The Trump Organization

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Trump Organization
TypeLimited liability company
IndustryConglomerate
Founder(s)Donald Trump
HeadquartersTrump Tower
725 Fifth Avenue
New York City, New York, U.S.
Key peopleDonald Trump (Chairman & CEO)
ServicesReal Estate Development
Entertainment
Hospitality
Employees22,450
Websitetrump.com
 
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Trump Organization
TypeLimited liability company
IndustryConglomerate
Founder(s)Donald Trump
HeadquartersTrump Tower
725 Fifth Avenue
New York City, New York, U.S.
Key peopleDonald Trump (Chairman & CEO)
ServicesReal Estate Development
Entertainment
Hospitality
Employees22,450
Websitetrump.com

The Trump Organization is a limited liability company conglomerate based in Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York. The organization owns, operates, and develops hotels, resorts, residential towers, and golf courses in different countries, as well as owning several pieces of high-end real estate in New York City. The organization also has a stake in Trump Entertainment Resorts, which owns and operates the Trump Taj Mahal, the Trump Plaza, and the Trump Marina casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Together with NBC, the Trump Organization additionally owns the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe franchises.

The organization is owned and managed by the Trump family with Donald Trump as its CEO and three of his eldest children —Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump— serving as Executive Vice Presidents (EVP) within the organization.

Holdings[edit]

Selected completed properties[edit]

Trump World Tower (NY) at United Nations Plaza
Trump International Hotel and Tower (NY) at Columbus Circle

Golf courses[edit]

Trump currently owns five golf courses in the United States: Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York, Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump National Golf Club Charlotte in Mooresville, NC, and Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. Trump is also building Trump International Golf Club in the Caribbean island of Canouan Island, The Grenadines. The development will include Trump Club Privee, a Monte Carlo inspired casino.[citation needed]

In 2006 Trump purchased a 1,400-acre (5.7 km2) plot just north of Aberdeen at Menie (Balmedie), Scotland, with the intention of turning it into a £1 billion golf resort and "the world's best golf course" capable of hosting world class events such as The Open Championship.[2] There has been opposition from many people both locally and in other parts of Scotland and the UK, and negative reaction from a number of environmental groups, but the project continues.

The development plan for Trump International Golf Links, Scotland (TIGLS) included two 18-hole courses, a 5-star hotel, golf villas, holiday homes, and a golf academy. It was strongly supported by local business leaders[3] but met opposition from local residents, campaigners and environmental groups anxious to preserve the 4,000-year-old sand dunes that are designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Though recommended for approval by Aberdeenshire Council officials[4] the development was initially rejected by a local subcommittee of elected members. However it was subsequently approved following a controversial planning inquiry ordered by the Scottish Government in June 2008, at which Trump personally testified. Work began on the site in July 2010.[5]

In March 2009 the Trump Organisation had asked the Council to use its powers of compulsory purchase to acquire some areas of land at Balmedie not forming part of the original TIGLS site for which planning permission already existed. These included four family-owned properties.[6] In response local campaigners established Tripping Up Trump, a movement aimed at protecting the families at Menie being threatened with eviction. When it emerged at the end of January 2011 that Queen guitarist Brian May had agreed to the use of the band's hit Bohemian Rhapsody in a film highlighting the plight of the families, Trump appeared to deny in a media statement that there had ever been an eviction threat, declaring "we have no interest in compulsory purchase and have never applied for it."[7]

In September 2011 the Trump Organisation lodged a formal objection to the proposed construction of a wind farm off the Aberdeenshire coast not far from the site of the new hotel and luxury housing. Donald Trump also wrote personally to the First Minister of Scotland protesting mainly on aesthetic grounds at the proposed erection of offshore wind turbines, which he characterised as 'ugly'. His letter claimed that he was protesting on behalf of the Scottish people, 'not... merely for the benefit of Trump International Golf Links.' Donald Trump is not understood to have made any previous objection to any of the large number of other wind farms that have been built in rural locations in Scotland over recent years.[8]

In 2011 a documentary directed by Anthony Baxter called You've Been Trumped[9][10] was released, showing the situation of local residents adversely affected by the resort's construction. It contains footage of, among others, economists who query the benefits claimed for the local economy, environmentalists critical of the damage allegedly caused by the development and golfers who voice doubts about claims made for the resort by the Trump Organisation.[11] It also shows Anthony Baxter being arrested while filming by a Grampian Police officer; he was later released without charge.[12][13] Baxter has been quoted as saying that Trump branded the film 'boring' and Baxter himself 'a fraud'.[14] However, the film has won several awards including the Hamptons Film Festival Social Justice Award and the Maysles Brothers Award for best documentary at the Denver Film Festival.

