Grab your diamonds, rosé, and chicest wind chimes, because The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are back with a sure-to-be fiery season 13! Per the trailer, this season will center around Kyle Richards and Mauricio Unmansky’s separation, and Kyle's (potentially more than a) friendship with country star Morgan Wade. Suffice to say: The tea looks piping hot.
And one Housewife stirring the pot this season is none other than Southern Belle Sutton Stracke. Not only does Sutton share some hot takes in her confessional, but she also drops some serious dough on a horse, Santos (more than what Garcelle spent on her Birkin bag, according to Sutton).
As for her own relationships, it seems like Santos is the only man in Sutton's life at the moment. "When you go to see a horse about a man, but realize all you need is your horse," the reality star captioned a carousel of photos of herself and her pet on October 17.
But before Santos came along, Sutton was married to Christian Stracke. Here's everything you need to know about him:
Is Sutton still married to Christian?
No, the couple divorced in 2016. They got married on May 13, 2000 at the Central Presbyterian Church in New York, according to their marriage announcement in the New York Times. During their 16-year marriage, the couple had three children: Porter, James, and Philip.
Why did Sutton and Christian get divorced?
Sutton has never shared the nitty gritty details of their split, but she did share that the divorce came as a shock in a deleted scene from season 11, shared by @queensofbravo on Twitter. Sutton said Christian filed for divorce on her birthday without telling her and then came to her birthday party with a cake. The day after Sutton's birthday, Christian called her en route to Florida and told her she needed to get an attorney. "He had moved out, so we were separated, but I didn't think, like, separated forever," Sutton recalled to the ladies.
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"...See, this is why I cry all the time,” Sutton added, before explaining that she got through the divorce with champagne, chocolate, girlfriends, and good pajamas. (An icon.)
Where is Christian Stracke from?
Christian, like Sutton, grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and they met in high school, per the New York Times.
Where did Christian go to college?
Christian has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.
What does Christian do now?
From 1992 to 1994, Christian worked in the Peace Corps. He served in Mauritania, West Africa. As a volunteer, he taught tree planting and anti-erosion techniques, per the Times.
These days, Christian works in investment banking as a managing director and the president of PIMCO, an investment management firm. Christian joined PIMCO in 2008, according to his bio on the company’s website, and is currently based in London.
How much is Christian Stracke worth?
Though there are no exact reports on how much Christian is worth, Net Worth Gorilla estimates that his 2023 net worth is $30 million.
Even Sutton had no idea how much her husband was worth until they split, she shared on Watch What Happens Live. During that conversation, Andy Cohen recalled that, in Sutton’s audition tape for RHOBH, she said she only learned during the divorce proceedings that she owned part of a baseball team.
“He was in charge of the finances so I didn’t know anything,” she said, adding, “I was like ‘Wow, I’m rich!’” Court documents posted on Instagram by @bravobonecollector show Sutton received more than $2 million in cash, homes, cars, artwork, and investment properties, among other things. Christian also pays Sutton $300,000 a month in spousal support unless she gets married or one of them dies, per Bustle, as well as child support for their three kids.
What does Christian think of RHOBH?
It's unknown what Christian thinks of his ex-wife's career as a reality TV star, but the show did cause some friction in their relationship, according to Sutton. Apparently, he was a major contributing factor to Sutton's demotion from full-time cast member to "friend of" in her first season on RHOBH. On a July 2020 appearance on WWHL, Sutton told Andy that her ex-husband didn’t want their children to be on camera, which limited her filming schedule. “I was constantly dealing with that, and it’s hard on me,” she told Andy. “It weighs on me, having to deal with him.”
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