Athina Onassis’s husband of 10 years cheated on her with some woman


I’m not sure how many people will care about this, but I’ve always been fascinated by “The Last Onassis,” Athina Onassis Roussel. Athina is the daughter of the late Christina Onassis, who was Aristotle Onassis’s only daughter. Aristotle’s son Alexander died in a plane crash in 1973, and Aristotle died just a few years later (some say he died of grief after losing his son). So Christina was the heir to her father’s vast fortune, and she only had one child, Athina. Christina passed away when Athina was just a child, and Athina was raised by her father and stepmother, far away from her Greek relatives. Her father also raised her to not really think about her vast fortune either, and that worked for a while until Athina got into her late teens. Then she was obsessed with horses and she ended up meeting a fellow equestrian named Doda Miranda (who is 12 years older than Athina). Doda and Athina were married in 2005. She seemed to love and adore him, and their shared passion for horses seemed to unite them for years. But guess what? It seems like Doda liked to get some on the side. And Athina just found out.

Athina Onassis’s Olympic medal winning husband threw his decade-long marriage away on a one-night stand with the sister of an international equestrian, Daily Mail Online has exclusively learned. ‘Doda’ Miranda was found in bed with the blonde at the $2 million home that the heiress bought in the horsey-heaven of Wellington, Florida just last year.

Now Miranda is desperately trying to worm his way back into the life of the heiress who inherited half of the $5 billion fortune of her shipping magnate grandfather — Jacqueline Kennedy’s second husband.

‘I am really in the midst of a storm,’ Miranda, 43, admitted to Brazilian magazine Epoca, ‘But I will not give up on my love. It won’t be easy but I will fight until the end.’

Daily Mail Online has learned that Miranda — real name Alvaro de Miranda Neto — was discovered in bed with the woman by his wife’s security team, causing a scandal that has rocked the show jumping world.

‘Athina’s security detail is paid by her not him. They busted him having sex with another woman in the couple’s new house in Wellington,’ a well-connected member of the international show jumping circuit told Daily Mail Online exclusively. ‘He begged them not to say anything, but one of them went straight to Athina. She immediately packed her bags and went off to Europe. This has been the buzz in Wellington for about a month. It was apparently a one-night stand, there was nothing serious going on between them.’

Doda was a member of Brazil’s Olympic showjumping team that won bronze medals in both 1996 and 2000. Athina, 31, is an international equestrian herself and hopes to represent Greece in this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She competed in the latest leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Chantilly, France, last weekend — without her wedding band. The website Greek Reporter said she looked ‘sad and haggard.’

Sources say the woman that Miranda cheated with follows her sibling around to international competitions. Other high-profile members of the tour include Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica, and Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of New York City’s billionaire former mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

[From The Daily Mail]

Dude!!!! HOW STUPID ARE YOU? You cheat on your rich-as-hell wife with some one night stand? I might have sympathy for the guy if he cheated for love. But this doesn’t sound like love, it sounds like he just banged this lady because she was convenient. If you read Vanity Fair’s article about Athina and Doda’s romance back in 2005, you might know that there were rumors of his shadiness around the time when he and Athina first met too. He had a serious girlfriend who was quickly jettisoned when he met the then-teenaged heiress. And there have always been rumors that Doda was basically just in it for the money. I hope Athina protected her assets, because good God. The Daily Mail says Athina is worth billions, but I believe Athina’s father made some really crappy investments before she wrested control of her fortune, so I think she’s probably worth something like $700-800 million (that’s just my estimate).


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  1. GiGi says:

    I remember feeling so sad for her when she was young. So much tragedy. She’s the Gloria Vanderbilt of her generation. I always hoped she would grow up to have a somewhat normal and happy life…

    • Liv says:

      I hope she dumps him and finds a better man. She can do way better. What an idiot. I hope he gets nothing out of her.

      • Original T.C. says:

        Exactly. Dump him and keep on stepping. She’s still young, wealthy, AND could end up in the Olmpics representing Greece. Super cool. Many women have unfaithful husbands it’s part of normal life. The media want to downplay all she has going for her to do some poor like rich girl or Jennifer Aniston/Garner pitty party.

