Heather Mills has a net worth of $40 million and is an English entrepreneur, environmentalist, activist, and Alpine ski racer. Heather Mills is arguably most known for being Paul McCartney’s ex-wife.
Following an accident with a police motorcycle in London in 1993, her left leg was amputated below the knee. She continued to model after receiving a prosthetic limb. She made money by selling her story to a newspaper and establishing the Heather Mills Health Trust to assist amputees.
In the year 2000, it was discovered that Mills was dating Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney. Heather gave birth to a daughter, Beatrice Milly, in October 2003, after the couple married in 2002. Their divorce was finalized in 2008 after they separated.
Mills became a patron of the Viva! animal rights organization in the United Kingdom, as well as the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation, both of which are led by Juliet Gellatley, in 2005.
McCartney and Mills visited Canada in March 2006 to raise awareness of the country’s annual seal hunt. They claimed that the hunt was brutal and urged on the Canadian government to put an end to it. They were sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. The arrival of the sealers on the ice floes drew a lot of attention in Newfoundland and Labrador, where 90% of the sealers live.
Seals were clubbed to death, stabbed with boat hooks, and occasionally skinned alive, according to McCartney and Mills. Danny Williams, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, debated the matter with them on Larry King Live, the issue being that seals are no longer hunted in this manner, and haven’t been for a long time.
In February 2007, Mills accompanied a Viva! video crew at a pig farm in Somerset to raise awareness about the usage of restrictive farrowing boxes for sows who are suckling piglets. On the Internet, a video of the inquiry was made available.
Mills’ affiliation with PETA came to an end in 2007, when Mary McCartney, McCartney’s daughter, was appointed in her place.
Mills appeared in an old video in 2008 wearing a mink coat she had purchased in 1989, but she clarified to reporters that she had purchased it years before becoming interested in animal rights organizations or vegetarianism.
“It’s only since I met Paul [McCartney] that I truly started to appreciate how vegetarianism not only benefits your health immensely but also makes a huge difference to the planet, to animals, and to feeding the globe,” Mills added, despite the fact that she and McCartney had split up.
She received the Celebrity Animal Activist Award from the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) in August 2008, which was presented at the Animal Rights National Conference.
Mills promised to donate a “significant amount” of her £24.3 million divorce settlement to Adopt-A-Minefield after her divorce, but the charity has not received any of it as of September 2008.
Mills was requested to speak against the cruelty of puppy farms and sell her book about animals at a New York party in June 2008, but she was irritated by the guests talking throughout her address, stating, ‘Listen up at the back.’ I’ve been up for the past 24 hours and traveled here from London only to be ignored.’ On July 25, that year, Mills’ publicist of four years, Michele Elyzabeth, stepped down.
She was announced as a contestant on the fifth season of Dancing on Ice on December 21, 2009, and was paired with Matt Evers.
Mills established VBites, a vegan restaurant in Hove Lagoon, East Sussex, on July 4, 2009. Mills was quoted as saying that she hoped it would be the start of a global vegan restaurant franchise.
Mills gave a BBC interview while marketing the restaurant, indicating that she had been very proactive during the building stages and that now that it was open, she would devote as much time as she could to it – working it around her charity activities.
She sold the restaurant to local artist Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, in May 2013, and created a new, larger VBites on Brighton’s East Street, which closed in September 2017.
Mills also bought the vegan food company Redwood Foods in 2009, which she renamed VBites Foods. Under the brands Cheatin’, VegiDeli, and Cheezly, the company in Corby, Northamptonshire, sells 50 meat-free items.
In 2014, items sold under the ‘Wot no Dairy’ brand were recalled when it was discovered that they included traces of dairy products and, as a result, could create problems for people who are lactose intolerant.
Mills opened a 55-acre facility in Northumberland in 2019 to provide production, storage, and office space solely to vegan businesses. It’s been dubbed a “vegan Silicon Valley” by some. She also purchased the 200,000-square-foot Walkers PepsiCo factory in Peterlee in 2019.