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Meet Donald Trump's children with Ivana Trump, Marla Maples, and Melania Trump

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Donald Trump poses with his family after formally announcing his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on June 16, 2015.REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
  • Donald Trump has five children between two of his former wives and his current wife Melania Trump

  • Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump are children with his first wife, Ivana Trump, who died on July 14.

  • His youngest child, Barron Trump, is the only child of Melania Trump.

Former President Donald Trump has two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, and a daughter, Ivanka, with his first wife, Ivana. Ivana Trump died on July 14.

He has one daughter, Tiffany, with his second wife, Marla Maples, and a 16-year-old son, Barron, with his current wife, Melania.

Donald Trump's three eldest children have maintained varying levels of involvment with their father's political career, all as outspoken supporters. Meanwhile, 28-year-old Tiffany graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Gerogetown Law. And Barron, the tallest of all children, remains largely out of the spotlight.

Here's everything you need to know about each of the Trump heirs.

DONALD JR., 44, son of Ivana

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Donald Jr. is a huge outdoors enthusiast. He hunts deer with a bow and arrow.Getty Images/Joe Corrigan

Now a father of five, Donald Jr. was 12 when Ivana and Donald Sr. divorced. Unlike his younger siblings, he was old enough to understand what the nasty divorce headlines meant — his classmates were, too.

As a child, he was extremely close to his maternal grandfather, Milos Zelnicek, who died in 1990. The two would spend a couple of weeks every summer hunting and fishing in a town outside of Prague. (Ivana is Czechoslovakian.) The fast-talking Donald Jr. is fluent in Czech and named one of his sons Tristan Milos after his grandfather.

After boarding school (Pennsylvania's prestigious Hill School), he followed in his father's footsteps — as most of the Trump kids have — to The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his bachelor's degree in finance and real estate.

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Donald Jr. was 12 when Ivana and Donald Sr. split up.AP Images/Richard Drew

A 2004 New York magazine profile noted Donald Jr.'s propensity for drinking and getting into "do you have any idea who I am?" fights in college, but he later told Forbes that his love of hunting kept him on the straight and narrow. "[While] other people I knew were getting into trouble, I was somewhere in a deer stand or going to bed early so I could be up before dawn to hunt turkeys," he said.

In 2001, a year after he graduated from college, Donald Jr. went to work for his dad for the second time. (The first was when he was 13 and earning minimum wage plus tips as a dock attendant at Trump Castle.) He nows serves as an executive vice president for Trump Organization, cutting his teeth with the development of Trump Place at West Side Yards and spearheading projects in Chicago, Las Vegas, Scotland, and India.

He's also become an outspoken firebrand for his father's political career, even after Donald Trump left office, and for the conservative party.

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Donald Trump Jr. and fiance Kimberly Guilfoyle in Atlanta Georgia.John Bazemore/AP

Donald Jr. met his former wife, Vanessa, at a fashion show and married in 2005. They had five children. The two finalized their divorce in 2019. He is now a fiance to Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host and televsion personality.

IVANKA, 40, daughter of Ivana

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Early in her career, Ivanka declined a job offer from Vogue's Anna Wintour, according to Forbes.Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Ivanka is the breakout success of the family. The same year that she and brothers Donald Jr. and Eric founded the Trump Hotel Collections, Ivanka launched a jewelry brand that spawned lines of clothing, shoes, and accessories carried by the likes of Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and Zappos. She closed down her brand in 2018 while working in the White House.

An avid runner and former runway model, Ivanka was formerly an executive vice president of acquisitions and development for the Trump Organization. But she didn't go straight from Wharton to an office at Trump Tower — she worked for the real-estate developer Bruce Ratner for a year after college. And a 2013 Forbes profile indicates that she politely declined a job offer from Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.

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After covering Seventeen magazine in 1997, Ivanka had a brief career as a runway model for designers like Gianni Versace and Thierry Mugler.Reuters/Brad Rickerby (left); Reuters/Peter Morgan (center); Reuters/David Gray (right)

Specializing in deal-making and design, Ivanka joined her dad's company in 2005. She was the lead negotiator on the purchase of Trump National Doral Miami, a $1 billion property that she scooped up for $150 million.

But when her father was elected president, she resigned from her job at the Trump Organization in preparation for the move to Washington, DC.

Ivanka is private about her personal life, but before tying the knot with Jared Kushner, the real-estate and publishing scion — and former senior Trump adviser — in 2009, she was linked to Greg Hersch and was said to have gone on a date with "That '70s Show" star Topher Grace.

