In the wake of his contentious divorce from first wife Ivana Trump, President Trump was feeling less than generous when it came time to negotiate a prenuptial agreement with his second wife, Marla Maples, Vanity Fair reports.
A person with access to the 1993 document — which included confidential financial statements — slipped a copy to Gabriel Sherman, who writes that it “is a sketch of Trump’s immense privilege and the wealth he squandered, telling in both what it illuminates and what it obfuscates.” At the time, Trump was dealing with three of his Atlantic City casinos going bust and being forced to sell the Trump Shuttle airline, his stake in Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, and his yacht, the Trump Princess.
Trump said he was worth $1.17 billion, while Maples declared she had $100,000 in the bank, Sherman writes, although he notes it’s likely Trump wasn’t worth that much, as he didn’t appear on the Forbes list between 1990 and 1995. If they separated within five years, Trump agreed to give Maples $1 million, plus another million to purchase a home.
Maples had just given birth to their daughter, Tiffany, and Trump agreed to give her $100,000 in child support payments until Tiffany’s 21st birthday, Vanity Fair reports, but that would end earlier if she took a path never traveled by any Trumps before her and joined the military or Peace Corps.
A person close to Maples told Sherman she finally agreed to the deal because she was eager to marry Trump, and figured she could renegotiate it sometime down the road. Maples always brought her wedding dress with her on trips, in case Trump decided it was time to get married, the person said, and they finally walked down the aisle in December 1993. They separated after four years. For more on the agreement, and what finally triggered Trump to propose to Maples, visit Vanity Fair.
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