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Former Pirelli model seeks £238m divorce from Saudi billionaire

The Guardian The Guardian 11/06/2016 Owen Bowcott

A © PA former Pirelli calendar model is seeking £238m in a divorce settlement from her Saudi billionaire husband, the high court has been told.

The request from Christina Estrada, 54, which includes £68m to buy a seven-storey property in London, was said to be “firmly in ‘gasp’ territory”.

According to documents before the judge, she is seeking “a quarter of a billion pounds just to meet her own needs” from Sheikh Walid Juffali, 61, with whom she has a daughter.

Estrada is due to put her full claim before a family judge, Mrs Justice Roberts, at a five-day hearing later this month, starting on 24 June.

A preliminary hearing in London has revealed that the legal battle will involve an analysis of the sum she is entitled to in order to maintain her ultra-luxurious lifestyle following the end of the 13-year-marriage.

Justin Warshaw QC, appearing for Juffali, described her schedule as “an extraordinary document - to describe her budget without resort to hyperbole is quite difficult. We are firmly in ‘gasp’ territory.”

Juffali, who is suffering from advanced lung cancer, divorced Estrada in Saudi Arabia in September 2014 via the Muslim talaq process.

She obtained leave under the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, which relates to overseas divorces, to make an application for financial relief in the family courts in London because she could not bring a case in Saudi Arabia.

Juffali’s lawyers have offered her an overall award of £32m. They described her demand for £238m as “striking, excessive and exaggerated”.

As well as the seven-storey house, Estrada is said to have asked for £4.4m to buy property in Henley-on-Thames, and £495,000 for three cars in London and two in Beverly Hills, California.

She is also said to be seeking £1.05m for art, and maintenance payments of £6.52m a year. Estrada would also receive £2m in maintenance payments for five years. A £6.5m home would be provided for their daughter, which Estrada would be able to occupy until the daughter is 18.

Juffali’s £32m offer, it is argued, would be consistent with the approach taken to his first wife, Basma, to whom he was married for 20 years and with whom he had three children. She received $60m (£42m) following their divorce in England.

Juffali says his ex-wife is already independently wealthy, with assets worth more than £16m, including property in Beverly Hills and a £3.5m flat in Kensington, London.

Juffali’s lawyers say they already provide her with $100,000 a month living expenses and more than $400,000 a year to meet the running costs of the Beverly Hills property.

In a separate divorce settlement finalised by the high court in London on Friday, Kathleen Wyatt, a mother of four, who discovered her former husband, Dale Vince, had become a millionaire 13 years after they split up, has accepted a £300,000 share of his fortune.

Vince, a one-time new age traveller who became a multi-millionaire businessman, founded and runs the green energy company Ecotricity. His first experiments in wind power began at Glastonbury festival where he fixed a windmill to a pylon and charged mobile phone batteries.

The marriage broke down more than 30 years ago. Wyatt, who brought up their son and now lives in Monmouth with few assets, originally claimed £1.9m. Vince lives in a Georgian hill fort in Gloucestershire with his second wife.

The couple met in 1981, when she was 21 and he was 19, and married later that year. Wyatt already had a child from an earlier relationship who was accepted as part of the family. They subsisted on state benefits. After moving to Norfolk, where their son was born in 1983, they parted.

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