“Take it all!” Donald Trump and Ivana Trump in Los Angeles in the late 1980s (Source: imago-images-bilder)
Ivana Trump created her own empire
But Ivana Trump didn’t just want to be the wife alongside the real estate mogul. She held many positions in her husband’s business conglomerate and played a pivotal role in his business dealings. As Vice President of Interior Design, she was responsible for all interior design of Trump properties: the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Trump Tower, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Under his leadership, the Plaza Hotel in New York was named “Best Luxury Hotel in the United States”.
She also raised their three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, and taught them “fighting spirit and strength, compassion and determination,” as her youngest son pointed out on Instagram.
When her relationship with Donald Trump broke up in 1990 and they divorced two years later, Ivana Trump continued to build her own empire. She wrote several books, appeared in movies and on TV, and founded entrepreneur Ivana, Inc., which grew into a multi-million dollar business selling its own line of cosmetics, accessories, and fragrances.
The mother-of-three also gave motivational speeches for women to demonstrate that there is no need to choose between family life and a career.
Four marriages and a late career in reality TV
She participated in reality TV formats such as the British version of “Celebrity Big Brother” or the Italian “Let’s Dance”, where she demonstrated her dancing skills at the age of 69.
Born in the Czech Republic, she married four times. Her first marriage to Alfred Winklmayr lasted from 1971 to 1973. After the divorce from Donald Trump, she was married to Italian businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli for two years from 1995. She had an on and off relationship with Rossano Rubicondi for almost two decades before saying yes to her in April 2008. They separated four months later, but reunited after the official divorce in 2009. The two had a close relationship until his death in October of l ‘last year.
Despite many differences over the years, Ivana is said to have gotten along well with ex-husband Donald and speaks on the phone regularly. “She was a wonderful, beautiful and incredible woman who lived a wonderful and inspiring life,” the former US president said on his Truth Social platform following the death of his ex-wife.