Ivanka Marie Trump (/iˈvɑːnkə/, born October 30, 1981) is an American businesswoman, writer, and former model. She is the daughter of former model Ivana Trump and real estate developer Donald Trump.[1] In her role as Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization, Trump is involved with all aspects of the company's real estate and hotel management initiatives. Following in the footsteps of fellow celebrity heiress Paris Hilton, she also launched her own namesake brand, Ivanka Trump.[2]

Trump started dating the Orthodox Jewish real estate developer Jared Kushner in 2007. She converted to Judaism in July 2009 and took the name Yael. The couple married a few months later.

Early life

Ivanka Trump was born in Manhattan, to the American business magnate Donald Trump and his first wife Ivana (née Zelníčková), an athlete, model and socialite originally from Czechoslovakia. The name Ivanka is a diminutive form of Ivana (female version of Slavic given name Ivan). Ivanka's parents divorced in 1991, when she was 10 years old. She has two brothers, Donald Jr. and Eric; a half sister, Tiffany; and a half brother, Barron.


Trump attended the Chapin School in New York until age 15,[3] then transferred to and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut.[4] Initially she got admitted into Georgetown University where she spent two years, then she transferred to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, worked hard and graduated cum laude in 2004 with a B.S. in Economics.[3][5][6]



Before joining the family business, Trump briefly worked for Forest City Enterprises.[7] In 2007, basking in her celebrity status, she joined forces with Dynamic Diamond Corp., a diamond trading company sightholder, to design and introduce a line of jewelry at the brand's first flagship retail store called Ivanka Trump on Madison Avenue.[8]

Trump is currently Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization. On the work drive among her and her siblings, she has stated, "I look at my brothers and myself and I’m, like, really proud of the fact that nobody’s . . . a drug addict, nobody’s driving around chasing women, snorting coke."[6]

She has also released her own line of handbags and footwear.[9][10] Trump serves on the Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, an industry organization which provides support to women professionals in finance.[11]


Ivanka Trump in July 2007

Trump's first cover was a 1997 issue of Seventeen. Since then, she has made her way down fashion runways for Versace, Marc Bouwer and Thierry Mugler. She has done advertisement campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Sassoon Jeans and was featured on the cover of Stuff in August 2006 and again in September 2007. She has been featured on the covers of Forbes, Golf Magazine, Avenue, Elle Mexico and Top Choice Magazine[12] and in the October 2007 issue of Harper's Bazaar.[13] She has also featured many times in Love FMD magazine.[14][15]

She placed Number 83 in the 2007 Maxim Hot 100. She has also placed Number 99 in the Top 99 Women of 2007 and then at 84 in the 2008 edition on AskMen.com. Trump's page[16] in the Fashion Model Directory provides complete professional details of her prior work in that domain.

Television appearances

The Apprentice

In 2006, she filled in for Carolyn Kepcher on five episodes of her father's television program The Apprentice 5, first appearing to help judge the Gillette task in week 2.[17] Like Kepcher, Trump visited the site of the tasks and spoke to the teams, asking them pointed questions. She also evaluated contestants in the boardroom, pointing out critical errors and rebutting excuses they offered for losing the tasks. Though initially unsympathetic to the contestants, Trump later said, "Whenever I see their breakdowns, I understand. They go virtually 24 hours a day, and each task takes about three days. Unless they win, they don't get a day off... It's an incredible amount of work..."[13] Trump now collaborates with season 5 winner Sean Yazbeck on his winner's project of choice, Trump SoHo Hotel-Condominium.[18][19]

Trump replaced Carolyn Kepcher as a primary boardroom judge during the Apprentice 6 and The Celebrity Apprentice.

Other TV appearances

In 1997, she hosted the Miss Teen USA Pageant, which is partially owned by her father, Donald Trump. In 2003, she was featured in Born Rich, a documentary about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world's most affluent families. During an April 2006 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jay Leno commented that he could hear her father's influence and inflections in her. David Letterman also made a similar comment when she appeared on Late Show with David Letterman on April 24, 2007.

