Melania Trump may currently hold the title of First Lady, but long before she was sharing political opinions via jackets and encouraging children to “Be Best,” Melania was busy with a career of her own.
Trump (née Knauss) met businessman Donald (you may have heard of him) at a New York Fashion Week party in 1998, when he was still married to Marla Maples, and tied the knot seven years later in 2005. While her marriage to the Donald has opened doors for her professionally (enter: QVC’s Melania Timepieces and Jewelry and the ill-fated Melania Caviar skin-care line), she was hardly struggling before they met.
Melania began modeling in her native Slovenia at 16 and signed with an agency in Milan two years later. In 1996 her career took her to Manhattan, where she’d meet her future husband.
Naturally, Melania (Trump’s third wife) signed a pre-nuptial agreement ahead of her marriage to the current POTUS. Trump told New York Magazine his marriage to Melania was strengthened by their pre-nup: “It’s a hard, painful, ugly tool,” he said. “But there comes a time when you have to say, ‘Darling, I think you’re magnificent, and I care for you deeply, but if things don’t work out, this is what you’re going to get.’ ” Ah, such a romantic.
All things considered, Melania has an estimated net worth of $50 million—tying her with Jackie Kennedy as the FLOTUS with the mostest (money).
Both of Trump’s former wives (Ivana Trump and Maples) contested their pre-nups at the time of their separation. Ivana’s ultimate takeaway was $14 million, $350,000 in yearly alimony, and additional child support payments of $300,000 per year for their three children. She got a generous real estate payout as well, which included a Trump Plaza apartment and the couple’s Greenwich, Connecticut home. Maples, on the other hand, ended up settling for just $2 million, which included the costs of private school tuition and additional expenses for daughter Tiffany.
If Melania and Donald were to separate, it’s unclear what she’d ultimately takeaway—though with a presidency on the line, we’re expecting the payout would be pretty major.