      • Rayya Kirt says:

        She’s only worth like 700 mill? Who’d want her now….

      • Frida says:

        She’d be great for Prince Harry. She seems nice and normal, considering her wealth and family history. They’d make beautiful babies, too.

    • jc126 says:

      I’ve always felt bad for her too – wouldn’t want her life and assorted sadness for all the money in the world. I hope she makes choices after this that will raise her self-esteem, not lower it – hope she dumps him and finds someone worthy!! As a side note, while I wasn’t alive when she did it, I always wondered why Jacqueline Kennedy married Onassis, he seemed like such a d bag.

      • what's inside says:

        Jackie was afraid for her life and her children’s lives and needed someone with a lot of money to protect them. Ari had it all including a private island and could afford to keep her up. He pursued her relentlessly even having to put up a dowry per Ted Kennedy with a prenup so that she would be protected. The marriage, however, was essentially over within a very short period of time and he returned to his lover, Maria Callas. In fact, he was in the process of seeking a divorce from Jackie at the time of his death, but this was not filed. Jackie was then able to negotiate a substantial settlement from the estate with Ari’s daughter, Christina.

      • minx says:

        Bobby Kennedy was killed in June 1968; she married Onassis that October. It was shocking at the time, but I think she wanted protection for herself and her children, the protection that a huge fortune can provide.

      • Christin says:

        In one word – security.

      • Almond says:

        Agree with those posters up there – Jackie O was quoted effectively saying that if they were killing Kennedys, she wanted to protect her kids somehow and she felt Onassis had the means to do so. To him it was a status thing to marry a first lady.

    • HH says:

      I remember when they first got together and getting the worst vibes from that guy. Something about him just screamed “dirtbag.” It’s always interesting when those vibes are so strong, they come through in photographs.

    • EM says:

      She appears to have grown into such a strong woman and I wish her the best. It appeared that she was close to her father and his family (although he opposed the bf/husband) so hopefully she can lean on them for support.

  2. roxane says:

    Poor woman, what an asshole.

    • Sabrine says:

      These young heiresses don’t seem to have much in the way of life experiences. They pick unsuitable, shady, gold digging men because that seems to be all they know in their privileged worlds. They marry them wanting to feel secure and loved. I wonder how much Frances Bean had to pay off her husband. They probably got sweet talked by these men into not bothering with a prenup.

    • Jen says:

      And word around the horse world is that the woman he was caught with (whose Canadian show jumper sister isn’t mentioned explicitly here) was certainly not the only woman he was stepping out with. This was just the first time he’s been caught in the act.

      • Snappyfish says:

        Bingo! He has been doing this for years but never caught in the act. Athina (much like her mother did w/her father who had a mistress who eventually became Athina’s stepmother) looked the other way until it was impossible not too. When Athina was younger I remember be pressured her into having Lipo. This guy has always been a douche & I was always sad that Athina was with him. She should scrape him off. She deserves much better

      • JustVisiting says:

        Right. This was sort of a known secret. He just hadn’t been caught in the act by those very loyal to Athena. Until now.
        And yes! Things were so shady how he met and courted Athena.
        She always came off as a nice person who wasn’t going to further tarnish the term “heiress”

      • What was that says:

        I too remember her being desperate to loose weight to please him..just like her mother before her with all those pills .which became the death of her..pills and booze..
        I think that world of euro millionaires is not as fabulous when you are in it..problems …different from mine but still problems that can break a sensitive soul..

  3. Melissa Melissa says:

    Nothing buys happiness, neither money nor poverty. I hate how the media is making this into a poor little rich girl story. I think she’s very brave to not want to stay with a man who cheated on her, even if it’s only to clear her head and weight her options.

    I’m sure Athina would have preferred to live a quiet life without the media letting the world know how much she was worth every chance they got, unfortunately such was not the case. I wish her very well. She seems normal compared to the other messes of heiresses we’ve gotten used to.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree with every word. My heart goes out to her, because I think she really loved him. It must be so hard to know who loves you and who is using you when you have such a large fortune. So confusing. I hope she can be alone for awhile and figure out what she needs to do next in order to have a happy life.

