- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A look at key events in Donald Trump’s business career, as voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday:

-1978: Opens glittering $100 million hotel at Grand Central Station in New York to replace decaying Commodore Hotel.

-1980: Breaks ground on Trump Tower, his soaring Fifth Avenue luxury condo building.

-1984: Gambles on casinos, opening Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Trump’s Castle follows a year later; next, the $1 billion Trump Taj Mahal.

-1987: Publishes “The Art of the Deal,” a New York Times best seller.

-1989: For new airline, Trump Shuttle, promises “best of everything,” but loses control to lenders and eventually sells it.

-1991: First of four Trump casino bankruptcies. Trump Taj Mahal threatens his personal fortune because he personally guaranteed debt, but dealmaking spares him big loss.

-2004: Joins forces with NBC to launch “The Apprentice,” the long-running reality TV show.

-2005: Expands brand into clothing and accessories with the “Donald J. Trump Signature Collection” so fans can wear Trump-branded suits, shirts, ties, cufflinks, eyewear, leather goods and belts.

-2008: Opens first property in Chicago, the 92-story Trump International Hotel & Tower.

-2009: Tells crowd of 5,000 in Miami that his new health products company, Trump Networks, will be the “biggest in the industry.” Company struggles and Trump sells it four years later.

-2012: Wins right to convert Old Post Office Building in Washington into 300-room hotel, promising “one of the most luxurious in the world.”

-2014: Buys Ireland’s Doonbeg golf club and Scotland’s Turnberry Resort, the site of several British Opens and his 17th golf course.


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