Yes we’ve all heard his brash rhetoric and know that he likes to speak with his hands, but let’s get to know the man beneath all the hair who will be the next leader of the free world. Here are some interesting facts about businessman and incoming US President Donald Trump.
- He almost lost The Donald ‘do.
There’s more to his famous hairdo than meets the eye, as it is achieved by blow-drying his hair forward first to create some volume then combing it backwards to create the iconic hairline. This signature style was almost lost in a bet with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in 2007 when they chose pro-wrestlers to fight on their behalf. The billionaire with the losing representative would have to shave his head and fortunately, Trump held on to his locks.
- Trump launched his own vodka line but has never drank alcohol.
In 2006, Trump launched his own line of vodka but sales were halted in 2011 due to meager reception. He described the super premium liquor as a “beautifully packaged” superb product that would be “a major player in the vodka arena.”
However, Trump has actually never smoked cigarettes, done drugs, or drank alcohol. This was likely because of his older brother Fred who was an alcoholic for many years and had warned Donald to avoid drinking.
- He’s had his fair share of business failures.
Although the business mogul is known for his aggressive endeavors, he has racked up quite a few notable failures. In fact, Trump companies have filed for bankruptcy in four separate occasions. This includes Taj Mahal in Atlantic City in 1991, Trump Plaza in 1992, Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts in 2004, and Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2009.
Much earlier on, Trump purchased Eastern Air Shuttle in 1988 to give it the Trump treatment and turn it into a luxury flying experience. However, the lack of customer interest and rising pre-Gulf war fuel prices made it impossible for the airline to profit, causing Trump to default on his loans and turn the ownership of the company to its creditors.
Trump dabbled into the real estate lending businesses, with his son Donald, Jr. predicting that it would be number one mortgage company, but it had to close shop within a year and a half due to the US housing market crash. Trump also launched his own board game, a line of premium steaks, a magazine, a travel search engine, and a university which was sued by the New York Attorney General for defrauding students.
- He already ran for President in 2000!
Not many know that this isn’t Trump’s first shot at the US presidency. He actually ran for President in 2000 under the Reform Party, even gaining the support of Jesse Ventura who wanted to be his Vice President. He managed to win the California and Michigan primaries back then but eventually dropped out of the race.
- Do not mess with the hands!
Trump loves his hands so much, even using them to illustrate that size isn’t a problem, that he doesn’t like others touching them. He refrains from shaking hands, as Jeb Bush has repeatedly pointed out, and is bothered by the fact that he is constantly expected to do so. Some say that he likes his hands clean that he’d rather pull the other person in for a hug rather than touch palms.
A long while back, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter made a comment about Trump’s short fingers so the president-to-be periodically sent pictures of himself with his fingers circled in gold Sharpie or tracings of his hands to Carter.
- Trump loves golf.
This one shouldn’t come as a surprise since businessmen and golf go together. Trump himself owns no less than 16 high-end golf courses around the world and plays regularly, even offering outgoing US President Obama free golf for life.
- He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Before being immortalized as the 45th President of the United States, Trump literally had a star in his own right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his role in the reality TV show “The Apprentice.” This star has been vandalized several times since the election campaigns.
- He made $6 a year on “The Apprentice”
Trump paid $375,000 per episode for his own show. However, the television show gave Trump the exposure he needed to become a household name since 2004, without even needing to establish his popularity ahead of this year’s elections. The show also enabled him to make new partnerships and advertising ventures while it was running.
- The art of negotiation.
Trump has often bragged that he has mastered the art of negotiation, but this may not necessarily be from his business dealings. Instead, he might’ve gotten his wheeling and dealing chops from all the lawsuits he filed and was slapped with in the past decades.
Trump has sued a New York Times author for “misstating” his net worth at $150-200 million when Trump claimed that he’s actually worth billions. In 2015, he sued Univision because they refused to air beauty pageants because of comments Trump made on illegal immigrants. Trump even filed a lawsuit against a hacker over domain names that included the word “trump” in them. The Donald was also sued by the Department of Justice for refusing to rent his apartments to people of a certain race, and this case was settled in court.
- He’s never used the ATM.
Either because he has so much cash lying around, that he has plenty of aides to do it for him, or that he simply relies on face value, but The Donald claims that he has never used the ATM. In an interview with Conan O’Brien, he told the host that he has never withdrawn cash from the machine, leading many to speculate that he probably doesn’t walk around with a wallet or a debit card as well.