'Wealthiest Divorcee' Files for Bankruptcy

Patricia Kluge and husband have $46M in liabilities, says lawyer
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2011 9:20 AM CDT
This June 1, 2010 file photos shows The Albemarle House, the former home of Patricia and John Kluge, nestled in the rolling countryside of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Charlottesville, Va.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – Patricia Kluge's downfall appears to be complete: The one-time billionaire divorcee and winemaker filed for personal bankruptcy protection this week, the New York Post reports. Kluge, a socialite and one-time pin-up girl, snagged a reported $1 billion in her 1990 divorce, along with a 45-room mansion. But the 62-year-old hosted too many extravagant parties for royalties and celebs, and ultimately couldn't make it as a vintner (Donald Trump bought her winery in April); she and her husband reportedly have liabilities of about $46 million. Click for more on Kluge's sad journey.

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