Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife, dies at 73

Ivana Trump is found dead in her Manhattan apartment aged 73

Ivana Trump is found dead in her Manhattan apartment aged 73.

According to her ex-husband, former President Donald Trump, who revealed the devastating news of her demise on his Truth Social account on Thursday afternoon, the former model passed away in her residence on New York City’s Upper East Side.

Donald Trump made the announcement on social media.

He wrote: “I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City.

“She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life.

“Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric. She was so proud of them, as we were all so proud of her.

“Rest In Peace, Ivana!”

In his statement, Trump, 76, paid tribute to Ivana as a 'wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life'
In his statement, Trump, 76, paid tribute to Ivana as a ‘wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life’

Eric Trump confirmed his mother’s passing

Eric, Ivana’s son, confirmed the news of his mother’s passing in a statement issued on behalf of the family: ‘Our mother was an incredible woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend. 

‘Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination.

‘She will be dearly missed by her mother, her three children and ten grandchildren.’

Ivana Trump’s death

According to TMZ, Ivana went into cardiac arrest shortly after lunch on Thursday, with the source stating that someone at her residence called the NYPD at 12.30PM ET.

Ivana was last seen in New York City on June 22, when she was brought to a hair salon after leaving her Upper East Side residence.

Images depicted the socialite being accompanied by a personal assistant, who offered Ivana her arm as they proceeded to her hair appointment.

Ivana Trump bio

Ivana Trump was born in Czechoslovakia in 1946, but she moved to Canada in the mid-1970s before relocating to New York City in the United States.

Ivana and Donald Trump married in 1977 and were a power couple in New York in the 1980s.

Trump, whom she married in 1977, was initially introduced to her while she was working as a model.

After Trump’s romance with Marla Maples, who would become his second wife, the pair divorced in 1990 after 13 years of marriage.

Following her breakup with Trump, Ivana began dating Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi, who died in October 2021 after a struggle with cancer.

Ivana and Rossano dated for six years before to their 2008 wedding at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach home owned by her second ex-husband, Donald Trump.

He was 36 years old at the time, while she was 59.

Ivana Trump young: Early life and education

Her mother was a telephone operator, while her father was an electrical engineer. Her father encouraged her skiing ability, and she began skiing at the age of four. Ivana Trump joined the junior national ski team, which afforded her the opportunity to go beyond the Soviet-era communist borders of what was then the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, after she honed her skiing skills. In 1972, she received a master’s degree in physical education from Charles University in Prague. In 1970, Trump starred in the children’s television programme Pan Tau on Czechoslovak Television.

There are differing accounts on Ivana Trump’s history of competitive skiing. Downhill and slalom specialist, she was reportedly picked as an alternate for the Czechoslovak ski squad at the 1972 Winter Olympics. However, in 1989, Petr Pomezn, Secretary General of the Czechoslovak Olympic Committee, denied the story and declared that despite an exhaustive search, no evidence of her participation could be located.

Career of Ivana Trump

During her seven-year marriage to Donald Trump, Ivana held various executive positions in The Trump Organization, including executive vice president for interior design. She was responsible for the interior design of Trump Tower’s trademark pink marble. Ivana was appointed CEO and president of the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, and later became the manager of the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Business endeavors

Trump established lines of clothes, fashion jewelry, and beauty goods that have been offered on television shopping channels, including Home Shopping Network and QVC London, shortly after his divorce.

In 1995, she led over House of Ivana, a New York-based fashion and fragrance brand with a Park Avenue showroom.

In 1998, she developed business interests in Croatia (a popular vacation location for her parents), including the acquisition of 33 percent of the nation’s second-largest daily newspaper.

In 2004, the Bentley Bay property in Miami, Florida, marketed under the name Ivana, filed for bankruptcy.

Trump was involved in numerous proposed condominium developments in 2005, including the never-built Ivana Las Vegas.

In 2010, she filed a lawsuit against Ivana Helsinki, accusing the company of selling women’s apparel bearing her name without permission.


Ivana Trump is the author of many books, including For Love Alone (1992), Free to Love (1993), and The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again (a self-help book) (1995).

From June 1995 through January 2010, Trump penned a relationship and life advice column for Globe titled Ask Ivana.

In February 1999, Trump established Ivana’s Living in Style, her own lifestyle publication.

She offered a piece of advise to Divorce Magazine in 2001.

In 2017, she published Parenting Trump, an autobiography detailing her own background and the early years of raising her children with Donald Trump.

Ivana Trump net worth

Ivana Trump was an Olympic athlete, socialite, and fashion model who had a net worth of $100 million at the time of her death.

Czech-American model Ivana Zelníčková married Donald in 1977 and their divorce was finalised in 1992. She got US$14 million in the settlement – plus their Connecticut mansion and a Trump Tower flat, according to The New York Times. Ivana has made money selling clothing, beauty products and books. She has also married three more times since then, with one of her weddings taking place at Donald’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Today she has an estimated net worth of US$100 million.

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