Source of Wealth:Divorce (John Charman ex-wife)
Charman was awarded £48m in 2006 in what was then the biggest divorce settlement in British legal history. She married John Charman (qv) in 1976, when she was working in what is now the Department for Work and Pensions. He had started as a junior clerk at Sturge, a Lloyd’s of London underwriting firm, and amassed a £131m fortune. Her divorce settlement equates to almost £1.5m per year of married life.
She had asked for half her husband’s fortune and rejected an initial offer of £20m. Now Charman, 58, is regularly in the news in Sevenoaks, Kent, for her work as a magistrate.