Donald Trump reveals the person who has had the most influence on his life

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Trump, Minaj among Time's '100 Most Influential'

Tuesday night, stars gathered in New York City to celebrate TIME 100, the annual list of the 100 most influential people in America assembled by TIME magazine.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and his wife Melania attended the gala which honored him as one of the most influential people, on the same evening that he swept all 5 states in Republican presidential-primary contests.

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Trump named himself the "presumptive nominee" during a victory speech at Trump Tower Tuesday night but before celebrating his major win, he spoke to AOL at the TIME 100 gala, naming the person who has had the most influence in his life.

"My father," Trump said, "I learned the most from my father, about life and about business."

Trump's father, Fred Trump, was an American real estate developer who started the started the real estate development business his son now owns.

In TIME's The 100 Most Influential People issue, Trump is hailed as a rule breaker whose success comes from his audacity to challenge the status quo.

"Frankly, the U.S. is in desperate need of a leader like Trump who isn't afraid to challenge the status quo and ruffle the appropriate feathers in order to get our country back on the right track," Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers writes in her TIME profile of Trump.

Trump currently maintains his status as the GOP front-runner with 953 pledged delegates.

Click through for images of Donald and Melania Trump at the TIME 100 gala:

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald and Melania Trump at the Time 100 awards before his five state primary victory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump at the Time 100 awards before his five state primary victory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump (L) and Melania Trump attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump and Melania Trump attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump and Donald Trump attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Chief Content Officer of Time Inc. Norman Pearlstine and industrial engineer Jane Boon attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump and Chief Content Officer of Time Inc. Norman Pearlstine attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: (Editor's Note: Image has been converted to black & white) Donald Trump (L) and Melania Trump attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump attend the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for photographers on the red carpet as he arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in Manhattan, New York, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania pose for photographers on the red carpet as they arrive for the TIME 100 Gala in Manhattan, New York, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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