The best friend of shamed BHS boss Sir Philip Green is allegedly facing Britain's largest ever divorce payout after reportedly leaving his wife for a Brazilian lover half his age.
Meet The Man Who Is Paying £350m In Britain's Biggest Divorce Settlement Ever!
Multi-millionaire Richard Caring, 68, could be forced to pay out up to £350million to his wife Jacqui, 67, after apparently dumping her for his 35-year-old lover. The businessman, who owns a string of exclusive London eateries including The Ivy and Le Caprice, is said to have moved out of the North London home which he shared with his wife of 45 years.
It is alleged he has moved straight in with his lover, Patricia Mondinni, with whom he has a young son. They are said to be living in a £32million ten-bedroom gated mansion in St John's Wood, north west London, which comes complete with an indoor swimming pool The Sun UK reports.
A source said to have told The Sun UK; 'He's under no illusions. Splitting up and starting a new life will be costly. But he's so wealthy his standard of living won't drop by a millimetre. He can afford to do what he wants.'
The father-of-two is said to have married Jacqui, the daughter of a retired British Army major, after meeting her at a catwalk show in 1948. She gave up her modelling career just three days after they were introduced. At one point they moved to Hong Kong and had two sons - Jamie, a vice-president of MTV Networks Europe, and Ben, who works for Soho House – before returning to the UK.
He is now said to be worth an estimated £700million and reportedly once received £93million in share dividends from BHS during his friend Sir Philip Green's reign. As well as his business deals, Mr Caring is also well-known within the celeb circuit and is as famous for the lavish parties he throws as the fancy-dress outfits he wears to host them.
The home he shared with his wife Jacqui is said to have been a property he transformed. When it was built, about 15 years ago, it was reported to be the most expensive new home in Britain. Surrounded by ornamental gardens and high security fences, it now boasts a 55ft ballroom, a private cinema, extensive wine cellars, gilt and marble staircases, and a dining table large enough for 30 guests. Chandeliers hang from the ceilings and paintings by Degas and Matisse adorn the walls.
Mr Caring is also not shy about splashing his cash. In 2005, he flew 480 people, including Elizabeth Hurley and Sting, to St Petersburg for an outrageously decadent champagne-and-caviar fancy dress party at Catherine the Great's Winter Palace. That event, which elevated him to the A-list of London socialites, raised more than £10million for charity, including a reported £660,000 that Caring paid to the Bill Clinton Foundation in return for the former U.S. President agreeing to attend.
Just four years later, for the 2009 wedding of his son Ben, he and his wife arranged for both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bolshoi Ballet to entertain 400 guests on a floating ballroom erected over the private lake at his London mansion.
Source: The Sun UK