Donald Trump's life may already rival the excitement of being president. Check out some of his professional, personal, and political milestones.

Donald Trump's life may already rival the excitement of being president. Check out some of his professional, personal, and political milestones.

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The Life and Times of Donald Trump
The Life and Times of Donald Trump

Donald Trump's life may already rival the excitement of being president. Check out some of his professional, personal, and political milestones.

1977
1977

Marries Ivana Zelnicek.

First apprentice, Donald Jr., born.

1980
1980

Opens Grand Hyatt; breaks ground on eponymous tower.

1981
1981

Daughter Ivanka born.

1982
1982

Aces up: Gets casino license in New Jersey.

1984
1984

You're sued! Files $500 million case against Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Paul Gapp, who criticized Trump's plan to build the world's tallest building.

Son Eric born.

1987
1987

You're a "moron"! Trashes New York Mayor Ed Koch during feud over plans to move NBC to Upper West Side. Koch to Trump: "Greedy, greedy, greedy."

1988
1988

Pays "in excess of $11 million" for right to host Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks boxing match.

1990
1990

You're on a budget! Put on $450,000 monthly allowance after falling behind on $2 billion in debt.

Divorces Ivana.

1991
1991

You're broke! Trump's Taj Mahal Casino goes bankrupt.

1992
1992

Double trouble: Trump's Castle and The Plaza follow into bankruptcy.

1993
1993

Daughter Tiffany born to Marla Maples.

Marries Marla Maples later that year.

1995
1995

Bye-bye, Plaza Hotel.

1999
1999

Trump quits the Republican Party ("Just too crazy right") and flirts with a run against Pat Buchanan (a "Hitler lover") on the Reform Party ticket.

Divorce from Maples finalized after two-year dispute.

Trump's father dies.

2001
2001

Registers with the Democratic Party.

2004
2004

You're hired! First season of The Apprentice.

2005
2005

Marries Melania Knauss.

2006
2006

Declines to run for governor of New York.

Son Barron is born.

2007
2007

Says President George W. Bush "is probably the worst President in the history of the United States."

Threatens to end The Apprentice when NBC takes it off its prime time schedule as ratings flag.

2009
2009

"Buys" WWE's Raw franchise; Vince McMahon buys it back.

Likes the GOP again.

2011
2011

Trump comes out as a family values conservative and potential candidate for President.