But as a result of refusing to accept the £26m awarded to her Mrs Young found herself in breach of contract, according to her investors, who had agreed to fund her litigation to the tune of £3.3m along with a share of any eventual divorce settlement.
That meant that she owed them £11.2m, they claim, which would in theory have still left her with £14.8m from the High Court settlement – a substantial sum by anyone’s standards.
As a result he was sentenced for six months in prison for contempt of court.
In November 2013, after a protracted legal battle, Mrs Young was awarded £20m – half of what Mr Justice Moor decided her husband was worth – plus £6m legal costs.
I supported her as a woman going through a divorce from someone she said was hiding money from her.They feel that she has misled them from the outset.” He added: “It would appear that some of the litigation funding has been used by her to supplement her lifestyle.” Among those left out of pocket was a salesman and father of three, who invested £10,000 from a redundancy payment in Mrs Young’s legal battle.Brian, 51, from Essex, said her refusal to pay back the money had left him and his family in financial difficulties.The TIFF group is made up of 100 investors who each contributed sums ranging from tens to hundreds of thousands of pounds towards the cost of Mrs Young's litigation and search for her husband's assets.The case is thought to be one of the first in which investors paid for divorce litigation in the hope of profiting from the resulting judgement.