Heather Mills has walked away from her four-year marriage to Paul McCartney with a 24.3 million pound (US$48.6 million; €31 million) divorce settlement — an enormous sum, but a fifth of what she had sought and a fraction of the former Beatle's 400 million pound (US$800 million; €520 million) fortune.
Mills declared herself "very, very, very pleased" Monday — but some legal experts were surprised she did not get more.
"In the scheme of things, it's quite surprisingly low," said Patricia Hollings, a divorce specialist with London law firm Finers Stephens Innocent. "It is only offering her about 6 percent of his assets. In terms of high-wealth cases it's very low."
A Family Court judge awarded Mills a lump sum of 16.5 million pounds (US$33 million; €21.5 million), plus the assets she currently holds worth 7.8 million pounds (US$15.6 million; €10 million).
McCartney left court after the ruling without saying a word. But Mills emerged from the three-hour private hearing to declare that the settlement had secured her future and that of her 4-year-old daughter, Beatrice. SOURCE