Angelina Jolie has won a legal battle against ex-husband Brad Pitt involving the Chateau Miraval winery. When the couple moved into the chateau and assumed control of the famed rosé company in 2008, the intensely emotional conflict between the ex-couples began. After the couple’s painful breakup in 2016, the 47-year-old Eternals actress suddenly sold her 50% ownership to Russian booze tycoon Stoli. Since then, Pitt has been slaving away on the magnificent structures and gardens and has filed a lawsuit against the Wanted actress, saying he was unaware of her work.
Recently, Brad, his business manager, and Mondo Bongo, his company, had documents subpoenaed by Angelina’s team. The ex-couple had promised not to sell their shares in the business after purchasing the Chateau Miraval winery in 2008 for an estimated $28.3 million. But Brad claimed that Angelina had sold her a portion of their French property in his lawsuit against her. According to the story, on July 22, Angelina’s legal team sent subpoenas on Brad, his firm, and his business manager for papers.
The Stoli Group, a Luxembourg-based spirits manufacturer owned by the Russian businessman Yuri Shefler, was the recipient of the ex-share wife’s of the French estate, according to earlier 2022 reports. Brad was reportedly suing his ex-wife for the sale. The large 405-hectare French estate is supposedly home to swimming pools and a helicopter pad in addition to its well-known wines; it was also the location of Angelina and Brad’s wedding there in 2014.
In 2016, Angelina sought a divorce from Brad. She disclosed to her ex-husband that in January 2021, she sold a portion of their French winery to the Russian oligarch. Pitt said in his lawsuit, “She sold her interest with the knowledge and intention that Shefler and his affiliates would seek to control the business to which Putt had devoted himself and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.”
A source close to Brad claims that the Stoli deal is not a no-brainer and that Brad has turned down an offer to sell the company to the business firm even while he was still married to Angelina. They both claim that Stoli offers huge opportunities to grow the business. This was allegedly because Pitt’s long-held project strategy, which was to reinvest revenues in the business, conflicted with the idea of selling a portion of the corporation for better distribution, “The best way to retain value for kids is for the parents to retain full ownership of this increasingly valuable and expanding asset.”