Inside The Life and Death Of Maryanne Trump Barry: How She Died, Obituary, Career, Net Worth, Wikipedia, Biography

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What happened to Maryanne Trump Barry? Donald Trump’s sister & ex-judge has been confirmed dead aged 86. How she died, her career, fortune, and more explored.

Maryanne Trump Barry, the elder sister of former U.S. president Donald Trump made a name for herself as top judge.

Sadly, the world learned about her death in November 2023.

Before her passing, she became an Assistant United States Attorney in 1974 and was first appointed to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Here’s what we know about her life and death as well as how much she was worth.

Donald Trump's sister died on Monday
Donald Trump’s sister died on Monday. Credit: Getty

What was Maryanne Trump Barry’s cause of death?

Controversial politician Donald Trump’s sister reportedly died around 4 am on Monday, November 13, 2023.

She was found deceased at her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she had been under hospice care for cancer.

At the time of her passing, she was aged 86.

At the moment, no cause of death has been established but as cops await medical examiners, there were no signs of trauma.

Her death followed a call about a person in cardiac arrest according to ABC News.

Barry’s death is one of multiple personal losses former President Donald Trump has faced in recent years.

His younger brother, Robert S. Trump died while he was president in 2020, and his first wife Ivana Trump died in 2022.

Barry was 86 years old
Barry was 86 years old when she died. Credit: Getty

Who was Maryanne Trump Barry?

Barry was a federal judge and the sister of the former president.

She held top judicial positions for presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton during her career.

In 1974 Barry became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, one of only two women out of 62 lawyers in the office.

Barry retired from her position as a federal judge in 2019 after an investigation into tax fraud.

The investigation was prompted by a report that Barry and her siblings, including Donald Trump, were participating in tax schemes to maximize their inheritances.

The Trumps were allegedly receiving millions in untaxed gifts from their father and avoiding a 55 percent tax on gifts over a certain value.

However, because of her retirement, the investigation was immediately dropped.

Barry didn’t make many comments about Donald Trump but was usually supportive of his business endeavors.

However, she was caught in 2018 saying he has “no principles” and blasting his “goddamn tweets and lying.”

The audio was obtained by the Washington Post and recorded by the president’s niece Mary Trump.

“All he wants to do is appeal to his base,” she said in the recording.

“He has no principles. None. None. And his base, I mean my God, if you were a religious person, you want to help people. Not do this.”

Barry also called her brother a “brat” and said she did his homework and got him into college.

“He was a brat. I did his homework for him,” she said.

“I drove him around New York City to try to get him into college.

“He went to Fordham for 1 year & then he got into the University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams”

Barry served as a federal judge until her retirement in 2019Credit: Getty - Contributor
Barry served as a federal judge until her retirement in 2019. Credit: Getty – Contributor

What is known about Maryanne Trump Barry’s family?

Former attorney Maryanne Trump Barry was born on April 5, 1937, in Queens, New York, United States.

She was the oldest of the children between real-estate developer Fred Trump and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump.

Her siblings include Elizabeth Trump Grau, Robert Trump, Fred Trump, Jr., and Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, just to mention a few.

While growing up, she attended Kew-Forest School. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1958, and a Master of Arts in public law and government from Columbia University in 1962. She later attended law school, earning her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1974.

Barry’s first husband was David Desmond; the couple divorced in 1980. 

In 1982, she married John Joseph Barry, a New Jersey lawyer. They were married 18 years before he died on April 9, 2000. 

She has one son from her first marriage, David William Desmond, who is a New York psychologist.

At the time of Maryanne Trump Barry's death, she had a net worth of $200 million. Image Source: Getty
At the time of Maryanne Trump Barry’s death, she had a net worth of $200 million. Image Source: Getty

What was Maryanne Trump Barry’s net worth?

For her long years having a background in the U.S. legal justice system, Trump’s eldest sister died a multimillionaire.

Maryanne Trump Barry had an estimated current net worth of $200 million. She accrued her fortune from her work as an American attorney and a United States federal judge. 

In 2016, Barry gave $4 million to Fairfield University, a Catholic institution, to fund scholarships and endow the university’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality.