As Jason Horowitz of the New York Times reports, "Donald J. Trump inherited more than just a real estate empire from his father. As a salesman, competitor, courter of politicians and controversy and above all, as a showboating self-promoter, Fred Trump was the Donald Trump of his day."
Born to German immigrants, work ethic was instilled in Fred from a young age. He was working as a butcher's delivery boy at age 10 and started a construction company with his mom by age 21. When he died in 1999, he had amassed a fortune of as much as $300 million by developing housing for middle-class families in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.