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Get to Know Marlene Knaus - Former Wife of Niki Lauda and Ex-Model

Published Wed Jun 03 2020 By Aashika
Get to Know Marlene Knaus - Former Wife of Niki Lauda and Ex-Model

Marlena Knaus is the former wife of the late Formula 1 racing champion, Niki Lauda.  She is also a former socialite, model, fashion designer and a fashion icon during the 1960s and 1970s. 

She was born in 1956 in the United States. Her zodiac sign is Caucasian and she holds German nationality. Later, she received Austrian citizenship.

Here is everything you need to know about Knaus:

Net worth - $6 million

Marlene Knaus's net worth is estimated at around $6 million which she earned as a fashion model. She was also a fashion designer and a fashion icon at her time which help her to make huge worth. 

Not only by the fashion field but also gained wealth from her divorce from Niki Lauda. She received millions of dollars in alimony and child support from ex-husband.

Her Former Husband Niki Lauda has a vast amount of net worth $100 million that makes him 16th richest racing driver in the world. He accumulated his wealth from his F1 races during years.  He won three-time F1 World Driver's Champion. 

Married Life of Marlena Knaus

Fashion icon, Kanus, and Lauda married in 1976 after having dated a couple of months. Lauda fell in love at first sight where he was dating another woman. He broke up with his girlfriend to live in a relationship with Kanus. Later both welcomed two children together.

Marlena Knaus with her ex-husband Niki Lauda.

After having children,  'F1 races' champion was in extra-marital affairs which split their 15 years of married life. They got divorced in 1991.  

Life After Divorce

She never got married following her divorce from Niki Lauda. She gave her whole life to her two sons and raised them as a single mother. Later, Kanus keep a distance from the media and started to live in a low profile. She became good friends with her ex-husband.   

Has Two Sons 

Marlena Knaus is blessed with two sons from her ex-spouse. In 1997, she gave birth to her first son named Lukas Lauda who is an Austrian Association  Football  Manager. 

Then, on January 39, 1981, her second son came into the world named Mathias Lauda. He is following his father's footsteps. He is also a race car driver and has raced for Aston Martin Racing as a factory diver in the FIA World Endurance Champion.

Lukas Lauda and Mathias Lauda spotted with their father.

Former Husband Next Marriage

Niki Lauda exchanged the vows with the second wife. Birgit Wetzinger on August 25, 2008. The couple's age difference is 30 years. They welcome twin babies in 2009. Wetzinger saved his life in 2005 after donating him her kidney while they were in a relationship for eight months. 

Niki Lauda and second wife Birgit Wetzinger.

Death of Ex-husband 

On May 20, 2019, Lauda in his sleep, at the age of 70. His health issues have been declining in the past few years. He had done a double lung transplant operation in 2018 and also dialysis treatment of kidney problems.


Knaus began her modeling career at her young age. She was a successful model during the 1960s and 1970s. She was known by the high-fashion called "It-girl". At that time she was the highest-paid and top model. She is also known for her signature hairdo.

Physical Statistic 

This beautiful model, she measured as 5 feet 8 inches in height and 34-26-35 inches being her bust, waist, and hips respectively. She has light brown hair color and dark brown eye color. 

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