All Saints songwriter Kirsty Bertarelli becomes Britain’s richest divorcee with £350m settlement

Former Miss UK co-wrote the 2000 pop hit ‘Black Coffee’

Ellie Harrison
Thursday 07 October 2021 10:01
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<p>Kirsty Bertarelli and Ernesto Bertarelli</p>

Kirsty Bertarelli and Ernesto Bertarelli

Kirsty Bertarelli, a former Miss UK and the writer behind the All Saints No 1 hit “Black Coffee”, has become Britain’s richest divorcee.

Following her split from her billionaire husband, the Italian biotech businessman Ernesto Bertarelli, she has been awarded more than £350m, according to the Daily Mail.

The couple, who were married for 21 years and have three children together, were jointly listed in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List with a fortune of £9.2bn, which made Kirsty the country’s richest woman.

The reported pay-out makes Kirsty the richest British-born divorcee in legal history, with the settlement almost matching the Queen’s estimated worth of £365m.

In the divorce, Kirsty was also given a £52m mansion near Lake Geneva and she owns an £8m chalet in Gstaad, a ski resort in Switzerland.

Kirsty was crowned Miss UK in 1988, and co-wrote the pop hit “Black Coffee” for All Saints in 2000.

In 2009, Kirsty released her first single, “Don’t Say”, before bringing out her debut album, Elusive, which entered the Swiss charts in the 20th position.

In 2012, her single “Twilight” with trance DJ Armin Van Buuren peaked at the European dance charts for nine weeks.

She has also performed as a support act for Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall.

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