On February 20, 1949, Ivana Marie Zelnková was born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, which is now called Zln, Czech Republic. Her father, Milo Zelnek, helped her develop her natural talent for skiing and pushed her to go to school. She went to Charles University in Prague, where she studied German and English and was on the ski team.
As a student at Charles University in 1968, she saw the start of both the Prague Spring and the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. In the early 1970s, she kept going to school and eventually got a master’s degree in physical education.
Alfred Winklmayr, an Austrian ski teacher, and Ivana got married in 1971. Through him, she became an Austrian citizen and was able to leave Communist Czechoslovakia without leaving the country. This made it easier on her family than if she had left the country on her own.
In 1973, she split up with Winklmayr and moved to Canada. In Montréal, Canada, she worked as a coach for ski racers for her first job.
How She Met Donald Trump
She was a coach for a while before she changed careers and started modelling. She worked for the Audrey Morris agency in the 1970s, which brought her to New York City. During this time, she got to know Donald Trump.
Ivana and Donald met in 1976 and got married the following year. In the 1980s, both of them were well-known in New York society. They have three kids together: Eric Trump (born in October 1981), Ivanka Trump (born in December 1977), and Donald Trump Jr. (born in January 1984).
Ivana also took on a big job at her husband’s company, The Trump Organization, as Vice President of Interior Design. She was also put in charge of the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino as its president. In 1988, she was made a citizen of the United States. In the end, Ivana and Donald broke up in 1990.
Some Other Connections
Ivana has been with a lot of different people since she was with Donald Trump. In 1995, she got married to her third husband, Riccardo Mazzucchelli, but they split up soon after. Then, from 1997 until his death in 2005, she was with Roffredo Gaetani. Ivana married Rossano Rubicondi in 2008. They got a divorce in 2009, but they were still seen together in 2018.
Ivana was anything but a stay-at-home mom while they were married. She called herself a “workaholic,” and she and Donald worked together to build big real estate projects.
Ivana helped build Trump Tower and the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City when she was Vice President for Interior Design at the Trump Organization. She ran the Plaza Hotel even though she had three small children at home.
Donald Trump’s Divorce Settlement
As Donald’s business grew, he and Ivana signed four agreements before they got married. Ivana got $25 million in cash and their house in Greenwich, Connecticut, as part of the final deal. She also had the option of getting $22 million in cash for a new house if the Greenwich house was sold before the divorce was finalised.
She was finally given $650,000 a year in child support until all three of her children turned 18. Taking inflation into account, Ivana’s total payment would be worth about $100 million in today’s money. At the time of the divorce, Donald was reportedly in a lot of debt, so he had to take out bank loans to pay for the settlement.
Ivana started her own businesses, Ivana, Inc. and Ivana Haute Couture, after her divorce from Donald Trump in 1990. Most of these were lines of clothes, jewellery, and beauty products that were sold through shopping channels on TV.
n 2005, she was also involved in a number of failed real estate projects, such as the planned Ivana Las Vegas condo high rise, which was never built. In 1998, she bought 33% of the second-biggest daily newspaper in Croatia.
Ivana has had a small career as a writer. She wrote the 1995 self-help book “The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping With Divorce and Enjoying Life Again,” in which she told divorcees to “take his wallet to the cleaners.” She also wrote an autobiography called “Raising Trump” in 2017 about her childhood and how she raised her own children.
She also wrote a column called “Ask Ivana” for the Globe from 1995 to 2010 and her own lifestyle magazine called “Ivana’s Living in Style,” which came out in February 1999.
She also did some work in front of the camera. “Intimate Portrait: Ivana Trump,” a biographical special on the Lifetime network from 2001, was about her. In 2006, “Ivana Young Man,” a reality TV special on the Oxygen Channel, was about her.
What Is Ivana Trump’s Net Worth
Ivana Trump was an Olympian, a socialite, and a fashion model. At the time of her death, she was worth $100 million. Ivana Trump’s biggest claim to fame was probably that she was married to Donald Trump. From 1977 to 1992, they were married. Together, they had three kids: Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump.
Ivana Trump passed away on July 14, 2022. She was 73 years old.