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Donald Trump
Donald Trump

2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is an American billionaire businessman, television personality, author, and politician.

The real estate mogul, aged 70, was born in Queens, New York. He began involving in business in 1971, and opened the Grand Hyatt in 1980 that made him the city's best-known developer. He also stared in NBC reality series The Apprentice.

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

Trump has built hotels, casinos, golf courses, and numerous other developments, and even licensed his powerful Trump brand name to numerous enterprises.

Never a consistent Republican, Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States in 2015, and quickly emerged as the front-runner.