Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi Expensive Divorce

Adnan Khashoggi, with a net worth of $400 million, is a Saudi-Arabian businessman.  Before divorce, he was widely famous as one of the richest men in the world. He is well-known for his activities involving upper class in Arabic and western worlds. He is also renowned for his involvement in the Lockheed and Iran-Contra bribery scandals. Besides this, he gathered large attention when he divorced Soraya in 1974. The Saudi-Arabian business tycoon, arms dealer and entrepreneur, Adnan Khashoggi, made the record of history’s most expensive divorce settlement. It was the most saddening part of his life, which dawdled for more than four years.

Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi

Adnan Khashoggi was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He was the leading head of the Triad Holding Company in the Triad Centre, Salt Lake City. He expanded his business of arms by entering into deals with Saudi government, US firms, Lockheed Corporation, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, etc.  In 1960, he married 20-year old English woman, Sandra Daly, who changed her name to Soraya Khashoggi. The couple raised five children, including 4 sons and 1 daughter. She gave birth to one more daughter after her divorce. After 13 years of marriage, the couple decided to split. According to ABC News, the couple filed for divorce in 1974. In 1978, Soraya demanded $2.54 billion for the divorce settlement. In 1982, the couple agreed to settle the divorce for $874 million. Adnan, the famous billionaire, had a net worth of $4 billion, but his rich status vanished in 2007. His unfortunate divorce delayed for five years until an order to pay $874 million to Soraya by Adnan in the divorce settlement was passed by the judge. At that time, this divorce became the most expensive divorce in the history.

After divorce, Soraya gave birth to one more daughter, Petrina. The baby had to undergo a DNA Test. In the reports, it was revealed that Petrina was not Adnan’s daughter.

After separating from Soraya, Adnan married an Italian girl Laura Biancolini. At the age of 17, Laura met Adnan. After marriage, she transformed her religion to Islam and changed her name to Lamia Khashoggi.

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