      • Pinky says:

        I remember when they got married. The young never listen….


      • ClaireB says:

        It would be a good idea for these poor little rich kids to get regular therapy and also some training in how to step back and judge people and their motivations. I guess they’re too busy with their skiing vacations and yachting.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        See, I don’t get this kind of resentment towards her. She didn’t ask to be born into those circumstances any more than you asked to be born into yours. Now someone she loved and trusted has betrayed her. Why do you have less sympathy for her because she has money? That just doesn’t make sense to me.

      • Betsy says:

        @ClaireB: but how would you even know? We mere mortals are crap at judging the motives of others, too, putting up blinders sometimes, completely ignoring other things and assuming the best when we ought to do the worst. I really can’t blame her for trying her best.

      • ClaireB says:

        Sorry for sounding so harsh and crabby. I honestly do feel sorry for her and truly mean it when I say I wish she could have gotten some therapy, because it sounds like her life has been very emotionally difficult. Maybe she’s had therapy; I don’t know. Then she got conflated with Prince William in my head and I got cranky.

        (My husband and I just bought tickets for our family of 5 to fly cross-country and rent a minivan for a week, so we’re feeling the money pinch and I’m envious of rich people.)

    • Megan says:

      She did not receive her inheritance until last year. There was something about the will or trust that said she could not inherit until she was 30. If Miranda was a gold digger, he really blew it because she just came into $800 million. I tend to think the base of power shifted in the relationship and cheating was his passive aggressive way over evening things out. What a dumbass.

  4. Danielle says:

    I’ve always found athena interesting as well. She has had a hard life, her mom died at 37 and she had to go to court to get her money out of her father’s hands, now this.

  5. Betti says:

    I hope she dumps him and finds herself a real man – she’s had such a tragic life.

    I wish her nothing but happiness and blessings.

    • Rayya Kirt says:

      As do I. She never had any real guidance or proper healing to help her deal with all the grief she encountered so young and in such succession. Her father was a rumored playboy himself who was rumored to have only been with her mother for money. Christina clearly sought a figure she could trust yet ended up with a similar type; a charming, older, worldly, fatherly sort who swept her off her feet without her knowing any better because youth. She wanted security in love, he wanted security in his wallet. To cheat with someone so carelessly and whom meant nothing to him emotionally declares where his respect for his wife lies. And this is far from the first time I would guarantee. I don’t believe they share children together, perhaps a decision she wisely made on instinct or because she wanted to remain the child….or maybe fear of the mental issues possibly passing on to the next generation. Who knows. Best case scenario: she truly seeks clarity within herself and moves forward from a place of strength and not fear of being alone or submitting to his manipulation. Its not her fault. Fiscally, he should only be allowed to keep the horse he rode in on and some of his teeth.

    • Caz says:

      me too. I can’t throw any snark when it’s obvious this guy was using her for her $$$$$

  6. arabella says:

    Her father cheated on her mom too. Which makes this even more tragic

    • Ennie says:

      I remember how Christina would pay her husband everytime they spent time together because she was trying for a baby. She was paying him for his time and the chances to have a baby. She ended up pregnant at the same Time as his long time lover who was with him before, during and after his marriage to Crhistina. He was selling himself for money and being “unfaithful” to his lover. Crhistinas life was terribly sad, all she had was money. Everyone wanted to exploit her.
      At least the leeching father gave Athina some kid next of resemblance to a normal life when she was younger. I think he ended doing a better job than Crhistina would ever had. She was over the top giving her young daughter too much.
      I wonder why Athina did not have children with this man, though.

      • Almond says:

        “At least the leeching father gave Athina some kid next of resemblance to a normal life when she was younger. I think he ended doing a better job than Crhistina would ever had. ”
        At least he was sober but he took great pains to isolate her from her Greek heritage and link with Greece. As the sole inheritor, she should have been given unlimited contact as a child to get to know her mother/grandfather’s country so she could manage her inheritance and her family’s legacy properly. It’s good she only inherited half of what was due to her. I believe her father deliberately kept her uneducated, probably so he could better control her when she finally came into her money.

