Jocelyn Wildenstein is a New York socialite, known for extensive facial surgeries, an extravagant lifestyle, and her divorce from Alec Wildenstein in 1999.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Jocelyne Périsset’s father worked in a sporting goods store. She began dating Ciryl Piguet (a Swiss movie producer) at the age of 17. She later lived in Paris with French filmmaker Sergio Gobbi. She grew up in a middle class family in Switzerland. There she became a skilled hunter and pilot. She was introduced to Alec Wildenstein by Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi at a shooting weekend at the Wildenstein’s African ranch “Ol Jogi”
Jocelyn Wildenstein was married to Alec Wildenstein when they were both in their 30s. Alec was a member of the Wildenstein family – a wealthy family of renowned art dealers. The divorce was not amicable, and has been described as “scandalous”. Jocelyn walked in on Alec Wildenstein and a 19 year old Russian model in her bedroom at the Wildenstein New York home, and was threatened by Alec 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. The marital home in New York was later sold by Ms. Wildenstein to real estate developer Janna Bullock for 13 million dollars and required substantial renovation. During her divorce, the judge stipulated that she could not use any alimony payments for further cosmetic surgery. She received $2.5 billion in the divorce settlement and $100 million each year for 13 years after. During the divorce proceedings, Ms. Wildenstein enlisted the services of Ed Rollins for public relations assistance and (at various times) both Bernard Clair and Kenneth Godt for legal counsel.