timberland biker boots How ‘Gucci’ Grace Mugabe spent cash as Zimbabweans starved
12 diamond rings, 62 pairs of Ferragamo shoes and an 80,000 Rolex in just one YEAR: How Gucci Grace the First Lady of Shopping splashed her cash while Zimbabwe struggled to feed its people
Robert Mugabe’s despised 52 year old wife is known as ‘Gucci’ Grace for her love of lavish shopping spreesCurrently under house arrest with her husband, 93, at their 25 bedroom, 7.5m Blue Roof mansion in HarareWhile seven in ten Zimbabwean’s are in poverty, the ‘First Lady of Shopping’ has lavished millions on blingSaid to have once spent 120,000 on one shopping spree and 200,000 on one diamond studded headboardCouple’s children also known for spending with one bragging he owns a 45,000 watchbecause ‘daddy runs the whole country’By
Julian Robinson for MailOnlineShe is the free spending First Lady of Zimbabwe who splashed 3million on her daughter’s wedding, owns luxury homes around the world and recently paid 300,000 for a Rolls Royce.
Dubbed ‘Gucci’ Grace for her love of spending, the wife of deposed dictator Robert Mugabe is renowned for her extravagant purchases and eye watering shopping trips around the world.
The 52 year old ‘First Lady of Shopping’, currently under house arrest with her husband, 93, at their 25 bedroom Blue Roof mansion in Harare following a military coup, has lavished millions on bling, including200,000 on a diamond studded headboard.
She is widely loathed in Zimbabwe, where seven in ten are stuck in poverty. The population has been incensed by reports of a lavish lifestyle that once saw her spend 120,000 on one shopping spree in Paris.
The couple’s children appear to have acquired their parents’ taste for luxury. Their youngest son Chatunga posted a video on Snapchat showing himself pouring 200 a bottle Armand de Brignac Champagne over a 45,000 watch on a night out in South Africa. He bragged that he owned the timepiece because ‘daddy runs the whole country’.
Her son by her first marriage, Russell Goreraza, took delivery of two Rolls Royce limousines in September.
Grace, a former chicken seller, began an affair with Robert Mugabe while working as one of his typists and while his first wife, Sally, was terminally ill.
Mugabe’s marriage to Grace in 1996, dubbed the ‘Wedding of the Century’ in Zimbabwe, was an extravagant Catholic affair. And each decade of the old dictator’s life was marked with ever more expensive partying his 90th year being marked by a celebration costing 600,000.
During one bout of retail therapy in Paris in 2002, the First Lady known in her homeland as the First Shopper spent more than 120,000 in department stores.
And by 2014 her spending on luxury goods was running at 2 million a year. That year’s shopping list included 12 diamond rings, 62 pairs of Ferragamo shoes, 33 pairs made by Gucci and an 80,000 Rolex watch.
After one trip to London, where she stayed in a suite at Claridge’s, Mrs Mugabe was asked how she could justify spending so much on designer shoes.
Lavish: The Mugabes were banned from Europe in 2002, depriving Grace of favourite haunts such as Harrods, but she continued to spend in China and the Middle East. She is pictured showing off matching ring and airings at a summit in South Africa
‘I have very narrow feet, so I can only wear Ferragamo,’ came the reply.
The Mugabes were banned from Europe in 2002, depriving Grace of favourite haunts such as Harrods, but she continued to spend in China and the Middle East.
A diamond ring purchased to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary cost her 900,000, although she later sued the dealer in question for failure to deliver.
In a further act of retaliation, the First Lady threatened to seize the businessman’s properties in Zimbabwe hardly a new tactic for a woman who has managed to ‘purchase’ no fewer than five dairy farms with funds that simply appeared out of nowhere.
No expense was spared when Mugabe’s only daughter, Bona, married in 2014.
Mugabe’s marriage to Grace in 1996, dubbed the ‘Wedding of the Century’ in Zimbabwe, was an extravagant Catholic affair. And each decade of the old dictator’s life was marked with ever more expensive partying his 90th year being marked by a celebration costing 600,000
It is estimated that some 3 million was spent on the ceremony, including 500,000 to upgrade the road leading to the venue, a country club. Some 4,000 guests attended.
There are claims that the money funding this lifestyle came from the country’s diamonds. Like other members of the ruling clique in Zimbabwe, the Mugabes take their share of proceeds from the Marange diamond fields near the Mozambique border.
The mining operation there is run in co operation with the Chinese and heavily guarded. But the estimated 800 billion worth of stones in Marange have so far failed to benefit ordinary Zimbabweans.
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