Inside the UK’s most expensive divorces

REALLY REAL when couples break up, they argue about their CD collection or a beloved pet.

But when it comes to super-rich divorces, the division of assets is a completely different story.

Princess Haya has won the largest settlement ever from a UK court


Princess Haya has won the largest settlement ever from a UK courtCredit: Getty

Ex-spouse could find themselves spending £5m a year on holidays and scrambling for their own yachts and jets.

This week, the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was ordered to pay around £550m to his ex-wife in the biggest prize of its kind in the UK.

Judge Philip Moor said much of the money awarded to Princess Haya bint al-Hussein – the half-sister of King Abdullah of Jordan – was for protection from the “serious danger” posed by the sheikh herself to surname.

But Princess Haya, 47, also secured £1.9m for the kitchen extension and pizza oven and £5m for the racehorse.

But she’s not the only one getting a bumper payout. Here we take a look at some of the most expensive divorces in the UK.

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum – £554 million

Couple before divorce


Couple before divorceCredit: AFP

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein defeated England biggest divorce settlement after a judge ordered Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum to pay her £554 million.

The 72-year-old ruler of Dubai, worth an estimated £10 billion, must grant a £251.5 million settlement over three months for the security of her and their two children.

The settlement will also include £10m renovating the family home in Kensington – and £1.9m to expand the kitchen and home pizza oven.

The award was given after the princess – the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan – fled the United Arab Emirates in 2019 with their children.

She claims she “terrified” her husband after having an affair with one of her bodyguards.

The money will cover Haya’s security costs, including £1.5m for armored vehicles and £64,000 for ‘ballistic blankets and ballistic shields’.

The ruling also sets aside £5.1m for holidays, including £1.3m for flights on private jets.

The court heard how prior to their 2019 divorce, about 80 employees worked for Haya and two children.

They also have access to a Boeing 747 and a £300 million superyacht.

Tatiana Akhmedova and Farkhad Akhmedov – £453 million

Tatiana left court in 2018


Tatiana left court in 2018Credit: PA

Until Princess Haya, oil magnate Farkhad Akhmedov and Tatiana Akhmedova held the record for Britain’s most expensive divorce.

Back in 2016, a Supreme Court judge ordered Farkhad Akhmedov – an aide to Russian President Putin – to pay Tatiana 453 million pounds.

The court found that Akhmedov’s £1billion fortune helped the couple live a lavish life throughout their marriage – with homes in London and France, as well as a valuable modern art collection. £90.5 million, yacht, plane and helicopter.

But the division is far from simple, sparking a series of legal battles.

Tatiana, 49, claims she did not receive a dime from the payment and filed a series of lawsuits aimed at misappropriating his assets.

Last year, she even sued her eldest son Temur, claiming that he was helping his father hide money from her.

She won a court ruling stating that Temur must pay £75.9 million to her mother.

But in May, she lost her bid to take over ownership of £300 million, or £115 million Luna superyacht as part of her divorce settlement.

Finally, in July, Tatiana “accepted cash and art” from her ex-husband, 66, to end the bitter dispute.

The beautiful blonde was a teenage student when she met her fiancé in Moscow in 1989.

She became pregnant when she married the Russian businessman 4 years later.

The courts heard that Farkhad had been “generous” in their marriage – buying his wife jewelery worth more than £300,000.

He also gave her unlimited use of two credit cards and access to yachts, planes and helicopters.

Kirsty and Ernesto Bertarelli – £400m

Kirsty and Ernesto before parting


Kirsty and Ernesto before partingCredit: Instagram

Pop princesses Kirsty and Ernesto Bertarelli seem to have it all – stormy holidays to stunning locations, £100m yachts and luxury properties around the world.

But this fall, the couple divorced in a £400m settlement, making Kirsty the richest British-born divorcee in history.

It includes a £350m concession fund, plus a £52m mansion in Geneva.

The payout made her richer than the Queen and JK Rowling.

The 50-year-old had a comfortable childhood in Staffordshire and was sought after as a model in her youth.

She won the Miss Great Britain pageant in 1988 and entered Miss World as 2nd runner-up.

Kirsty in the days of beauty pageants


Kirsty in the days of beauty pageantsCredit: Getty
Kirsty absorbs the sun


Kirsty absorbs the sunCredit: Instagram

Less than a decade later, she met her future husband – Swiss billionaire businessman Ernesto Bertarelli – at a dinner party.

While she’s been successful in songwriting — co-writing the All Saints number one hit Black Coffee — she’s never given up on her dream of becoming a pop star.

