'Fabulously wealthy' heiress wins battle over ex-husband's estate

A “fabulously wealthy” heiress whose ex-husband committed suicide after they separated has won a multi-million legal fight with the executors of his estate.

'Fabulously wealthy' heiress wins battle over ex-husband's estate

A “fabulously wealthy” heiress whose ex-husband committed suicide after they separated has won a multi-million legal fight with the executors of his estate.

The woman agreed to give the man a £17.3m payout after their 14-year marriage collapsed, a High Court judge was told.

Three weeks after the payout had been approved by a family court judge, the man killed himself, Mr Justice Moor heard.

The heiress then discovered that he had not left his assets to their three children – all aged under 14 – but to his adult brothers.

She took legal action against the executors of his estate – saying she would not have agreed to hand over such a “large sum” if she had any “inkling” of what he would do.

Mr Justice Moor has ruled in her favour – after a family court hearing in London – and concluded that she should be re-paid £3.6 million from his estate.

Detail of the case has emerged in a written ruling. No-one involved was identified.

Mr Justice Moor said the heiress was in her 40s and her ex-husband had been older.

The judge said on “on any view” she was “fabulously wealthy” – and he said the couple had lived on a £30 million estate.

He said the ex-husband had been worth about £2 million.

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