Real estate licensing[edit]

Many developers pay Donald Trump to market their properties and be the public face for their projects.[15] For that reason, Trump does not own many of the buildings that display his name.[15] According to Forbes, this portion of Trump's empire, actually run by his children, is by far his most valuable with a valuation of $562 million. According to Forbes, there were 33 licensing projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (i.e. The seven Trump International Hotel and Tower developments). Some examples are:

Other business ventures[edit]

Other investments include a 17.2% stake in Parker Adnan, Inc. (formerly AdnanCo Group), a Bermuda-based financial services holdings company. In late 2003, Trump, along with his siblings, sold their late father's real estate empire to a group of investors that included Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and LamboNuni Bank reportedly for $600 million. Donald Trump's 1/3 share was $200 million, which he later used to finance Trump Casino & Resorts.

Having carved out a niche for the Trump brand in the real estate business, Trump has since then moved on to establish the Trump name and brand in a multitude of other industries and products. Trump has succeeded in marketing the Trump name on a large number of products, including Trump Financial (a mortgage firm), Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales), The Trump Entrepreneur Initiative (a business education company, formerly called the Trump University),[1] Trump Restaurants (Located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet, Trump Catering, Trump Ice Cream Parlor, and Trump Bar), GoTrump[2] (an online travel website), Donald J. Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear, men's accessories, and watches), Donald Trump The Fragrance (2004), Trump Ice bottled water, Trump Magazine, Trump Golf, Trump Chocolate, Trump home (home furnishings), Trump Productions (a television production company), Trump Institute, Trump The Game (1989 Board Game), Donald Trump's Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game), Trump Books, Trump Model Management, Trump Shuttle, Trump Ice, Trump Mortgage, Trump Vodka, and Trump Steaks. In addition, Trump reportedly receives $1.5 million for each one-hour presentation he does for The Learning Annex.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "What is Trump Worth?". Forbes. 2006-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Donald Trump plans £300m "golfing paradise" for rural Scotland". Wikinews. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  3. ^ "News.bbc.co.uk, Trump £1bn golf inquiry tees off". BBC News. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Trump's £1 billion golf complex wins planners' approval". Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeen, Scotland : News and Events". 
  6. ^ "Aberdeenshire Council's position: Compulsory Purchase Orders (News Release) 22 July 2009". Aberdeenshire.gov.uk. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  7. ^ Crighton, Ryan (2011-01-31). "Press & Journal "Trump lifts threat of eviction at resort site" Ryan Crighton 31 Jan 2011". Pressandjournal.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  8. ^ "Donald Trump's wind farm fight 'for Scotland's benefit'". BBC News. 2011-09-15. 
  9. ^ http://documentaries.about.com/od/revie2/fr/You-Ve-Been-Trumped-Movie-Review-2011.htm
  10. ^ http://www.list.co.uk/article/37685-youve-been-trumped/
  11. ^ Ward, Bob (2011-09-14). "You've Been Trumped: film reveals tycoon's ruthless efforts to build Scottish golf resort – Bob Ward". The Guardian (London). 
  12. ^ http://aberdeenvoice.com/2011/06/youve-been-trumped-suzanne-kelly-reviews/
  13. ^ Collins, Daniel (2011-10-21). "Donald Trump Tortures The Weak". Huffington Post. 
  14. ^ http://easthampton.patch.com/articles/preview-scots-take-on-the-donald-in-trumped#comments_list
  15. ^ a b Frangos, Alex (May 18, 2009). "Trump on Trump: Testimony Offers Glimpse of How He Values His Empire: Worth Rises, Falls 'With Markets and Attitudes And With Feelings, Even My Own Feeling'.". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 14, 2011.  Unknown parameter |worth= ignored (help)
  16. ^ http://skylineviews.typepad.com/skyline_views/2010/02/trump-towers-atlanta-site-to-remain-parking-lot.html
  17. ^ http://www.emporis.com/building/trump-towers-atlanta-one-atlanta-ga-usa
  18. ^ "That's rich! The Donald cash advice costs 1.5m". New York: New York Daily News. October 23, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-04. [dead link]

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