Most probably the world’s best known business tycoon and renowned deal-maker, Donald Trump is now the forerunner to become the Republican Party’s presidential candidate. As yet, even presidential betting can’t say for sure what his chances are of having the keys to the White House before the year is out but Donald Trump is certainly a name and a personality to be reckoned with.
The celebrity, business man and would-be president is currently worth $4.5 billion but in order to stake a claim on the remarkable position he currently occupies, Trump has taken a long journey, making business conquests and claiming territories along the way. Trump’s entrepreneurial journey began in the city he was born in – New York . Having graduated from university, Donald returned home to the Big Apple and was soon running the show at the family’s Brooklyn-based real estate development firm, which he was fast to rename ‘The Trump Organisation’.
Expanding the business’s fortunes, Trump began to make his distinctive mark on the Manhattan skyline. In 1982 he built the world-famous skyscraper ‘Trump Tower’ on Fifth Avenue. As well as being where the ‘The Trump Organisation’ is headquartered, Trump Tower also houses his luxury penthouse apartment. In 1999, the residential skyscraper ‘Trump World Tower’ was erected on First Avenue. Some years earlier, Trump had also bought 40 Wall Street, renaming it ‘The Trump Building’. While these projects were primarily concerned with the building and acquiring of property for residential and commercial use, in another city, Trump was simultaneously investing in a completely different set of interests.
Atlantic City with its wonderful beach and iconic boardwalk, is also a gambler’s paradise and first attracted Trump’s attention during the 1980s when he began to build casinos. ‘Trump Plaza’ was built in 1984, with ‘Trump Castle’ hot on its heels in 1985 and then the ‘Trump Taj Mahal’ in 1990.
A few years later, and almost 1, 000 miles west, Trump set out to conquer Chicago, Illinois. Work began on ‘The Trump International Hotel and Tower’ in 2005 and finished in 2009, when it became America’s fourth tallest building. As well as shops, leisure complexes, parking, and condominiums, the Trump International Tower houses a 339-room hotel.
In addition to these incredible feats of engineering and construction in his own country, Donald Trump has made his mark on foreign soil too. With his well-documented Scottish connection (Trump’s mother Mary MacLeod was from Stornoway), it made sense for the billionaire business mogul to build an incredible golf course on the rugged Aberdeenshire coast . And, the Scottish golf course will soon be joined in Trump’s business portfolio by another world-class golf-course in Dubai. ‘Trump International Golf Club Dubai’ will be designed by course architect Gil Hanse, who will also be designing the 2016 Olympics golf course.
Right now, it seems as though Trump’s business forays are having an impact in many corners of the world, as well as in his home country of America. As the election campaigns pick up pace and the Republicans watch their ambitious candidate garner support from unexpected quarters, it remains to be seen whether or not Trump’s infamous golden touch will extend to his bid for presidency and take him all the way to Washington.