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The American Billionaire, Donald Trump emerged President in a keenly contested race with the Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016.


Here are 40 things you need to know about the 45th President of the United States:

1. Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Jamaica Estates, Queens, a neighbourhood in New York City. He was the second youngest child of five children. Of his four siblings, three are living.

2. Trump is of German ancestry on his father's side and Scottish ancestry on his mother's side; all four of his grandparents were born in Europe. His father Fred Trump (1905–1999) was born in Queens to parents from Kallstadt, Germany and became one of the biggest real estate developers in New York City.

3. Trump has five children by three marriages, and has eight grandchildren. His first two marriages ended in divorces.

4. Trump left The Kew-Forest School due to behavioural problems at age 13 and was enrolled in the New York Military Academy (NYMA).

5. As of 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 156th in the United States.

6. He is scheduled to take office as the 45th President on January 20, 2017.

7. Trump was born and raised in New York City and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.

8. Trump is currently the chairman and president of The Trump Organization, the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests .

9. Trump has appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015, and has made cameo appearances in films and television series.

10. He sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew before voting began.

11. He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC from 2004 to 2015.

12. "Information about Mr Trump's business is sketchy. He doesn't run a publicly listed firm. The Washington Post, whose reporters were denied press credentials by the Trump presidential campaign, opined that "Trump is a mix of braggadocio, business failures, and real success."

13. Although Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, hotel and casino businesses of his have been declared bankrupt six times between 1991 and 2009 due to its inability to meet required payments and to re-negotiate debt with banks, owners of stock and bonds and various small businesses (unsecured creditors)

14. Inheritance: Trump acquired an old, vacant, 70 story office building at 40 Wall Street in Manhattan in 1996. After a complete renovation, it became the Trump Building. After his father died in 1999, Trump and his siblings received equal portions of his father's estate valued at $250–300 million.

15. The number of golf courses that Trump owns or manages is about 18, according to Golfweek.

16. From 1996 until 2015, when he sold his interests, Trump owned part or all of the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants. Among the most recognized beauty pageants in the world.

17. Trump University LLC was an American for-profit education company that ran a real estate training program from 2005 until at least 2010. After multiple lawsuits, it is now defunct.

18. The Donald J. Trump Foundation is a U.S.-based private foundation established in 1988 but has not given personally to the charity since 2008.

19. Trump Brand: Trump has marketed his name on a large number of building projects as well as commercial products and services. In 2011, Forbes’ financial experts estimated the value of the Trump brand at $200 million. Trump disputed this valuation, saying his brand was worth about $3 billion.

20. According to Forbes, there are 33 licensing projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (the seven Trump International Hotel and Tower developments).

21. An investigative story by the New York Times found that in the early 1990s in order to avoid "financial ruin" Trump's businesses used methods which were "legally dubious" to avoid paying taxes, and that Trump's own lawyers described these activities as "improper".

22. NET Worth: In 2016, Forbes estimated Trump's net worth at $3.7 billion, and Bloomber$3 billion. These estimates would make him one of the richest politicians in American history. He has often given much higher estimates, sometimes over $10 billion.

23. Trump has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award and has made appearances as a caricatured version of himself in television series and films.

24. In 2003, Trump became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show, The Apprentice.

25. Trump is a WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) fan, and a friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows.

26. Political Affiliations: Trump's party affiliation has changed over the years. From 2001 to 2008, he was a Democrat; but, in 2008, he endorsed Republican John McCain for President and officially changed his party registration to Republican in 2009. In December 2011, Trump became an Independent for five months before returning to the Republican Party, where he has emerged US President

27. Trump floated the idea of running for president in 1988, 2004, and 2012, and for Governor of New York in 2006 and 2014, but did not enter those races.

28. Trump is the second major-party presidential nominee in American history whose experience comes principally from running a business (Wendell Willkie was the first).

29. Trump is the first United States President without prior government or military experience, and the first without prior political experience since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

30. Trump is also the oldest first-term president.

31. With nearly 14 million votes, Trump broke the all-time record for winning the most primary votes in the history of the Republican Party.

32. ON TAXATION: Trump has told the news media that his tax rate was "none of your business," but added, "I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible".

33. SEXUAL ASSAULTS: Following the release of the 2005 recording, at least 15 women came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct including unwanted kissing and groping, resulting in widespread media coverage.

34. POLITICALLY UNSTABLE: PolitiFact.com wrote that it is difficult to determine Trump's stance on issues, given his frequent changes in position and "his penchant for using confusing, vague and even contradictory language".

PolitiFact.com counted at least 17 times when Trump said something and then denied having said it.

35. IMMIGRATION POLICY: Trump said that he will create a "deportation force" to deport around 11 million people illegally residing in the U.S. stating: "Day 1 of my presidency, [illegal immigrants] are getting out and getting out fast." Trump opposes birth right citizenship.

36. One of Trump's most controversial proposals was his original proposal in 2015 for a "total and complete" temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States.

37. Trump is a Presbyterian. He has said that he began going to church at the First Presbyterian Church in the Jamaica neighbourhood in Queens as a child. Trump has said that although he participates in Holy Communion, he has not asked God for forgiveness for his sins. He stated, "I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture.

38. Trump says that he has never smoked cigarettes or marijuana, or consumed other drugs. He does not drink alcohol.

39. An analysis by USA Today, published in June 2016, found that over the previous three decades, Trump and his businesses had been involved in 3,500 legal cases in U.S. federal courts and state courts, an unprecedented number for a U.S. presidential candidate.

40. Donald believes that Africans should be recolonized before they can develop.

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