The Malaysian tycoon who owns Laura Ashley has told the High Court in England that he was “shocked” to discover his wife was the owner of 1,000 pairs of shoes.
Mr Khoo Kay Peng, is resisting an attempt by his estranged wife Pauline Chai that their divorce hearing should be held in London. It is said that having the case heard in England could entitle Ms Chai to as much as £500 million.
As part of her attempt to have the case listed in England she has cited her collection of ladie’s shoes, saying that of her 1,000 pairs, she keeps 700 in Hertfordshire.
She is saying the couple have been domiciled in Hertfordshire since 2009 and that this means she is entitled to English justice.
Dr.Khoo is contesting her claim and has filed his own divorce petition in his native Malaysia.
Giving evidence to the High Court in London via live video link from Kuala Lumpur, he expressed his “shock and surprise” at the size of his estranged wife’s shoe collection and said it made him think of Imelda Marcos, the wife of the former Philippine president who it was claimed had 3,000 pairs of shoes.
He told the court:”I never told her I want to live in England. The tax is far too high.”
Ms Chai, 67, who is a former Miss Malaysia live a £30 million property in Hertfordshire which is owned by Dr Khoo.