Meet Marlene Knaus, Former Model And Ex-Wife Of Late Niki Lauda

Marlene Knaus is a popular former Austrian model; however, she came into public after marrying Formula 1 racer, late Niki Lauda. Niki was listed among the most successful F1 racer as he is a three-time champion in F1 World Drivers Championship. Moreover, he is also the only driver in Formula 1 history to be the champion in McLaren and Ferrari.

Early Life And Age

There is no exact information regarding the accurate date of birth of Knaus; however, a few reports show that she was born in 1956 in the USA. As of 2021, the beautiful model marks her age as 65 years old.

She belongs to Venezuelan ethnicity and grew up in America. Later, she got Austrian citizenship and moved to Austria, where she lived the most beautiful and important moments of her life.

Career Into Modelling

The ex-wife of Niki Lauda started her modeling career in her teenage during the 1960s, following her passion since childhood. She nailed her career since her initial days and soon became a successful model of Austria.

She got sponsorships and endorsements from a lot of reputed brands and companies. Furthermore, she received a remarkable number of modeling offers from highly-valued companies and magazines. Later on, she became a designer and excelled in that field as well.

Marlene Knaus on her youth in her popular signature hairstyle.
Marlene Knaus on her youth in her popular signature hairstyle.
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Knaus was popular, especially for her signature hairstyle, which was a loose bun. Her style was the trendsetter of that time. People gave her the tag of ‘it-girl’ for her unique and beautiful hairstyle.

Marriage, Kids, Divorce, Death

The popular celebrity couple of their time, Niki and Marlene, met each other in 1975. They immediately fell for each other’s personality, and after spending some months dating, they married in 1976.

Niki and Marlene's smiling picture when they were a young couple.
Niki and Marlene when they were a young couple.
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In 1979, the romantic pair was blessed with a baby boy, Lucas Lauda. Similarly, after a couple of years, they welcomed their second child, Mathias Lauda, on 30 January 1981. Later on, Mathias chose to become a race driver as his father while Lucas works as his brother’s manager.

Niki also had another son, Christoph Lauda, from his extra-marital affair with another woman. The woman’s information is not available yet. Christoph was born in 1982. Even after knowing all this, Marlene stood by Niki’s side as his support system.

After living one and half decades of their marriage, the couple split up and filed for divorce in 1991. Marlene didn’t go for another relationship, but Niki married a flight attendant of his aviation company Lauda Airlines, Birgit Wetzinger, in 2008. He had twins, a girl (Mia) and a boy (Max) from his second marriage.

Sadly, Lauda died in his sleep at 70 on 20 May 2019 at the University Hospital of Z├╝rich. His cause of death was kidney problems, as he had been undergoing dialysis treatment. His funeral was held at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. As of now, Lauda’s sons are keeping his legacy in the racing field.

How Much Is Her Net Worth?

Marlene secures a net worth of almost $43 million. Despite having her own sucessful professional career as a model, most of her riches constitute the amount she received after her divorce from Niki. She owns a beautiful house in Spain.

The net worth of her ex-husband, Niki Lauda, before his death was $200 million. As per reports, his property was divided into his widowed wife, Birgit, and the four sons.

Where Is Marlene Knaus Now?

Marlene Knaus lives in Ibiza, Spain, these days in the house which Niki left for her after divorce. She is not in a relationship with anyone as of now. Moreover, she has a good relationship with Birgit. They shared their responsibilities of being wives when Niki was in his death bed in Zurich Hospital.

Marlene is enjoying her 60s gracefully and happily. She is not available on any social media platforms, which keeps her away from public and publicity.

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