Slavica Ecclestone in 2014
2 June 1958
Rijeka, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Net worth||$1.2 billion|
(m. 1985–2009, divorced)
Slavica Ecclestone (née Radić; born 2 June 1958) is the ex-wife of former Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone and a former model.
Ecclestone was born in Rijeka, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia where her Bosnian Serb parents — Jovo Radić and Ljubica Malić from Maglajani and Riječani, respectively, both villages within the Laktaši municipality, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina — had settled shortly before her birth in search of expanded job opportunities. The family soon moved back to northern Bosnia to her father's village meaning Slavica would spend the majority of her childhood in Maglajani. After her parents divorced when she was only 7 years old, being raised by her mother Ljubica, Slavica was taught to "not do to someone else what you wouldn't want to be done to yourself."
In her early career Slavica worked as an international fashion model, modelling for a number of leading clients, including the designer Armani. While working on a Formula One promotional event for Armani at the 1982 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, she met Bernie Ecclestone.
Bernie pursued Slavica despite the 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.
In November 2008 Slavica filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage. The divorce was granted on 11 March 2009. She topped the Sunday Times’ Rich List in the "richest divorcees" category after she was awarded an estimated £740 million.
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