Long before Donald Trump became the unstoppable business mogul and 2016 presidential candidate, he was a boy growing up in Queens, NY. Trump grew up in a 23-room colonial house in Jamaica Estates. He was one of five children. The family had a cook and chauffeur, but neighbors say the Trumps were not flashy about their money or wealth.
“He is still a Queens guy. He sounds like a guy from Queens,” Gwenda Blair, author of “Donald Trump: Master Apprentice.” “He doesn’t present the kind of polish and refinement and old money of Upper East Side New York.” Jamaica Estates Association president Martha Taylor adds: “I knew that they were fairly quiet. They were fairly strict.”
As a kid, Donald’s friends say he excelled at baseball, played football and basketball, and was often described as a “ladies’ man.” Those who knew him insist there were signs Trump would one day make it big.
Trump’s father, Fred, demanded his children work hard for their money, and would often bring them to his job of constructing apartment houses in Queens and Brooklyn. He and his wife Mary instilled in Donald a sense of self-confidence, but were also adamant about him being disciplined.
At 13, Trump’s parents took him out of Kew-Forest private school to attend the New York Military Academy upstate. His school roommate, Ted Levine, commented on Trump’s drive to do better: “I had to be better than my father. He had to be better than his father. We were sent here to be the best of the best, and we knew what our job was. He was well-positioned. He was good looking. He had a lot going for him.”
Trump then attended the Wharton School, entered the family business, became a billionaire, and now, is a White House candidate for the 2016 election.