Billionaire to divorce wife with ‘dementia-like illness,’ already in new relationship with former model: Report

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A billionaire heir to the Porsche automotive fortune has filed for divorce from his wife after her “dementia-like illness” made living with her difficult.

Wolfgang Porsche, a 79-year-old executive of the German car company which bears his family’s name, has filed for divorce from his second wife, Claudia Porsche. Porsche and Claudia began dating in 2007 but did not marry until 2019. Two years later, Claudia, 74, was diagnosed with a “dementia-like illness” which has altered her behavior considerably.

Porsche claimed Claudia is now “impossible” to live with, according to some reports. However, many of those same reports indicate that Claudia has been living near her daughter, who is almost certainly from a previous relationship. Though the location of Claudia’s daughter’s residence is unknown, the reports suggest that it may be a distance from Porsche‘s residence in Zell am See, Austria.

Those reports also indicate that Claudia’s mobility is severely limited and that her mental faculties have been in steep decline since she developed the disease. She currently receives 24-hour care and has four different caretakers.

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While his soon-to-be ex-wife’s condition continues to deteriorate, Porsche has already become romantically involved with someone new. According to the Daily Mail, Porsche has already moved in with Gabriela Prinzessin zu Leiningen, a longtime family friend and a former model who is 20 years Porsche’s junior. The two reportedly vacationed together earlier this year, and they have been photographed together in public on multiple occasions. Leiningen has been divorced twice.

Wolfgang Porsche is the youngest son of Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, whose father, Ferdinand Sr., founded Porsche AG. Wolfgang’s older brother, Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, first designed the Porsche 911, perhaps the company’s most iconic vehicle. The Porsche family assets reportedly exceed $20 billion.

Before Claudia, Wolfgang Porsche was previously married to Susanne Bresser, with whom he has two sons. Porsche also has two other children by unknown relationships.

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