Born to Donald Trump, businessman and former President of the U.S, and his first wife Ivana, on December 31st, 1977, in Manhattan, New York City, Donald John Trump Jr. grew up to become a businessman, author and political activist. Trump Jr. attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a degree in Economics in 2000. Before joining the Trump Organization, his father’s real-estate corporation, Donald worked as a bartender in Aspen, Colorado, and lived there for a year.
During his first years at the Organization, serving as executive vice-president, Trump Jr. oversaw building projects. He later attempted to launch the financial services company, Trump Mortgage LLC, in 2006, but it failed after barely a year. Beginning in 2006, Trump also appeared as advisor and guest judge on his father’s show, The Apprentice, ending his run in 2015, which was Trump Sr.’s final season as well. Trump Jr. actively campaigned for his father’s presidential bid in 2016, showing his support and speaking up at rallies and Republican Party conventions. When his father won the election, Trump Jr. and his younger brother Eric were given control over a trust that held all of Trump Organization’s assets, in order to prevent a conflict of interest.
Trump Jr. became an avid defender of his father’s presidency, and even backed several Republican candidates during the midterm elections in 2018. Aside from his business and political activities, Trump Jr. published two books: Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us (2019) and Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden and the Democrats’ Defense of the Indefensible (2020.) He has also been the center of controversies by adhering to far-right conspiracy theories and trying to pass off false information as true on his social media accounts.
When Trump Sr. went for reelection in 2020, his son was also very active and prominent in the campaign, following the trail and making unfounded accusations against opponents. His father ended up losing the presidential post, but Trump Jr. claimed the elections had been fraudulent despite the lack of evidence to support it and refused to acknowledge the results. On January 6th, 2021, Trump Jr. was still openly challenging the election results when the Capitol riot happened, and he and other members of his family were later called to testify regarding their involvement in instigating the attack. While currently still serving as executive vice-president at Trump Organization, Trump Jr. also leads media outlet MxM News, publishing house Winning Team Publishing and lifestyle blog Field Ethos Journal.