A but­ler, five cars and a pri­vate jet: model’s £250m di­vorce de­mands

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Ni­cola Har­ley and Robert Men­dick

FROM an an­nual fur coat al­lowance of £40,000 to an art bud­get of £1 mil­lion and a fur­ther £58,000 on two hand­bags a year, Christina Estrada’s de­mands may seem a trifle ex­ces­sive.

But the for­mer model, who was once ro­man­ti­cally linked with Prince An­drew, in­sists the quar­ter of a bil­lion pounds she is seek­ing from her ex-hus­band is only what she needs to keep her in the life­style to which she has be­come ac­cus­tomed.

Miss Estrada has made a se­ries of as­ton­ish­ing de­mands in a bit­ter di­vorce bat­tle that threat­ens to be the most ex­pen­sive in Bri­tish le­gal his­tory.

The High Court heard yes­ter­day how Miss Estrada, 54, had is­sued her ex-hus­band, Walid Juf­fali, 61, a Saudi oil baron, with a list of her spend­ing needs to jus­tify a £250 mil­lion di­vorce set­tle­ment.

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

Her de­mands, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, in­clude: up to £68 mil­lion for a Lon­don home; £495,000 for five cars, and £2.1 mil­lion a year for her travel bud­get which in­cludes fly­ing in a pri­vate jet cost­ing £3,700-an-hour.

Her an­nual cloth­ing and jew­ellery bud­get comes to £1.02 mil­lion, in­clud­ing £83,000 for 15 new cock­tail dresses and £4,000 for 15 pairs of sun­glasses. She has asked for £26,000 an­nu­ally for her mo­bile phone costs.

Miss Estrada is also seek­ing a fur­ther £4.4 mil­lion for a coun­try house in Hen­ley, Ox­ford­shire, and staff for her Lon­don home to in­clude a live-in but­ler, house­keeper, chauf­feur and a nanny as well as two clean­ers, a chef, a re­serve nanny and an of­fice man­ager.

Dr Juf­fali, who is suf­fer­ing from lung can­cer and is un­likely to at­tend a five­day hear­ing later this month, mar­ried Miss Estrada, a for­mer Pirelli cal­en­dar model, in Septem­ber 2001. The cou­ple, who have a child, di­vorced in 2014 after she found out he had se­cretly mar­ried a 24-year-old tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter.

Dr Juf­fali has al­ready run up huge le­gal costs and even un­suc­cess­fully claimed he was en­ti­tled to im­mu­nity from the court be­cause of his sta­tus as a per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Caribbean is­land of Saint Lu­cia. He in­sists his per­sonal wealth is just £19.5 mil­lion, as well as ac­cess to £94.4 mil­lion held in trust, and he has of­fered his exwife a £32 mil­lion set­tle­ment.

Mrs Jus­tice Roberts told the hear­ing: “He has pro­vided this fam­ily with an ex­tra­or­di­nary stan­dard of liv­ing and it is one they have both en­joyed.”

The ex-wife of a green en­ergy ty­coon has been awarded a di­vorce pay­ment of £300,000, de­spite her for­mer hus­band start­ing his busi­ness a decade after they split up. Kath­leen Wy­att had ear­lier de­manded a £1.9 mil­lion pay­out from Dale Vince de­spite not lodg­ing a main­te­nance claim un­til nearly 20 years after their di­vorce.

Judges heard the cou­ple had mar­ried in their twen­ties in 1981 and lived a New Age traveller life­style. They di­vorced in 1992 and in the mid-Nineties Mr Vince set up his green en­ergy com­pany, Ecotric­ity, which is now worth at least £57 mil­lion.

Christina Estrada and Walid Juf­fali at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in 2001. She has asked her ex-hus­band for a £250m di­vorce set­tle­ment

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