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14.06.2013.

The happiest divorce ever: British banker gives 'brilliant' Bosnian ex-wife £150m - and she's 'thrilled' he's dating a supermodel

With a personal fortune of £300 million,  financier Roger Jenkins’s divorce from his Bosnian-born wife Diana was always  going to be costly, but the couple have proved that parting ways doesn’t need to  be nasty – even when millions are at stake.

The pair, who separated three years ago, have  now divorced, quietly and without an undignified courtroom fight involving  overpaid lawyers.

Mr Jenkins, who made his fortune as a tax  expert at Barclays Bank, has awarded his wife £150 million, and the former  Bosnian refugee now joins her ex-husband among Britain’s wealthiest 500  individuals.

New love: Roger Jenkins pictured in Ibiza with girlfriend Ellle Macpherson

New love: Roger Jenkins pictured in Ibiza with  girlfriend Ellle Macpherson

Remarkably, the estranged couple – who  described their split as ‘unconventional’ – remain the ‘best of friends’ and say  they have ‘the happiest divorce ever’. Diana is even said to be ‘thrilled’ at  his new relationship – with supermodel Elle Macpherson.

Mr Jenkins has told friends: ‘I love Diana  and have such admiration for her as a mother, businesswoman and someone who was  brilliant as a wife.

'We have moved on and are supremely happy  with the arrangements we have in our lives. Diana will always be a very happy  part of my life.’

Sources say there was no wrangling over  56-year-old Mr Jenkins’s fortune, which he accumulated  during his decade  at Barclays.

The couple, who were married for ten  years  and have two children, have amicably carved up their property  portfolio, which  includes luxury homes around the world.

Their £25 million clifftop estate overlooking  Malibu beach is in joint names  and while Diana, 37, lives in the main house  with their two children, Mr Jenkins has an adjoining house on the five-acre  estate.

Delighted: Diana Jenkins is said to be 'thrilled' at her former husband's new relationship

Delighted: Diana Jenkins is said to be 'thrilled' at her  former husband's new relationship 

Mr Jenkins, who divides his time between Sao  Paulo in Brazil and North America, has bought a house in the Santa Monica hills.  The  couple have sold their townhouse in Mayfair, which was in Mrs  Jenkins’s name, and are believed to be sharing their holiday home in Bosnia. 

They will continue to hire their  marble-floored yacht Utopia, on which Diana entertains celebrity friends  including George Clooney.

While she was enjoying a private break last  week, her ex-husband was with their children and Diana’s parents at the lake  house in Bosnia.

Diana, now a successful businesswoman with  her own lucrative drinks brand, has told friends she is delighted with the  payout and that she and Mr Jenkins have stayed on good terms.

‘All is great, life is good, Roger is  wonderful – class all the way to the end,’ she told friends last week. ‘He is  and always will be my best friend. He is the father of my children and I will  always love him.’

Diana, who left London for LA three years ago  when the couple split, is said to have been dating a younger man for two years,  while Mr Jenkins is dating Miss Macpherson, as The Mail on Sunday revealed. 

He and the 48-year-old lingerie model were  recently photographed on holiday in Ibiza and, despite seeming an unlikely  match, are said to be very happy.

Mr Jenkins, a former rugby player and amateur  runner, is a sports fanatic and is said to love Elle’s passion for the outdoors.  News of the divorce suggests that the relationship is serious.

When Diana and Mr Jenkins separated, she said  she was in no hurry to divorce, and would do so only when he met someone else –  something he said ‘is never going to happen’.

Says a friend: ‘They say they have the  happiest divorce ever, and they do. Everybody’s super-happy. Diana is thrilled  that Roger has found happiness with Elle; we all thought she’d be cut up about  it, but she’s delighted.

'She really likes Elle and wants Roger to be  happy. He seems to be, and the relationship is very serious. Diana has been  telling people that it’s great and she has a great settlement and she’s  delighted.’

Despite the record payout, Mr Jenkins – the  man credited with  saving Barclays at the height of the credit crunch – is  still one of the country’s wealthiest people. In this year’s Sunday Times Rich  List the Scots-born financier was worth £272 million and ranked 290 out of  2,000.

He was up £122 million from the previous year  after becoming a managing partner in Brazilian bank BTG Pactual, where he had a  share in the bank’s £10 billion flotation.

For the first time his wife is now also in  the list, at 457. As chairman of Neuro Brands, a line of health drinks in which  her husband is understood to still have a share, she hopes to become even  wealthier.

Mr Jenkins made his millions at Barclays,  joining as a graduate trainee and earning more than £120 million in three years  from 2004.

He was once the highest paid man at the bank  when he ran the legal but controversial tax avoidance division at Barclays  Capital. He then went to head the investment banking division in the Middle  East.

Last week it was reported he is to be  investigated by the Financial Services Authority over £4.5 billion of investment  in Barclays he secured from Qatar and other Middle Eastern investors that saw  him earn an estimated £30 million in the process.

From humble beginnings: The apartment block in a suburb of Sarajevo, where Diana Jenkins was born and raised. She arrived in England with no money and no family but saved enough to enrol at London¿s City University

From humble beginnings: The apartment block in a suburb  of Sarajevo,  where Diana Jenkins was born and raised. She arrived in England  with no  money and no family but saved enough to enrol at London's City  University

He was later part of a group that raised  another £7.3 billion. The deals helped Barclays avoid state ownership during the  credit crunch, but it was claimed the Middle Eastern investors were getting a  better return on their money than ordinary shareholders could expect.

The FSA declined to comment, but a Barclays  insider said: ‘Who would not want to woo the Qataris when they spend £35 billion  a year on investment holdings – that is more than £100 billion in the years that  the FSA seems to be interested in.

Not to try to get close to the Qatari  government would have been bizarre. To have got their money was a benefit for  Britain. I am not sure why the FSA would want to look into this.’

Mr Jenkins has previously credited his wife  for helping to negotiate the bailout from Qatar. A formidable networker, Diana  was born Sanela Dijana Catic but changed her name when she arrived in England  from Sarajevo in 1993.

She spoke no English, and had no money and no  family but saved enough to enrol at London’s City University. In her time there  she launched an investment fund, through which she met her husband. They married  in 1999, the same year their son, Innis, was born. Daughter Eneya was born three  years later.

When the couple separated Mr Jenkins promised  he would be generous when it came to the settlement. Last year he told The Mail  on Sunday: ‘Will she take half my money? Of course. And quite rightly so.  Without her, I would not have anything like the success I have had.’

Both Mr Jenkins and his ex-wife last night  declined to comment.



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