      • Taxi says:

        Her father Thierry Roussel wasn’t poor when he married Christina but he was never a good businessman. When Athina married Doda, she became a stepmother to the 2 children he had from previous mistresses. Read all about it here -

  7. Christin says:

    I remember her mother marrying Thierry and how happy she seemed with her baby.

    Having read about Ari through Athina, it’s clear that money does not buy happiness or protect from illness/tragedy.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I think, from what I have seen, that huge fortunes do not usually mean happy lives. It’s hard to know why people really care about you, it’s hard to get a real sense of accomplishment from anything, etc.. Everyone needs enough money so that money isn’t a constant worry, but after that, I’m not sure that more is better.

      • Christin says:

        I completely agree (your observations mirror my own).

        I should have added ‘excess’ money, because obviously we all need basic living expenses and emergency funds. Having genuine love is a priceless asset.

      • bluhare says:

        I think I agree too, GNAT. Not ever having had that level of money, I wonder if it’s that people really have to work at finding a purpose.

      • JustVisiting says:

        This woman’s whole life has been such a tragedy. She does appear to have grown from that into someone strong so there’s that.
        A solid example extreme wealth does not bring happiness.

    • tigerlily says:

      Yes, I too recall reading about Christina and Thierry Roussel. He was no angel. IIRC while Christina was pregnant with Athina, Thierry had a mistress who had children with him of similar age to Athina. Very shady. Felt so sorry for Christina as she had no luck in love at all. Hope Athina does better.

      • Christin says:

        I do wonder if anything would have been different if Christina had lived. Maybe she could have guided her daughter past the romantic mistakes she herself had made.

        Then again, can be hard to get through to a headstrong teenager/young adult.

        This article credits her stepmother with helping shape her character:

  8. Eldy says:

    Doda left his girlfriend Cibele Dorsa, the mother of his daughter Vivienne, litterally as soon as he met the 18-year-old heiress Athina. Cibele killed herself in 2011 and she left behind suicides notes explicitly mentioning him and the way he raised her child as the reason for her act.
    He is a gold-digger and a very shady person.

    • Christin says:

      Did not realize what happened to his former girlfriend. I do remember there was something shady and opportunistic about this relationship’s start.

      It surprises me that he didn’t push for a child with Athina, though I understand she miscarried a couple of years ago.

      Hopefully she has a solid pre-nup. I’m glad her security team understands who really employs them, too.

    • LuckyZeGrand says:

      Are you serious?
      That is absoulutely terrible and I hope he is left with nothing because money seems to be the only important thing to him.

    • Andrea says:

      Whoa the story about his ex is a game changer and even worse than a one night stand (which ladies I could forgive).

    • Rainbow says:

      Eldy you are right. I am Greek and this story is well known here.Doda leaved his girlfriend for Athina, took their daughter and she killed herself. His late girlfriend said that he married Athina for money and he called her (behind her back of course) fat and ugly.
      Doda is a shady golddigger and cheater just like her father.

      • LOL says:

        You are right.

        “We were happy together until he met her,” Sibele says from her home in Sao Paulo. “Our only problem was money and Doda is useless with money. What he earns, he spends. He is a charismatic, persuasive man. She will hang on his every word but she will learn, as I have.”
        Sibele claims that when he first met Athina he described her as an “elephant” and laughingly told his wife that she was throwing herself at him. “Then, suddenly, he told me our marriage was over and that Athina was in love with him. I asked him if he loved her but all he said was, ‘I can’t answer that’.”

    • Miss M says:

      Eldy, Cibele committed suicide due to depression triggered by the suicide of her fiance , Gilberto Scarpa, that happened 2 months prior her own and she witnessed it.

      • LOL says:

        But she left suicides notes… She said he is not a good man.

      • Miss M says:

        LOL: She did referred him in one paragraph and after that there was, at least, one e-mail 2 months prior to her death that she said he was a wonderful father and asking to thank Athina for being so caring to her kids. Just google it!
        Doda is not a Saint, but this is too much. She wrote a letter when she was extremely depressive to the point that she chose to take her own life because her fiance (who was a drug addict) committed suicide in front of her.

