Donald Trump's name is synonymous with New York hustle and money in the late 20th century. Trump got his start in his father's New York real estate business, and by the 1970s had made himself a deal-maker in Manhattan, convincing city government and banks to finance his ambitious developments.
In 1982 he built the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, and soon he moved into
the casino business in New Jersey.
In 1990 Trump was suddenly on the skids, finding himself over $900 million in debt and facing bankruptcy. But ever the dealmaker, he rebounded; by the year 2000 he was again worth over a billion dollars.