WPP’s woes hit Sir Martin Sorrell just as he faces a £110m divorce 

WPP’s sales growth dries up – hitting Sir Martin Sorrell in the pocket just as he faces a £110m divorce

Advertising giant WPP had its worst day on the stock market in nearly 30 years after sales growth had dried up – denting former boss Sir Martin Sorrell’s fortune as he prepares for a costly divorce.

The stock fell 16.2 per cent, or 146.8p, to 761.6p, with revenues for 2020 expected to be flat. 

It wiped about £27million off the value of shares held by Sorrell, who is being divorced by Cristiana Falcone Sorrell.

Shares crash: Former WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell is being divorced by Cristiana Falcone Sorrell 

He ran WPP for 32 years and still owns 1.43 per cent of the business, worth around £134.6million.

He also owns shares worth about £108.8million in S4 Capital, the agency he set up after leaving WPP in 2018.

Sorrell’s total fortune has been put at about £368million by the Sunday Times Rich List.

Divorce lawyers have suggested his wife may be able to claim as much as £110million.

WPP said revenues fell 0.3 per cent to £10.8billion in 2019. It made a £982million profit, down 22 per cent from the previous year.

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