Petra Stunt

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Petra Stunt
Born Petra Ecclestone
(1988-12-19) 19 December 1988 (age 28)
Westminster, London, England
Residence Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation Heiress, model, fashion designer, socialite
Height 5'8" (1.73 m)
Spouse(s) James Stunt (m. 2011)
Children 3
Parent(s) Bernie Ecclestone
Slavica Ecclestone
Relatives Tamara Ecclestone (sister)

Petra Stunt (born Ecclestone; born 19 December 1988) is a British-born heiress, model, fashion designer and socialite.

Early life[edit]

Stunt was born in London[1] as the younger daughter of Croatian former Armani model Slavica and English Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. She has an older sister, Tamara Jane, and an older paternal half-sister, Deborah.

She attended Trevor-Roberts School, then Francis Holland School, a girls' school, in London.[2] She reportedly won a place at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, but never took up the offer.[3]

She contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14, and told the media that it "changed her life forever".[4] She said "I no longer take my health for granted ... I’m now a health freak and a hypochondriac. I’m obsessed with cleanliness, I eat healthily and take my vitamins." She has since become an ambassador for the Meningitis Trust.[4]

Fashion career[edit]

Growing up, she wanted to be a fashion designer.[5] She decided to make menswear because it is a "bigger niche" and because "womenswear was too saturated".[5]

At the age of 19, she created the menswear label FORM, which was sold into retailers including Harrods from October 2008.[5] In April 2009 it was announced that Petra had signed a contract with the Croatian clothing manufacturer Siscia.[6] After she reportedly grew "tired of the grind of having to oversee the range", Form collapsed into administration 14 months after start-up, before being liquidated.[7]

She launched an accessories line called Stark in September 2011.[8]

Personal life[edit]

The Manor in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, owned by Petra Stunt.

Petra dated businessman James Stunt[9] for four years before they married on 27 August 2011 at Odescalchi Castle, near Rome.[10] The wedding reportedly cost £12 million and the bride's Vera Wang dress £80,000.[3][11] The couple signed a pre-nuptial agreement before their wedding.[10] James and Petra Stunt have three children: daughter Lavinia Stunt (born February 2013) and twin sons James Robert Fredrick Stunt Jr and Andrew Kulbir Stunt (born April 2015).[12] The couple describe themselves as "virtually teetotal".[3]

She speaks Croatian fluently and understands French and Italian.[13]

Residences[edit]

Stunt purchased The Manor, in the Holmby Hills neighbourhood of Los Angeles, for $85 million in an all-cash deal from Candy Spelling in July 2011, with $82.4 million borrowed from her mother.[14][15] It had been on the market for two years with an asking price of $150 million, making it the most expensive residential real estate listing in the US. The 57,000-square-foot (5,300 m2) mansion was the former residence of Candy and Aaron Spelling, and is the largest house in Los Angeles County.[16] According to a 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal, Stunt had first viewed several other properties, including a 36,000-square-feet property on Sunset Boulevard, priced at $49.5 million. The real estate broker Rick Hilton said: "I showed her several properties but they weren’t grand enough."[17] In 2014, Petra put The Manor back on the market with a price tag of $150 million.[18] However, she reportedly turned down an offer that met her price in December 2015.[19][20] The Manor was relisted for sale in October 2016 with an asking price of $200 million.

She also owns a residence in Chelsea, London that she bought in 2010 for $90 million. The owner of the construction company that worked on the building, Sayed Bukhari, said in the Wall Street Journal article that she had already been offered more than $125 million for the four-story home.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My secret life: Petra Ecclestone, fashion designer", The Independent; retrieved 18 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Driving force: Petra Ecclestone". London Evening Standard. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Boshoff, Alison (18 June 2011). "Petra Ecclestone, the girl whose full-time job is spending Daddy's billions". Daily Mail. London, UK. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Petra Ecclestone: I wanted to die: Turning point: when Petra Ecclestone contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14 it changed her life forever" by Julie Cross, The Times, 30 March 2010; retrieved 8 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Vernon, Polly (7 June 2009). "Petra Ecclestone, the heiress who works for a living". The Guardian. London. 
  6. ^ "Siscia Will Produce Clothing by Petra Ecclestone". Javno. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Jody (25 January 2011). "'I keep my eveningwear in the dressing room next door': Petra Ecclestone attempts to defend her privileged lifestyle... but doesn't do very well". Daily Mail. London, UK. 
  8. ^ Billionairess Petra Ecclestone's accessories line Stark to launch at New York Fashion Week http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2033211/Billionairess-Petra-Ecclestones-accessories-line-Stark-launch-New-York-Fashion-Week.html
  9. ^ Rebecaa Pocklington (13 July 2015). "Petra Ecclestone's billionaire husband James Stunt arrives at Sotheby's with his own motorcade for HUGE shopping spree". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Business Rich"; accessed 7 April 2014.
  11. ^ "£12m wedding was worth every penny", Daily Mail; retrieved 22 November 2011.
  12. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3045127/GIRL-TOWN-Hello-boys-Petra-gives-birth-twins.html
  13. ^ Perry, Tasmina (12 October 2008). "Christmas". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  14. ^ "It's Official! Candy Spelling's Closing Price: $85 Million", AOL Real Estate, 14 July 2011; retrieved 14 July 2011.
  15. ^ "It's not just daddy who's got a healthy bank balance ... Petra Ecclestone borrows a cool $82.4 million from her mummy", Daily Mail; retrieved 6 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills mansion listed for $150 million", Los Angeles Times; retrieved 18 June 2011.
  17. ^ a b Jackson, Candace (18 May 2012). "The New First Family Of Real Estate". The Wall Street Journal. New York. 
  18. ^ http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/can_petra_ecclestone_get_150_million_for_the_infamous_manor.php
  19. ^ Variety.com: "Petra Ecclestone Stunt Not Secretly Selling After All?", by Mark David (Real Estalker), 8 December 2015.
  20. ^ LA Curbed.com: "Petra Ecclestone Turned Down a $150-Million Offer on Her Outrageous Manor", by Bianca Barragan, 8 December 2015.