|Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren
|January 1, 1980
Elin Nordegren is a Swedish former model and nanny. But we know her as the ex-wife of professional golfer Tiger Woods.
Nordegren was born in Sweden. She met Woods in 2001 and married him three years later. They got a divorce in 2010, with Elin receiving a settlement of $100 million.
Meeting Tiger Woods and Early Love
Elin Nordegren was a nanny and a model before meeting Tiger Woods. She took a job in Champagne, a Stockholm clothing store. There, she met Mia Parnevik, wife of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. They hired her to be the nanny of their children.
Her job description stated she needed to move full-time to the United States of America. There, the couple introduced Elin to Tiger during the 2001 Open Championship. After communicating for three years, Elin and Tiger married in 2004. Yet, the union was ill-fated.
Mia and Jesper Parnevik once said they feel guilty. They said they are “filled with sorrow” because they thought Tiger was a better guy. At the time, Elin was in a relationship with someone else. But it was Tiger who asked to meet her.
In the beginning, Elin had no interest in Tiger, and he was OK with that. At the time, there were many single golfers, and many wanted to meet Elin. She wanted to be a child psychologist. By 2003, Woods and Nordegren started appearing together. They attended the Presidents Cup tournament in South Africa. Woods proposed to her at the luxury Shamwari Game Reserve.
Following on their golf marriage story, they got married by the 19th hole of the Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados. Woods rented the entire complex for a week.
In 2007, the couple welcomed their first child, Sam Alexis. One year later, Woods announced they expect another child. At the beginning of 2009, the couple welcomed their son, Charlie Axel.
Before meeting Woods, Elin earned about $40,000 per year as a model, and between $700 and $800 as a nanny.
A rich Divorce
At the beginning of 2009, things were great for Woods and Nordegren. Tiger had a net worth of close to $1 billion, he was the most successful golfer, and he had a wife and two children. But by the end of the year, things went south.
In November 2009, rumors of his infidelity started appearing. The National Enquirer published a story that he had an affair with a New York City nightclub manager called Rachel Uchitel. She denied the claims. Two days later, he collided with a fire hydrant while driving home.
On December 2, Woods admitted transgressions and apologized to those who supported him over the years. A few days later, women started speaking publicly about affairs with the golfer. He admitted infidelity on December 11.
From there on, his life turned to hell. Companies re-evaluated their relationship. He lost many endorsement deals. The divorce was on the way. At the time, Elin had the right to something between $100 million and $750 million. In the end, the couple settled for a $100 million divorce settlement. She used the money to buy a $12 million Florida mansion. Elin took a low-profile approach after that.
Highest Divorce Settlements
This might come as a surprise, but Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods divorce settlement is not even in the top 10 highest settlements.
For example, the record for Hollywood celebrities divorce settlement is the one between Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore. The actor paid half of his net worth at the time, which is $425 million.
Last year, we had the divorce of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, and his wife. He paid $38 billion in the divorce settlement, making it the biggest divorce settlement in history. He also handed over a 4% stake in his online shopping giant.
We can also about the expensive divorce settlement between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and journalist Maria Torv. Their marriage lasted for 31 years and had three children. They had different ideas for retirement. They agreed to a separation in 1998, with Murdoch paying $1.7 billion.
Before Jeff Bezos’s divorce, Alec Wildenstein held the record. When French-American businessman divorced his wife Jocelyn Wildenstein, he paid $2.5 billion. He also paid $100 million for every year after that. The divorce settlement reached a total of $3.8 billion.
Personal Life Post Woods
Following her divorce to Tiger Woods, Elin found love again. She had a relationship with coal magnate and philanthropist Chris Cline. But that didn’t last long as well. In June 2019, she announced her pregnancy with former NFL player Jordan Cameron.
In May 2014, she graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She got a degree in psychology, receiving the outstanding senior award in the process.
Elin lives in her house in Windermere, Florida. This is the 1920s mansion she bought for $12 million in 2011. The property spreads over 25000 square feet featuring a mansion with 11 bedrooms.
Following the divorce to Tiger Woods, Elin lives a low-key life. There are no details on endorsements and earnings. She doesn’t use a social media account either.