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Early life and education
Ivanka Marie Trump was born in Manhattan, New York City, and is the second child of Czech-American model Ivana Marie (née Zelníčková) and to the 45th President of the United States Donald John Trump. Her father has German and Scottish ancestry. The name Ivanka is a diminutive form of Ivana. Trump’s parents divorced in 1991, when she was ten years old. She has two brothers, Donald Jr. and Eric; a half sister, Tiffany; and a half brother, Barron.
Trump attended the Chapin School in Manhattan until she was 15, when she transferred to Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, where she characterized its “boarding-school life” as like a “prison”, while her “friends in New York were having fun”.
After graduating from Choate, she attended Georgetown University for two years, then transferred to the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2004.
Before joining the family business in 2005, Trump briefly worked for Forest City Enterprises. In 2007 she formed a partnership with a diamond vendor, Dynamic Diamond Corp., to create Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, a line of diamond and gold jewelry, sold at her first flagship retail store in Manhattan. In November 2011, Trump’s retail flagship moved from Madison Avenue to 109 Mercer Street, a larger space in the fashionable Soho district. On October 2, 2015, retail website racked.com reported that “Ivanka Trump’s flagship store on Mercer Street appear[s] to be closed” and, noting that the shop had been “stripped clean,” said that it is unclear exactly when the shop stopped doing business. As of October 2016, though, the company’s website lists Trump Tower as its flagship boutique and its only dedicated retail shop, with the brand also available at fine-jewelry stores throughout the US and Canada, as well as in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Trump is currently Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization. In December 2012, members of 100 Women in Hedge Funds elected Ivanka Trump to their board.
FYI, John Eisenhower, son of 34th president Dwight D. Eisenhower, worked for his father in a much more official capacity, serving as an adviser on national security affairs during his father’s second term.