Marlene Knaus rose to popularity after she married Austrian Formula1 racer Niki Lauda. Before the marriage, however, Knaus had her own means of livelihood as she walked a series of career paths. In the 60s she was a popular socialite and was also into fashion, working as a designer and model. All these helped Marlene build her own portfolio although she opted to live a low profile life after her divorce from Lauda in 1991. The unexpected development which occurred under very vague circumstances has kept Marlene as well as Niki Lauda in the public eye. Here is everything you need to know about Niki Lauda’s ex.
Marlene Knaus – Bio, Age
Though not verified, reports have it that Marlene was born in 1956 in the United States. Later on in her life, she received Austrian citizenship. Not much is known about her family background but we do know that Marlene Knaus started out her career at a young age. Knaus started out as a fashion model and she worked with different brands and was really good at what she did.
Marlene’s popularity grew more rapidly after she got married to Niki Lauda in 1976. The two had met each other years back and started dating after their first meeting. Their relationship was received with great excitement by the massive fans of the F1 racer. Marlene Knaus also started to gain more following after getting involved with Laud. Reports that Niki dumped his girlfriend of so many years to be with Marlene had been making rounds at the time, hence, drawing a lot of attention towards the model.
Marlene and Laud’s wedding in the aforementioned year was the talk of the town. Their union was an awe-inspiring one, and their profiles only rose to greater prominence. For Marlene, she rose to a higher pedestal in the modeling industry. It was well expected; she was marrying one of the best racers in the world. The formula 1 racing champion won F1 World Drivers’ Championship three times, in 1975, 1977 and 1984 respectively. Among his many achievements also include his title as the only racer to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren.
Gracing the covers of various magazines, Marlene became a popular face in the fashion industry and was soon regarded as a fashion icon. Laud and Knaus had two children. They welcomed their first child, a boy named Mathias Lauda in 1979, and in 1981, they welcomed another boy, Lukas Lauda.
However, in 1991 the couple split up. News of their divorce was received with great shock among fans and the media alike. No one imagined that the once loved up couple would ever think of going separate ways after 15 years of marriage.
Efforts were made by many to uncover the underlying factor that may have led to the split, but all was to no avail. This was due to the couple’s very secretive nature. No one was able to find out any possible reason behind their divorce.
Her Net Worth
Marlene not only earned money as a fashion model but also gained wealth from her divorce from Niki Lauda. Knaus counted in millions of dollars in alimony and child support from her ex-husband. While Lauda’s net worth was reaching up to $100 million per estimations, Knaus had her own net worth estimated at about $40 million at the time. It cannot be said with certainty what Marlene or Niki makes in recent times as the two are way past their glory days.
Other Facts About Niki Lauda’s Ex-Wife
- Marlene Knaus got Austrian citizenship after her marriage to the Austrian F1 legendary racer.
- The former fashion model did not remarry after her first failed marriage. Marlene has remained a single mother till date. More so, due to her private nature, there have been no reports of her being in a relationship with any other man. Niki, on the other hand, married Birgit Wetzinger, his second wife. With Wetzinger he also has two children, twins, Max and Mia. According to reports, Birgit was Marlene’s air hostess.
- Since her divorce from Lauda, Marlene has lived a secluded and low profile life away from the public eye. But reports have it that she remained in contact with Niki after the divorce for some years.
- For someone who greatly excelled in the modeling industry, Marlene had just the right body during her active years. The figures may have changed but she stood at an average 5ft 8in and had her body stats measured as 34-26-35 inches being her bust, waist, and hips respectively.