Donald Trump Jr. and wife Vanessa welcomed son Tristan Milos Trump Sunday at 2:59 a.m.
“Mother and baby are doing great,” Donald tells me. “He’s looking forward to meeting you.”
Named after his maternal grandfather, Tristan joins sister Kai, 4, and Donald III, 20 months, in addition to cousin Arabella, 2 months, whose mom is aunt Ivanka. And surely grandpa Donald’s youngest, Barron, 5, will be helpful on the playground.
Despite their wealth and success, the Trump children didn’t grow up with a silver spoon and had to work hard to get ahead, thanks to values instilled by Celebrity Apprentice star Donald and mom Ivana, who raised Donald Jr., 33, Ivanka, 29, and Eric, 27.
“It would be difficult to say we weren’t spoiled,” he told me earlier this year during an Autism Speaks event in NYC. “You’d laugh at us, and your readers would laugh at us. But what they tried to do is we were spoiled in the right ways. When we were spoiled, we got great vacations, we got to travel, we got great schools, we got to do very interesting things, but they always kept us financially hungry, so we always had to work for anything we wanted.”
He continues, “And I don’t mean clean your room, and you get whatever you want. I mean, you start a project at the beginning of the summer, and at the end of the summer, you’re going to have earned what you wanted. They always kept us that way. We didn’t get everything we wanted whenever we wanted it. I think that element of hunger built an appetite for understanding work, appreciating the value of a dollar, not being afraid to get your hands dirty and get in and do something.”
In fact, Donald Jr. once worked at a casino and as a bartender.
“My first job, I was 14, and I worked as the dock attendant in Atlantic City,” he says. “It was at the casino, and we, in theory, owned them, but I was hooking up boats and electrical systems. Probably the bottom rung of the ladder.”
And he also clocked time outside of his father’s massive empire.
“I’m probably the first graduate of the Wharton School of Finance to move to Colorado to work in a bar for about a year just to get some stuff out of my system,” he says. “I’m a little bit more normal than most people would assume.”
What was that like?
“It was great. After graduating from Wharton, I wanted to make sure – if I’m going to work for him, he’s not going to subsidize my career at the expense of his business. I said ‘hey listen, if I’m going to do it, I’ve gotta go all-in. And if I’m going to do it, I have to make sure that’s what I want. I always knew it was, but I wanted to try something different – do the total antithesis of that, and see how I like it. It was great, it was fun, but when I got back into the working world – the real working world, in NYC – I knew I wanted to do that forever.”
Donald Jr. wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I owe my parents,” he says. “At the time, it would’ve been easier to say ‘hey, I’d really like that, that would be great,’ but they would’ve done us no favors. Both of my parents really did a good job.”
Welcome to the world, Tristan Trump!