Some people are born great, while some achieve greatness and others have greatness impelled upon them. The surname Trump has become a name that won’t be forgotten in a hurry as far as America is concerned. Its popularity started in Germany during the 17th century; the Trump family are well-known for their extraordinary business acumen and giant strides in politics, entertainment, and real estate. Out of the Trump family sprouted the 45th President of the United States. While Donald Trump has been on the limelight; making the waves as a top-notch real estate guru and politician in America, his older sister Elizabeth Trump Grau; on the other hand, doesn’t enjoy the glamour of the limelight.
It may not look like it, but the Trump family values togetherness and discipline more than some people think. And while some bask in the spotlight, others prefer to stay as far away from it as possible and one of such people is Elizabeth. It might interest you to know that Donald Trump served as an usher during her wedding in the late ’90s. Learn more about Elizabeth Trump Grau below.
Who is Elizabeth Trump Grau?
Elizabeth Trump is an American banking executive and the older sister of Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States. She first came into this world in 1942 and she is one of the five children born to Fred Trump and his wife Mary Anne Trump. Elizabeth grew up in Queens, New York where she attended Kew-Forest high school located in New York City. Soon after her graduation, she enrolled at Southern Virginia University, California where she obtained her bachelor’s degree. There’s no much information with regards to her childhood, her birth date, and educational details.
Elizabeth started her career as a banker and she worked with several banks in the United States. She retired as an Administrative assistant at The Chase Manhattan Bank, New York. She tied the knot on March 26, 1989, with James Walter Grau, an American film producer. Grau is a graduate of Northwestern University situated in Illinois and he was also the president of a production company called Charisma Productions at the time. Prior to their marriage, Grau was previously married, but his first marriage ended in a divorce. Elizabeth and Grau’s wedding held at the Marble Collegiate Church situated in New York and the ceremony was presided over by a Methodist minister Rev. Dr. Arthur Caliandro.
Her elder sister Maryanne Trump Barry served as her maid of honor while Donald Trump who was the CEO of Trump Organization at the time was an usher at the wedding. Just like his wife, Grau enjoys keeping his life and family away from the media circus. The amazing couple has been married for over two and a half decades; there is no form of marital issues and controversies among them.
Her Family: Brother, Sister, and Parents
Like we aforementioned, Elizabeth is one of the five children born to Fred Trump and his wife Mary Anne Trump who are both German immigrants to the United States. Her father Frederick Christ Trump was an American real estate mogul and the founder of Trump Organization which he later passed on to Donald Trump. While her mother born in Scotland, United Kingdom was also an immigrant who did several jobs as a domestic worker. They got married in January 1936; together they have five children – Maryanne Trump Barry born in 1937; Late Freddy Trump Jr. born in 1938 and died in 1981. Others are Elizabeth Trump Grau who was born in 1942, Donald Trump born in 1946, and Robert Trump, born in 1948.
Just like their parents, Elizabeth and her siblings were also successful in their various career paths. Her only sister Maryanne was the eldest in the family; she went to the Columbia University where she got a degree in public law in 1962. She was awarded a Juris doctor at the Hofstra University School of Law in 1974. During the regime of President Ronald Reagan, she became the District Judge for New Jersey and served from 1983 to 1999. Similarly, President Bill Clinton also made her Judge for the Third Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals in 1999; however, she retired in 2011.
Elizabeth’s younger brother Donald Trump is also another successful real estate mogul from the Trump family. Just like Elizabeth, he also attended Kew-Forest High School; after which obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. Upon graduation, he joined his father’s business; after a short while, he became the President of the Trump Organization in 1971. His wonderful business acumen contributed to the massive growth experienced by the company afterward.
Donald was very active in politics since the 80’s and has financially sponsored several political candidates from both Democrat and Republican Parties. In 2009, he joined the Republican Party; with which he contested for the US Presidency in 2016 against the Democrat’s Hillary Clinton. Trump emerged the winner of the November 2016, presidential elections and was installed as the 45th President of the United States after Barack Obama.
Elizabeth Trump Grau’s last brother Robert Trump also joined the family business as one of the top executives at the company. News of his divorce from his wife of 25 years Blaine Trump kept the media abuzz for a long time. Robert resorted to keeping a low profile and since then, there has not been so much publicity about his life until now.