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For those who want to know the extent of my golddigging, this is what I asked for, from my ex-husband and the father of my five children Elon Musk, who is a billionaire* and utterly brilliant.

The house
alimony and child support
6 million cash
10 percent of his stock in Tesla
5 percent of his stock in SpaceX
(and he retains all voting rights)
and a Tesla Roadster (I really, really want one...)

Is that what I deserve? I don't know. Who exactly deserves that kind of wealth? But based on our life and history together, is that reasonable? I think so. And I want to do good things with it (and bring my parents down from Canada so that they can live near their grandchildren).

People ask me why he won't settle. I can't answer that (or rather, I could try, but I won't).

At any rate, I shall now turn my attention to other things.

* albeit with cash/liquidity issues, which I would work with him to work around
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May. 10th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'd just like to point out what Elon has done with his money. I bet he has 80% of everything he has made tied up in his "projects" It takes some real balls to put all that money on the line. And as far as I can tell the money is he put on the line is being used for good.

What would you do with the stock your asking for?
May. 10th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmm
Yes, Elon has huge steel balls. He truly does. And you're absolutely right -- he could have used his abilities to build another Enron, and he's not -- I can't watch the oil spill happening right now and not be aware of that.

It's a fair question. I would like to bring down my parents and support them. I would like to save and invest. I would like to play a significant role in the causes that are becoming increasingly important to me (for example, I'd like to donate enough money to build 5 schools for girls in Cambodia and name each one after one of my sons, and then take them, when they're older, to see that, and the effects of that, first-hand.) I would like to take my kids around the world (5 kids, so travel is tough to contemplate) because I think that kind of global awareness is important, especially when they're growing up with the kind of advantages they have. And I would like to build something online -- something involving fiction, technology, & cause-marketing or cause integration -- something that explores the cutting edge of storytelling and the still-forming new landscape of publishing...I'd like to build up a brand powerful enough to discover and promote other creatives under that brand -- basically the digital equivalent of a publishing imprint (but would extend to other forms of media as well) -- I've been extremely influenced by the concept of "socially relevant storytelling", the philosophy behind a film production company called Participant.

I'm still figuring it out.

I'll do these things regardless (or try to). I would just prefer to be able to do them without being forced to sell my house (although I plan to sell it anyway).

I certainly don't need to live any better than I already do. I've already had the extravagent private-jet lifestyle, or at least enough of it to know that (besides the impact that kind of consumerism has on the environment) I need real substance in my life -- the kind found through meaningful work and high-quality relationships -- which doesn't leave you any *time* to be extravagent (except for once in a while). I'd rather write good, compelling fiction about extravagent people.

Edited at 2010-05-10 09:31 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
Re: hmmm
Charter a nice boat and enjoy seeing the world with those kids. But it does sound you have plans to live a productive life and share with others, so thanks for that. I'm also shocked at your tact about not turning this divorce nasty in the public light. I know your holding some stuff back still I'm sure....maybe just ammo better used for the lawsuit.....elon he is far more take than give for my run in's. So it nice to see you might be the other side of that.

Not that I liked the production...but I did love the idea.
"Around the world in 80 trades" Ch4 brit tv

May. 17th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
As a totally outside observer, I appreciate your references to whether you are deserving of such wealth and the impact of consumerism on the environment. It shows a healthy perspective that is often lacking in many privileged lives. I am disappointed that those I know who are enjoying the "private-jet" lifestyle don't seem to acknowledge that each dollar spent on their lavish parties, mansions, or expensive travel is money that would be better used to save and improve the lives of others. Please follow up on your ambition to contribute to education in a developing country. Perhaps your ex would be more amenable to a settlement if some of the assets you seek were placed in a trust for that purpose.
My best wishes to all concerned, and most of all to your children.
May. 18th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: materialism
...or perhaps education in this country or a private trust fund...mine.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmm
It seems all these lofty things you want to do after you get some money out of fish-face do not involve one thing....


When was the last time you held a freaking job?
Regina Bendler
Jul. 16th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmm
Your "wants" in this post as they are related to your goals both from a global and a mother's perspective, and your ability to lay them out so clearly are applaudable. I have just recently discovered your online presence and plan to continue to follow it. Your references to having found a community of like-minded women gives me hope, as I am soon moving to the LA area due to my husband's job. With my close friends increasingly scattered across the country/world, and starting over in a new city, I am just a little apprehensive about how my own career and peace-of-mind will florish in the land of Hollywood, fashion and dieting. You are a strong, inspiring woman and I look forward to reading more.

Edited at 2013-07-16 07:23 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: hmmm
correction...you're...not your

About Me

I'm the author of three published novels: the dark fantasies BLOODANGEL and LORD OF BONES (Roc/Penguin) and the YA supernatural thriller UNINVITED (MTV/Simon&Schuster). I also have stories in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE 2 and ZOMBIES: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HUNGRY DEAD. I'm working on a psychological thriller called THE DECADENTS. I am divorced, with sons, and live in Bel Air.

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