Slavica Ecclestone

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Slavica Ecclestone
Born Slavica Radić
(1958-05-25) 25 May 1958 (age 55)
Rijeka, Croatia (then Yugoslavia)[1]
Spouse(s) Bernie Ecclestone
(m. 1985–2009, divorced)

Slavica Ecclestone (born 25 May 1958)[2] is a Croatian former model and ex-wife of Formula One racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone.

Early life[edit]

She was born Slavica Radić, in the town of Rijeka in Croatia, then Yugoslavia in 1958.

Career[edit]

The young Slavica worked as an international fashion model, modelling for a number of leading clients, including designer Armani. While working on a Formula One promotional event for Armani at the 1982 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, she met Bernie Ecclestone.[3][4][5]

Bernie pursued Slavica doggedly, undaunted by their 28-year age difference, the language barrier (she spoke Croatian and Italian, he spoke only English), and their difference in height. At 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m), Slavica was nearly a foot taller than her suitor, Ecclestone being only 5 ft 2½ in (1.59 m) tall.[6]

Slavica was patron of the non-partisan British-Croatian Society in London.[7]

Divorce[edit]

It was confirmed in November 2008 that Slavica Ecclestone filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage.[8] The divorce was granted on March 11, 2009.[9]

She topped the Sunday Times’ Rich List in the "richest divorcees" category after she was awarded an estimated £740million in 2009 during their divorce.[10]

Personal life[edit]

The couple have two daughters, Tamara (born 1984) and Petra (born December 1988).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slavica Ecclestone Net Worth". Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.rijekadanas.com/slavica-ecclestone-se-uselila-u-stan-petrinog-decka/
  3. ^ Marko Ćustić (11 September 2003). "Goran Milić trying to extort money from Bernie Ecclestone". Nacional (weekly). Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Goran Milić ucjenjuje Bernieja Ecclestonea" [Goran Milić blackmails Bernie Ecclestone]. Nacional (in Croatian) (408). 11 September 2003. Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Edworthy, Sarah (27 October 2006). "My Sport: Tamara Ecclestone". The Daily Telegraph. 
  6. ^ Lovell (2004) p.345
  7. ^ http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/croatuk/
  8. ^ "Bernie Ecclestone divorce confirmed". crash.net. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  9. ^ F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's Divorce Finalized Yahoo Sports, March 11, 2009
  10. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312860/How-ex-wives-super-wealthy-way-rich-list-divorce.html