Slavica Ecclestone

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Slavica Ecclestone
Slavica Ecclestone.jpeg
Ecclestone in 1991
Born Slavica Radić
(1958-05-25) 25 May 1958 (age 57)
Rijeka, Croatia (then Yugoslavia)[1]
Spouse(s) Bernie Ecclestone
(m. 1985–2009, divorced)

Slavica Ecclestone (born 25 May 1958)[2] is a British-Croatian[3] former model and ex-wife of Formula One racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone.

Early life[edit]

She was born Slavica Radić (Croatian pronunciation: [slâʋit͡sa rǎːdit͡ɕ]), in Rijeka, Croatia in 1958.[4]


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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

Slavica was patron of the British-Croatian Society in London.[9]


It was confirmed in November 2008 that Slavica Ecclestone filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage.[10] The divorce was granted on March 11, 2009.[11]

She topped the Sunday Times’ Rich List in the "richest divorcees" category after she was awarded an estimated £ 740 million in 2009 during their divorce.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Slavica Ecclestone has two daughters, Tamara (1984) and Petra (1988), and four grandchildren.[13]