Creator / Donald Trump

Donald Trump (June 14, 1946-) is a real estate mogul and billionaire. His primary contribution to the world of storytelling is a Reality Show named The Apprentice.

His 1987 novel, The Art of the Deal, sold extremely well as people began to identify him with American entrepreneurship and shrewd power brokering. It was around this time that Trump started to appear As Himself in television Dom Coms and films, including Home Alone 2 and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where the characters invariably treat him with a reverence usually reserved for royalty. His golden boy image took a beating in The '90s as the result of bankruptcies (which he insists were actually strategic business decisions), a much-publicized extramarital affair, and mounting debt (partly as a result of the 1980s recession), but he managed to bounce back.

Since 2004, Trump starred in The Apprentice, his own reality TV series (created by Mark Burnett, the brains behind Survivor) on NBC. The show consists of a selection of candidates competing against each other for an open slot in one of Trump's companies. The program was wildly successful for the first few seasons, however, the popularity has been declining since.

Trump briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination for 2012. His campaign was based partially on the "birther" theory that Obama was not a natural-born United States citizen, but after a copy of Hawaiian hospital records for President Barack Obama appeared, the campaign quietly went away.

In 2015, Trump again announced his intent to run for president. His campaign is again marked by controversy, this time enough to cause several companies to end their business deals with him; the NBC and Univision have refused to air the annual Miss USA pagent, and NBC will be continuing The Apprentice without Trump as the host.

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