A former Miss UK winner has become Britain’s richest divorcee with her share of a £9,200,000,000 fortune.
Kirsty Bertarelli agreed on a £350million settlement with a house in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, worth a staggering £52million, as part of her divorce to billionaire pharmaceutical boss Ernesto Bertarelli, according to the Mail Online.
Reportedly, a friend of the former beauty queen said the settlement was ‘more generous than it had to be’.
She added: “They didn’t want a long, drawn-out court case in Switzerland and he wanted to recognise the length of their marriage.”
The divorce means the 50-year-old is now wealthier than most pop stars, including Ed Sheeran and Adele. Plus, she even rivals the Queen’s wealth which is estimated to be around £365million.
Bertarelli, from Stone, in Staffordshire, already comes from a well-off family who owns one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of ceramic products called Churchill China.
Her ex-husband, Ernesto, is one of Switzerland’s richest men after he inherited his grandfather’s pharmaceutical company called Serono. In 2006, it was sold for an eye-watering £6.7billion.
In 2018, Bertarelli opened up about their wealth, saying: “I feel terribly fortunate to have such a wonderful husband and fabulous lifestyle.
“But I’ve always appreciated everything in life. The important thing is always to stay grounded, to keep your feet firmly on the floor.
“Of course, I get nervous in certain social situations. We’ve met lots of royalty and famous people. That’s part of our life but it’s not the norm.”
Bertarelli won the Miss UK crown in 1988, aged just 17, and went on to co-write the 2000 All Saints hit ‘Black Coffee,’ which she originally planed to release under her stage name, Kirsty Elizabeth.
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