The multi-million pound divorce battle between the founder of the online grocery company Ocado and his wife has commenced. Following the decision of the judge in the proceedings, the details of the hearing will not be revealed to the public until after a judgement has been passed. Shoppers in the Greater Manchester area who have used Ocado to buy their groceries are among 500,000 customers of the retailing company which is the largest of its kind in the world.
The businessman attended Manchester University before working as a trader in an investment bank. He founded Ocado in 2000, the year after he married his wife. The couple have enjoyed a lavish lifestyle with a holiday property in France, a £15 million family home in London's Highgate and a social calendar including events with Sir Philip Green and Gwyneth Paltrow. The High Court divorce battle will decide how a fortune of £116 million will be divided between the parties.
The couple had been married for almost 14 years and have four children together. The 46-year-old business tycoon, who is in a relationship with a lingerie model aged in her twenties, specified unreasonable behaviour when he began divorce proceedings. He has attended several events with his Polish girlfriend who studied dental hygiene before becoming a model. His former wife, who used to work in public relations, is reported to have said that she believes she is a victim in the events.
Family court views the homemaking party and the income earning party in a marriage with equality. When the relationship of a high net worth couple breaks down, a solicitor with extensive experience in property settlements can advise a client as to how to bring the matter to a satisfactory conclusion.