Sunday 22 September 2019

Spurned wife lodges £300m divorce bid after husband leaves her for interior designer

Wife whose husband left her to live with their interior designer bids for half of their £300million fortune

Sarah Pursglove, left, and her husband Robert Oesterlund with Azadeh Banai Photo: Facebook
Sarah Pursglove, left, and her husband Robert Oesterlund with Azadeh Banai Photo: Facebook
165-foot yacht Deja Vu

Eleanor Steafel

A spurned wife has lodged a divorce bid for half of the £300million fortune she shared with her internet tycoon husband after he left her for their interior designer.

 Sarah Pursglove and her husband Robert Oesterlund had called Azadeh Banai to transform their penthouse suite in Toronto, but Mr Oesterlund fell for the designer, destroying his marriage to Ms Pursglove in the process.

Ms Pursglove, 46, from Caernarvon, north Wales, is now seeking £150million - half the couple's fortune - in divorce proceedings.

According to court papers, they have properties worth £25million located in Monaco, the Bahamas, the US, Finland and Wales, where Miss Pursglove was born.

The couple, who made their fortune in internet advertising, had jet-set lifestyles, hiring personal trainers and private tutors for their two daughters and travelling the world on their yacht and private plane.

Ms Pursglove says she and her husband - who both came from rather more humble backgrounds - struggled financially until they hit gold with the internet advertising business in Florida in 2001.

But their life together collapsed in 2011 when Ms Banai was brought in to design their 9,038 sq ft suite at the top of the 55-storey Four Seasons hotel.

Mr Oesterlund, from Finland, moved in with the younger woman and asked for a divorce on Christmas Eve 2012.

Court papers show the case has at times has become ugly, with Miss Pursglove’s lawyers claiming Mr Oesterlund called her a ‘Welsh *****,’ ‘ugly’ and a ‘hooker’ in their children’s presence.

The case, which is in its early stages and reportedly involves nine lawyers in Canada and the US, could rumble on for several years, with Mr Oesterlund's lawyers claiming the couple share a £2 million, not the £150 million Ms Pursglove is bidding for.

The biggest ever divorce settlement is thought to have been Alec Wildenstein’s, whose ex-wife Jocelyn picked up £1.5billion.

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