Like their dad, the Trump kids are rich and influential. They have constantly been in the limelight over the years for both their business prowess and social and political dealings. Eric Trump, who is the middle child of the Trump offspring, is certainly not left out. Considered the least Trumplike of the Trump children, Eric is just as involved in the family business and ethos as his father and the rest of his siblings. He co-runs the Trump Organization alongside his older brother, under the watchful eye of their father. Compared to his siblings, Eric is not as scandalous. However, there is just as much to learn about his life as the rest of the Trump clan.
Eric’s Older Siblings Were Involved In Raising Him As He Was 8 When His Parents Separated
Eric is the third child and second son of Donald and Ivana Trump born on January 6, 1984, in New York City. His parents were only together for the first eight years of his life before they got divorced. Unlike his elder siblings, Don Jr, and Ivanka, he had little understanding of the public court battle that played out at the time.
During most summers, Eric and his siblings travelled to the Czech countryside to spend time with their maternal grandparents. His grandparents were Milos, an engineer, and Maria, a shoe factory worker. Eric’s grandfather taught him how to hunt and fish, a skill that would later become a source of controversy in his public life.
Eric Trump is the third out of five children born to his father, President Donald Trump. He has two siblings from his father’s marriage to his mother, Ivana Trump, nee Zelnickova. They are Donald John Trump, Jr., and Ivanka. His other siblings are Tiffany Trump from his father’s marriage to Marla Maples and Barron Trump, from his marriage to Melania Trump.
Donald John Trump Jr. (Don Jr.) – Older Brother
Eric’s eldest sibling is Donald Trump Jr, popularly known as Don Jr. He was born on December 31, 1977, in Manhattan, New York. He attended Buckley and the Hill School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics.
Compared to Eric, he is a more vocal defender of his father, and a prominent member of his campaigns, in 2016 and 2020. Together with Eric, he co-runs the Trump Organization, and they have a close relationship, which includes getting breakfast at 7 am at the Trump Tower almost every day. Don Jr. also took care of Eric after their parents’ divorce and is widely considered his younger brothers’ mentor.
Ivanka Trump – Older Sister
Ivanka Trump is reportedly the favourite child of their father and the most popular Trump offspring. She is the first Jewish member of the first family, following her conversion to Judaism before her marriage to Jared Kushner.
Ivanka, who now holds a position as an advisor to the President, is also a former model, entrepreneur, author, and TV host. She has published two self-help books, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life and Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success. Both books were ghostwritten.
She has also appeared as a guest judge on Project Runway and co-hosted, Miss Teen USA. Like Eric, she appeared multiple times as a boardroom judge of The Apprentice and has a close relationship with her brother. Ivanka notably took care of Eric who is considered the less-cooler Trump offspring when he was younger. She took him shopping to revamp his wardrobe and make him cool.
Tiffany and Barron Trump – Younger Half-Siblings
Eric Trump’s half-siblings, Tiffany, and Barron Trump, are lesser-known members of the Trump family. Tiffany was born in October 1993, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University, where she earned her JD.
Following her parents’ divorce, Tiffany was raised primarily by her mother, Marla Maples, in California. She attended Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California, before heading to New York and Washington D.C for her higher education.
She has largely stayed out of the limelight, with a little venture into the political and business life of the family. Tiffany once explored a music career with the release of a single, Like a Bird, in 2011, with little success. She also once worked as an intern for Vogue and as a model in 2016.
As for Barron, the youngest Trump offspring, he has an even more reserved public presence. He attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and has appeared beside his father during major campaign and Presidential events. Barron is a fan of soccer, and he plays with the Arlington Soccer Association.
There is currently little insight into Eric Trump’s relationship with his half-siblings. Regardless, their relationship is believed to be cordial.
Eric Trump’s Wife Was Played A Role In Donald Trump’s Campaign
Eric Trump’s love story is that of a longtime friend turned lover. In his case, it was with Lara Lea Yunaska, an associate producer on the syndicated television news program Inside Edition. Lara is a graduate of North Carolina state university, and a lady with the touching skill of scintillating delicacies learned from the French culinary institute in New York.
With some media skills gained from years working as a producer for Inside Edition, Lara Lea was instrumental in the 2016 campaign and eventual election of her father-in-law Donald Trump as the president of the United States. She also served as a campaign advisor in the president’s re-election bid.
Eric and Lara met in 2008 at a bar after noticing each other because they were the two tallest people in the room. They went on their first date three months after and began a relationship that spanned five years before getting engaged on July 4, 2013.
Lara and Eric got married on November 8, 2014, at Mar-a-Lago, the same place his elder brother wedded. Their union has produced two children, a son, Eric Luke Trump, born on September 12, 2017, and a daughter, Carolina Dorothy Trump, born on August 19, 2019.