    • LOL says:

      And his ex-girlfriend said he never liked Athina. He said she was fat and ugly.

  9. Frosty says:

    What a jerk. Athina had the will to rescue her fortune from her dad’s ineptitude; I hope she’ll have the same grit in dealing with her loser husband.

  10. Brandi says:

    And he did it at their own home too! How gross, I hope she dumps the jerk.

    • Pix says:

      I know! The arrogance. There’s no way this was his first time stepping out. You don’t just have an affair in your family bed without having a complete disregard for your wife.
      I remember her when she was about to inherit her fortune and thinking she looked so sad for someone so incredibly wealthy. I hope she finds happiness.

    • Miss M says:

      Disgusting! You cheat on your wife and top of that you choose your home to do it?! I hope she divorces him and leaves him with nada!

  11. my3cents says:

    In my imaginary matchmaking I would have her and Harry give it a go, it might work😉
    And yes- dump his ass and don’t look back.

  12. Snowflake says:

    That was good of her security team to let her know. I bet he tried to pay them off to not say anything. She’s young and rich, she’ll be alright. But it must be hard when you have people who will pretend so they can have a shot at your fortune.

  13. Jade says:

    So difficult to love when you are rich and / or famous so I wish her well. Hope she is clear headed enough to dump him. Seems to me…she could fall for a single bodyguard who’s been with her for years. Such a movie scenario eh…

  14. mytake says:

    I just finished reading a book about Athina (Athina Onasis: In The Eyes Of The Storm) — talk about a drama-filled life. And yes, while I feel bad for her on some levels — the writing was all over the wall with Doda. He is the definition of a gold digger. Plus, Athina still needs to grow up a bit.

  15. anon says:

    They have no kids?

    • mytake says:

      Well, they don’t have kids together. But I THINK (again, THINK) that Doda had a child with the woman he was with before Athina, named Cibele. Cibele committed suicide after Doda and Athina got together — and I think Doda and Athina raise Doda’s and Cibele’s child…..

      • ClaireB says:

        The article I read about this said that Athina has been very involved in raising Doda’s child Vivienne from his previous relationship. Another person he’s screwed over now by screwing someone else.

      • Miss M says:

        As I said earlier on thsi thread, Cibele commited suicide 2 months after her fiance, Gilberto Scarpa, commited suicide right in front of her. Doda is not a Saint, but her depression and suicide are linked to her then fiance.

  16. Alex says:

    I know nothing about these people but from reading the comments he was obviously shady from the jump. I agree with people who said heiresses rarely have the life experience to sort out who is just there for their money. It’s sad. Hopefully she has something iron clad. I assume she does

  17. Kelly says:

    This sentence is a classic, ”

    It was apparently a one-night stand, there was nothing serious going on between them.”

    Honestly, is a one night stand worse than a long term affair?
    Good luck to her and kudos to her security team.

  18. Tiffany says:

    After 10 years, it is ‘her’ security team and not ‘their’. Dude really did not know his place.

    In your marital home, moron.

  19. Jenns says:

    The whole thing was shady from the beginning. She was trying to get away from her father, who wanted her money and fell into the arms of a man who just wanted her money.

    Poor girl. Even with her fortune, I would never want to grow up with the BS she had to deal withm.

    • Betti says:

      Her father and her grandfather where mega douches who treated women like crap. No wonder Christina was a mess, she was basically ignored by her father who spent his life chasing after younger women and then discarding them when he was bored. Athina seems to be surrounded by similar men, her father and now this scumbag. At least her security team are loyal and look out for her.

      If they do divorce he won’t go quietly without a massive payoff, particularly as she is mother to his daughter with another woman.

      • Bridget says:

        What ended up happening with the father? It was never his money, it was Christina and now Athina’s.

      • mayamae says:

        I hope she was smart enough to adopt his child. Otherwise it’s something else he can manipulate in a divorce settlement.

    • Dingding says:

      She needs to face the music and not hide in stables in the company of horses. Basically she escaped from all that money / investments / Onassis foundation / all things greek by becoming a professional rider. She is hiding and not facing her past. That is why her past keeps chasing her.

