Ivana Trump

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  • Ivana Trump (a former professional skier) has also recounted Donald flying into a rage when she passed him while skiing in Aspen, claiming he was unable to cope with being bested at anything by her. “The biography offers candid and sometimes unflattering assessments of Mr. Trump by co-workers, friends, enemies and, most entertainingly, his former wives. ‘The little boy that still wants attention,’ said Marla Maples, his second wife. ‘He wants to be noticed,’ said Ivana Trump, wife No. 1, who recalled sending him into a fit of rage by skiing past him on a hill in Aspen, Colo. Mr. Trump stopped, took off his skis and walked off the trail. ‘He could not take it, that I could do something better than he did,’ she said.” (New York Times, September 9, 2015)

Public Appearances

  • December, 1986: Ivana was seen at the annual benefit for the Costume Institute held at New Yokr City's Metropolitan Museum. “What is probably the most fashion-conscious event of the New York social season -- the gala benefit opening of the Metropolitan Museum's annual Costume Institute show -- had Manhattan's power elite in quite a spin. This year called ‘Dance,’ the show features on-your-toes ensembles from minuet modes in the late 1700s to swinging threads from the 1960s (the exhibit runs through Sept. 6, 1987). […] Appropriately enough, dance looks -- especially petticoated skirts -- have turned up in many American and European designer collections this year. So many of the Met Set took full advantage of the new fuller proportions. […] Ivana Trump, wife of the mega-rich builder, Donald Trump, swept in with a long, full-skirted gown that looked appropriate for waltzing with Amadeus.” (Los Angeles Times, December 26, 1986)

Old Stuff

No single figure better encapsulated the paradoxes of Mr. Trump's treatment of women in the workplace than his first wife, Ivana. He entrusted her with major pieces of a corporate empire and gave her the titles to match. She was the president of Trump's Castle, a major casino in Atlantic City, and the Plaza Hotel, the storied complex on Central Park South in Manhattan. “She ran that hotel,” Ms. Res said. “And she ran it well.”

But he compensated her as a spouse, not a high-level employee, paying her an annual salary of $1 for the Trump's Castle job, according to her tax documents. And he grew to resent her outsize role. By the end of their marriage, Mr. Trump wrote in his 1997 book, “The Art of the Comeback,” he regretted having allowed her to run his businesses.

“My big mistake with Ivana was taking her out of the role of wife and allowing her to run one of my casinos in Atlantic City, then the Plaza Hotel. The problem was, work was all she wanted to talk about. When I got home at night, rather than talking about the softer subjects of life, she wanted to tell me how well the Plaza was doing, or what a great day the casino had. I will never again give a wife responsibility within my business.” --Donald J. Trump, presumptive Republican nominee (New York Times, May 15, 2016)