London, Nov.21 : Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone's wife has confirmed that she will be divorcing her husband after 24 years of marriage. Slavica Ecclestone, 50, moved out of their home in Chelsea, West London, three weeks ago, while Ecclestone attended the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Divorce lawyers said that their settlement could break all records as the former model and mother of the motor racing chief's two daughters sought her share of the family billions.
Much of the family wealth is believed to be held by Slavica Ecclestone in a trust that also owns just under 10 per cent of Formula One.
This has prompted speculation that Bernie Ecclestone, 78, who has run the sport since the early 1980s and has managed repeatedly to sell off parts of his stake without ceding operational control, could find himself fighting his wife for his share of his own money.
Friends of Mrs. Ecclestone said she believed that her husband would be keen to avoid a legal battle in which his affairs would be pored over in open court.
Mrs. Ecclestone is known to have had trouble with her husband's workaholic lifestyle. She had wanted him to ease off in recent years, particularly after his triple heart bypass nine years ago.
Story first published: Friday, November 21, 2008, 12:25 [IST]
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