      • Almond says:

        @Dingding, she was raised deliberately to be disconnected from Greece. Her father did that deliberately, I believe.

  20. amilu says:

    I can’t believe she’s old enough to have been married for 10 years. She’ll always be that little girl with the sad story to me, I guess.

  21. I never trusted this guy and don’t believe for one second that this is the first time. I have no proof other than the screaming alarm of my expert sleaze-o-meter.

    • Dingding says:

      He quickly left the mother of his child (apparently he had never bothered to marry her) to get together with a very young and impressable Athina and the death/suicide of his child’s mother was probably rather convenient, too. Yep, he is shady.

      And probably not too bright: why getting caught in that house that both of them own/use. Why getting caught by (her) security? In their marital bed? Didn’t he know that there was security? Gotta be kidding me.
      Use a hotel!

      No seriously. I am sorry for Athina. That is a difficult situation to be in. A cheating husband. To never know if people like you for yourself or for your money.

      • Agreed! Its sad and unfortunately there are so many men/women just like him in the equestrian arena. It’s a very expensive sport and needs funding from somewhere.

  22. The Original Mia says:

    Hopefully, she divorced him quickly and then works on figuring out who she is without a man. It’s time for her to finally grow up and out of that dreaded Onassis curse. I wish her the best.

    • Dingding says:

      She needs to work out her family’s past. I means she shouldn’t just ignore it and leave the administration of the money and the tradition in other people’s hands.

      Athina met Doda when she was still quite young. I wonder if Doda encouraged her to not bother with her Onassis family’s past (fortune and tradition). If so he really did a bad thing to her.

      • ClaireB says:

        It was actually her father who encouraged her to ignore her Greek side. And now apparently the Greeks are sneering because she wants to represent Greece in the Olympics when she knows almost nothing of the language or culture.

      • Ennie says:

        There have been cases like that. My country is a tropical one, for the most part, and there have been some people from foreign background with hardly any ties , who have competed in Winter games under our flag. I bet there have been quite a few foreign soccer / basketball players who change nationality in hopes of participating in the Olympics.
        I hope she accomplishes her wish. Her Greek side has brought money, but the history is too sad.

  23. Tig says:

    And no wonder she gravitated towards horses! Once you gain a horse’s trust, it is loyal to you. Sad her husband lacked that trait- and in THEIR home! Too cheap to rent a hotel? Good grief.

    OT- Athina lost one of her show jumpers to an injury at some point last year. That was one of the most beautiful horses I had ever seen. I will be pulling for her to make the Olympics.

  24. Her mother was such a mess. Athina’s grandfather really did a number on her. The grandfather and father viewed women as only being useful if cleaning or being decorative. Because her mother had the misfortune of looking so much like Athina’s grandfather she was considered unattractive so, in her grandfathers eyes, she was useless.

    • Dingding says:

      S*x, don’t forget s*x. That is what women are useful for in the eyes of men like Onassis and that father of hers.

      Athina’s mother wasn’t ugly. But very unhappy and I think that showed, too.

      • Absolutely! By decorative I meant sexually attractive, should have clarified. She wasn’t unattractive at all, but she wasn’t what the men around her considered attractive. You know, stick thin, big boobed, model face same old same old. The saddest thing was how completely she loved Athina and how little time she had to experience what real love was.

    • mayamae says:

      That’s so irritating. If Aristotle thought his daughter was unattractive he should have blamed himself. He was an extremely unattractive man.

    • Ennie says:

      Christina’s mother used to complain about her daughter, and was a terrible mother. Do not just blame Aristotle.
      Google Athina Livanos. She used to criticize her daughter’s peasant woman’s ankles. Their relationship (Christina’s parents) was absolutely a mess.
      When she died, Christina’s was supposedly planning to move to Argentina and buy a ranch and ponys. In a way, Athina probably fulfilled her mother’s wishes of living in Southamerica, enjoying her passion and being far from the craziness.

      • I had forgotten that. Yes, Christina had very little love in her life.

