Elin Nordegren

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Elin Nordegren
Visiting a U.S. warship in 2003
Born Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren
(1980-01-01) January 1, 1980 (age 39)
Stockholm, Sweden
Residence Windermere, Florida
Alma mater Rollins College
Occupation Model, au pair, clerk
Spouse(s) Tiger Woods (m. 2004–10)
Children 2
Parent(s) Thomas Nordegren
Barbro Holmberg

Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeːlɪn ˈnɔɖəɡreːn]; born January 1, 1980) is a Swedish American former nanny, model and the ex-wife of professional golfer Tiger Woods.[1]

Early life

Nordegren was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Her mother, Barbro Holmberg, is a politician and the former Swedish migration and asylum policy minister, and the current Governor of Gävleborg County. Her father, Thomas Nordegren, is a radio journalist who served as a bureau chief in Washington, D.C.[1] She has an older brother, Axel, and a twin sister, Josefin.[2][3] Nordegren and her sister worked odd summer jobs and as cashiers in supermarkets to finance their studies.[4] She started modeling in 2000, and appeared on the cover of Cafe Sport magazine in the summer of 2000.

Marriage to Tiger Woods

Nordegren took a job in a Stockholm clothing store called Champagne, where she met Mia Parnevik, wife of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik, who hired Nordegren as the nanny to their children, a job that required her to move full-time to the U.S.[5] He introduced her to Woods during the 2001 Open Championship. After Woods's subsequent infidelity was revealed, Parnevik was quoted as having said, "I'm kind of filled with sorrow for Elin since me and my wife are at fault for hooking her up with him, and we probably thought he was a better guy than he is." [People Magazine] Previously, Woods had asked for a year to be introduced to Nordegren, who was seeing someone else at the time. "She had no interest in Tiger and he was OK with that," Mia Parnevik said. "There was a big line of single golfers wanting to meet her. They were gaga over her."[6] She had hopes at the time of becoming a child psychiatrist. In November 2003, Woods and Nordegren attended the Presidents Cup tournament in South Africa and became officially engaged when Woods proposed at the luxury Shamwari Game Reserve.

They were married in October 2004, by the 19th hole of the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados. Woods rented the entire complex for a week, including three golf courses and 110 rooms, costing almost $2 million.[7]

Shortly after Nordegren's relationship with Woods became public, nude photographs purporting to be of Nordegren began circulating on the Internet, which were established to be fakes.[8][9] Despite the debunking, in 2006, Irish magazine The Dubliner published the nude photographs and stated they were of Nordegren.[10][11] On November 16, 2006, Nordegren filed a libel suit against The Dubliner.[12] Nordegren won the lawsuit, and as part of the settlement accepted by a Dublin court, The Dubliner was required to publish a lengthy apology in a variety of venues. Were the magazine to have failed to meet the conditions, the award would have been increased to $366,500 plus all of Nordegren's legal expenses.[12][13]

In 2007, Woods announced the birth of the couple's daughter, Sam Alexis Woods, a day after finishing second in the U.S. Open.[14] On September 2, 2008, Woods announced they were expecting another child in late winter.[15] Nordegren gave birth to a boy, Charlie Axel, in 2009.[16]

In December 2009, her marriage to Woods was the subject of extensive media coverage after Woods admitted to infidelity, which had been revealed following his single-vehicle accident near the family's Florida home.[17] Woods subsequently announced he would take an "indefinite break" from golf to work on his marriage.[17] These efforts were unsuccessful, however, as Nordegren and Woods finalised their divorce in the Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Florida, on August 23, 2010.[18] Nordegren's legal team included her sister, Josefin (who is licensed to practice law in England and Sweden) and several of Josefin's U.S. colleagues at international law firm McGuireWoods.[19]

Using the $100 million she received from her divorce from Woods, she purchased a $12 million Florida mansion, which had been built in the 1920s. She had the entire structure demolished after an architect advised that it made better sense to start over than to try bringing the home up to current hurricane safety codes. Before demolishing the home in December 2011, she allowed Habitat for Humanity to come into the home for four weeks and salvage anything they found of value.[20] Many valuable contents of the estate went on the auction block at a Habitat for Humanity warehouse. Among the items donated to Habitat were a 12-foot fountain with water spouting out of three lion’s mouths, five Sub-Zero refrigerators, 14 vanities, temperature-controlled wine coolers, as well as other furniture. [21]


In May 2014 Nordegren graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, with a degree in psychology, receiving the Outstanding Senior award.[22][23][24]


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  2. Tiger Woods Update: Elin Nordegren's Swedish hideway offers privacy, but no running water. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  3. Article about Nordegren from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  4. "Entertainment News". Extratv.warnerbros.com. Retrieved September 28, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Bernstein, Jacob. The Mysterious Mrs. Woods, The Daily Beast, November 30, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  6. Jesper Parnevik says sorry to Elin Nordegren: Should never have introduced you to Tiger Woods. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  7. Patteson, Jean. "Where's Elusive Elin Woods?", Orlando Sentinel, December 11, 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  8. "That's not her naked!", Playboy. Retrieved September 22, 2006.
  9. "Claim: Photographs show golfer Tiger Woods' wife posing nude", snopes.com. Retrieved September 22, 2006.
  10. "Wet Spots", Fleshbot, September 21, 2006.
  11. "Tiger Woods Blasts Mag Over Porn Jab at Wife". Fox News. September 21, 2006. Retrieved December 28, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Woods's Wife Files Libel Suit". The New York Times. November 25, 2006. Retrieved December 28, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Pogatchnik, Shawn. Tiger Woods' Wife Wins Libel Lawsuit, Huffington Post, December 7, 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  14. "Tiger Woods and Wife Elin Nordegren Have a Baby Girl – Birth, Tiger Woods: People.com". People. June 18, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Woods announces his wife, Elin, pregnant with second child". ESPN. Associated Press. September 2, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Tiger becomes dad for second time". ESPN. Associated Press. February 9, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. 17.0 17.1 Dorman, Larry (December 11, 2009). "Woods Says He'll Take 'Indefinite Break' From Golf". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren are divorced". BBC. August 23, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Brian Baxter, "Family Ties Help McGuireWoods Land Tiger Woods Divorce Role", The American Lawyer, August 23, 2010.
  20. Elin Nordegren Levels $12-Million Home Because of Bugs, Hurricanes
  21. Tiger Woods' Ex-Wife Donates Valuables From Demolished Home
  22. Back in the zone from The Guardian October 29, 2006
  23. Can Tiger Save His Marriage? from People January 25, 2010
  24. Life after Tiger: Elin Nordegren earns honors as Rollins graduate

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