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Jared and Ivanka married in 2009.Getty Images/Handout

She met her match in Kushner, and they have three children: Arabella Rose, Joseph Frederick, and Theodore James. Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism before her wedding, and the family keeps kosher and observes the Sabbath.

"From Friday to Saturday, we don't do anything but hang out with one another," she told Vogue. "We don't make phone calls."

Ivanka joined Kushner to become a senior advisor to her father while he was in office.

ERIC, 38, son of Ivana

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"I have always preferred to fly under the radar in terms of recognition and celebrity," Eric said in an interview with Georgetown University.Getty Images/Slaven Vlasic

For a long time, Eric was the 6-foot-5, media-shy baby of the family. He told New York magazine that Donald Jr. is like his mentor and Ivanka is like his second mother.

"She took me under her wing and raised me, took me shopping, tried to make me cool," he said.

Unlike his brother and sister, he chose Georgetown over Wharton and went straight to work for his father after he graduated. He's executive vice president of acquisitions and development at Trump Organization, but his niche is said to be in construction.

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Eric and Ivanka are incredibly close.Getty Images/Dave Kotinsky

In 2013, he proposed to his girlfriend of five years, Lara Yunaska, at Seven Springs, his dad's $19.5 million Westchester estate, with a ring from Ivanka's fine jewelry collection. Yunaska is a former personal trainer and TV producer.

The couple was married in front of 400 guests at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Eric's brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, officiated the wedding, reportedly telling Yunaska, "You are not just gaining a family — you are getting 6 million Twitter followers."

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Eric and Lara's miniature beagle, Charlie, was ring bearer at their wedding.Getty Images/Mike Coppola

Eric also owns and operates Trump Winery, Virginia's largest vineyard. He once pledged nearly $28 million to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his Eric Trump Foundation but has since stopped soliciting donations in 2016.

Like Donald Jr., Eric has been an outspoken proponent of his father and has continuously railed against President Joe Biden and the Democratic party.

TIFFANY, 28, daughter of Marla Maples

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Tiffany recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.Getty Images/Ilya S. Savenok

Unlike her half-siblings, Tiffany didn't grow up playing in her father's office — nor did she spend her summers helping him fix up the grounds of Seven Springs. Tiffany was raised by her mother, Marla Maples, outside of Los Angeles. There, she attended Calabasas' Viewpoint School, where tuition is more than $30,000.

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Maples has said she raised Tiffany as a "single parent."Reuters/Jeff Christensen

Like her father, Tiffany graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Ivanka reportedly helped her snag an internship at Vogue, and in 2011 she dropped the single for her debut song, "Like a Bird."

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Tiffany is friends with media mogul Peter Brant's society-party-hopping son, Peter Brant Jr.Getty Images/Jamie McCarthy

Some of her friends were Manhattan's so-called Rich Kids of Instagram, including Peter Brant Jr., the son of media mogul Peter Brant; Gaia Matisse, Henri Matisse's great-great-granddaughter; and EJ Johnson, Magic Johnson's son.

She loves to travel, and her father's private jet comes in handy when she wants a change of scenery.

In 2017, Tiffany enrolled at Georgetown Law School. She graduated in 2020.

BARRON, 16, son of Melania

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Barron Trump and Donald Trump wave from the top of the steps to Air Force One on August 16, 2020.Susan Walsh/AP

From the way Melania described her 16-year-old son, he sounds more like his father than any of his siblings.

"He loves to build something and tear it down and build something else," she told Parenting.com. "Sometimes I call him little Donald."

The young heir, who is the tallest of all of Donald Trump's children at 6-foot-7 inches, is said to prefer suits to sweatpants and has an entire floor to himself at his parents' Trump Tower penthouse. Melania famously told ABC News that she slathers Barron in caviar moisturizer from her now defunct skincare line.

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The Trump family circa 2007 at FAO Schwarz for the annual Bunny Hop.Getty Images/Bryan Bedder

Barron celebrated his fourth birthday with his preschool class at Manhattan's Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where the kids ate a cake shaped like Donald's private jet and went on submarine and airplane tours.

Melania says he plays baseball and tennis but has a proclivity for his dad's favorite sport: golf. His parents keep him out of the public eye as much as possible, but he regularly attends the Trump Invitational Grand Prix at Mar-a-Lago, and, when he was younger, Melania took him to the Upper East Side's hottest children's social event of the year, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Bunny Hop.

April Walloga contributed reporting on a previous version of this article.

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