Donald Trump is among the few people who didn’t have to work so much to earn a living as his father Fred, handed a real estate company over to him.
When Fred Trump started the real estate business he focused mainly on the middle class, but today the trump organization have a lot to their name, including golf resorts, hotels, and even casinos all around the U.S.
Frederick Trump, the father of Fred Trump came to u.s in 1885 and he didn’t wait for the century to end before opening a restaurant in the Yukon Territory called the White Horse Restaurant and Inn.
In 1902, he got married to Elizabeth Christ his neighbor in Germany.
Fred was born three years after they tied the knot.
Sadly, Frederick passed away when Fred was barely nine and he had to do odd jobs to make ends meet.
Fred Trump said in a 1973 interview with The New York Times, “When I was a lad I discovered that I was agile with my hands, that I could take pieces of wood and nail them together, and that it was a lot of fun.”
He was interested in construction.
“When I was 16, I built a garage for a neighbor, probably not the greatest garage ever put up, but the experience reinforced my hope of doing something creative with wood and bricks and cement.”
A year after taking classes in building construction at the Young Men’s Christian Association, he built his first one-family home.
“In those days I could build and sell a house for about $7,500,” Fred Trump recalled.
Together with his mother, they formed the company, E. Trump & Son.
Fred Trump at some points in his career had to lie about his heritage. He foresaw that his german ancestry might hurt his business as many of his tenants were Jewish. He said he was Swedish.
“He said, ‘You don’t sell apartments after the war if you’re German,’” Kohn Walter, a Trump family historian and one of Donald Trump’s cousins, told the Boston Globe. “So he’s Swedish, no problem.”
His son Donald Trump, told the same lie too.
Donald and his brothers all worked at the Trump construction site.
“As children, Bob and Donald used to follow Mr. Trump all over and were fascinated by the bulldozers and other heavy equipment,” Richard Levy, a family friend, told the New York Post.
Donald became so interested in the construction business and just like his father he went after his dream.
“My father was my inspiration,” Trump said in 1999.
“I gave Donald free rein,” Fred Trump said, as quoted by the New York Post. “He has great vision, and everything he touches seems to turn to gold.”
Donald was going to take over the family business as he believed he was going to do it better.
Fred contracted Alzheimer’s disease and died On June 25, 1999.