Bruni may have actually benefited Marla because it has been reported that Carla wanted Donald for marriage and used many manipulative tricks to snare him. By the time of their break up Donald didn't even like her anymore. So, Trump married Marla and the two had a child they named Tiffany, after Tiffany & Co. The new marriage was not a happy one, and this time in his life was perhaps Trump's lowest point. He had been married to a great woman but wanted to have his cake and eat it too, believing that he could have an affair while continuing his marriage to Ivana. Trump was forced to learn a valuable lesson. He lost his reputation as a respectable businessman and was viewed from that point on as a man who would use his wealth just to cheat on his wife. It seems only Bill Clinton or a Kennedy can get away with being a cheat and live with no regrets.
If it bothered Trump that his image had been forever damaged he did not let it show. He just went with the flow and decided to profit on the new image that he was now facing. No matter what happens Donald does not waste any time. He takes the ball and runs with it. For some time thereafter, he was notorious. He was a guy who had cheated on his beautiful family with a beauty queen and then divorced his wife to marry this girl. He used this reckless reputation in commercials for insurance companies and money was coming in faster than ever.
It has been stated in the media that Donald Trump went bankrupt somewhere in this time. These are stories that make people buy magazines but this is simply not true. During the early '90s, he went into debt by several million on some of his ventures. The media had a field day as it loves to elaborate on misfortune more than it likes to give credit where credit is due. The public considered Donald Trump to be cocky and arrogant during his relationship with Marla Maples, and it was published that he himself was bankrupt which would sell by exciting people into thinking that a rich person can just simply fall from grace and have to get a job at McDonald's. Trump is a self made billionaire and when one has that kind of talent it simply does not disappear. Wealthy people frequently have losing deals. They are always in a state of winning and losing. Sometimes what looks like a bad investment is just a tax write off to offset other ventures that art doing well. Trump's success did take a dip during a stormy period. It's one thing to play arrogant to the cameras and quite another to actually believe that wealth comes easily. Donald Trump put his nose to the grindstone and focused on rebuilding his wealth. Friends of Donald have said that he regretted cheating on Ivana and marrying Marla, but Trump would never state anything like this to the press because he has a daughter with Marla whom he loves dearly. Donald did not wallow in his mistakes, he continued to rebuild and learn valuable lessons from his life experiences.
Maria Maples Reflecting on Her Marriage on the Oprah Winfrey Network
Trump Divorces Maples
The couple divorced in 1999. It has been speculated that Marla was seeing another man, Michael Mailer, for about one year before she and Donald divorced. What is known for a fact is that she had met Mailer while performing a bit part in a movie he was directing in 1998, and they announced their engagement several months after her divorce. Unfortunately, Mailer broke off the engagement and married someone else.
After Marla married Trump, she was set for life. She would walk away from her saga with "The Donald" as a multi-millionairess and the mother of Tiffany, heir to the Donald Trump estate. What's more, she also would walk away as a celebrity; Marla is regularly asked to do television interviews about her relationship with Trump.
Trump Dates Kara Young
Kara Young, a renowned actress and model, dated A.J. Benza soon after divorcing her husband. A.J. was a moderately successful tabloid columnist in the late 1980s-1990s and is best remembered as the host of Mysteries and Scandals. Mr. Benza could not compete for a minute with a big man on campus like, Donald Trump, so Kara left A.J. soon after meeting Mr. Trump. Not only was Donald a powerful and exciting suitor, but he possessed some traits that Kara found fascinating. Unlike many beautiful women who are attracted to modeling, Kara was also interested in business and entrepreneurship. She and Donald could talk for hours about the subject and Kara knew that she could learn something useful from every conversation she had with her exciting new boyfriend.
It is unclear why the couple did not continue with their relationship. It could be that Kara was too ambitious in her own right to live with Donald, that Donald did not wish to pair himself with yet another model/actress for the long haul, or, even more likely, that Donald had someone else on his mind. Radio show host, Howard Stearn was interested in the love triangle of A.J, Trump and Kara, so he arranged for her to be on his show to talk about it in what would become an embarrassing and awkward situation for Kara Young because Donald told listeners that he and Kara were no longer together. Either way, Kara went on to become a respected Fox News correspondent and Trump took his millions and moved on.
Trump's Third Wife: Melania Knauss
Many believe that Trump's third wife, Melania, is nothing more than an extension of Donald's ego, however, all one has to do is listen to an interview with Mrs. Melania Trump with an open mind to see that she is articulate, intelligent and worldly and has many of the traits that Trump seems to like in a wife. Melania was born in Slovenia as Melanija Knavs, and is a former model acknowledged these days for having more than her fair share of good plastic surgery.
Journalists have also speculated that Donald was probably still married to Marla when he began seeing Melania, as it is known that they met and began dating in the late 1990s. As soon as he divorced Marla, Donald began promoting Melania's modeling career and taking her on television shows with him, which resulted in many modeling offers for her. The couple married in 2005, and the wedding received extravagant press coverage as the event seemed to be attempting to recapture the glory and expense of Donald Trump's first marriage to Ivana.
Melania has some formal education but does not seem very interested in applying her talents, unlike Ivana. She and Donald have one son together, and this seems to have kept her occupied for most of her time. Melania's early life is somewhat of a mystery, and early photos of her were almost impossible to find until Donald became President , but surgeons say she has had cheek implants and at least two nose jobs. She looks stunning these days and is aging gracefully.
