After a controversial term in power, Donald Trump handed over the key to the White House to the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, at the start of the year. But before his political career, the billionaire businessman accumulated a vast property portfolio, both for personal and business use. From his childhood home to his famed Mar-a-Lago base, plus the New York estate that’s currently under investigation, click and scroll to take a look inside Donald Trump’s real estate empire.
Where did Donald Trump grow up?
Born on 14 June 1946, for the first four years of his life, Donald Trump lived in a modest but quaint mock Tudor mansion located in the leafy and upscale Jamaica Estates section of the borough of Queens. After attending the Kew-Forest School, the young teenager was enrolled at the New York Military Academy aged 13.
After attending the New York Military Academy in 1959, Trump moved to attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to study business in 1966. By 1968, at just 22 years old, he joined the family business and began his journey into property development. Since then, Trump has developed real estate, hotels and even golf courses, amassing a business empire thought to be worth $3.1 billion (£2.2bn)
The creation of Trump Tower
After setting his sights on Manhattan, Trump began the construction of Trump Tower in 1979. The 58-storey skyscraper, which was previously a department store, houses luxury residential complexes as well as retail spaces, including Donald Trump’s personal residence in the penthouse triplex.
Also the home of the Trump Organization’s offices, the tower is famous for its all-out luxury décor. The reception area boasts 240 tonnes of pink white-veined marble with four gold elevators serving visitors only, and a private elevator reserved for members of the Trump family.
Often hidden behind closed doors, this rare photo shows a glimpse inside the penthouse suite. From the sparkling crystal chandeliers and 24-carat gold embellishments to the plush cream carpets, it shows Trump’s penchant for luxury furnishings. Barron is said to have had his own floor of the building when they lived there full-time.
Trump’s Connecticut marital home
Decades before the name Trump was connected to US politics, it was a name that spoke to great wealth and big business. Trump snapped up this mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut for his then-wife, Ivana and their two children, Donald Trump Jr and daughter, Ivanka. He paid a reported $4 million (£2.9m) in 1982 to secure a trophy home in one of America’s wealthiest towns.
Sitting on nearly six acres of lush green land, the property boasts sweeping views of Long Island Sound. In Trump’s signature excessive style, the billionaire decorated the house in rich gold with lavish finishes throughout. A photo of Trump at home in 1987 shows the grand entrance with a double staircase and what looks like a hand-painted wall mural.
Spread over nearly 20,000 square feet, the eight-bedroom waterfront estate also boasts eight fireplaces, a five-car garage, a plush movie theatre and a pool house with a lavish inside swimming pool.
Outside is just as amazing with a tennis court, a swimming pool, a private dock and, of course, a putting green. Sitting on its very own peninsula, the home sits surrounded by peaceful sparkling waters.
When Ivana and Trump divorced in 1992, Ivana got the mansion as part of her settlement, and later went on to sell it for a reported $15 million (£10.8m) in 1998. The current owners have been trying to sell the home since 2014 and have taken it on and off the market a number of times, but relisted it in February 2020 for $32 million (£23m).