The Truth About Melania Trump's Fortune Today
While her husband, Donald Trump, is considered to be worth $3 billion, his third wife, Melania, is estimated to be worth $50 million in her own right.
Melanija Knavs was born in 1970 in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia, which is now part of Slovenia, and had a poor upbringing in comparison to the opulent lifestyle she now maintains.
Melania had an interest in fashion from a young age, visiting runway shows at the textile factory where her mother worked.
Passion for fashion
Melania studied design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. After her first year, she dropped out to pursue a full-time modeling career.
Melania relocated to New York City in 1996, where she began to establish a name for herself in the fashion industry. She posed for Sports Illustrated and GQ during the height of her popularity in 2000.
Melania was not afraid to pose in public without her clothes on throughout her modeling career. In 1996, she took part in a steamy pictorial for the controversial French magazine Max.
Steamy photo shoots
Melania, maybe taking a page from her husband's entrepreneurial book, launched her own eponymous jewelry collection in 2010.
Melania Trump launched her own skincare brand in 2013. Her caviar-infused lotions were marketed for between $50 and $150 at the high-end department shop Lord & Taylor.
Bona fide businesswoman
In 2017, it was reported that she made between $100,000 and $1 million in royalties from old Getty Images photographs.