Birgit Wetzingera former flight attendant, became famous for being the second wife of famed 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 1 racers† As of 2021, she is approximately 42 years old. She follows Christianity by religion and belongs to native Austrian ethnicity. She is a former flight attendant and became quite famous after donating one of her kidneys to save the life of her then boyfriend Niki Lauda.
According to some sources, Wetzinger decided to continue her career as a flight attendant right after graduation. She even has a degree in aviation from a local university. Apart from this, there is no additional information about her high school education or childhood.
Family and career
Wetzinger lives a quiet life and never talks about her family and friends, so there isn’t much information about her growing up years. She is also not active on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Hopefully we will learn something about her family in the future.
Before her marriage, Wetzinger had worked as a flight attendant for an airline known as ‘Lauda Airlines’. According to some credible sources, she also has 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 and children
Wetzinger was married to legendary racer Niki Lauda, an Austrian Formula 1 driver and aviation entrepreneur. He was a three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion and is the only driver in F1 history to have been a champion for both Ferrari and McLaren.
(Mirror): How? #Niki #LaudaThe flight attendant’s wife, 30 years his junior, saved his life in 2005: Formula 1 star Niki Lauda’s wife, Birgit Wetzinger, then 26, donated one of her kidneys to him after a previous transplant had failed. https://t.co/6QBpAKsv0w pic.twitter.com/LAAfY4Sxfc
— NewsOnePlace.com (@newsoneplace) May 21, 2019
Niki had been divorced before. His first marriage was to his wife Marlene Knaus in 1976, with whom he had two children: Mathias and Lukas. They broke up after 15 years. In 2008, he married Birgit Wetzinger, who was 30 years his junior. After a year of 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 renal failure and his brother Florian gave him a kidney that did not go according to plan. In the year 2005, while Birgit and Niki were dating, he again suffered severe renal failure.
They had only been dating for eight months, but 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 she gave him another chance to relive his life with his children. However, on May 20, 2019, the former driver lost his life in his sleep.
According to some sources, Wetzinger’s net worth is estimated at around $3 million. On the other hand, her late husband had an estimated net worth of about $445 million at the time of his death.
She must receive a significant portion of his husband’s fortune. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Wetzinger and her children. Hopefully they have a good life.
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