Settling in already! Slavica Ecclestone visits her girls in Los Angeles as she reveals hopes for American move to avoid 'awful British taxmen'
23:50 GMT, 14 August 2012
Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone’s former wife Slavica says she is quitting her London home because of “awful British taxmen”.
The 58-year-old is reported to want to move to America because taxes are too high in the UK.
According to the Croatian press the former model, who received a 743 million settlement when she split with Mr Ecclestone, has been discussing the move with her daughters.
She could get used to this! Slavica Ecclestone, the former wife of Bernie, spends time with daughters Petra and Tamara in Los Angeles as she considers permanent move there
Daughter Petra, 24, already lives in Los Angeles with her husband James Stunt, 27, and her older child Tamara, 28, has been staying there since she split from her boyfriend Omar Khyami, 38.
Slavica, who is originally from Croatia, reportedly said: ‘My daughters would like me to move to LA. Taxes are too high in London. I need to take care of myself.
‘I am not broke, but taxmen are awful. I’ll leave London and go to Los Angeles. My daughters have convinced me it’s the right thing to do.’
'Horrible taxmen': Slavica is hoping for an American move to avoid the high tax in Britain while she lives in London
Girls' day out: Petra already lives in Los Angeles and currently has sister Tamara visiting her while she nurses her broken heart
And she seems to already be getting used to the sunny environment in the Californian city as she's currently visiting her girls there now.
Earlier today she was seen walking around with her daughters as they went on a shopping expedition.
All together: Slavica Ecclestone is currently holidaying in LA but wants to be there permanently
And she could have passed for one of their sisters in her youthful summery frock as they walked in between retailers.
Slavica showed off her back with the cut out detailing and looked relaxed as she took a break from London.
And Tamara wrote on Twitter earlier today: 'Spending the day with my mum and sister loving LA.'
Although she has admitted she was worried about making the move to the United States because her elderly mother lives in Rijeka, Croatia.
She added: ‘I want to visit my mother in September. She is 82, so I worry.’
In the UK those with earnings of more than 150,000-a-year pay 50 per cent tax.
In California the top rate of income tax is 10.3 per cent for those earning over 1 million, but residents also need to pay federal taxes, which vary with circumstance.
The top rate of tax overall in the U.S. is around 35 per cent – far less than the levy on Britain’s high earners.
Ecclestone, who is worth more than 2.7 billion, is one of the richest men in the country.
Slavica was married to Bernie for 24 years before the couple split in 2009 and the settlement also made her one of Britain’s wealthiest.
Earlier this year an inquiry into Mr Ecclestone’s relationship with an offshore trust estimated to be worth 3 billion was launched.
Investigators from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are seeking to establish whether the tycoon has control of the so-called ‘Bambino’ Trust, which featured in a fraud trial in Germany last year.
Sisterly bonding: The girls seemed happy to have their mum with them as they shopped til they dropped
It is based in Liechtenstein, with Slavica and their daughters as the intended beneficiaries.
The daughters have used the fund to build up a property portfolio in the UK and America over the past two years.
Mr Ecclestone has repeatedly insisted that he has no involvement in the arrangement.
A spokesman for Tamara Ecclestone insisted she would split her time between the UK and the U.S. rather than move permanently.
How does this look Slavica claims her daughters have been trying to get her to move over to Los Angeles from Britain
Enjoying the lifestyle: Tamara is only temporarily living in Los Angeles and is set to return to England soon after a lengthy stay with her sister
She said: ‘Tamara is flying back to London at the end of this month to start promoting her first swimwear calendar for GOSH released in September.
'Her new London home is ready at the end of October. We knew she was working both here and American for her new hair care range that is being launched in November.’
The socialite endured heartbreak after she discovered her Syrian-born stockbroker beau had cheated on her.
Khyami, her boyfriend of two years, had been caught out by a sordid sex tape, prompting Tamara to move his belongings from her flat and flee to her sister’s mansion in California.
Exes: Slavica was married to Formula 1 supremo Bernie for 24 years until 2009, becoming one of Britain's wealthiest after their divorce
She recently told how she was looking for a new lover for her mother after Ecclestone, 81, became engaged to his Brazilian girlfriend Fabiana Flosi, 35.
His children famously revealed they only discovered that the couple were planning to wed after reading it on Mail Online.
The girls insisted they would not attend the wedding out of support to their mother.
Tamara said: ‘I’m not expecting an invitation because I think my dad knows I have a huge loyalty to my mum.’