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