Countess Flees Clutches of Rich Mogul

Some people have all the (bad) luck. Details are leaking out from a contentious divorce trial currently underway in Connecticut—and they’re soap opera good. Swedish countess Marie Douglas-David was pampered with a $200,000 a week budget by her millionaire mogul husband, George David, currently seated as chairman of United Technologies. While she claims her life was under total control—she wasn’t allowed to work or own anything in her name, not even her $190,000 engagement ring—he simply says, “She wrote the checks, she made the charges, and I paid them…I never once complained about her spending.” Some of the perks include opulent furs, a half-dozen $26,000 Birkin handbags, and weekends in Sardinia.