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Ivanka OK'd for Casinos' Board

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WAYNE PARRY | January 16, 2008 04:18 PM EST | AP


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — She's hired.

The state Casino Control Commission gave final approval Wednesday to Ivanka Trump serving on the board of directors of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operates three casinos here.

The 26-year-old daughter of Donald and Ivana Trump received temporary approval in July, pending completion of an investigation into her background and finances _ a standard practice for pending casino board members.

"I'm very excited," she told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I've been on the board for several months now, and this is an opportunity to continue to contribute. The company is at a point where we need to make a lot of important decisions, and I bring a voice of a different generation, and also a female voice to the debate."

Ivanka Trump serves as vice president of development and acquisitions of the Trump Organization LLC, and is assuming a greater role on "The Apprentice," the NBC reality show on which her father fires someone each week.

In the first two episodes of this season's "The Celebrity Apprentice," she clashed with Gene Simmons of Kiss, who ignored her inquiries during a project pitting teams of male and female celebrities against each other. That earned him a tongue-lashing from papa Trump.

She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, one of the nation's top business schools.

Ivanka Trump did not attend the casino commission hearing in Atlantic City, but was represented by Trump Entertainment Resorts attorney Loretta Pickus, who urged the commissioners to approve Ivanka.

"If not, I don't know how I'm going to go back to the office," she said, drawing laughter from the packed meeting room.

"We're very happy" about the permanent approval, Donald Trump said Wednesday. "She's a very capable person, aside from being beautiful."

In related matters, the commission fined Trump Entertainment Resorts $50,000 Wednesday for allowing four underage people to gamble at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in June and July. Three of the gamblers were 20 years old, and the fourth was 16.

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