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Old 03-11-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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Mr F1: 'Quickie' divorce to cost Ecclestone £1 billion?

Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Slavica have today divorced after almost 25 years of marriage, following what has been described as a 'quickie' 58-second court hearing – but the Formula 1 supremo could now be forced to pay out up to £1 billion to the statuesque, Croatian-born former Armani model in terms of a settlement, what would make it the world's most expensive separation.

The Principal Registry of the High Court Family Division in London granted Mrs Ecclestone the decree nisi she had requested on the grounds of her husband's 'unreasonable behaviour', with the 50-year-old claiming that his workaholic nature 'has caused me stress and anxiety' and adding that they had not lived together for six months, the Daily Mail reports.

Judge Berry ruled that the marriage had 'broken down irretrievably' as a result of the Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive having 'behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent'.

The couple met at the 1982 Italian Grand Prix when Mrs Ecclestone was modelling, and they were married less than three years later, at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office in July 1985. They have two daughters, 24-year-old Tamara and 19-year-old Petra, who have a yacht named jointly after them.

Though there was a fleeting reunion at Christmas which showed the Ecclestones seemingly back together, the divorce would ultimately prove to be inevitable, with Mr Ecclestone electing not to defend any of his now ex-wife's 25 petitions and undertaking to pay all legal costs. Neither was in attendance at the short court hearing.

Aside from their £10 million Chelsea home and yacht, the couple own a private jet and a hotel in Switzerland, but the greatest problem for Ecclestone is that he placed £1.9 billion of his £2.4 billion fortune in off-shore trusts in Slavica's name for tax purposes ten years ago.

Mrs Ecclestone hired leading divorce lawyer Liz Vernon – who secured a third of all ex-England and Arsenal footballer Ray Parlour's future wages for his wife in a landmark ruling in 2004 – to fight her corner. Should a private agreement not be reached, a separate hearing will need to be held to determine just how much of his fortune Ecclestone will be forced to concede.
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:52 PM   #3
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Hey , his workaholic nature is the reason why you're not having to work the corner for a living.
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:53 PM   #4
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that sucks! why do the guys usually get the short end of a stick thru a divorce?

i hate when females that don't make much effort to make the paper during the marriage always want money when they get out. sometimes they are little b****es for doing that

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Old 03-11-2009, 05:02 PM   #5
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Moral of the story: Don't ever get married. If you do, she's already got ya by the . Knowing that, she's already got your cash too. So shut up already and be a man.
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:47 PM   #6
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I doubt he'll even notice the dent in his finances
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:24 PM   #7
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Ya, I doubt he'll notice 80% of his assets missing.
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I don't know how many times I've heard of guys putting stuff in their wifes names for one reason or the other only to have them loose all of it in a seperation.
This is the one reason I'll never do that.
Plus I'm not doing anything without a PRE-NUP.
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Anyone got her phone number?
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:23 AM   #10
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with Mr Ecclestone electing not to defend any of his now ex-wife's 25 petitions and undertaking to pay all legal costs.
that says to me he's getting off light,
He can afford the best representation money can buy, instead he agreed to her every demand without argument.
He's got it tucked away
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She's probably got some dirt on him.
Is'nt this the same guy they caught coming outta some fetish house or something like that?
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She's probably got some dirt on him.
Is'nt this the same guy they caught coming outta some fetish house or something like that?
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Maybe now he knows what it feels like for most race organizers/countries who would like to hold a Formula 1 race but don't like the huge fees he extorts from them. Perhaps she will take FOM from him and we'll have a US F1 race again. Nah, she seems to have learned his tricks already.
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Maybe now he knows what it feels like for most race organizers/countries who would like to hold a Formula 1 race but don't like the huge fees he extorts from them. Perhaps she will take FOM from him and we'll have a US F1 race again. Nah, she seems to have learned his tricks already.
I would have liked to see her take the lot
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