Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, politician, television personality, and a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, a gaming and hotel enterprise that is now owned by Carl Icahn. His business activities, television work, outspoken manner, personal life, and legal activity have made him an international celebrity.
Trump is a son of Fred Trump, who inspired him to enter real estate development. While still attending college he worked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son. Upon graduating from college in 1968 he joined the company, and in 1971 was given control, renaming the company "The Trump Organization". Since then he has built casinos (including Trump Taj Mahal), golf courses, hotels, and other properties, many of which bear his name. Trump and his businesses have received prominent media exposure, and the NBC reality show The Apprentice bolstered his fame. He has had three highly publicized marriages.
Trump has shown interest in running for public office, first campaigning for the U.S. presidency in 2000, and winning two Reform Party primaries. On June 16, 2015, Trump again announced his candidacy for president, this time as a Republican. As of March 9, 2016, he has won 15 contests in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.