Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Have Sex, Will Travel

Cheating Wife Awarded More Than $40 Million BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (March 25) - A judge has awarded the former wife of a multimillionaire businessman a divorce settlement worth more than $40 million even though she admitted having affairs with her rock-climbing guide and a man she met on a flight to China.

In addition to a $24 million payment, Susan Sosin will keep the couple's
$3.6 million Manhattan apartment, $2 million Utah ski house and $800,000 home in Wallkill, N.Y. But she has to vacate the couple's two mansions in Connecticut and three desert properties in Arizona. (Poor baby!) In the divorce granted Wednesday, she also gets to keep $6 million in her brokerage accounts, eight cars and $2.9 million in jewelry, including a ruby piece her husband had bought for her but hadn't given to her prior to their divorce.

Richard Albrecht, attorney for Sosin's husband, Howard, estimated the total value of the award at $43 million, or 27 percent of the estate.

She wanted half, he said. (You've got to be fucking kidding me. All that shit isn't enough? He could have had her killed for a lot cheaper, and gotten a sweet book deal out of it!)

"My opinion is her conduct in this matter affected the award," Albrecht said.

Susan Sosin's lawyer, Frederick Siegel of Stamford, couldn't be reached for comment Friday. A telephone message was left at his office. Howard Sosin, 54, who founded AIG Financial Products in 1987, filed for divorce after discovering his wife's relationships in February 2003. During an upgrade of their computer system, he found hundreds of e-mails between his wife and her lover, according to testimony.

Susan Sosin, 51, admitted in testimony that she had become intimate with a guide while rock climbing in 1996, though she said it was a spontaneous and isolated occurrence. During a flight to China in 2000, she met a married man, and that led to a lengthy affair, according to testimony.

"The parties' marriage has been undeniably marred by the defendant's infidelity," Superior Court Judge Howard Owens stated in his verdict. "Although her sexual relationship was not the sole cause of the breakdown, it did effectively terminate the marriage."

Howard Sosin's wealth was estimated at $168 million. Among the assets he gets to keep are $89 million in bank accounts, 10 of the couple's 18 cars, $960,000 worth of private club memberships and $22 million in fine art.

The couple met in 1978 when Howard Sosin was an assistant professor at Columbia University. At the time, she was married to another man and working in retail.
Howard Sosin served as the president and chief operating officer of AIG Financial Products until 1993 when he left the company. Following litigation, he received $182 million from AIG.

Ok, let me get this straight - not only was she cheating on him, but she hits the lottery for effectively terminating the marriage? Sure, she was around when he started amassing his fortune, but hell, was she the founder of AIG Financial services? Ummm, nope. What did she do besides suck him off every once in a while? Nada. Hell, I'll give an occasional BJ if I knew I'd end up with $39.7 million and 8 cars when all was said and done.

To me, the most telling thing about their story is this - "The couple met in 1978 when Howard Sosin was an assistant professor at Columbia University. At the time, she was married to another man and working in retail." Mainly because this effectively equals "Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, "Why have you done this to me?" And the snake answered, "Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake." "

It was just a matter of time before this ho-bag did this to him. She was with someone else when she met him. I'm of the belief that these two "admitted" affairs are just the tip of the iceberg with this woman. I'm sure someone like this guy was away on business a lot. I'm not calling him a saint, because who knows? I'm sure he had his slice of angel food cake now and again too. However, she's the one that got busted, not him. Scoreboard him.

Maybe in 1978 he didn't need a prenup, but her affairs cost him not only his marriage but $40 mil as well? Damn, I hope she was a great lay. As a matter of fact, I hope she was fucking pornstar-like in the sack. Sheeeit, for $40 mil, I'd expect on command BJs and anal twice every Sunday.

The other side of the coin is the fact that she was only awarded 27% of the total estate. Let's face it, he's not going to starve any time soon. I mean, if my wife was awarded 27% of my estate, she'd walk away with a ham sandwich (granted, it'd be on really, REALLY good bread, but I digress). I'd just make another sandwich. But still, $40 mil after screwing your rock climbing guide and falling in love with some guy you met on a plane to China?

I just don't get it. But that's not surprising, really.

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