Trump was a featured guest-judge on Project Runway Season 3. She was also at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, event in April 2007 called the Creating Wealth Summit in which she spoke for about 30 minutes about making money and her latest projects. She has been offered to appear on The Bachelorette, but she declined.[20] On October 25, 2010, Trump along with her husband, Jared Kushner, showed up on Season 4 Episode 6 of Gossip Girl portraying themselves for a brief time.[21]


Ivanka Trump wrote a book called The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, which was published in October 2009.[22]

Social and political causes

Trump at Seeds of Peace 2009

In 2007, Trump donated $1,000 to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.[23] In 2012, Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president.[24] In 2013, Trump and her husband hosted a fundraiser for Cory Booker. The couple bundled more than $40,000 for Booker's U.S. Senate campaign.[25]

In 2015, Trump publicly endorsed her father's presidential campaign. Trump has been involved with her father's campaign by making public appearances in support of him[26] and has defended him.[27][28] However, she admitted mixed feelings about his presidential ambitions, saying, "As a citizen, I love what he’s doing. As a daughter, it’s obviously more complicated.”[29] In August, Trump's father stated that she was his leading advisor on "women's health and women" and said it was she who propelled him to elaborate on his views of women.[30][31] In January 2016, Trump was featured in a radio ad which aired in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Trump in the advertisement praising her father.[32][33] She appeared by his side following the results of early voting states, in particular briefly speaking in South Carolina after being invited by her father to speak, thanking the state in doing so.[34][35] She was not able to vote for her father in the New York primary because she missed the voter registration deadline. Independents are not allowed to vote as Independents in the primary, she would have had to register as a Republican by October 2015.[36]

Personal life

Ivanka Trump at a rally for her father at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016

During college, she was in a nearly four-year relationship with Greg Hirsch.[6] From 2001 to 2005, she dated James "Bingo" Gubelmann.[3][4][6] In 2006, she said in an interview, "if you want to enter a serious relationship, I think it's very important that your special someone has his finances under control. Otherwise, how can you even contemplate a future with him?"[37] In 2007 she started dating real estate developer Jared Kushner.[38][39] The couple married in a Jewish ceremony on October 25, 2009,[40] and have three children: daughter Arabella Rose Kushner (born July 2011)[41][42] and sons Joseph Frederick Kushner (born October 2013)[43] and Theodore James Kushner (born March 27, 2016).[44]

She is a close friend of Chelsea Clinton, who says of her: "There's nothing skin-deep about Ivanka. And I think that's a real tribute to her because certainly anyone as gorgeous as she is could have probably gone quite far being skin-deep."[45]

Her other friends include Georgina Bloomberg, whose father Michael Bloomberg has also considered entering the presidential race. Georgina Bloomberg says: "I am good friends with two of Mr. Trump’s kids and no matter what happens in the presidential race, that won’t change... Donald has always been, and still is, a great father, and I know she is very proud of him and what he has accomplished."[46]

Trump's close relationship with her father, who has publicly expressed his admiration for her, is well known.[47][48] Ivanka has likewise praised her father, complimenting his leadership skills and saying he empowers other people.[49]

Religion and spirituality

In July 2009, after studying with Rabbi Elie Weinstock from the Modern Orthodox Ramaz School, Trump had an Orthodox conversion to Judaism[50][51] and took the name Yael.[52][53] She attests to keeping a kosher diet and observing the Jewish Sabbath, saying in 2015: "We're pretty observant... It's been such a great life decision for me... I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity. From Friday to Saturday we don't do anything but hang out with one another. We don't make phone calls."[45]

Trump meditates twice daily, and has gifted a meditation course led by her friend Bob Roth to the members of "Team Ivanka".[54]


She has been called out several times for copying other people's designs for her brand, such as by Derek Lam,[55] and Italian brand Aquazzura.[56] In 2016, U.S. Safety Agency recalled Ivanka Trump-Brand scarves because they did not meet the federal flammability standards for clothing textiles, posing a burn risk.[57][58] In February 2016, PETA and other Animal rights activists criticized Ivanka Trump for her fashion line's use of fur from rabbits.[59][60] Ivanka Trump has also been criticized for posting photos of her kids with exotic animals on Instagram.[61]


  • Voted Top Choice Awards Businesswoman of the Year in 2012[62]

Published works

  • Trump, Ivanka (2009). The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life. Touchstone. ISBN 978-1439140017. 


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