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Ivana Marie Trump (née Zelníčková; Czech: [ˈzɛlɲiːtʃkovaː]; born February 20, 1949) is a Czech-American businesswoman and former fashion model who was the first wife of Donald Trump from 1977 until 1992. They have three children together, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump.

Ivana Trump
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Trump in October 2007
Born Ivana Marie Zelníčková
(1949-02-20) February 20, 1949 (age 69)
Zlín, Czechoslovakia
Alma mater Charles University
  • Businesswoman
  • model
Years active 1970–present
  • Alfred Winklmayr
    (m. 1971; div. 1973)
  • Donald Trump (m. 1977; div. 1992)
  • Riccardo Mazzucchelli
    (m. 1995; div. 1997)
  • Rossano Rubicondi
    (m. 2008; div. 2009)


Early lifeEdit

Ivana Zelníčková was born on February 20, 1949 in the Moravian town of Zlín (formerly known as Gottwaldov), Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Miloš Zelníček, who was Czech, and Marie Francová, who was Austrian.[1] From a very young age of 13, her father nurtured and encouraged her skiing talent. In the early 1970s, she attended Charles University in Prague.[2]

According to Zelníčková, she was selected as an alternate on the Czechoslovak ski team during the 1972 Winter Olympics, her specialties being the downhill and slalom.[3] However, in 1989, Petr Pomezný, Secretary General of the Czechoslovak Olympic Committee, said, "Who is this Ivana woman, and why do people keep calling us about her? We have searched so many times and have consulted many, many people, and there is no such girl in our records."[4]


In November 1971, 22-year old Zelníčková married 25-year-old Austrian real estate agent Alfred Winklmayr to enable her to leave Communist Czechoslovakia. Ivana received her Austrian passport in March 1972 and left for Canada in September 1972.[5] The ‘cold war’ marriage was not consummated and formally dissolved after a mandatory cooling-off period in August 1973.[6][clarification needed] In Canada she lived with her boyfriend whom she had been dating since 1967, George Syrovatka, who owned a ski boutique there. For the following two years, she lived in Montreal, improved her English by taking night courses at McGill University, and worked as a model for some of Canada's top fur companies. Zelníčková then left her boyfriend, George Syrovatka, and moved to New York City to promote the 1976 Summer Olympics that was being hosted in Montreal.

Ivana and Donald Trump in 1985

In 1976, Zelníčková met Donald Trump in New York City. On April 7, 1977, they married in a lavish wedding officiated by Norman Vincent Peale.[7] Donald and Ivana Trump became leading figures in New York society during the 1980s. They worked on several large projects, including the renovation of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, construction of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.[8][9]

President Ronald Reagan meeting with Donald Trump in 1985, Ivana is standing beside

They had three children: Donald Trump Jr. (born December 31, 1977), Ivanka Trump (born October 30, 1981), and Eric Trump (born January 6, 1984). Donald Jr. learned to speak fluent Czech (with help of his maternal grandfather), while daughter Ivanka has only basic understanding of her mother's native tongue and Eric was not exposed to the language because at the time of his birth his grandparents were already comfortable enough in using English.[10][11] Ivana has nine grandchildren.[12]

Ivana took a major role in The Trump Organization. She became the Vice President of Interior Design for the company, leading the signature design of Trump Tower. Afterwards, her then-husband appointed her to head up the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino as president. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1988.[13]

In October 1990, Ivana Trump's 63-year-old father died suddenly from a heart attack. Ivana stood side-by-side with her husband Donald at the funeral in Prague.[14] That Christmas, when the family was on vacation in Aspen, Colorado, Ivana Trump encountered Marla Maples on the ski slopes.[15]

The Trumps' divorce proceedings appeared on New York tabloid newspapers' covers for 11 days in a row, and Liz Smith wrote about nothing else for three months.[16] Their divorce, in a deposition for which she accused him of rape and of pulling out handfuls of her hair, was settled in 1991. A condition of settlement was that she not talk about their marriage without his permission.[17] The divorce was finalized in 1992.[18]

In 1995, she married Riccardo Mazzucchelli.[19] She filed a $15 million breach of contract suit against Mazzucchelli for violating the confidentiality clause in their prenuptial agreement.[20] In 1997, Mazzucchelli sued Ivana and Donald for libel.[21]

In the summer of 1997, she began dating Roffredo Gaetani; that continued until his death in 2005.[22]

In April 2008, Ivana, then 59, married Rossano Rubicondi, then 36.[23] The $3 million wedding for 400 guests was hosted by ex-husband Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Daughter Ivanka Trump was her maid of honor.[24] On December 1, 2008, Ivana confirmed to the Associated Press that she had filed a legal separation agreement three months previously; she has stated in interviews that she and her husband have an on-again/off-again relationship.


Business venturesEdit

Ivana Trump with the French fashion designer Lloyd Klein.

Soon after her divorce from Donald Trump in 1992, she developed lines of clothing, fashion jewelry and beauty products that have been sold through television shopping channels.

In 2005, Trump was involved in several proposed condominium projects that ultimately failed, including the never-built Ivana Las Vegas, and the Bentley Bay in Miami, Florida.[25][26]

In 2010, she sued a Finnish fashion company, accusing it of selling women's clothing that incorporates her name without permission.[27]


She has written several novels, including, For Love Alone (1992), Free to Love (1993) and a self-help book called, The Best is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again (1995).