Eric Trump and his wife own two homes. A three-bedroom condominium in Trump Parc East bought by Eric for $2 million in 2007 and a mansion in Briarcliff Manor, in Westchester County. They live primarily at the condominium with their two children and dogs, Charlie and Ben.
The Second Trump Son Has Been Part Of The Family Business Beginning From His College Years
Eric attended Trinity School and the Hill School, which he graduated from in 2002. Then, in a departure from the Trump tradition, he attended Georgetown University, receiving a degree in finance and management. While there, he was also a member of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.
During this time, he accompanied his father to job sites. He was also part of negotiations from his teenage and young adult years. According to him, he also did menial works like laying tiles and mowing lawns on his father’s properties.
He also helped with the renovation and rebuild of Seven Springs, a 230-acre estate in Westchester. It was all ample preparation for his later professional career as a key member of the Trump organization.
Eric Trump toed the path of his father and great grandfather by sustaining a given measure of success in both business and service to humanity (philanthropy). He is the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump organization and a member of the trustees of the Trump organization.
His business acumen shined bright during the market crash of 2006. He and his brother, Don Jr., made a killing buying multiple properties and land during the economic downturn. Eric and his brother have continued in the same vein since their father assumed the presidency of the United States. It has, however, come with some political and ethical controversies.
Over the years, Eric Trump has expanded his professional portfolio. He was a boardroom judge on The Apprentice, a reality TV show that contributed to his father’s global fame. He featured on 23 episodes of the show.
As co-CEO of the Trump Organization, Eric works on the 25th floor of the famous Trump Tower. From there, he runs all 19 golf courses in the organization’s portfolio, he was the former Executive Vice President. He also manages the Trump Winery in Virginia.
He established the Eric Trump foundation in 2007. Its publicly declared goal was to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. By 2016, the charity had reportedly donated well over $16.3 million to the hospital. He stopped raising funds the same year to prevent the appearance of collecting donations in exchange for access to his father post-election.
He Has Been Instrumental In His Father’s Political Campaigns
Despite running a multi-billionaire dollar organization, Eric Trump has carved out time out of his schedule to join his father’s campaign train. During Donald Trump’s election bid in 2016, he was a notable fundraiser, key advisor, and campaign surrogate. He, alongside his wife, Lara, regularly made appearances on TV shows and campaign events pushing the Trump agenda.
Since Donald Trump’s victory and subsequent inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, Eric has continued pushing his father’s message and is a vocal defender of his policies. He has maintained his position as a key member of the re-election campaign, with multiple appearances on national and local media outlets.
Eric Trump is Worth $25 million
For all his work as part of the Trump Organization, Eric Trump has a reported estimated net worth of $25 million, according to Forbes Magazine. Thanks to unavailable private earnings and holdings held out of public reach, accurate determination of Eric and his siblings’ net worth remain a tall dream.
His estimated $25 million net worth comes from limited available facts about his holdings and earnings. They include a 7.5% stake in Trump International Hotel, in Washington D.C, worth $6 million and hefty salaries up to $35 million as a longtime executive in the Trump Organization. Aside from Forbes, however, other outlets report an estimated $300 million net worth for the Trump middle child.
Whatever his actual net worth is, Eric undoubtedly enjoys the luxurious life that comes with the Trump name. He owns a penthouse at his father’s Trump Parc East building and has a luxury duplex at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester Country, New York.
In True Trump Fashion, Eric Has Been Part of a Few Controversies
Eric Trump has as much public controversy in his history as his more public renowned siblings, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. The most recurring, his is big game hunting. In 2010, he became the subject of criticism from PETA after photos of himself and his brother’s hunting trip to Zimbabwe made its way to the press.
In the picture, Eric and his brother, Don Jr., pose with a dead elephant and leopard. Although officials at the wildlife park in Zimbabwe insisted it was legal, the photos have continued to attract backlash to date.
He Reportedly Diverted His Charity’s Donations to the Trump Org.
A controversy more damning began in 2017. Eric Trump’s charity, The Eric Trump Foundation, was accused of funneling donations to the charity to his and the family’s private businesses. Although Eric claimed his foundation used Trump Organization assets for free in service of the charity, investigation revealed more than $1.2 million of donations had gone to the organization.
Additionally, a reported more than $500,00 in donations were re-donated to other charities, most of which belonged to members of the Trump charity. In response to the allegations, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, in 2017, confirmed it was investigating the reports. As of October 2019, the investigation is still ongoing.
Outside of major controversies, Eric has been the subject of backlash from public statements. He once claimed his family is not enriching themselves with the presidency. Eric also claimed that the coronavirus-driven stay-at-home orders were intended to prevent his father’s re-election. Another controversy came after he stated his family stopped doing international business deals after his father became president. It has since been proven false.