‘The Donald’

Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 6, 2008

Why is Donald Trump called "The Donald"? Where did he get that nickname?
—C. Touchton, Texas City, Texas

Donald Trump's ex-wife, Ivana, whose native language is Czech, once misspoke in an interview and referred to him as "The Donald," and the media jumped on it. Since the couple's divorce in 1997, Ivana, 58, has tried to trademark the name to use in various business opportunities, claiming it was meant for her son, Donald Jr. But Trump, 61, the star of TV's successful Apprentice franchise, has so far successfully managed to keep the name for himself.