Donald Trump was the 45th president of the United States, between 2017 and 2021, having made his name and fortune as a real estate developer and media personality.
Born Donald John Trump on 14 June 1946 in Queens, New York City, Trump became president of his father Fred Trump's real estate business in 1971, renaming it The Trump Organization.
Under Donald Trump's stewardship, the Trump Organization became involved in projects including hotels, resorts, residential and commercial buildings, casinos, and golf courses, both in the United States and abroad.
In 1982, Trump was listed on the initial Forbes list of wealthy individuals as having a share of his family's estimated $200 million net worth. His financial losses in the 1980s caused him to be dropped from the list between 1990 and 1995. In its 2020 billionaires ranking, Forbes estimated Trump's net worth at $2.1 billion (1,001st in the world), making him one of the richest politicians in American history and the first billionaire American president.
Alongside his business dealings, from the 1970s onwards Trump developed a media profile that included cameo appearances in TV programmes and films, culminating in a successful run as co-producer and host of reality TV show The Apprentice, beginning in 2004.
In June 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States, as a Republican candidate. His campaign was not initially taken seriously by political analysts, but Trump's unconventional, often controversial approach saw him defeat Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election.
Trump lost the 2020 US presidential election race to Joe Biden, but refused to concede defeat. His attempt to overturn the results – making false claims of electoral fraud, pressuring government officials, mounting scores of unsuccessful legal challenges and obstructing the presidential transition – culminated in hundreds of his supporters violently storming the Capitol in January 2021. Trump became the first president to be impeached twice, and was acquitted on both occasions.
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