Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
On 6-16-15, Donald Trump announced that he will be running for the office of President. Here are 7 facts about his life that you may not know about him.
1. Trump was on the brink of bankruptcy
In 1990, Donald Trump almost had to file personal and business bankruptcy. In just four years he was able to pay back $900 million in personal debt and was also able to reduce the debt his business had acquired. Trump is now worth $2.6 billion dollars and owns more than 100 companies. (via)
2. Owned a football team
Trump used to own the New Jersey Generals, which were part of the United States Football League. (via)
3. Trump does not drink alcohol
He does not drink because his older brother Fred struggled with alcoholism.
“I learned a lot from my brother, Fred,” Trump told Forbes. “He set an example. It wasn’t, maybe, the example that people would think, but it really was, in its own way, an example. That here was this fantastic guy, who got caught up in the alcohol, and he ultimately died from alcoholism.”
4. Trump went to a military academy
At the age of 13, Trump was sent to the New York Military Academy. His parents sent him there in hopes that the discipline would channel his energy in a positive way. (via)
5. His father was also in real estate
Fredrick Trump was a real estate developer and builder. He specialized in the construction and operation of middle-income apartments in New York. (via)
6. Trump owned an Airline
In 1989, he bought Eastern Air Shuttle. Trump pushed to turn this airline into a luxury experience. Ultimately it failed because the customers liked the airline for its convenience not the new fancy look combine that with high fuel prices the airline never made a profit. (via)
7. Donald Trump has a star on the walk of fame
In 2007, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame for his work on The Apprentice.