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Donald Trump, Sr. (born June 14, 1946) is an American politician, business magnate, investor, television personality, and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump's extravagant lifestyle and outspoken manner have made him a celebrity for years, a status amplified by the success of his NBC reality show, The Apprentice. Trump is the son of Fred Trump, a prominent and wealthy New York City real estate tycoon. He worked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the company. He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization.
Trump remains a major figure in the real estate industry in the United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures. In 2010, Trump expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election, though in May 2011, he announced he would not run. Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In 2013, Trump spent over $1 million to research a possible presidential bid in 2016. On June 16, 2015, Trump formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election at Trump Tower in Manhattan.