Heather Mills has a net worth of $50 million and is an English entrepreneur, environmentalist, campaigner, and Alpine ski racer. Heather Mills is arguably most known for being Paul McCartney’s ex-wife. Following an accident with a police motorcycle in London in 1993, her left leg was amputated below the knee. She continued to model after receiving a prosthetic limb.
She made money by selling her story to a newspaper and establishing the Heather Mills Health Trust to assist amputees. In the year 2000, it was discovered that Mills was dating Beatles legend, Sir Paul McCartney. Heather gave birth to a daughter, Beatrice Milly, in October 2003, after the couple married in 2002. Their divorce was finalized in 2008 after they separated.
Heather received a $50 million payout from McCartney after a brief divorce fight. She had originally asked for $250 million. Paul made an initial offer of $30 million. The final figure was viewed as a win for Paul, who was also required to pay Heather a $5 million stipend and $1 million per year in spousal support for the next five years.
Mills was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England, on January 12, 1968. John Mark Francis Mills, her father, was a former paratrooper, and Beatrice Mary Mills, her mother, was the daughter of a British Army colonel. Mills’ family moved about a lot while he was younger, from Alnwick in Northumberland to Rothbury in Tyne and Wear. Mills went to Usworth Grange Primary School before moving on to Usworth Comprehensive School as she grew older. They also frequented Libanus for vacations and even resided there for a period.
Mills’ childhood was difficult since her mother Beatrice moved in with actor Charles Stapley when she was nine years old. Mills, along with her older brother Shane and younger sister Fiona, stayed with her father. Mills has also revealed that her father was occasionally aggressive with the children, which he denies, and that the family was frequently hungry, forcing them to steal.
Mills moved to London to live with her mother when her father was sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraud. Mills’ life became even more unstable as a result of this since she has claimed to be homeless on several occasions and has admitted to stealing from jewelry stores.
Mills met Alfie Karmal, who was ten years her senior when she was 18 years old, and the two began dating. Karmal would buy Mills high-end apparel and jewelry, as well as pay for her plastic surgery. He urged her to start modeling by forming Excell Management, a modeling agency for her that was eventually unsuccessful.
Mills traveled to Paris under the false pretense of securing a modeling contract with a cosmetics firm, but she ended up as the mistress of George Kazan, a Lebanese millionaire. Two years later, she returned to London and asked Karmal to marry her, which they did in May 1989. Mills began seeing Raffaele Mincione, a bonds dealer after they divorced in 1991. In 1993, the two became engaged.
Mills was struck by a police motorcycle responding to an emergency call while walking in London with Mincione. Mills suffered many shattered ribs, a punctured lung, and the loss of her left leg 6 inches below the knee as a result of the tragedy. She started using a prosthetic limb after that.
Mills founded the Health Mills Health Trust as a result of her accident, with the goal of providing prosthetic limbs to children and others who had lost limbs due to land mines. She also began providing hundreds of limbs expressly for amputees in Croatia, where she had previously done charity work, in 1994.
Ivica Raan, Croatia’s prime minister, honored her in 2001 with an award for her contributions to the country. She received an honorary doctorate from Open University in 2003 for her philanthropic activities on behalf of amputees.
Mills began dating Paul McCartney, formerly of The Beatles after her prior significant relationships ended. They met at the Dorchester Hotel in 1999 while both presenting trophies at the Pride of Britain Awards. The two began attending numerous events together, prompting tabloid speculation that they were dating.
The allegations were confirmed when McCartney showed up at Mills’ 32nd birthday party in January 2000. In July of 2001, while on vacation in the Lake District, he proposed to Mills. In June of 2002, they married in a lavish ceremony at Castle Leslie in Ireland.
The couple revealed they were expecting their first child together in May of 2003, and Beatrice Milly McCartney was born in October of that year. Mills was especially excited about the pregnancy because she had previously experienced two ectopic pregnancies and a miscarriage.
Mills and McCartney began spending time apart after a few years of marriage, and they divorced in May of 2006. One of the causes for the dissolution of their marriage, according to Mills, was Stella, McCartney’s daughter from a previous marriage. Mills chose to represent herself in the divorce procedures, which may have been a mistake because the presiding judge later said Mills provided a lot of false testimony and evidence.
Despite Mills’ initial request for 125 million pounds, the judge approved the divorce and awarded her a lump sum of 16.5 million British pounds plus 7.8 million in assets and an annual payment to cover the cost of education and childcare for their child. Mills received a lot of negative press after the divorce, especially from British tabloids.
Mills has explored a variety of hobbies since the divorce, including owning a vegan restaurant in Sussex from 2009 to 2017. In 2009, she also purchased Redwood Foods, a vegan food firm. In order to pursue her passion for vegan meals, she purchased a 55-acre plot of property in Northumberland with the intention of giving storage, production, and office space to vegan businesses.
She also intended to be a member of the British Paralympic ski squad at the 2014 Paralympic Games. She did, however, announce in 2013 that she would be unable to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.