Ivana Trump was a model, socialite, and Olympic athlete who died with a net worth of $100 million. The marriage of Ivana Trump to Donald Trump made her famous. Their union lasted from 1977 to 1992. They have three children Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump.
On July 14, 2022, Ivana Trump, then 73 years old, passed away.
Early Years of Ivana
Ivana Marie Zelnková was born on February 20, 1949, in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia (now Zln, Czech Republic). Milo Zelnek, her father, nurtured her natural skiing talent and encouraged her to pursue an education.
At Prague’s Charles University, she studied German and English. She was also a ski team member. She witnessed the start of the Prague Spring of 1968 as a student at Charles University. It was also the beginning of the Soviet Union-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. She continued her studies until the early 1970s, earning a Master’s in physical education.
Ivana’s Marriage to the Ski Instructor
Ivana married Austrian ski instructor Alfred Winklmayr in 1971. She obtained Austrian citizenship through him. Thus able to leave Communist Czechoslovakia without defecting, minimizing the impact of her departure on her family. In 1973, she divorced Winklmayr. Relocated to Canada. Her first professional assignment was coaching ski racers in Montréal, Canada.
Getting to know Donald Trump
She worked as a coach for several years before transitioning into modeling. She worked for the Audrey Morris agency throughout the 1970s, which brought her to New York City. During this period, she met Donald Trump.
Ivana and Donald married in 1977 after meeting in 1976. In the 1980s, they became prominent figures in the society of New York. Their three children are Donald Trump Jr. (born in December 1977), Ivanka Trump (born in October 1981), as well as Eric Trump (born in January 1984).
Ivana was also promoted to Vice President of Interior Design. At her husband’s company, The Trump Organization. She was also named president of the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino. In 1988, she became a naturalized US citizen. Ivana and Donald eventually divorced in 1990.
Relationships with Others
Ivana has had several relationships since her relationship with Donald Trump. she married her third husband in 1995, Riccardo Mazzucchelli, but they divorced soon after. She dated Roffredo Gaetani from 1997 until he died in 2005. Ivana married Rossano Rubicondi in 2008 and divorced him in 2009, though they were still seen together in 2018.
Ivana was anything but a stay-at-home mom during their marriage. She was a self-described “workaholic.” She worked with Donald on major real estate projects. As the Trump Organization’s Vice President of Interior Design, Ivana played a vital role in the development of the Trump Tower and the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. She managed the Plaza Hotel despite having three small children at home.
Donald Trump Divorce Settlement
As Donald’s empire grew, Ivana and Donald had FOUR prenuptial agreements during their marriage. Ivana received $25 million in cash and their Greenwich, Connecticut mansion as part of the final agreement. She had the option of receiving a $22 million cash payment for a new home if, Before their divorce was legally finalized, the Greenwich home was sold.
Finally, she was awarded $650,000 in annual child support until all three of her children turned 18. After adjusting for inflation, Ivana’s total payment was equivalent to approximately $100 million in today’s dollars. Donald was reportedly deeply in debt at the time of the divorce and was forced to pay for it with bank loans.
Ivana’s Career Growth
Ivana found two businesses after her divorce from Donald Trump in 1990. They are Ivana, Inc. and Ivana Haute Couture. These primarily consisted of clothing, jewelry, and beauty lines sold through television channels of commerce. In 2005, she was also a part of several failed real estate ventures, including the never-built Ivana Las Vegas condominium high rise. She purchased 33% of Croatia’s second-largest daily newspaper in 1998.
Ivana’s writing career has been modest. She wrote the self-help book “The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping With Divorce and Enjoying Life Again” (1995), in which she advised divorcees to “take their wallet to the cleaners.”
She also published an autobiography, “Raising Trump” (2017), which chronicles her childhood and the upbringing of her children. Her other writing endeavors include a Globe advice column titled “Ask Ivana” (1995-2010) and her lifestyle magazine “Ivana’s Living in Style,” which debuted in February 1999.
In addition, she did some on-camera work. She was the subject of her Lifetime network biography special, “Intimate Portrait: Ivana Trump” (2001), and the host of her own Oxygen Channel reality television special, “Ivana Young Man” (2006).