And while she never quite broke into the mainstream with her own music, the mother-of-three can console herself with trips to the family’s £8million estate in London. Gstaad, a £10m mansion in Geneva, a mews house in Belgravia and their £100m yacht Vava II.

Friends are said to be shocked when Ernesto, 56, and Kirsty split – but a spokesman for the couple insists the divorce is amicable.

Christina Estrada and Sheik Walid Juffali – £75m

Christina secures a large settlement


Christina secures a large settlementCredit: Getty – Contributor
Christina met Sheik Walid Juffali before breaking up


Christina met Sheik Walid Juffali before breaking upCredits: Rex Features

American-born Christina met Sheik Walid Juffali in 2000, when he was already married.

However, the Saudi businessman divorced his first wife to marry the former supermodel.

Former model Pirelli Christina, 57, enjoys the high life with Dr Juffali, who owns three properties in the UK alone.

The couple have run a £60m converted church in Knightsbridge, London, as well as a £15m mansion in Egham, Surrey.

But in 2012, Dr. Juffali secretly married model Loujain Adada, with whom he has two children.

He divorced Christina two years later in Saudi Arabia under Islamic law without her knowledge.

She has launched proceedings in the High Court, trying to claim a share of his £4billion fortune.

Christina was initially after having a fortune of £196m to meet her ‘reasonable needs’ – including two luxury homes, a massive £1m clothing budget and five A car.

She was eventually settled with a £53m cash settlement in London’s High Court – with lawyers saying the payment was worth £75m when the property to which she was awarded. has been taken into account.

During the protracted affair, Christina made a number of demands, including £40,000 a year for fur coats and £109,000 for dresses.

Entrepreneur, Dr Juffali passed away from cancer at the age of 61 in July 2016 a few weeks after the couple’s divorce hearing.

Madonna and Guy Richie – £60 million

Guy Richie and Madonna agreed to part ways in 2008


Guy Richie and Madonna agreed to part ways in 2008Credit: Getty – Contributor

Pop queens Madonna and Guy Richie met in 1999 when they sat next to each other at a dinner party hosted by Sting’s wife Trudie Style.

They quickly fell in love and Madonna, now 63, has given up her life in the states to become an honorary Briton – with the pair spending time between their London and Wiltshire residences.

And in December 2002 – four months after welcoming son Rocco – the couple enjoyed a lavish £1.5 million wedding at the 7,000-acre Skibo castle in Scotland.

Madonna and Guy subsequently adopted their Malawian son David Banda and daughter Mercy.

But soon rumors started swirling that they were moving towards a divorce and in 2008, Madonna denied she had met American baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

At the end of that year, the couple agreed to a divorce – Ritchie received between £50 and £60 million.

The total amount includes the value of the London pub – the Punchbowl – and their two UK mansions.

When the divorce went public, Guy, now 53, told the Daily Mirror the split was “never, about money”.

He later told Details magazine that he did not regret the marriage, but described the union as like “stepping into a soap opera”.

Ekaterina Parfenova and Richard Fields – £3.3 million

Ekaterina and her husband compete for property including a grand piano


Ekaterina and her husband compete for property including a grand pianoCredits: Rex Features

It was a dramatic divorce from the start with former Miss Ekaterina fainting on her way to the Supreme Court.

Ekaterina, now 48, was finally awarded her husband Richard Fields’ estate worth £3.3million in 2015.

But it is said that during the battle, her estranged husband paid more than £1m in lawyer bills as he settled their fight.

The High Court judge said Ekaterina was claiming £75,000 a year for holidays for herself and her children, £50,000 for nannies and more than £60,000 for hair and beauty treatments.

Ekaterina says their life is “luxurious”, with a chef, cleaner and two nannies.

“We regularly enjoy our vacations abroad, always flying business class and eating at the best restaurants,” she said.

However, her husband admits that he is generous and outrageous, not saving any salary of £1.3m a year.

During the hearing, the couple even argued over who should have custody of a Steinway Baby grand piano.

The judge granted guardianship to Fields, saying it would be silly and ludicrous to ship the £64,000 piano from New York to the UK.

The court heard how the couple first met in September 2001.

Ekaterina denies she is a “gold digger” but was paid £500,000 by Fields to leave her first husband, a wealthy banker, who also paid her £633,000 in a divorce.

Tatiana Akhmedova lost her case to claim the £300 million Luna superyacht


Tatiana Akhmedova lost her case to claim the £300 million Luna superyachtCredit: Reuters
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