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The Donald opens up about his father

August 11, 2010 04:30PM

Donald and Fred Trump (source: Financial Times)

When Donald Trump built Trump Tower, his father, developer Fred Trump, suggested he use brick instead of glass, the real estate mogul told the Financial Times in a “Things My Mentor Taught Me” feature today. The elder Trump began mentoring the young Donald when he was young. “I would follow him around construction sites and see how he conducted business,” he said. But the relationship grew into a more formal business partnership. “His four-step formula for success was simple: get in, get it done, get it done right and get out,” Donald recalled. “I didn’t agree with everything he said. I wanted to develop in Manhattan, which he couldn’t understand. He was satisfied with Brooklyn and Queens… brick worked for him, but that wasn’t my vision,” Trump said. [Financial Times]