      • Cee says:

        Christina ended living in an elitist country club, where she died. It was all over the news not only because of who she was, but because of the manner of her death, which put a damper on the country club’s residents.

  25. A says:

    He was always a piece of garbage. He disposed of the mother of his child when he met Athina. He was in it for the money. I do believe he had more sidepieces over the years.

  26. Beatrice says:

    Only a one-night stand?? Please!! It may have been a one-night stand with that particular woman, but I’m betting there’s either a series of “one-night stands” or a side-piece or two. Maybe both. Dump him! Athina deserves someone better.

  27. cakecakecake says:

    hmmm, I wonder what kind of contracts were drawn up?? will he get a small chunk, like 30 mil for the yrs they were together?? was there a “no cheating” clause??

    He looked shady fom the start, did she listen to business advisors or throw caution to the wind with the prenupitals??

    • Dingding says:

      She wrestled control of her fortune from her dad’s hands at age 18. That does show some intelligence and determination.

  28. what's inside says:

    She has had terrible role models in her life and decision-making was a challenge when she was younger. Hopefully she has matured and will be able to make good decisions regarding how she wants her life to be and not fall into the traps of the past.

  29. Dingding says:

    If Athina is smart enough to make sure her security knows that she pays them then I would take that as an indicator that she is smart money-wise.
    If my hubby’s ex had “jumped” off a high-rise and if that was just very convenient then I would protect my assets, too.

  30. Donna says:

    I walked in on my ex husband in bed with someone else… on Valentine’s day, no less! And I had 4 yr old and one month old sons with him at the time. Took me years to get over it and I hate Valentine’s day still.
    My heart goes out to Athina. I hope she stays strong and has an equally strong pre-nup!

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      My god, Donna, how horrible for you! And with two chikdren, the younger one just a month old?!? What a struggle you must have had to make a go of your life at that point!

      • Donna says:

        @lahdidahbaby: There were some pretty rough times, yes, but we survived and I tried to make my boys’ childhoods fun, even though their father was rarely around and didn’t help with support or anything. I was in and out of wheelchairs their whole childhoods and often wondered if they resented any if it. But I asked them about it a couple years ago ( they are 23 and 27 now) and they said they loved their childhoods, and I made it fun for them and they wouldn’t trade it for anything. :) So life really is what you make of it!

  31. Saks says:

    I just told about this to my mother and she replied “I’m actually surprise they made it this far, I bet he has cheated their whole relationship.”

  32. mayamae says:

    Google tells me that the Florida home is $12 million not $2 million. Also, the name of her business is AD Sport Horses. I’m assuming AD is Athina and Doda, which makes me wonder if he’s legally co-owner, or if she kept tight control over all the finances. After all, after ten years of marriage you would think the security would be “theirs”, but it was apparently only hers. I wouldn’t blame her for keeping him on a tight leash.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      I believe it’s the home which is $2 million (actually a pretty reasonable price) and it’s the separate horse stables that are the much higher amount (around $12 million?).

  33. MerlinsWife says:

    Thanks, Kaiser! I find the Onassis’ fascinating, too!

  34. JRenee says:

    People with this type of wealth are often sheltered in a way that others may not understand. Such tragedy has surrounded her and she seemingly wants a non public life. I sympathize with her and wish her the best.

    Him…so disrepectful!

  35. Reece says:

    Her security person should get a raise! The rest of them idk….unless they were all in on it and just decided to have that one person break it to her.
    No “poor girl” and no pity though.
    Dump that A________!!! Go thru your grief, Then find someone good and cares for you and not your money. It’s hard and tough but possible.

  36. Amelie says:

    I was vaguely aware of Athina Onassis Roussel. Hopefully she protected her fortune when she met him but she was only 18 at the the time? She was only 20 or 21 when they got married? I could see her totally neglecting to do this… Hopefully that is not the case.

    Her husband reminds me of Mark Phillips, Princess Anne’s ex. I didn’t know how shady he was until recently. He has a daughter in New Zealand he has no relationship with which he fathered during his marriage to Anne, married an American dressage rider, but recently divorced her for a younger show jumper… So much drama in the horse world!!

