Ex-supermodel is awarded £53million from Arab Sheikh after biggest divorce battle of its kind

An ex-supermodel has been awarded a huge £53million to continue the lifestyle she was accustomed to after one of the biggest divorce battles of its kind.

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Christina Estrada claimed she needed £196million because she was ‘accustomed to this life’

She claimed she needed continue the life she used to live and had ‘reasonable needs’, which include luxury homes, a clothes budget and multiple cars.

She also said she was entitled to an amount which would allow her to maintain her ultra-wealthy lifestyle.

She had rejected a previous offer made by Sheikh Walid Juffali, who is terminally ill with cancer and undergoing treatment in Switzerland, which was roughly £37million.

Yesterday (July 9), she was awarded a £53million cash settlement at London’s High Court.

The amount she received works out to £4.4million for each year she was married to Sheikh Walid Juffali.

The case itself hit headlines when Ms Estrada make shocking claims that her yearly ‘needs’ to continue her lifestyle included £1million for clothes, £40,000 for fur coats, £109,000 for dresses and £21,000 for shoes every year.

She also told the court she needed enough money from the Sheikh to purchase a luxurious house in London which was worth £60million and a £4.4million house in Henley.

The amount she was eventually awarded becomes ‘by far’ the largest sum ever paid for ‘needs’ after a divorce in the UK.

The judge said: ‘I am entirely satisfied that she can acquire a very comfortable home with a sum of £18million and that such a home will enable her to entertain and have her charity meetings as she does now.

The judge ruled: ‘At the end of the day I am satisfied that, with a net annual budget of £2.5million, the applicant (Ms Estrada) can meet her reasonable needs.’

After the judge’s ruling, Ms Estrada said: ‘I am very grateful for today’s ruling. I have lived in the United Kingdom since 1988 and am thankful for access to the British courts.’

She added: ‘I never wanted to be here. I always wanted to resolve the matter amicably. This process has been incredibly bruising and distressing.

Judge Mrs Justice Roberts ordered the sheikh to pay Ms Estrada the huge sum by 4pm on Friday July 29.

Sheikh Walid Juffal claims that his estimated worth which was said to be £8billion is immensely exaggerated and said his real net worth was a mere £113million

In a statement after the case he said that most of his wealth has been left to his children, including the daughter he had with Ms Estrada.

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