19 photos of Donald Trump’s incredible life on his 70th birthday

Throughout the 2016 election cycle, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has set a few records. Later this year, he could set a new one: If elected, he’ll be oldest president to ever take office, potentially breaking a record held by President Ronald Reagan.

On Tuesday, he turned 70. Hillary Clinton, if elected, would be 69 upon inauguration, just a few months shy of Reagan’s mark.

Here are a few photos that depict the presumptive Republican nominee’s life journey.


Bound for the rigors of business school in the future, Donald Trump received discipline at an early age by attending a military academy. There, he reportedly excelled in extracurricular activities such as being the Honor Cadet.

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Donald Trump in the New York Military Academy’s 1964 yearbook.
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As someone who loves the art of negotiation, Donald Trump was able to negotiate New York City to provide a 40-year tax abatement for the Grand Hyatt Hotel — the first ever granted to a commercial property.

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Master renovator: Trump offered to renovate decrepit areas in need, such as a long-closed ice-skating rink, at no profit to himself, after the city’s renovation effort went through five years of delays and more than double the original cost estimate.

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Here, Donald Trump poses with New York City’s Parks Commissioner, Henry Stern, holding a pair of ice skates that are intended for use at the Wollman Rink in Central Park on August 7, 1986.
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Trump’s enterprise also stretched out into sports, where he was the original owner of the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.

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Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after an agreement on a four-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team on March 8, 1984.
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Trump owns a fleet of luxury helicopters.


Trump also enjoys tennis — he even played a round, wearing his traditional suit, against the legendary Serena Williams.

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Donald Trump talks with his former wife, Ivana Trump, during the men’s final at the US Open.
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Trump was also notorious for befriending attractive supermodels. His first wife, Ivana, a Czech-American, was a member of the social elite.

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Donald Trump and his former wife, Ivana, pose outside the federal courthouse after she was sworn in as a US citizen in May 1988.
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No expense was spared for his belongings, as Donald Trump once paid the sultan of Brunei $30 million for a nearly 300-foot yacht.

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Donald Trump waves to reporters with his former wife, Ivana, as they board their luxury yacht, The Trump Princess, in New York City.
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Being the entertaining host, Trump also spared no expense in providing a spectacular show for friends and family.

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Donald Trump watches as his ex-wife, Marla Maples, gets a kiss from Earl Sinclair of TV’s “Dinosaurs” during lunch at the Trump Plaza Hotel on November 2, 1992.
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As a self-proclaimed family man, Trump attended many public events and television shows with his family, even before his current campaign.

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Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, peek over the crowd as they take in a tennis match during the US Open in New York.
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Trump first started showing signs of interest for a possible bid for the US presidency with the formation of a presidential exploratory committee ahead of the 2000 election.

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Donald Trump talks with host Larry King after taping a segment of King’s CNN talk show in New York.
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To test the political waters, the potential Reform Party presidential candidate traveled to several areas to address party leaders.

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Donald Trump makes an appearance for the media atop a Beverly Hills, California, hotel on December 6, 1999.
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In 2005, Donald Trump married fashion designer and model Melania Trump.

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump leave Hollinger International’s annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003.
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As no stranger to the political process, Donald Trump was even acquainted with members of the judicial branch.

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US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, serving as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, speaks to Donald Trump on the starting grid at the Daytona International Speedway.
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He also became the owner of the infamous Miss Universe beauty pageant for many years.


Unbeknownst to many, Donald Trump is a formidable opponent on the green. He owns 15 golf courses.

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Donald Trump takes a swing on the 11th green of the Ocean Trails Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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Sometimes, negotiating can be a tough sport. What better way to exert your dominance by taking the center stage among the world’s most bombastic figures?


Trump famously launched his presidential campaign in June 2015 by coming down an escalator in Trump Tower. Since then, he has weathered waves of controversy to become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

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As the fog of the political battlefield has cleared on the Republican side, Trump is now preparing for a likely battle with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Donald Trump looks out at the construction site of his 92-story tower along the Chicago river during a visit to his Chicago offices on April 10, 2006. Trump acknowledged that because of security concerns after the events of September 11, he abandoned plans for it to be the world’s tallest building at 150 stories.
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