9 Facts About Donald Trump You May Not Have Known
At the start of 2016, real estate mogul Donald Trump still sits as the undisputed leader of the GOP field. However, in Trump's own words he's, "Not a politician: Politicians are all talk, and no action." That is evident, not only in his actions, but also the facets of his life that haven't been given the appropriate attention in the spotlight — even if the "actions" haven't always been fruitful.
1. Trump has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For his work as a producer on The Apprentice, Donald Trump became the 2,237th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. Meanwhile, Rosie O'Donnell, the subject of many verbal altercations with Trump over the years, has yet to receive one.
2. He has a board game named after him.
With the help of Hasbro, Trump launched his own board game in 1989, Trump: The Game, which also had a 2004 Apprentice-themed update. According to a Hasbro press release, the game challenges "consumers to determine whether they have the brains and the brawn to be the next Donald Trump," which appears to have a similar money collecting objective as Monopoly.
Watch the original Trump: The Game commercial from the '80s:
3. He shaved the head of the WWE's CEO at WrestleMania 23.
Trump has actually had several appearances on WWE and its corresponding shows, but none lived up to the magnitude of his "match" at WrestleMania 23. Pitted against WWE CEO Vince McMahon, the eccentric duo flaunted about one another's wealth and their impressive hairdos.
For the event, Trump and McMahon had to choose a wrestling representative to fight, and the loser of the bet would have their head shaved. Promoted as the "Battle of the Billionaires," Trump's champion, Bobby Lashley, ultimately defeated McMahon's representative, Umaga, after some in-ring intervention from WWE legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. In the chaos, Trump was even able to spear McMahon onto the ground before bestowing a new, polished chrome upon the disgruntled CEO.
4. He bought a football team in 1983 but the league folded within two years.
Trump purchased the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League in 1983 — a league that ultimately failed two years later, and was disbanded. However, Trump's strategy for the USFL — which was to put the league in direct competition with the NFL — is widely considered a primary reason for its demise.
The league originally had its games in the spring, while the NFL played in the fall. Trump, though, wanted the USFL to go head-to-head with the NFL in the fall, saying, "If God wanted football in the spring, he wouldn't have created baseball." Ultimately, the USFL couldn't compete with the NFL's impressive TV contracts and played its final game in 1985. Ironically, the Generals had on-the-field success under Trump's ownership, making the playoffs in both seasons.
5. He created a brand of vodka and named it after himself.
Trump's wide-ranging business ventures have also led him to create his own brand of vodka, appropriately titled Trump Vodka. For its initial run, the brand hoped it would, "demand the same respect and inspire the same awe as the international legacy and brand of Donald Trump himself."
However, according to the Gothamist, the company distributing the drink had already stopped producing the liquor under the Trump trademark.
6. Trump's chain of casinos have had more bankruptcies than any major U.S. company in the last 30 years.
While Trump prides himself on being a successful businessman, his comprehensive casino operation and its various locations have had to file for more Chapter 11 bankruptcies than any other major U.S. company in the last 30 years, according to CNN.
Four of his casino chains — all within Atlantic City, New Jersey — have filed for Chapter 11 restructuring, which allows a business to stay afloat while paying creditors over an extended period of time.
7. He literally fenced off the home of a married couple.
According to the Daily Record, Trump fenced off a house adjacent to a golf course he built in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The homeowners, David and Moira Milne, told the Daily Record that the fence was constructed without warning, and that Trump had footed them half the bill — a total of 2820 British pounds.
"It's made from the cheapest stuff available but that's the kind of standard we've come to expect from Mr. Trump and his organization," David Milne said.
8. The Donald is one of the least charitable billionaires in the world.
According to an Associated Press review of Trump's financial records from 2015, the billionaire is one of America's least generous wealthy citizens with regard to charitable donations. Trump had stated that he's contributed $102 million to philanthropic efforts in the past five years, but there has been little documentation to back these claims. Additionally, it would pale in comparison to the generous contributions of his affluent peers, many of which are willing to donate significant portions of their wealth to charitable causes.
9. He has abstained from alcohol his whole life.
After the death of his brother, Freddy Trump, to alcoholism in 1981, Trump had pledged to abstain from drugs, cigarettes and alcohol — a promise he said he has kept to this day. "[Freddy Trump] was a fantastic guy, but he got stuck in alcohol," Trump said in an interview with People Magazine. "And it had a profound impact and ultimately [he] became an alcoholic and died of alcoholism. He would tell me, 'Don't drink ever' ... He understood the problem that he had and that it was a very hard problem."