Advertising tycoon Martin Sorrell is facing a divorce after splitting from his wife of 12 years 

Advertising tycoon Martin Sorrell, 75, splits from his second wife, 45, after 12 years

Sir Martin Sorrell married Cristiana Falcone in 2008 and had a daughter He is one of the country’s wealthiest and best-known advertising tycoons Lady Sorrell could become one of UK’s richest women after splitting from him

The wife of one of Britain’s best-known – and wealthiest – advertising tycoons is seeking a divorce, she revealed last night.

Sir Martin Sorrell, who is worth an estimated £368million, married Cristiana Falcone in 2008. The couple had a daughter eight years later.

Lady Sorrell, who is almost three decades Sir Martin’s junior, could now become one of Britain’s richest women after splitting from the 75-year-old.

It comes two years after Sir Martin quit advertising giant WPP amid allegations of misconduct. It was claimed the firm had been investigating whether Sir Martin had spent £300 of company money on a prostitute.

Sir Martin Sorrell, who is worth an estimated £368million, married Cristiana Falcone in 2008 (pictured together in 2009)

Two colleagues are said to have witnessed their boss going into a flat in Mayfair’s red light district. Sir Martin strenuously denied the claims.

In a statement released late last night, Lady Sorrell said: ‘My husband and I have separated and I am seeking a divorce to end our marriage.’

The Italian, who is on the board of media conglomerate Viacom and previously worked at the World Economic Forum, added: ‘From here on, my priority will be the interests of my daughter, and I request that the media respect my and my family’s privacy.’

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