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Former Missouri trucker becomes Manhattan socialite

A former Missouri trucker is living a glamorous life in her new $11.5million apartment in New York City. 

Trudy Jacobson recently moved to the Big Apple from the Midwest where she and her husband, John, founded TransAm, a premier trucking company, in 1987. 

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Jacobson’s company, which started with a fleet of 170 18-wheelers before growing to 3,600, now rakes in an annual revenue of nearly $250million.

Since founding the company, the ‘modern socialite’ has been living her best life by moving into her new 3,000-square-foot digs at the Plaza Hotel that overlooks Central Park.

Former Missouri trucker, Trudy Jacobson, is living a glamorous life in her new $11.5million apartment in New York City after moving from the Midwest

Jacobson's company, which started with a fleet of 170 18-wheelers before growing to 3,600, now rakes in an annual revenue of nearly $250million

Jacobson is pictured (right) in New York City with philanthropist Jean Shafiroff in February

Jacobson recently moved to the Big Apple from the Midwest where she and her husband, John (left), founded TransAm, a premier trucking company, in 1987. Jacobson is pictured (right) in New York City with philanthropist Jean Shafiroff in February 

Since founding the company, the 'modern socialite' has been living her best life by moving into her new 3,000-square-foot digs at the Plaza Hotel (pictured) that overlooks Central Park

Since founding the company, the ‘modern socialite’ has been living her best life by moving into her new 3,000-square-foot digs at the Plaza Hotel (pictured) that overlooks Central Park

‘Moving here has been my personal liberation,’ she told the New York Post.   

She and her husband are still married, but he stayed back in their Kansas City mansion while she moved to New York to ‘find’ herself.   

Jacobson told the Post that her usual truck routes in the 1980s would consist of driving from Missouri to the Meatpacking District in Manhattan.

She used to haul up to 45,000 pounds of bone meal, a mixture of finely and coarsely ground animal bones and slaughterhouse waste. 

‘[Trucking] is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,’ she told the newspaper. 

Jacobson, who has a 29-year-old son with her husband, said she lived the tame life while raising her son, serving on the local chamber of commerce and as a community leader in the Jewish Federation.

Jacobson's usual truck routes in the 1980s would consist of driving from Missouri to the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. She used to haul up to 45,000 pounds of bone meal

Jacobson’s usual truck routes in the 1980s would consist of driving from Missouri to the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. She used to haul up to 45,000 pounds of bone meal

Jacobson is currently TransAm's (file image) chairman of the board and she heads the Jacobson's Family Foundation, which focuses on curing juvenile diabetes and veterans' causes

Jacobson is currently TransAm’s (file image) chairman of the board and she heads the Jacobson’s Family Foundation, which focuses on curing juvenile diabetes and veterans’ causes

‘[Back home] I could not express myself. I was limited — by society, by family values, by upbringing.’

But now, she’s ready to finally let her hair down. 

‘I raised my kid, I [did] the volunteer work, and now it was time for me to have an adventure and [gain] a sense of purpose that would make me feel good about living,’ she told the Post. 

Now, Jacobson is finally ready to let her hair down in the Big Apple 

Now, Jacobson is finally ready to let her hair down in the Big Apple 

Jacobson is currently TransAm’s chairman of the board and she heads the Jacobson’s Family Foundation, which focuses on curing juvenile diabetes and veterans’ causes.  

The former trucker has always wanted to move to New York City and was the self-proclaimed ‘wild child’ growing up to her nurse mother and father, who worked in manufacturing.   

Since moving to Manhattan, Jacobson has hired an image consultant, who has her wearing looks from Alice and Olivia and Tiziano Zorzan, an upgrade from the shirts and shorts she used to wear while trucking. 

‘I’m doing a lot of things I’ve never done,’ she told the Post. 

‘Trucking teaches you never to be stagnant. If you stay in one place, you wither and die.’ 

But Jacobson did admit that when she was a trucker the job was a ‘totally wild environment’. 

And that feeling of expression should work well for her new life in New York, where you can be anyone you want. 



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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