Celebrations are in order as First Lady Melania Trump turns 48 years old on April 26. Donald Trump’s wife hasn’t revealed plans for her special day, but since her husband’s net worth is estimated at $3.5 billion, we’re guessing there will be a little something special, certainly more than the card and flowers he mentioned on Fox & Friends this morning.
In honor of her birthday, find out more about Melania Knauss Trump, her fortune and her glamorous lifestyle.
Melania Trump Net Worth: $50 Million
Before she was Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Knauss Trump was a successful model. Discovered at the age of 16, the Slovenian-born beauty worked in Milan and Paris before moving to New York City in 1996. As a model, she worked with many famous photographers, including Mario Testino, Arthur Elgort and Peter Arnell. She has appeared on the covers of many major publications, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, British GQ and New York Magazine.
Following in her husband’s footsteps, Trump has since shifted her focus to entrepreneurial efforts. In 2010, she launched her ‘Melania Timepieces & Jewelry’ collection on QVC. She also had a caviar skincare line ‘Melania by Melania Trump,’ which never got off the ground due to backend business troubles reportedly beyond her control, according to Racked.
While Trump hasn’t been too focused on business lately, she’s still bringing in some money. In February, an Associated Press investigation found she was listed in New York Filings as the CEO of Melania Marks Accessories Member Corp, which is the holding company of Melania Marks Accessories LLC. Both companies are still active and brought in between $15,000 to $50,000 in royalties last year, according to the Trumps’ May 2016 financial disclosure filing. An additional company, Melania LLC, is also active, but it was reported as producing less than $200 and having a total value less than $1,000.
In September 2016, Trump filed a libel lawsuit against the Daily Mail after the newspaper published an article claiming she had previously worked as an escort. It was dismissed by a judge in February 2017, but she re-filed the $150 million lawsuit in New York, claiming the article ruined her “unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person,” to launch multiple product lines, including apparel, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care and fragrance.
Melania Trump’s Wedding
Back in 2005, Donald and Melania Trump’s wedding set the tone for a life of extravagance. The opulent affair had an estimated price tag of $1 million and was held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Embroidered with 1,500 crystal rhinestones, the future first lady’s custom Christian Dior wedding dress is thought to be one of the most expensive ever made, at an approximate cost of around $100,000.
Starting at $275 a plate, the couple’s 400 guests feasted on fare catered by celebrity Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, for a bill totaling around $110,000. The elegant affair paired perfectly with her 12-carat, emerald-cut Graff engagement ring. The president reportedly scored the sparkler for $1.5 million — half its retail price — in exchange for a promotion on his then-reality series “The Apprentice.” For their 10th anniversary in 2015, the billionaire businessman presented her with an upgrade in the form of a 25-carat diamond ring.
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