I usually only comment on celebrity divorces, and only if they are really good, but in this case, I am making an exception because it makes me sick. Not sick as in each of the parties had affairs, because they did. Not sick as in there was abuse or anything horrific, but simply because I'm sick there are people in this world who just have no sense of reality. Anyone who says they can't afford to live for the rest of their lives on a $43 million settlement has no sense of what is real and what is not.
Currently there is a divorce trial proceeding between the Chairman of United Technologies and his soon to be ex, Maria Douglas-David. In October 2005, Maria (36) and her husband (67) signed a post nuptial agreement that says she would get $43M if they divorced and that she would get to keep all of their Swedish properties. She is a countess from Sweden.
She is trying to get the agreement thrown out of court because her expenses are too high and $43M isn't enough. She instead wants $100M and $130K a month in alimony for their 6 year marriage. Her soon to be ex-husband is worth about $400M.
Now, you may be asking yourself, how can she possibly claim that $43M isn't enough to live on for the remainder of her life. Well, look at her WEEKLY expenses. Yes, weekly.
“Douglas-David has filed court papers showing she has more than $53,800 in weekly expenses, including for maintaining a Park Avenue apartment and three residences in Sweden. Her weekly expenses also include $700 for limousine service, $4,500 for clothes, $1,000 for hair and skin treatments, $1,500 for restaurants and entertainment, and $8,000 for travel.”
I want to remind all of you again that these are weekly. Not monthly and not yearly. Weekly.
At this rate, she would burn through all of the money in about 16 years. Look. A contract is a contract and as much as I think $43M is outrageous for 5 years of marriage, I can deal with that. What disgusts me though is the sense that $43M isn't enough for you to live your life. Does she realize that 90% of the world doesn't make $53,000 in a year and she spends that much in a week on things that for the most part, don't really matter. I hope the judge decides that she doesn't even deserve the $43M.