Christina Estrada and Sheikh Walid Juffali were married for 12 years and have one daughter, but all was not happy. Estrada stated, “He took both a second wife and divorced me without my knowledge.” From the beginning, the divorce started out very contested, according to sources.
Despite Estrada’s claims that she was unaware of Juffali’s new wife, The Daily Beast reported, “Mr. Juffali and Ms. Estrada split after Juffali married a young Lebanese TV presenter, without getting divorced first. He is permitted to take four wives under Islamic law, and made no attempt to hide the nuptials which took place in November 2012 in Venice, in front of hundreds of guests, including the rapper Akon of ‘Don’t Matter’ fame.”
To make matters more legally complicated, Juffali became a diplomat for St. Lucia after the divorce was underway, which meant he had diplomatic immunity from testifying in his own divorce case.
Estrada’s final settlement was a lump sum of £53m, or approximately $69M, and that does not include her own assets. Her initial request included £1m per year for clothes, plus cash to keep a home in London and a country home in Henley-on-Thames, as well as three cars in London and two in the U.S.
As the ex-model declared in court, “I am Christina Estrada. I was a top international model. I have lived this life. This is what I am accustomed to. It is difficult to convey the extraordinary level of luxury and opulence we were fortunate enough to enjoy.”
Including Estrada’s own assets, she’ll be taking home approximately $97 million from the dissolution.