Elizabeth Trump Grau: What You Should Know About Donald Trump’s Sister

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Elizabeth Trump Grau is known for being the older sister of US US President Donald Trump. She lives a private life and maintains a good relationship with her brother, Donald Trump. Young Donald was the usher at her wedding in 1989.


Elizabeth Trump was born in Queens, New York, USA to Mr Fred Trump and Mary Anne MacLeod in 1942. She completed her undergraduate education at the Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, California. Elizabeth Trump further finished her high school education at Kew Forest School. After she graduated from university, she went into the banking sector; far from her family’s political field of interest. She worked as an Administrative Assistant at Chase Manhattan Bank, New York before she eventually retired.

She got married to James Walter Grau in 1989 and they have been together ever since. James Walter Grau is a film producer who graduated from North Western University. He has strong ties to the Hollywood film industry and leads the Charisma Productions.

Siblings and Family

Fred Trump and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump had five children. Thanks to the size of the family, Elizabeth was blessed with four other siblings namely; Maryanne Trump Barry, Late Fred Trump Jr., Donald Trump, and Robert Trump.

Maryanne Trump Barry is the oldest sibling who currently serves as an inactive Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals. She was also born in Queens New York in 1937 and got a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1958. Maryanne also had a Master of Arts in public law and government from Columbia University in 1962. She earned her Juris Doctor in 1974 from Hofstra University School of Law.

Her educational background gave her a career as an Assistant United States Attorney for New Jersey District from 1974 to 1983. She also served in the appeals division from 1976 to 1982, as deputy chief of the division from 1976 to 1977, and chief of the division from 1977 to 1982. From 1981 to 1982, she served as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney. She was the First Assistant United States Attorney from 1981 to 1983. Maryanne has received an O’Connor award that is always given to women who excel in law and public service by the Seton Hall University School of Law.

She has been married twice. Her first marriage was with David Desmond, a New York Psychologist, they got divorced in 1980 after having a son together. She then married Joseph Barry, a New Jersey Lawyer in 1982 but he died in 2000. It was known that she refrained from making public comments when her brother, Donald Trump was running for president.


Fred Trump Jr.

Also an older sibling to Elizabeth Trump, Fred was born in 1938 and died on the 26th of September 1981 as an alcoholic. He is the reason why Donald Trump does not drink alcohol. It’s known that Fred picked up the drinking habit when he went to college. He was known for his free-spirited personality, he loved flying planes and fishing. Fred worked in his father’s real estate business briefly before he decided to become a pilot. He married a flight attendant and divorced her. He had two children who were named after their parents “Fred and Mary”. He was the best man at Donald Trump’s wedding to Ivana, his first wife. Their father had little faith in Fred Jr. even though he was the heir apparent to the family empire. This was one of the reasons he started drinking heavily.

Fred’s children were excluded from Fred Sr.’s will, and it was said Donald helped craft it. His children sued Donald Trump and argued Fred Sr. suffered from dementia. Donald said the suit was settled amicably.

Donald Trump

We all know him as the 45th president of the United States. He was born on the 14th of June 1946 in Queens, New York City. Donald got his economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He renamed the family’s real estate The Trump Organisation after he took over in 1971 and expanded it.

Donald Trump co-authored several books such as The Art of the Deal. He was also the producer and the host of The Apprentice, a television reality show which he hosted from 2003 to 2015. Donald also owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015. He was the 544th richest person with an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion, as of May 2017. Donald Trump is also the oldest and wealthiest person to assume the US presidency.

Before marrying Melania Knauss in 2005, Donald had two divorces with Ivana Zelnickova and Maria Maples. He has five children (Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron).

Robert Trump

Born in 1948, Robert is the youngest sibling of the Trump family. He was a top executive in the family real estate business which was started by their father Fred Trump. Robert managed the holdings outside Manhattan. He is currently retired and is involved in several community activities. He also serves as a member of trustees in Angels of light, an organization involved in supporting and entertaining people in need during the holidays.

He had been married to his first wife Blaine Trump for over 25 years before they had a tragic divorce. He is currently in a relationship with his former secretary, Ann Marie Pallan and they live in Millbrook, New York.

Elizabeth Trump Grau’s Parent

Elizabeth Trump Grau’s father, Fred Trump was born in 1905 in New York and died in 1999. He was one of the biggest real estate developers in New York City. The company was founded by his mother Elizabeth Trump using his inheritance.

Her mother Mary Anne MacLeod Trump was born in 1912 in Tong, a small village near Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland. She died in 2000. Born to a fisherman, she immigrated to the United States at age 17 and started working as a maid in New York. She met her husband, Fred Trump in New York and they got married in 1936. They settled in Queens and she became a US citizen in 1942.

Her family is part of the broader Trump family originating from Germany through her grandparents, Frederick Trump and Elizabeth Christ Trump.

Net Worth

Elizabeth Trump is estimated to have a Net Worth of over $300 Million, most of her money was made from her family’s business.

Quick Facts

  • She is the older sister of current United States President.
  • Elizabeth is a retired banker.
  • She is married to a film producer, James Walter Grau.
  • Elizabeth maintains a good relationship with her brother, Donald Trump.
  • She lives a very private life.


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