Billionaire racehorse owner and playboy the Aga Khan has paid out £54 million to divorce his second wife.
Six years ago, his split from his German-born former pop singer wife, the Begum Inaara Aga Khan, was billed as potentially the most expensive divorce in history with a £500 million price tag.
But on Friday, papers filed at the Appeal Court in Amiens in northern France revealed a deal with his second wife, Begum Inaara, has finally been struck – at a tenth of that figure.
The Aga Khan – who is worth £6 billion, owns 600 racehorses and has homes on five continents – moved legal proceedings across the Channel in the hope of getting a better settlement than he would have expected in the UK.
And last night he appeared to have saved himself a fortune by shifting the case to France.
The payout is by far the largest ever awarded in France, where civil settlements are comparatively low.
The deal between the Aga Khan, 73, and the former Gabriele zu Leiningen is understood to include the Berkshire estate where she lives with their 11-year-old son, Prince Aly.