Birgit Wetzinger, a former air hostess, became famous as she was the second wife of the famous racer Niki Lauda, who recently passed away at the age of 70.
Who is Birgit Wetzinger?
Birgit Wetzinger was born on March 4, 1979, in Vienna, Austria. She was the second wife of Andreas Nikolas Lauda aka Niki Lauda, one of Austria’s best Formula one racers. As of 2021, she is around 42 years old. She follows Christianity by religion and belongs to the Indigenous Austrian Ethnicity. She is a former air hostess and became quite famous after she donated one of her kidneys to save the life of her then-boyfriend Niki Lauda.
According to some sources, right after completing her graduation, Wetzinger decided to pursue her career as a flight attendant. She has even earned a diploma degree in Aviation from a local university. Apart from this, there is no additional information regarding her high school education or childhood.
Family and Career
Wetzinger has been living a low-key life and never vocalizes about her family and friends, so there is not much information on her growing up years. She is also not active on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. Hopefully, we will get to know something about her family in the future.
Before her marriage, Wetzinger had worked as a flight attendant in an Airline Company known as ‘Lauda Airlines’. According to some credible sources, she also holds a degree in Hospitality and Management. Apart from this, there are no other details about her personal life.
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About Birgit Wetzinger Husband & Children
Wetzinger was married to the legendary racer Niki Lauda who was an Austrian Formula One driver and aviation entrepreneur. He was a three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion and is the only driver in F1 history to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren.
Niki was previously divorced once. His first marriage was with his wife Marlene Knaus in the year 1976, with whom he had two children namely: Mathias and Lukas. They got separated after 15 years. In 2008, he married Birgit Wetzinger, who was 30 years younger than him. After a year of their marriage, they had twins: a son Max Lauda and a daughter Mia Lauda.
Birgit donated a kidney to Save Niki’s Life
In 1997 Niki suffered kidney failure and got a kidney from his brother Florian which didn’t go as planned. In the year 2005, while Birgit and Niki were dating, he suffered another severe kidney failure.
They had only been dating for eight months, but still Birgit, then 26, decided to donate one of her kidneys to save his boyfriend’s life. Fortunately, there was a match and the transplant was successful. Niki said that she had given him another chance to live his life again with his children. However, the former racer lost his life in his sleep on 20 May 2019.
According to some sources, Wetzinger’s net worth is estimated to be around $3 million. On the other hand, her late husband had a net worth estimated at around $445 million at the time of his demise.
She must be receiving a significant share from his husband’s fortune. It remains to be seen what the future has in store for Wetzinger and her children. Hopefully, they will have a good life.
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