Ivanka Trump served as an adviser to her father, former U.S. President Donald Trump. Prior to that, she was a real estate developer, reality star and founder of the Ivanka Trump Collection.
Who Is Ivanka Trump?
Ivanka Trump is the daughter of former U.S. president and real estate mogul Donald Trump and socialite Ivana Trump. Embarking first on a modeling career in her teens, Ivanka redirected her ambitions and joined her father’s business empire after college. From 2006 to 2015, she worked alongside her father and two brothers as a judge on Celebrity Apprentice. After rising to executive vice president at the Trump Organization and founding her own fashion brand, the Ivanka Trump Collection, she became a senior adviser to her father at the White House. She is married to real estate developer Jared Kushner and has three children with him.
Born on October 30, 1981 in Manhattan, Ivanka grew up in the limelight alongside her famous parents, real estate mogul Donald Trump and socialite/Czech-American model Ivana Trump. The couple’s marriage dissolved when Ivanka was 10, and she went on to attend boarding school. She was a student at the Chapin School and then later transferred to Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut.
Unhappy at Choate but promising her parents she’d keep up her grades, Ivanka decided to try her hand at modeling at age 14. She soon signed on with Elite Model Management and graced her first cover with Seventeen magazine in 1997. She would walk the runways for Thierry Mugler, Versace and Marc Bouwer, be featured in Elle magazine and co-host the Miss Teen USA 1997 pageant all by the age of 16.
Joining the Family Business
However, Ivanka soon found the world of modeling to be catty and ruthless and steered her ambitions toward the family business: real estate. After graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her father’s alma mater, Ivanka spent two years working at a real estate development firm outside of her father’s organization.
After learning the ropes and feeling she could prove her worth, Ivanka joined the Trump Organization and rose to executive VP of acquisitions and development, working on high profile buildings and resorts. Collaborating with her two brothers, Donald Jr. and Eric, she also co-founded the Trump Hotel Collection, a successful luxury hotel management company.
From 2006 to 2015, she solidified her celebrity status, appearing alongside her father and brothers as a co-judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.
Capitalizing on her famous last name and wanting to be a voice for the professional millennial woman, Ivanka published the New York Times best seller, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life in 2009. She also launched a fashion/lifestyle brand, the Ivanka Trump Collection and its digital counterpart, IvankaTrump.com.
Trump separated herself from the business in 2017 to focus on aiding her father’s administration, and the following July, she announced that she was shutting down the brand. “After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington, so making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners,” she said.
What is Ivanka Trump’s net worth?
Net Worth:$800 MillionAge:39Born:October 30, 1981Country of Origin: United States of America Source of Wealth: Entrepreneur Last Updated:2021
Ivanka has supported both the Republican and Democratic Parties at different times. In 2007 she supported Hillary Clinton‘s presidential run and is a friend of Chelsea Clinton. In 2012 she endorsed Mitt Romney for president. A year later, she and her husband hosted a fundraiser for Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
In the 2016 presidential election cycle, Ivanka played an integral role in helping her father’s White House ambitions, actively defended his divisive remarks, to much controversy. “As a citizen, I love what he’s doing. As a daughter, it’s obviously more complicated,” she remarked in an interview published on Politico.
On July 21, 2016, Ivanka introduced her father at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, before he accepted the party’s presidential nomination.
“Like many of my fellow Millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat. … Sometimes it’s a tough choice,” she said. “That is not the case this time. This is the moment and Donald Trump is the person to make America great again.”
She also emphasized that her father would champion women and equal pay. “My father values talent. He recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it,” she said. “He is color blind and gender neutral. He hires the best person for the job. Period.”
In October 2016 Trump’s support of her father, however, began affecting her own business after a leaked video of him making derogatory remarks about women was revealed. Despite its sexually offensive content, Trump stood by her father, but this time, women felt she had gone too far. Soon, a boycott of Trump’s fashion line was launched, using the hashtag “#GrabYourWallet,” a play on words from one of the vulgar remarks the billionaire mogul made in the video: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab them by the p- - -y.”