Everything To Know About 'RHOC' Star Dr. Jen Armstrong's Ex-Boyfriend, Bruce Elieff

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Photo credit: jenniferarmstrongmd Instagram
Photo credit: jenniferarmstrongmd Instagram


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Dr. Jen Armstrong may be new to The Real Housewives of Orange County, but her current husband, Ryne Holliday (and his lack of shirts), is already a fan favorite on the show. The couple share three children together: Vince, Valor, and Cece.

The aesthetic MD, who always seems to have some extra Botox on hand, recently opened up in one episode about her past legal troubles—including one case involving her ex-boyfriend. So, who is he?

Here's everything to know about Jen's former flame, multimillionaire Bruce Elieff:

Bruce is the CEO and Chairman of SunCal Companies.

Elieff runs SunCal Companies, "one of the largest real estate developers in the country," according to the business' website. SunCal connects investors and financial institutions with properties they can invest in across the United States.

Elieff has been the CEO and Chairman of SunCal for a while, based on his LinkedIn.

He has one daughter.

While not much is known about Elieff's current personal life, he does have a daughter named Kendra, according to his Facebook.

And, he's had his own fair share of lawsuits.

Like Dr. Jen herself, Elieff has had his fair share of legal issues. On Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy. The bank was SunCal's main lender—meaning that, overnight, over a dozen multimillion-dollar properties were suddenly left unfinished, according to The Wall Street Journal. Before the bank's collapse, SunCal was worth an estimated $4 billion, per the New York Post.

"It was chaos," said SunCal's President, Bruce's brother Stephan. Two months later, 21 of SunCal's projects that were backed by Lehman Brothers had to go into bankruptcy. SunCal recovered, but the battle between the two companies in bankruptcy court raged on for years.

And the fallout continued almost a decade later. In 2017, a judge ordered Elieff to pay $20.3 million to a former business partner. The partner claimed that Elieff had stopped making payments from a previous $50 million court settlement, according to The Orange County Register. Even so, SunCal is still going strong today.

In 2013, Elieff sued Jen for almost $1 million.

Nearly ten years ago, Elieff filed a lawsuit against Jen for supposedly refusing to pay him back the $850,000 he had loaned her while they were dating, Radar Online reported. The two were together from 2009 to 2013, until Jen gave birth to twins who were fathered by someone else, per the New York Post.

Elieff claimed that he had paid Jen $160,000 for her tuition at the University of Hawaii, $37,000 to help her freeze her eggs, and $160,000 for cancer treatments. He also said that Jen "exaggerated" the amount of money she needed for these expenses.

In court (and on the show), Jen said the loans were a "gift" with "no strings attached." “I feel that this lawsuit is [Elieff’s] last-ditch effort to continue controlling my life,” Jen added during a statement she made in court. “He also presented me with stacks of cash on occasion, which I usually declined, and gave me credit cards with no limits to buy whatever I want."

Elieff also filed a lawsuit against Jen's friend, John Luciano, arguing that he had taken some of the money, the New York Post reported. “It’s ludicrous for him to claim these were loans,” Luciano said at the time. “If all of the money he has given to women over the years were loans, he’d have given out more loans than Bank of America."

The case was eventually dismissed.

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