Suzanne Saperstein weathered a bitter divorce from her husband of 21 years, Texas billionaire David Saperstein. One day in 2005, as she was flying to Europe on the family’s Gulfstream IV, the plane made a stopover in Texas, where she was served with divorce papers. David, it turned out, was dumping her for the family nanny, Hillevi Svensson, who was also tall, blond and Swedish—but only 32.
(Alimony laws are more restrictive in Texas, where the Sapersteins had a home; Suzanne later counter-filed in California.)
The couple met in the early Eighties, after David had founded Metro Networks, a helicopter traffic-report service. She was a former model and competitive skier,
They struck it rich in Houston, then moved to Los Angeles and in 2000 settled into their 45,000-square-foot French-limestone dream house, inspired by Vaux-le-Vicomte. Suzanne made dozens of research trips to Europe and stocked the place with first-rate 18th-century furniture and Fabergé eggs.
She had children with Saperstein —Jonathan, Alexis and Stefanie.