Kushner and Trump at an event in North Charleston, South Carolina, February 2017
Trump has a close relationship with her father, who has publicly expressed his admiration for her on several occasions. Ivanka has likewise praised her father, complimenting his leadership skills and saying he empowers other people.
Sarah Ellison, writing for Vanity Fair in 2018, indicated Ivanka Trump was the family member that “everyone in the family seems to acknowledge” is Donald Trump’s “favorite” child. This had been confirmed by the family members themselves in a 2015 interview with Barbara Walters on network television where the siblings were gathered and acknowledged that she was the favorite among the siblings.
According to her mother, Ivanka speaks French and understands Czech.
During college, Trump was in a nearly four-year relationship with Greg Hersch, an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, Bear Stearns, and UBS. From 2001 to 2005, she dated James “Bingo” Gubelmann.
In 2005, she started dating real estate developer Jared Kushner, whom she met through mutual friends. The couple broke up in 2008 due to the objections of Kushner’s parents but got back together and married in a Jewish ceremony on October 25, 2009. They have three children, a daughter born in July 2011 and two sons born in October 2013 and March 2016. In an interview on The Dr. Oz Show, Trump revealed that she had suffered from postpartum depression after each of her pregnancies.
In January 2017 it was announced that the couple had made arrangements to establish a family home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Federal filings implied that, in 2017, Trump and her husband may have assets upwards of $740 million. They had previously shared an apartment on Park Avenue in New York City, which Trump chose due to its proximity to her work with the Trump Organization. The residence was featured in Elle Decor in 2012 with Kelly Behun as its interior decorator. The apartment included work by American artists John Baldessari and Rob Wynne.
Trump (far right) with her husband and her father at the Western Wall at Temple Mount in Jerusalem in May 2017
Trump was raised as a Presbyterian Christian. She converted to Orthodox Judaism in July 2009, after studying with Elie Weinstock from the Modern Orthodox Ramaz School. Trump took the Hebrew name “Yael.” She describes her conversion as an “amazing and beautiful journey” which her father supported “from day one”, adding that he has “tremendous respect” for the Jewish faith. She attests to keeping a kosher diet and observing the Jewish Sabbath, saying in 2015: “We’re pretty observant… It’s been such a great life decision for me… I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity. From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.” When living in New York City, she used to send her daughter to Jewish kindergarten. She said: “It’s such a blessing for me to have her come home every night and share with me the Hebrew that she’s learned and sing songs for me around the holidays.”
Trump and her husband made a pilgrimage to the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, a popular prayer site, shortly before her father’s election victory. On May 22, 2017, the couple also traveled with Donald on the first official visit to Israel by the his administration, when he made the first visit to the Western Wall by a sitting U.S. president. Ivanka also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in western Jerusalem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem during the trip.
She has been mentioned with regard to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
Ivana Marie Trump was born in Manhattan, New York City, and is the second child of Czech-American model Ivana ( Zelníčková) and Donald Trump, who in 2017 became the 45th president of the United States. Her father has German and Scottish ancestry and her mother has Czech and Austrian ancestry. For most of her life, she has been nicknamed “Ivanka”, a diminutive form of Ivana. Her parents divorced in 1992 when she was ten years old. She has two brothers, Donald Jr. and Eric, a half-sister, Tiffany, and a half-brother, .
She attended the Chapin School in Manhattan until she was 15, when she transferred to Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. She characterized Choate’s “boarding-school life” as being like a “prison”, while her “friends in New York were having fun”.
After graduating from Choate, she attended Georgetown University for two years, then transferred to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2004. Her father had also transferred to Wharton after two years at another institution, Fordham University.
Social and political causes
Trump at Seeds of Peace in 2009
In 2007, Trump donated $1,000 to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. In 2012, Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president. In 2013, Trump and her husband hosted a fundraiser for Democrat Cory Booker, and the couple bundled more than $40,000 for Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign. Trump advocates for women and Israel. At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump said of her political views: “Like many of my fellow millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat.”
Trump was a member of the Donald J. Trump Foundation board until the foundation was dissolved after New York attorney general Barbara Underwood filed a civil lawsuit against the foundation, alleging “persistently illegal conduct” with respect to the foundation’s money.
Trump also has ties to a number of Jewish charities, including Chai Lifeline, a charity which helps to look after children with cancer. Other charities she supports include United Hatzalah, to which her father, Donald Trump, has reportedly made six-figure donations in the past.
After she was appointed advisor to the president, Trump donated the unpaid half of the advance payments for her book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success to the National Urban League and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She further said that any royalties exceeding the advances would also be given to charity.