  37. Rayya Kirt says:

    Money can still buy you a crappy taste in men. I chose badly for free:( With her cash, I’d get heavy duty therapy, travel for a year and figure out how to be alone for a while emotionally while allowing myself to be wined and dined by some charmers as distraction for a bit.

  38. Brasileira says:

    He was married with two children and, once he got with Athina, he used her money to make sure he got custody of the children.

    Sure, the mother had issues, but he didn’t seem to have any issue with that until he locked his filthy rich girldfriend. The ex-wife wound up committing suicide, and in the goodbye note, she mentioned the fact her depression was worsened by the loss of custody of her children. Not to mention the smear campaign he started in Brazilian media against her accusing her of drug addiction and much more.

    Cheating on Athina, who always seemed to adore him in her own bed, under the eyes of her security detail…. he should lose custody on grounds of being way too dumb to keepp them.

  39. wow says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen pictures of her looking happy and giving all of the death and scandal around her, I can see why.

    I think women in those circles accept cheating to some degree in their marriages and some may be accustomed to it when it’s not kniwn by the public or flaunted. They seem to only seperate or want to divorce when these affairs become made known publicly with proof which means humiliation for them.

    Her husband was a known douche bag for years and as others have mentioned he more than likely has cheated prior to this. If he hadn’t have been caught so blatantly she probably still would have kept up the pretense. And continued to turn a blind eye.

    She’ll be alright though. She’s only in her early thirties. And don’t they have kids together.

  40. Almond says:

    Her story has always interested me too. Her mother had serious depression or some other mental medical condition and was obsessed with her father, to the extent that she was okay with him bringing Gaby (his second wife) to live with them. She also begged him for a second child even after he went back to Gaby!! She never got herself together and I think she really failed her daughter.
    The father is a shady character and Athina was never encouraged to find out about her Greek heritage, learn Greek, let alone go to college. It’s right that the Onasis Foundation Board refused to give her control. I believe Athina’s hubby is in it mostly for the money and power. Athina’s had a really tragic life despite everything. Her father is the worst and played the biggest role in denying her – by raising her in France or Switzerland – her connection with her Greek and other family origins. And how can someone expected to manage a billion-dollar empire be denied college or a decent education? So obvious her dad was just a gold digger, even through his own daughter.

  41. MrsK says:

    Poor girl. If this were a proposal for a Lifetime movie, it would be rejected because it’s so exaggerated. So much money, but so much sadness, loss, and betrayal by all those she should have been able to trust the most – her mother, her father, her husband, and even her grandfather, who didn’t take her seriously.

  42. kibbles says:

    I’d rather have my life as it is now than to have the (bad) luck of the Kennedy and Onassiss families. Of course a lot of the people in those families have died due to poor decisions and reckless behavior, but you have to wonder how these families have suffered so many tragedies with members dying in their 20s, 30s, and 40s from accidents and unexplained illnesses. The people in the Onassiss family seem to die at a young age. For her own health and sanity, Athina should divorce this guy while she’s still young and try to live happily (or produce an heir if she chooses) with a more decent guy than this.

  43. Donna says:

    I wish her all the best.

  44. TyrantDestroyed says:

    She is a couple of years older than I and when I was younger it always shocked me to see her sad in more of the photos. Even if she was brought into a “normal” family life she always had this sadness in her eyes. I hope she finds true love in her life, at least she has her passion for horses.

  45. Mar says:

    She has aged a lot in 10 years.

  46. Anon says:

    I think it speaks to her character (and to his!) that her security team ratted him out to her. How humiliating. Poor Athina!

  47. lucy says:

    This hurts my heart.

    Sidenote: I find this phrasing to be disrespectful or misguided, “so I think she’s probably worth something like $700-800 million” in that it assigns the monetary value to her as a person. Wouldn’t it be more respectful and accurate to state, “so I think her net worth is something like $700-800 million” or “so I think she has assets probably worth something like $700-800 million”?


  48. Margo S. says:

    Well obviously he’s just in it for the money. It’s not like he’s in it for the looks. Yikes. No wonder he cheated.