Jocelyn Wildenstein Biography
Jocelyn Wildenstein is a Swiss-born American socialite. She is best known for her extensive cosmetic surgery. She is also known through her nicknames such as “Catwoman”, “The Lion Queen”, “Tiger Icon”, “Fierce Legend” and “The Bride Of Wildenstein” from news outlets.
Jocelyn divorce late billionaire businessman Alec Wildenstein in 1999, and for her extravagant lifestyle she once calculated her yearly telephone bill at $60,000 and food and wine costs at $547,000.
Jocelyn Wildenstein Age
Jocelyn was born on August 5, 1940, in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is 80 years old.
Jocelyn Wildenstein Family
Jocelyne was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her father worked in a sporting goods store. When Jocelyn was 17 years old she began dating Cyril Piguet, a Swiss movie producer. Later she lived in Paris with Italian French filmmaker Sergio Gobbi. In Paris, she became a skilled hunter and pilot. Jocelyn was introduced to Alec Wildenstein by Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi at a shooting weekend at the Wildenstein African ranch “Ol Jogi”.
Jocelyn Wildenstein Husband
Jocelyn married Alec N. Wildenstein when they were both in their 30s. Her husband was a member of the Wildenstein family a wealthy family of renowned art dealers. During their divorce, it was not amicable.
Jocelyn walked in on her husband and a 19-year-old Russian model in her bedroom at the Jocelyn New York home, and he threatened her with a gun. This resulted in a night in jail for Alec Wildenstein. The presiding judge, Marilyn Diamond, received death threats in the mail during the proceedings. Jocelyn later sold their marital home in New York to real estate developer Janna Bullock for $13 million and required substantial renovation.
Jocelyn Wildenstein Children
During her divorce, the judge demanded that she could not use any alimony payments for further cosmetic surgery. In the divorce settlement, she received $2.5 billion and $100 million each year for 13 years after. Jocelyn enlisted the services of Ed Rollins for public relations assistance during the divorce proceedings and (at various times) both Bernard Clair and Kenneth God for legal counsel. Together, the Wildenstein’s had two children.
Jocelyn Wildenstein Plastic Surgery
Jocelyn has had extensive cosmetic surgeries to her face creating a “very unnatural appearance.”According to her ex-husband, the surgeries intended to elicit a more catlike look. She is rumored to have spent $4 million on plastic surgery, apparently done to please her ex-husband, who loved big cats.
Despite her unusual appearance, Jocelyn is reported to be “ecstatic with her work. She feels beautiful. She looks in the mirror and she loves what she sees. She got exactly what she wanted.
Jocelyn Wildenstein House
Jocelyn sold their marital home in New York to real estate developer Janna Bullock for $13 million and required substantial renovation.
Jocelyn is selling the sprawling $13 million apartments where she had her infamous dust-up with fashion designer ex-boyfriend Lloyd Klein, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The eight-bedroom, six-bathroom residence takes up nearly the entire 51st floor of the ritzy Trump World Tower building in Manhattan. The building was formerly known as UN Plaza.
She snapped up two adjoining apartments in 2001 before buying a third and knocking them into one giant pad with 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline. It is believed she splashed out around $6 million in total and spent millions more on lavish renovations and an opulent art deco interior.
She stands to make a sizable profit if the 5,160-square foot condo fetches its $12,950,000 asking price.
Jocelyn Wildenstein Net Worth
Jocelyn filed for federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 2018. She listed her Citibank account balance as $0 in the filing according to The New York Post. She says she’s now getting by on just $900 a month in Social Security payments.
“I am not employed and my only income is Social Security,” Jocelyn said in an affidavit. “I often turn to friends and family in order to pay my ongoing expenses.”
Jocelyn Wildenstein Avant
Jocelyn has faced assault charges for allegedly clawing her boyfriend’s face and slashing him with a pair of scissors at a New York City hotel.
Jocelyn Wildenstein Lloyd Klein
Jocelyn and Lloyd’s relationship seemed to be headed for a fairytale ending despite a string of wild, headline-grabbing catfights.
However, Jocelyn’s wedding to longtime beau Lloyd Klein faces its toughest test yet after the fashion designer revealed to DailyMail.com he is battling cancer and was given as little as six months to live.
Klein had a tumor the size of an orange removed from his armpit and underwent months of grueling chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with lymphoma back in 2013.
Having gone into remission, Klein looked the picture of health when he proposed to Jocelyn, in July 2017 presenting the flamboyant New York socialite with a 32-carat diamond ring ‘worth millions’.
But Klein was secretly reeling having been told weeks earlier that the disease was back with a vengeance, spreading to his spine and liver.