Donald Trump Jr., 37, one of Donald Trump’s five children and his oldest son, started working for The Trump Organization almost as soon as he graduated from college. He’s been working there ever since, making a name for himself and providing a very nice lifestyle for his wife and five children.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. He’s Married to Vanessa Haydon and They Have Five Children
Donald Jr. is married to model Vanessa Haydon. They met at a fashion show, where Donald Trump Sr. introduced them, Time reported. They met again at a party a few months later and really hit it off. They were married in 2005 and have five children: two daughters and three sons.
2. His Love For Hunting Came Under the Spotlight After the Walter Palmer Scandal
Donald Trump Jr. has an avid love for hunting. In fact, he says that hunting is one of the things that kept him from getting into too much trouble in college. But photos from a hunting trip that he and Eric Trump took to Zimbabwe in 2011 resurfaced after Walter Palmer came under fire for killing Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe in 2015, New York Daily News reported. During the 2011 trip, the brothers took tons of photos of them with large, exotic, dead animals. In one photo, the two brothers are shown next to a dead cheetah. The brothers, however, did their trip through a reputable agency, Hunting Legends.
Donald Jr. has said that nature and hunting humbles him, New York Daily News reported: “Hunting forces a person to endure, to master themselves, even to truly get to know the wild environment. Actually, along the way, hunting and fishing makes you fall in love with the natural world.”
3. He Works at The Trump Organization and Manages Existing Property
Donald Jr. is executive vice president of development and acquisition for The Trump Organization, a job that includes managing the existing property portfolio. He got the job about a year after graduating from Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, the same school that his father graduated from. He started his work with The Trump Organization by developing Trump Place at West Side Yards. He’s led projects in India, Scotland, Las Vegas, and Chicago, Business Insider reported.
In fact, his father’s presidential run has been very validating to Donald Jr., Fox Business reported. The fact that his dad is willing to step away and let his children run the business means a lot to him.
4. He Was Very Close to His Grandfather
Donald Jr. has said in multiple interviews that he was particularly close to his maternal grandfather, Milos. He said that his dad was very hardworking, so growing up he got a lot of the fatherly attention he needed from his grandfather, Time reported. Every summer, they would spend a couple weeks together hunting and fishing just outside of Prague, Business Insider reported. In fact, Donald Jr. named one of his sons after his grandfather. Milos passed away in 1990.
Donald Jr.’s life growing up wasn’t always easy. He was 12 when his father had a very public and nasty divorce with his mom, Ivana. He said that seeing his parents’ publicized divorce on the front page of the paper every day while he was attending school was really hard because at that age, “kids are naturally cruel,” Time reported.
5. The Life of a Trust Fund Child Wasn’t for Him
Donald Jr. said he was never drawn as a young man to the glitzy life of a trust fund child. He got in a lot of trouble in college, but after spending a year in Aspen, he gave that life up. “Your brain starts to atrophy,” he told Time, explaining why that life wasn’t for him.