Friday 24 March 2017

Ex-husband cared more about money, says heiress

Caroline Gammell in London

THE £100m (€112m) heiress who won a landmark ruling over her divorce claimed yesterday that her ex-husband was motivated by money.

Katrin Radmacher made legal history this week when the British Supreme Court recognised the validity of a prenuptial agreement between her and Nicolas Granatino. Before getting married in 1998, they had agreed not to seek a penny from each other if the relationship collapsed, but on their separation six years later he sought a financial deal.

Yesterday, Miss Radmacher, (41) who is German, said she was relieved that the "nightmare" was over.

"Looking back, I don't think he would have married me if I didn't have a penny," she said. "I think he cared a lot more about the money and that motivated him much more than it did me. I didn't see the truth at the time, but it is obviously very painful.

"I fell head over heels with him. I was madly in love and we married too quickly, before I had really got to know him."

"In both our home countries, France and Germany, it's quite normal. Nicolas didn't object. I was the kind of girl who truly wants to be married just once," she said.

"But things do go wrong and it is better to have a form of insurance. I don't think it's unromantic: just practical."

The couple married and divorced in London and Miss Radmacher was surprised by English law, where pre-nuptials were not legally binding.

Miss Radmacher, who described her work as taking care of her finances and helping her father -- who made his millions through the paper industry -- "a bit with decisions", said she had a completely different outlook on life to her ex-husband.

Mr Granatino (39) left his £300,000-a-year (€340,000) job with JP Morgan to study for a PhD in biotechnology at Oxford University. When they divorced, he challenged the prenuptial agreement in the courts and was given a £5.85m (€6.6m) settlement.

This has been reduced to a pounds £1m (€1.2m) lump sum and a £2.5m (€2.8m) house in London. Miss Radmacher has also provided her ex-husband with a house in the south of France so that he can be near their daughters, and a yearly sum of £35,000 (€39,000) per child until the youngest is 22.

Greed

She said she had been discouraged by English lawyers from trying to enforce the prenuptial agreement. "You still have the view that you shouldn't talk about things like pre-nups," she said.

Miss Radmacher said prenuptial agreements signed before marriage could help women who sacrificed their careers for their family. "It would be so much better to lay out at the start of a marriage what will happen if the wife gives up work," she said.

Miss Radmacher, who has returned to her Monaco home before taking her daughters, Chiara (11) and Chloe (8) on holiday, said her former husband was motivated by greed. "Some people can never have enough," she said. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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