Melania Before and After Her Final Nose Job
Lessons Learned From His Relationships
Donald tries to keep his family life somewhat private. Although after his affair with Marla Maples, his reputation became notorious and somewhat negative, it is obvious to those who truly pay attention to Donald that he is old fashioned at heart and regretful of the whole Marla Maples fiasco in his life. No matter how smart, savvy, and moral one is, it is not easy to keep one's head when fame and success reach mammoth proportions. He is human and therefore not perfect, but he does learn from past mistakes. The fact that there have been no women in his life since marrying Melania is proof of that. There are always scores of beautiful women offering him all he could ask for, but he has remained faithful. Had there been any slip ups it would certainly have it the press.
Trump's 2016 Run for President: Common Criticisms and Why He's Qualified for the Role
After Trump openly called out president Obama for running a secretive administration after promising to be a transparent president, the liberal media went after Trump. They embellished stories about Trump's past life, distracting the conversation from what he was actually saying; the liberal media jiu jitsu. Many of Trump's critics still like to point to the financial difficulties he went through during his relationship with Marla Maples as to why he should not be president. Basically saying that Donald hit a few life snags and actually failed in some of his business ventures. As we have seen, the media loves to paint as "stupid" anyone who has ever failed. But the fact is that everyone who has great success has had many failures along the way. Failing is just part of becoming a winner. For those who have faith, it would appear that Donald was being punished by God for his infidelities, but this was to be Trump's first set of major failures. He bankrupt at least one project and was said to have been wiped out financially. Critics and haters enjoyed gloating and stating that Trump is not a smart man because of this major disaster. However, business-minded entrepreneurs have pointed out that after the major setback, Trump dug in and is now even richer than ever. The comeback is the true sign of a hard working and truly savvy businessman; a "loser" with less drive would have packed it in and just thrown in the towel.
This can all be boiled down to a piece of great advice Trump gives in his books: The ignorant will point to a man's failures and dwell on them, but the successful will realize that everyone has failures in life, and it's what one does about the failure that makes or breaks a person.
More financially successful than ever, Trump turned his attention to the Presidency, announcing that he would be running in 2016. Because the Obama Presidency was so disastrous, there was a healthy silent majority who were open to what America was in need of, basically the exact opposite of what Obama brought. Barack Obama never built anything himself or held down any normal jobs, just as the Kennedys had always have never really done anything. After Americans were hit with more expense than ever they were no longer naive about politicians touting socialism, and "free healthcare". They wanted a system that would make sense and they were no longer going to fall for the democrats telling the same story over and over. That the Republican running is a racist. Obama and the Kennedy's were not looking good after eight years of a struggling economy and healthcare in tangles. Americans were suspicious of democrats and their ability to truly lead real people. During the Obama administration it was apparent that Obama care would cost Americans not only a fortune, but some of their own freedom. Also, race relations were at an all time low, not to mention the economy was just chugging along. Many hard-working Americans simply did not relate to Obama at all. Trump, on the other hand, has had to fight to get permits, he's gone through the rigors of hiring employees, and has created thousands of jobs and many businesses.
Trump spoke of reducing taxes to give working-class Americans a better chance to provide for themselves and reach goals. The theory is great, and it works: It is what Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s and resulted in a strong economy. But Trump's critics wondered if he has what it takes to make the country run as well as it did under Reagan, who had decades of political experience when he was elected President of the United States. In 2016 the majority of Americans were willing to take the small gamble that Trump would not be a great president. The democratic party had become so arrogant that throwing Hilary Clinton in the ring with a dynamo like Donald Trump, all they could see was an easy victory for themselves. They used all of their media outlets to spread nasty lies about Donald Trump, stating he is racist, sexist, ect. just as they had been doing for the past eight years about anyone who was a Republican; and they assumed that their system would never fail, but, they did not count on the silent majority that had had enough of the Fake News stories and refused to be zombies for the democrats forever. It was a great time for the people.
Many Americans pointed out that Trump couldn't possibly be worse than Barack Obama. Obama was elected president based on campaigning that he would end the war, yet not only did he fail to do so, but also the war actually escalated under his administration, with the death toll growing by the thousands. Fortunately for Obama, he had 99% of the news outlets controlled by democrats, on his side. Obama promised to do something about the failing economy, yet the economy did not get better because of his actions, but simply because of the passage of time, which was inevitable. For those who lost everything, it's a little too little, a little too late.
The biggest mark against Trump is that we couldn't be sure if Trump wanted to be president, or if he was just drumming up publicity for other projects he was working on. Trump is a master at keeping the public talking. Only time could tell, but in November 2016 a miracle happened, Donald Trump became President of the United States. This event has been a blessing to the United States and the American people. Donald Trump has proven that he is serious and that he is taking over because of his desire for a better America. The media and bought and paid for shills are angry and desperate as they do all they can to undermine him, but, they are up against something bigger than they are, they are up against President Donald Trump; the man who can make America Great Again.
Donald Trump , the Author
In the 1980s Donald Trump published his first book, Art of the Deal. It became an instant best seller and even though he went on to publish many other books, that also became best sellers, Art of the Deal is considered his best. Even if one is not directly involved in the Real Estate business, it is an excellent read , and reread, for those business people who like to stay motivated and want to keep thinking big and achieving big. The books that were published later on had other writers involved, but Trump's first book, Art of the Deal, was written by Trump alone and is a great window into how he thinks. When one feels like a mind makeover in business, there is nothing like a well written book by one of the most awesome men in our history to recharge one's thinking.