Heather Mills has hired a new team of forensic accountants to try to prove that ex-husband Paul McCartney is worth double the £400 million he claimed in their divorce struggle, according to friends of the former model.
The Daily Mail reports that Miss Mills has told friends she cannot support daughter Beatrice on the £35,000 a year awarded at the High Court, and is hoping to force Sir Paul to increase the payments.
Speaking outside the court immediately after the settlement, Miss Mills told reporters: “He’s been worth £800million for the last 15 years.”
She has also claimed to have recordings of McCartney saying he is worth £800million.
The 2007 Sunday Times Rich List estimated McCartney’s wealth at £825million, including £400million held by his media company MPL Communications, and £138m inherited from his first wife, Linda.
Miss Mills had hired accountancy firm Lee and Allen in an attempt to discredit Sir Paul’s own valuation of his wealth.
In the judgment last week, Mr Justice Bennett described Sir Paul as “fabulously wealthy, even by the standards of the very rich”, but valued his assets at £400million, finding that “there was no evidence at all that (McCartney) was worth £800million.”
He also described Miss Mills’ projected expenditure as “ridiculous” and accused her of fragrantly overegging the cost of her needs.
However, the judgement also confirmed that many of the requests for financial information made by Lee and Allen were declined by the court.