Slavica Ecclestone

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Slavica Ecclestone
Slavica Ecclestone.jpeg
Slavica Ecclestone in 1991
Born Slavica Radić
(1958-06-02) 2 June 1958 (age 59)
Rijeka, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Net worth Increase $1.2 billion
Spouse(s) Bernie Ecclestone
(m. 1985–2009, divorced)

Slavica Ecclestone (born Radić; born 2 June 1958) is a Croatian model and the ex-wife of former Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2] The family soon moved back to northern Bosnia to her father's village meaning Slavica would spend the majority of her childhood in Maglajani.[1] 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."[1]


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.[3][4][5]

Bernie pursued Slavica despite the 28-year age difference, the language barrier (she spoke Serbian 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]

Personal life[edit]

From her marriage, Slavica has two daughters, Tamara (1984) and Petra (1988); and four grandchildren.[7]

In November 2008 Slavica filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage.[8] The divorce was granted on 11 March 2009.[9] She topped the Sunday Times’ Rich List in the "richest divorcees" category after she was awarded an estimated £740 million.[10]


  1. ^ a b c S., M. (14 August 2009). "Život kao bombona". Novine Toronto (in Serbian). 
  2. ^ Red Carpet (10 March 2008). "Video: Odakle je zapravo Slavica Ecclestone?". (in Croatian). 
  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. London. 
  6. ^ Lovell (2004) p.345
  7. ^ "GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Hello boys! Petra gives birth to twins". Mail Online. 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bernie Ecclestone divorce confirmed". 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  9. ^ F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's Divorce Finalized Yahoo Sports, 11 March 2009
  10. ^ "Best way to get rich quick? Get divorced: How ex-wives to the super-wealthy have made their way into the rich list". Daily Mail. London.