Eric Trump has always had the benefit of a silver spoon — or perhaps it was a luxurious, very classy, golden spoon — lodged firmly in his mouth. He's the son of Republican nominee Donald Trump, who will tell you all about his great wealth, even if many believe he's overstating it a bit (what's 5 to 7 billion among friends, after all).
But while Eric Trump has had his family's wealth at his disposal, as well as a cushy position awaiting him at the Trump Organization, the Trump-offspring said last Friday that his father had no such luck.
"He’s been an entrepreneurial guy,” Eric Trump said Friday on Fox News' 'Outnumbered.' "He’s built an amazing company. He’s become the epitome of the American dream. He’s gone from just about nothing into, you know, a man who ..."
Trump was interrupted and reminded that his father started his business with a $1 million loan from his father, which the nominee has described as "small." Trump's father had also reportedly stepped in to save his son's finances after poor business moves a number of times.
Here are 10 quick facts to know about Eric Trump, son of Donald, who insists that his father is just a regular American.
1. He's 32 and Trump's third child
Eric's mother is Ivana Trump, Donald's first wife, who is also the mother to Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump. Donald had daughter Tiffany Trump with his second wife Marla Maples and his son Barron with current wife Melania Trump.
2. He has an estimated net worth of $150 million
Landing the job of executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization has its benefits, apparently.
3. He founded the Eric Trump Foundation
At 23 years old, Trump founded the charity aimed at "raising money for children battling life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital." The foundation's website claims it has raised about $28 million to date.
The foundation briefly became a campaign subject after Eric claimed his father had donated hundreds of thousands to the charity. But dogged reporting from the Washington Post found no such evidence, as it has found very little charitable giving from Donald Trump as well as some questionable practices from the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
4. He's married
Eric and Lara married at Donald's Mar-a-Go Club in Palm Beach, Florida in 2014. She is a producer for CBS' Inside Edition. They have yet to have children.
5. He works on the golf business for his father
The third Trump child does a lot of work on acquiring new golf course for the Trump Organization, which has 17 listed on its website.
6. He went to a pretty strict boarding school growing up
Trump attended the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, reportedly to help shield him from the tabloid coverage of his parent separation. Donald had a high-profile affair with Maples. Eric went on to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., after high school.
7. He's a reality star like his Dad
He served as an adviser and boardroom judge on his father's NBC show "The Apprentice." In an interview with a Georgetown publication, he praised the show in a very Donald-like humblebrag way.
"I have always preferred to 'fly under the radar' in terms of recognition and celebrity, but in this family, it comes with the territory," he said. "Season after season, the ratings continue to be No. 1 on NBC, and the fans have been truly fantastic. Not only is it fun for my entire family, but it’s an amazing extension of the Trump brand."
8. He also compared his father to Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook
Defending his claims that his father came from nothing, Eric doubled down saying that his father epitomized the America dream of capitalizing on opportunity, saying "It’s no different than a Zuckerberg, right?"
9. He also runs Trump Winery in Virginia
It was started in 1999 and is billed as the largest vineyard by acreage in the state. It's not the largest by production, which is typically how vineyards are measured.
10. He garnered campaign headlines for a mysterious package
The third Trump child was sent a package with a mysterious white powder in March. It turned out to be harmless.