Elizabeth Trump Grau is a retired executive banker, but who is best known for being the sister of the President of the United States Donald Trump.
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Early life and childhood
Elizabeth was born in 1942 to parents Fred and Mary Anne Trump, who had five children of whom Donald Trump is the second youngest and Elizabeth is the middle child. MaryAnne Trump Barry is the firstborn of the family, in 1937 – she worked as a federal judge until she retired at the age of 82 in 2019. Fred Trump Jr., the second born of the family arrived in 1937, and died in 1981 at the age of 43 from his addiction to alcohol. Donald Trump was born in 1946, and Robert the youngest was born in 1948, and worked in real estate until he retired.
Like her brother Donald, Elizabeth attended the Kew-Forest School in Queens which is a small, private institution that is a co-ed college prep school from Kindergarten to the 12th grade. The school is over 100 years old and was established in 1918 for the upper middle-class residents of Kew Gardens and Forest Hills. She matriculated from the school and enrolled at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia, then called the Southern Seminary College.
Elizabeth turned down her family business, and decided to work as a banker, actually all her life, in the banking sector in various positions. She last worked as an executive for Chase Manhattan Bank before her retirement, and finally settled down in Florida. However, the exact dates at which she started work and the date at which she retired aren’t known. She works as a realtor these days, and has made a name for herself in the real estate business.
Elizabeth has been married to James Walter Grau – a famous television and movie producer – since 1989. They were married at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York; Reverend Dr. Arthur Caliandro who is a Methodist minister performed the ceremony. Her sister and Judge Maryanne Trump Barry was the matron of honor, and James’s son, James W. Barry Grau, was the best man, while Donald served as an usher.
James Grau was the president of Charisma Productions, an advertising agency and production house that produced sports movies as well as documentaries. He graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. James developed ad and marketing campaigns for CBS Radio, CBS Sports, Rolex Watch Company, AT &T, Bristol Myers and IBM among others.
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He won an Emmy Award in 1983 for producing the 1983 Superbowl XVI show opening titles. He also did the sound for a German horror movie. James was ‘director of entertainment’ at Mar-a-Lago club too, which belongs to Donald Trump. He has eleven productions in the Museum of Television and Radio. This was his second marriage after his first marriage ended in divorce. The couple now lives in Florida.
Who is Donald Trump? Her younger brother and the President of the United States
Donald John Trump was born on 14 June 1946, and is the 45th President of the United States. He was born in Queens and attended the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics. He took over his family’s business E. Trump & Son in 1971, and renamed it The Trump Organization.
The company was responsible for building and renovating various hotels, skyscrapers, golf courses and casinos. He first gained attention in 1978 after launching their family’s first Manhattan venture, the Commodore Hotel. In 1980, Trump gained permission to develop Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City and that was his primary residence until 2019. In 1985, he acquired the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, and converted the land into a private club. He also acquired several Atlantic City hotels and casinos. He founded the Donald J. Trump Foundation in 1988, a private foundation that gave to health care and sports-related charities.
Trump entered the television industry with a show called “The Apprentice” that he produced and hosted. “The Apprentice” is a reality television show in which the contestants compete for a one-year management job with the Trump organization. The show ran from 2003 to 2015.
Trump entered the 2016 presidential race and defeated 16 other candidates. He was elected over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, becoming the oldest first-term US president to date. In his book “The Art of the Deal”, Donald Trump talked about his sister Elizabeth, and characterized her as being ‘bright but less ambitious’.
Donald Trump has five children from three wives and ten grandchildren.
His first wife Ivana Trump was born on 20 February 1949 in the Czech Republic, and is a fashion model and a businesswoman. They were married from 1977 to 1992. His second wife Marla Ann Maples was born on 27 October 1963 in Georgia. She is an actress and a TV personality. They were married for six years from 1993 to 1999.
His third wife is Melania Trump, who was born on 26 April 1979 in then Yugoslavia, and is also a former fashion model. She is the second foreign-born first lady of the United States. They married in 2005.
Donald Trump and his first wife Ivana Trump bore three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. Currently, Donald Jr. and Eric are taking care of the family’s businesses, while Ivanka has moved to Washington D.C. with her husband Jared Kushner – Kushner has been appointed to a senior White House advisory position. His second wife, Maria gave birth to Tiffany Ariana Trump in 1993. She studied sociology and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Barron William Trump was born on 20 March 2006 to his mother Melania Trump and is Donald’s youngest son. He currently attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland.
Donald Trump Jr. and his ex-wife Vanessa have five children: Kai Madison, Chloe Sophia, Donald John III, Tristan Milos and Spencer Frederick. Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner have three children: Arabella Rose Kushner, Joseph Frederick Kushner and Theodore James Kushner. Eric Trump and wife Lara have two children: Eric ‘Luke’ Trump and Carolina Dorothy Trump.
In March 2020, Elizabeth was sued by her neighbors after she sprung a leak in her NYC condo, messing up her neighbors’ place. They have demanded a sum of $400,000 in compensation. According to TMZ, Elizabeth has a condo in NYC’s Trump Palace, and there was a major water problem in the building, which engineers determined was coming from Elizabeth’s pad; they said that she’d left the shower running, and the water leak ended up flooding her neighbor’s Avraham and Rachel Dishi’s condo.
They filed for damages with their insurer, The Cincinnati Insurance Company, which is trying to sue Elizabeth for the sum that they had to pay the Dishis.
Elizabeth and James hosted ‘Safari Night’ at Mar-a-Lago for the charity ‘Young Adventurers.’ Young Adventurers is a youth-mentoring program. The charity was not registered as an active charity stating they had no money. However, Elizabeth evidently talked to Terry Bomar, the charity’s president and said ‘If you want to do it, I’ll try to help any way I can’ thus showing her philanthropist side.
Hobby, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
Elizabeth has shown her business acumen by buying a Hamptons Mansion for $1.2 million in 1996, and selling it for $3.8 million in 2017 to a New York lawyer.
She is a very private person and doesn’t share her daily life with people in popular social platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. She apparently has a very good relationship with her brother Donald Trump.
Elizabeth belongs to the white ethnic group. She has blond hair and blue eyes, however, information about her height, weight and vital statistics isn’t available.
Elizabeth Trump Grau’s net worth is estimated to be over $300 million, accumulated partly through her career in banking, involvement in real estate, and some wealth through her family’s business. Her brother Donald Trump on the other hand has allegedly made a fortune for himself which in 2019, Forbes Magazine estimated to be $3.1 billion.