Oil baron and model in R5.4bn di­vorce wran­gle

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One of Bri­tain’s big­gest di­vorces is un­der way with for­mer Pirelli cal­en­dar model, Christina Estrada, de­mand­ing an R868 000 fur coat, a R1.5 bil­lion sev­en­floor man­sion in Lon­don, R87 000 for 15 pairs of sun­glasses and R2.2 mil­lion for art.

The UK’s Tele­graph news­pa­per re­ported that Estrada (54), who di­vorced her Saudi oil baron hus­band Walid Juf­fali (61), wants R5.4 bil­lion to main­tain her lifestyle of pri­vate jets, de­signer clothes and man­sions.

But her hus­band’s lawyer told a Bri­tish court on Fri­day that Estrada made “ex­ces­sive and ex­ag­ger­ated” claims that she needs even more than a R5.4 bil­lion set­tle­ment.

This would cover her R22.1 mil­lion an­nual cloth­ing and jew­ellery bud­get, which in­cludes R868 000 for a new fur coat ev­ery year, R2.4 mil­lion for seven haute cou­ture dresses and R87 000 for 15 pairs of sun­glasses.

This would also cover her R46 mil­lion travel bud­get ev­ery year.

She also wants R14 mil­lion in main­te­nance for their daugh­ter.

Juf­fali wasn’t able to at­tend the court pro­ceed­ings be­cause he has stage four lung can­cer. But his lawyer, Justin War­shaw QC, wrote in court pa­pers that Estrada “is in­de­pen­dently wealthy with a $20 mil­lion [R304 mil­lion] prop­erty in Bev­erly Hills, California, and a £3.5 mil­lion [R76 mil­lion] prop­erty in Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don, and doesn’t need that much money”.

“Her claims are all the more ex­tra­or­di­nary given that the as­sets in the case are largely in­her­ited, or de­rive from the Juf­fali fam­ily busi­ness, started by [his] fa­ther long be­fore the mar­riage,” War­shaw wrote. Juf­fali al­ready pays R1.5 mil­lion a month for Estrada’s liv­ing ex­penses. He also pays for the run­ning costs of her houses and more than R3 mil­lion a year in main­te­nance.

Estrada has al­ready re­jected a set­tle­ment of al­most R700 mil­lion, the Tele­graph re­ported.

“Her claims are strik­ing and, we say, ex­ces­sive and ex­ag­ger­ated,” said War­shaw.

Her cloth­ing bud­get also de­tails R1.8 mil­lion for 15 new cock­tail dresses a year. For those, she needs two lux­ury hand­bags and more than R4 mil­lion for white jew­ellery sets – ev­ery year.

Then she needs about R1.7 mil­lion a year for jew­ellery to match the cock­tail dresses and more than R500 000 for her cell­phone. She also wants a but­ler, a house­keeper, a chauf­feur and a nanny, as well as two clean­ers, a chef and a re­serve nanny, even though her daugh­ter is at board­ing school.

The cou­ple mar­ried in 2001, but Estrada filed for di­vorce two years ago af­ter find­ing out that her hus­band had se­cretly mar­ried a 24-year-old TV pre­sen­ter, the Tele­graph re­ported.

The judge said that Juf­fali “pro­vided this fam­ily with an ex­tra­or­di­nary stan­dard of liv­ing” and a trial would de­ter­mine “whether it’s ap­pro­pri­ate for her to con­tinue to use pri­vate jets when she trav­els, or if she must travel by sched­uled car­rier”.

– Staff re­porter

Christina Estrada

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