These days Donald Trump makes the headlines pretty much every day, but he is never far from controversy. So, how did he grow up to be what he is today? Let’s look at some old photos from Trump’s past and see how he has changed over the years.
1. An Innocent Kid
Donald Trump shared this photo on Facebook and captioned “Who knew this innocent kid would grow into a monster?” Trump was born on June 14, 1946 to German father Fred Trump and Scottish mother Mary Anne. His grandfather was Frederick Trump, who first immigrated to the United States in 1885 and built the family fortune by operating “boomtown” restaurants and boarding houses across the West.
Trump’s father ventured into the real estate business when he was 15 and founded E. Trump & Son in 1923. In 1936, he married Mary Anne MacLeod. Together they had five children. Pictured here are(from left to right): Donald, his older brother Fred Jr., his older sister Elizabeth, his eldest sister Maryanne, and his younger brother Robert.
3. Trump In The New York Military Academy
Trump had a passion for Manhattan from an early age. As a child, he made frequent trips into Manhattan without asking his parents. As a punishment, he was sent to the New York Military Academy, a private boarding school in Cornwall, New York. At that time, he was only 13 and still in the eighth grade, but Trump was actually quite a popular student.
4. Trump The Ladies' Man?
The boarding school was an all-boys military school, which prohibited girls from setting foot in unless it was a special occasion. On those rare occasions, young Trump would bring gorgeous girls to the school. “Donald was extremely sensitive to whether or not the women he invited to campus were pretty,” recalled George White, a fellow student in the class of 1964. In Trump’s yearbook, his classmates crowned him "ladies’ man". The woman in the picture was Frances D'Agati Dunn, the school’s secretary.
5. Love Of Sports
While studying at the New York Military Academy, Trump was actually a sturdy 6 foot, 2 inches tall. He joined the varsity baseball team (pictured) and took up football, tennis, squash and golf. Now decades later, Trump still loves his golf.
6. Proud Parents
Trump shared this picture on Facebook and captioned “#TBT Myself with mother and father at New York Military Academy. See, I can be very military. High rank!” Although he claimed to be very military, Trump received five draft deferments from serving in the military during Vietnam, four of which were for his time during college.
7. Marching To The Beat Of His Own Drum
Here Trump (second from left) is seen wearing a uniform in the 1964 New York Military Academy yearbook. He said wearing a uniform made him feel very military. Decades later, he dismissed Senator John McCain as a war hero for being captured and held as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, saying, “I like people that weren’t captured.”
In May 1964, Trump graduated from the New York Military Academy and enrolled at Fordham University. This picture is from Trump’s senior yearbook in 1964. After Trump’s criticism of Sen. McCain, the New York Daily News mockingly said the medals on the uniform were awarded for Trump “being neat” while at school.
9. Wharton Grad!
After two years at Fordham University, Trump went to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated there in 1968. Pictured here is Trump’s graduation photo with his father. Three years after graduating from Wharton, Trump took over his father’s company, E. Trump & Son, and eventually renamed it the Trump Organization.
10. Father’s Day Gift
Trump captioned "#TBT With my father, Fred Trump, in Brooklyn,1975. A great Father’s Day gift - a stay at my 5 star hotel," on this picture. While father and son were enjoying their business success, the Justice Department alleged that the Trump Organization had systematically discriminated against African-American renters. But all the lawsuits couldn’t stop the Trumps’ business from growing.
11. Father And Son Partners
By 1976, Fred Trump had set up trust funds of $1 million for each of his children and grandchildren. Starting from that, Donald Trump and his father had already amassed a combined net worth of $200 million by 1982, but that was not enough for Donald Trump.
12. Growing Business
In the photo above, Trump was proposing the construction of a Convention Center in New York City. Although he lost the bid, Trump continued to accumulate a vast fortune throughout the 1980s. In 1989, he secured a spot on the Forbes’ billionaires list, yet Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg questioned his actual wealth.
13. Marriage To Ivana Zelníčková
The 70s and 80s were a fortunate time for Trump: his business was growing, and Trump also found love. In 1977, Trump married Czech model Ivana Zelníčková. The couple enjoyed a happy time and gave birth to three children, but would divorce in 1992 following Trump’s affair with actress Marla Maples.
14. First-Born Son
Here is Trump’s first-born son, Donald Jr.. He and Ivana would have two more children: Ivanka, born in 1981, and Eric, born in 1984. While Trump seemed to be enjoying the company of his family, Fred Trump Jr., Donald’s older brother, died in 1981 because of alcoholism. His brother’s death was a warning for Trump, who would later give up alcohol and cigarettes altogether.
15. Battle With NFL
Trump loves football - so much so that he purchased the New Jersey Generals, a United States Football League team, in 1983. Later, he managed to recruit the Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker and Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie to the USFL. But after Trump decided to move the league’s spring/summer schedule to compete directly with the NFL in fall/winter, the USFL ended up a lost cause and folded before the 1986 season.
16. The Art of the Deal
In 1988, Trump decided to give away all proceeds from his famous book The Art of the Deal and established the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The revenue went to various healthcare and sports-related charities, as well as many conservative political groups, according to tax returns.
17. Wollman Rink Renovation
In June 1986, Donald Trump landed a contract to renovate Wollman Rink in Central Park. He completed the renovations in December, and his logo was emblazoned on the railing encircling the rink, the Zamboni, and on the rental skates.
18. Fred Trump's Passing
Pictured here are Trump and his father standing outside the renovated skating rink in Central Park. In 1999, Donald Trump’s father Fred passed away and divided $20 million among his surviving children.
19. Marla Maples
While still married to Ivana Trump, Donald met actress Marla Maples in 1989 and began a much-publicized affair with her. They gave birth to a daughter together in 1993 and named her after the famous Tiffany & Co. brand. Two months later, the pair got married.
20. Florida Friends
Trump and Jeffrey Epstein have been friends for more than a decade. Trump once told New York magazine, "I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life."
21. Melania Knauss
In September 1998, Trump met Slovenian model Melania Knauss at a party and the two began dating. On January 22, 2005, they got married. The marriage attracted a lot of attention, and many celebrities like Heidi Klum and Shaquille O'Neal attended the wedding. Hillary Clinton was there, too. A year later, the couple welcomed their son, Barron William Trump.