Billionaire Muslim spiritual leader Aga Khan divorces German princess

His Higness the Aga Khan and German-born Princess Gabrielle zu Leiningen during their wedding held at the Aga Khan’s French residence Aiglemont

The Aga Khan, spiritual leader to millions of Muslims, has finalised his 2011 divorce from a German princess after years of legal dispute.

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is now due to pay the £50million settlement to his ex-wife, Gabriele Renate Inaara zu Leiningen.

The Swiss-born British billionaire philanthropist and business magnate, and Princess Gabriele, a one-time pop singer, married in 1998 and had a son.

Lawyers for the Aga Khan and his ex-wife, released a statement Friday saying their marriage ‘ends by consent’ after the Paris Court of Appeals approved a divorce settlement.

The lawyers said terms of the settlement are confidential.

The couple started divorce proceedings in 2004 and although they appeared to have settled with a £10.1million (12million euros) pay-out in 2011, this was raised in a higher court to £50.2million (60million euros).

The Aga Khan is the leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, and inherited the title aged 20 after the death of his grandfather Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III.