Marlene Knaus is the ex-wife of popular Formula One driver Niki Lauda.
Marlene was a model but was not very well known until she started dating the Austrian racer Niki Lauda. She was born in 1956 in the United States to Venezuelan-American parents and later obtained Austrian citizenship before marrying Niki.
Marlene Knaus was born in the United State where she started her career as a model. She was considered as an “It” girl, a term used to describe a woman with sex appeal and personality.
She has continued to elude the media and kept details of her life to herself and off the internet, hence much is not known about her modelling career.
Marlene Knaus height
Marine Knaus’ height is 172 cm (5 feet and 8 inches)
Marlene Knaus Weight
Marine Knaus’ weight is 55 kg 121 lbs
Marlene Knaus Funeral
Marlene Knaus is very much alive and the controversy surrounding her being alive or dead can be attributed to the passing of her ex-husband Niki Louda, a three-time Formula One champion. He died on 20th May 2019 and was laid to rest a few days later. His funeral service was held in a Cathedral in Vienna on May 29, 2019.
Marlene Knaus Net Worth
It is estimated that Marlene Knaus has a net worth of $43 million. She earned part of this amount through her successful modeling career and partly through her divorce settlement and inheritance of Niki Lauda’s wealth.
Life Before Niki
Not much information regarding Marlene’s youth, family, or education, is of public knowledge. We, however, know that she grew up in the US where she started her career as a model before meeting Niki Knaus.
Marlene was famous as a model and as an ‘It’ girl which was the term used in describing a woman with sex appeal, and personality.
Marriage and Divorce
Marlene Knaus met Niki Lauda in the 1970s when Lauda was in the process of ending an 8-year relationship. The two felt a connection which led to a relationship and eventually marriage in 1976. They had two children Mathias Lauda, born on January 30, 1981 (age 39 years) and Lukas Lauda, born 1979 (age 41 years)
They had what the public referred to as a happy marriage until a sudden announcement of their divorce in 1991. The reason for their divorce was not shared with the public but there were allegations that Niki had an extramarital affair that let to his having another Son. Some concluded that may have been the cause of their divorce.