The Trump name is rather an iconic one; it all started when Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was developing large housing complexes in New York City, which he catered to middle-income soldiers that returned from World War 2. When Donald was a teenager, he learned many secrets from his father on how to become a businessman. When Donald Trump finished college to work full time with his father, he used his father’s tricks and tips to gain a fortune. Not a huge surprise that his net worth is now way over $3 billion!
Before and during his job as the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has done and owned things most of us can hardly imagine, let alone afford.
Below are 15 surprising facts about the Trump Family proving that it leads an even more extravagant life than we could suspect!
1. Trump Winery
The Trump Winery, which is formerly known as the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard, is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The winery was bought out by Donald Trump in April 2011 at the price of more than $8 million and was officially open for business in October 2011. The size of the land is around 227 acres — the largest vineyard in Virginia. It is now run by Trump’s son Eric, under the business name Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC. The winery produces at least 36,000 cases of wine annually. The winery is now worth more than $200 million.
2. Seven Springs Estate
The Seven Springs is an opulent Westchester mansion that was built in 1919 by Eugene Meyer who is also famous for being the first president of the World Bank and a publisher for the Washington Post. The mansion has a total of 60 rooms, two servant wings, three large swimming pools, and 15 bedrooms.
Donald Trump purchased the Seven Springs mansion for $7.5 million around two decades ago. Although Trump initially planned to turn the Seven Springs into a golf course, he instead kept the place as a resort for families to stay in within its 50,000-square-foot home. Trump usually spends his time in the Seven Springs as his retreat where he enjoys his private pools, hiking, ATV riding, and fishing.
3. Le Château des Palmiers
The Le Château des Palmiers, also known as “Castle of the Palms” is one of Trump’s massive mansions on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. The “castle” has two large villas, a beautiful view of the ocean, a clean sandy beach behind, an outdoor bar, tennis courts, and very luxurious decor spread throughout the castle. Today, the mansion is for sale at an asking price of $16.9 million.
4. General Motors Building
The General Motors building is a 50-story office tower (roughly 705 ft high) on 767 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York. In 1998, Trump, with the help of Conseco, bought out the building for $800 million. The building is known to be one of New York City’s trophies — it is as large as an entire city block with more than 1.9 million square feet of office space. As of today, the building is worth $3.4 billion.
5. Wollman Ice Rink
The Wollman Rink is an ice rink built for the public in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City. The rink opened in 1949, funded by Kate Wollman who donated $600,000 for the rink to commemorate her family from Kansas. In 1980, the rink was closed down due to maintenance restraints according to Mayor Ed Koch. In 1985, the citizens of New York were trying to reopen the rink, however, Koch’s commissioners and contractors faced many problems during the process of renovating the rink.
In June 1986, Trump offered to fund the project to fix up the Wollman Rink before Christmas time. In November 1986, before Christmas, Trump succeeded in restoring the Wollman Rink and was called a hero at the time. Today, the famous Wollman Rink is operated by the Trump Organization.
6. Beverly Hills Home
In 2007, Trump bought a large 10,442-square-foot home in Beverly Hills for $7 million. The mansion is equipped with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, a tennis court, swimming pool, spa, and beautiful sceneries. Although the house was designed by Richard Landry who is a world-renowned architect, Trump rarely bothers to visit the place. He said that whenever he is in Beverly Hills, he would rather stay in a hotel instead of this home. As of today, Trump is now selling his large mansion for $12 million.
7. Boeing 757 Private Jet
The “Trump Force One” is a lavish Boeing 757 private Jet that has not just one, but two master bedrooms that are silk lined, and the majority of the fixtures are made from 24-carat gold. Many people have dubbed the Trump Force One as one of Trump’s most visible symbols during his run as the President of the United States. Trump likes to call this majestic airplane his “T-Bird”. Before Donald Trump purchased the T-Bird, it was owned for 15 years by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. In 2011, Trump bought the T-Bird for a whopping $100 million.
8. Empire State Building
Famous for being one of the most iconic towers in Manhattan, New York City, the Empire State Building towers over the 5th Avenue being at 102 stories tall. In 1994, the land under the building was acquired for $42 million by a Japanese billionaire Hideki Yokoi but was later transferred to the Trump Empire State Partners, which is a joint venture consisting of Donald Trump and a member of the Yokoi Family. On March 18, 2002, Donald Trump sold his 50 percent share of the iconic Empire building for a whopping $57.5 million to Peter Malkin, the head of the Empire State Land Associates.
9. Commodore Hotel
Trump partnered with Hyatt Corp. to purchase the Commodore Hotel in the 1970s and it was Trump’s very first step into the Manhattan real estate game. He planned out to refurbish the New York City hotel into a tall glass tower and used the hotel for his next step to build one of his famous towers a few years later, the Trump Tower. When Trump bought out the Commodore Hotel from Penn Central Corp, the city was on its way to bankruptcy and most developers wouldn’t bother to pay attention to the city.
10. Trump Aberdeen, Scotland Golf Resorts
Trump owns two massive golf course resorts in Aberdeen, Scotland. With more than 150 employees found working in each golf resort, every resort consists of one large golf course, ski courses, a clubhouse, high-class restaurant, and 19 rooms for rent in a renovated mansion that used to be a carriage home. There are also maintenance facilities scattered around the resorts for fast travel maintenance. The second golf resort was bought out with a staggering price at $1.3 billion!
The Mar-A-Lago is a resort and National Historic Landmark built in 1924 to 1927 in Palm Beach, Florida. This resort contains 126 rooms within 62,500 square feet of land. The house also includes a Mar-a-Lago Club with guest rooms, spas, and other types of hotel amenities for members. To become a member of this resort, the initial fee is $200,000 and a yearly fee is $14,000. In 1985, Donald Trump purchased the resort and had Ivana Trump run the property. As of today, Trump frequently visits the Mar-a-Lago and calls it his Winter White House. It is the second largest mansion in Florida and also the 20th largest mansion in all of the United States.
12. National Golf Club
Trump owns multiple National Golf Clubs throughout the United States. The normal membership fee to join these clubs is $350,000 a year, and includes access to swimming pools, fancy restaurants, basketball courts, tennis courts, helipads, and fitness centers. The most famous clubs are in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, California.
13. Massive Connecticut Estate
In Greenwich, Connecticut, Trump has a large mansion covering 20,000 square feet of land. Donald Trump and Ivana Marle Trump purchased the Greenwich mansion as their first starter mansion for $4 million in 1982. The estate has a tennis court, a putting green, and two pools. After Ivana won the mansion in their divorce, she eventually sold it to Robert and Suzanne Steinberg for $15 million. As of today, the Greenwich mansion is for sale at an asking price of $45 million.
14. Trump’s Childhood Home
Trump’s childhood home in New York City was sold in 2017 with a whopping price of $2.14 million. This five-bedroom home is on a not-so-busy street in Jamaica Estates, which is about a 40-minute drive from Manhattan. The house is now on sale for $2.9 million. As of today, you can go on Airbnb and rent the place for $725 a night.
15. Tiffany Trump’s Childhood Home
Tiffany Trump is the daughter of Donald Trump and his second wife, Marla Maples. Tiffany’s childhood home is in Southern California on top of a hill with a magnificent view of the city. The house had a custom swimming pool and a long waterslide made personally for Tiffany. In 2013, the family decided to sell the mansion for $2.2 million.