In June 1995, she began writing an advice column for Globe, titled Ask Ivana, about love and life.[28] In 1998, she bought 33% of Croatia's second-largest daily newspaper - with a circulation of 100,000 - she used to travel with her parents from the Czech Republic to Croatia on vacation.[29][30] In February 1999, she launched her own lifestyle magazine titled Ivana's Living in Style.[31] In 2001, she contributed an advice column for Divorce magazine.[32] In January 2010, Trump ended her advice column in Globe to pursue other business interests.[33]

In 2017, she released an autobiography, Raising Trump, that covers her own upbringing and the early years of raising her children with Donald Trump.[34]

Media appearancesEdit

She played a cameo role in the Hollywood film The First Wives Club (1996) with the line, "Ladies you have to be strong and independent. And remember: don't get mad, get everything."[35]

She was the host of Oxygen Network's reality-dating program Ivana Young Man, which aired in 2006.[36]

In 2008, she was a boardroom advisor on The Apprentice.

In 2010, Trump took part in the UK's Celebrity Big Brother, finishing seventh.[37]


  1. ^ Prachi Gupta, "6 Things You Need to Know About Donald Trump's First Wife, Ivana". Cosmopolitan. March 16, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  2. ^ van Meter, Johnathan (May 1989). "That's Why the Lady is a Trump". Spy. Sussex Publishers, LLC. ISSN 0890-1759 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Bell, B., "They met, they saw and they conquered: Donald and Ivana Trump seemed to have it all", Daily News|location=New York, Feb 11, 1990.
  4. ^ van Meter, Johnathan (May 1989). "That's Why the Lady is a Trump". Spy. Sussex Publishers, LLC. ISSN 0890-1759. Retrieved 30 June 2013 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ Conconi, Chuck (February 22, 1990). "PERSONALITIES". Retrieved November 22, 2017 – via 
  6. ^ "After Months of Marital Swordplay, the Donald's No Longer a Hubby, and Ivana's No Longer a Trump" Archived 2016-02-07 at the Wayback Machine.. People. April 8, 1991. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  7. ^ MJ Lee: God and the Don. In:, June 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "After The Gold Rush". Vanity Fair. August 1990. Retrieved January 10, 2016. "They were married in New York during Easter of 1977. Mayor Beame attended the wedding at Marble Collegiate Church. Donald had already made his alliance with Roy Cohn, who would become his lawyer and mentor.
  9. ^ "The Empire and Ego of Donald Trump". The New York Times. 7 August 1983. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Ivana Trump Now Fashions Herself As Plaza's Innkeeper". Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Did Their Father Really Know Best?". New York. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ Corcoran, Kieran (June 16, 2015). "Dad for President! Donald Trump's five children steal the spotlight at 2016 announcement - with nine-year-old Barron looking all grown up". Daily Mail. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ivana Trump becomes U.S. citizen". Associated Press. May 27, 1988. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ Robert E. Tomasson (1990-10-31). "Chronicle". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  15. ^ Lavin, Cheryl. "With 'Dynasty' Dead, Just Tune To The Trumps". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ Leland, John (2017-07-30). "Life Among the Boldface Names". The New York Times. p. MB1. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  17. ^ Mak, Tim (27 July 2015). "Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel 'Violated' During Sex". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "Court docs reveal Donald Trump's 'cruel' treatment of Ivana". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-10-15. 
  19. ^ "Riccardo, We Hardly Knew Ye :". People. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Ivana wants to muzzle soon-to-be-ex". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Husband sues Ivana and Donald Trump for libel". The Independent. 29 July 1997. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  22. ^ Wadler, Joyce (1998-03-20). "PUBLIC LIVES; Ivana's Boy Toy (for the Record, He's a Prince)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  23. ^ Marx, Linda. "Ivana Trump Marries for the Fourth Time - Weddings, Ivana Trump". People. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  24. ^ Ivana Trump weds actor Rossano Rubicondi: report Reuters
  25. ^ Robison, Jennifer (August 15, 2005). "High-Rise Development: Ivana buys into project". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on October 29, 2005. 
  26. ^ Clarke, Norm (July 19, 2006). "Pamela, Kid Rock finally to marry". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on July 20, 2006. 
  27. ^ Ivana Trump sues Finnish designer over name:report Reuters
  28. ^ "Ask Ivana". The Daily Gazette. June 1, 1995. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  29. ^ Polo+10, First Croatian Beach Polo 05.2016:
  30. ^ Chicago Tribune, 1998,
  31. ^ White, Diane (February 24, 1999). "Picture This: Ivana Has Her Own Magazine". Boston Globe. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  32. ^ Zwecker, Bill, "Ivana's trump? Divorce column that shares all she's learned", Chicago Sun-Times, January 24, 2001
  33. ^ Trump, Ivana (January 25, 2010). "Bye, Bye Ivana!". Globe. p. 18. Dear Readers: After years of hard work and devoted service as GLOBE's advice columnist, I regretfully have decided to resign from the position. While I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the GLOBE family, as well as the many friendships that I have developed over the years, other business pursuits, both nationally and internationally, will not allow me to devote the attention necessary to the column and to my readers. 
  34. ^ Trump, Ivana (October 2017). Raising Trump. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-5011-7728-6. 
  35. ^ Cettl, Robert (2010). Film Talk. Wider Screenings. p. 54. ISBN 9780987050038. 
  36. ^ Peyser, Andrea (April 30, 2006). "Ivana: Give Me a Stud; Boy-Toy Joy On Her Dating Reality Show". New York Post. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  37. ^ Celebrity Big Brother: Ivana Trump makes a magical entrance into the house Daily Mail, January 9, 2010

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