2. Finding time together was difficult early on
As noted before, the late ’70s were a busy time for Donald. He was busily trying to grow his empire and left Don Jr. in the care of two Irish nannies and Ivana’s Czech parents, New York Magazine notes. Milos and Maria Zelnicek lived in the Trump Tower for half the year and helped greatly with Don Jr.’s upbringing.
Though his father wasn’t always the easiest to access, Don Jr. still spoke of him fondly in hindsight. “My father is a very hardworking guy, and that’s his focus in life, so I got a lot of the paternal attention that a boy wants and needs from my grandfather,” he said.
Next: There’s a point when Don Jr. wouldn’t speak to his father for a year.