Passionate about his foundation and dedicated to developing iconic properties, Eric Trump reflects on his recent projects and new marriage.
For Eric Trump, the third child of billionaire real estate mogul and The Apprentice TV host, Donald Trump, and businesswoman Ivana, growing up Trump was not about living the jetsetting lifestyle as one would imagine. In fact, Eric, Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for the Trump Organization, is a firm believer in hard work and perseverance, a philosophy that dad, Donald, passed down to his children early on. “My parents have always been great sources of inspiration,” he says. “My father is an incredibly hard worker with amazing vision; his attention to detail is simply unparalleled.”
That being said, Eric, along with siblings Donald, Jr. and Ivanka, are extremely devoted to their individual projects. “Our dad always told us to be passionate about our work and the rest will follow.” Eric’s most recent focus on the rapid expansion of Trump’s golf portfolio from four to 17 courses includes the redesign of the iconic “Blue Monster” at Trump National Doral in Miami. “The greatest players in the world have competed here for coveted golf trophies, and we are honored to be responsible for the redevelopment of this amazing resort.”
His crowning achievement, The Eric Trump Foundation, which he founded in 2006, is dedicated to helping children battling life threatening diseases at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. Eric has donated $28 million in the Trump name and in 2015 will open a $20 million, state-of-the-art surgical and ICU medical center. “We hope to continue this great work, and ultimately advance the medical and emotional needs of all children seeking care,” he says.
Today, working beside Eric at his foundation is new wife Lara Yunaska, a CBS journalist and equestrian. Presented with a dazzling ring from his sister Ivanka Trump’s fine jewelry collection, he proposed while on a walk with their beagle Charlie. The couple exchanged vows on Nov. 8, 2014 in a black-tie event hosted at the famed Mar-a-Lago Club. “Lara is a wonderful addition to our family and we are excited that it’s now official,” Eric says.
RIGHT: Marrying into any famous family might be intimidating, let alone the iconic Trumps, but Eric jokes that he was not concerned about wife Lara. “She’s incredibly ‘type A’ and fits right in with us,” he says.
The couple exchanged vows at the Mar-a-Lago Club in a lavish black-tie ceremony on Sat, Nov. 8, 2014, followed by a casual brunch on Sunday.