Who is Marlene Knaus?
Marlene Knaus was born in the US of America and is an ex-model, but probably best known for being the now ex-wife of former professional motor-racing driver Niki Lauda. Her fame as a model never attracted international attention, but instead, she attained international fame thanks to her ex-husband.
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How wealthy is Marlene Knaus?
As of late-2018, credible sources estimated a net worth of $43 million, brought via a successful career in modeling, and considerably increased thanks for her affiliation with Lauda, who has a net worth estimated at $100 million even after the divorce settlement. As she goes on with her career, it’s expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Life Before Niki came into the picture
Remarkably, little information is available about Marlene’s youth, family, or education, but it’s known that she grew up in the US and afterward obtained citizenship in Austria. Before meeting and beginning a relationship with Lauda, she was famous as a model, especially as an ‘It’ girl. That was a popular way of describing women with sex appeal, as well as a personality — the term gained widespread use after the launch of the film entitled “It” starring Clara Bow. A lady fitted the It-girl title well if she attains a high level of popularity without the need to flaunt her sexuality; the term is more fittingly utilized for both beauty and fame. However, her name only attained international attention after she started a relationship with the legendary racer, leading to marriage.
Ex-Husband Niki Lauda
Andreas Nikolaus Lauda is the only driver to have been a champion for both McLaren and Ferrari. That would be both the most successful constructors in the sport is considered by most as one of the most significant F1 drivers of all time. One of the most notable events that happened in his career besides his world championship wins happened during the 1976 German Grand Prix, when he suffered severe burns after his Ferrari burst into flames, also came close to death after inhaling poisonous fumes but managed to survive.
Only six weeks later, he was able to recover enough to race at the Grand Prix. During the latter part of his life, he’s become more of an aviation entrepreneur, operating the airline businesses Laudamotion, Niki, and Lauda Air. He is also a brand ambassador for its Bombardier Business Aircraft, also has been a consultant for Scuderia Ferrari. Currently, he does a lot of work on German television during Grand Prix weekends, functioning chiefly as a pundit. Also, he owns 10% of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team, acting as the non-executive chairman.
Marriage and Divorce
Based on reports, Knaus came across Lauda in the 1970s. Shortly after, both started their connection, with Lauda just finishing a long-term relationship of eight years so that he could start dating the hot model.
The relationship went well, and they eventually married in 1976, and they had two children and a smooth union until 1991 when they decided to have a divorce.
While the details of the reason they divorced were never shared, it’s understood that she received a substantial pay-out, raising her net worth significantly.
The two later proceeded and remain connected. One of their kids, Mathias, would turn into a race driver for his dad, and also their other kid, Lukas became Mathias’ manager.Reports soon surfaced that Niki had an extra-marital relationship, and had another son.
Her ex-husband would later marry Birgit Wetzinger in 2008, who is 30 years his junior and was a flight attendant for a few of his airlines. Knaus’ lifetime, on the other hand, moved farther away from the spotlight, as more focus was on her ex-husband.
Rush and Current Endeavors
In 2013, a film entitled “Rush” was released based on the competition of both Formula One driver — Niki Lauda and James Hunt — through the 1976 Formula 1 motor racing year Ron Howard and starring Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth. The film proved financially successful and got great reviews from both critics as well as film viewers. Lauda also remarked that the movie looked great, and he had been impressed. Subsequently, he expressed sadness at the passing of his rival Hunt from a heart attack at the age of 45.
Among the reasons why there’s hardly any information regarding Marlene is due to her lack of any internet presence. She used to have a Twitter account, where she only did a few tweets in 2014 before getting inactive. Besides that, the only images of her circulating the net are old images of her much younger self, together with Lauda.
Additionally, there are very few images of her today, although Niki is often seen with his spouse Wetzinger. There is also no information on whether she has remarried or is in a new relationship. With the wealth she’s accumulated, it’s also unlikely that she returned to modeling, although still regarded as attractive.