Sanela Diana Jenkins (born Sanela Dijana ati; 1973) is a Bosnian philanthropist and entrepreneur who was born and raised in the country. She is now based in California. Jenkins immigrated to London to study at City University, London, after fleeing her home country during the siege of Sarajevo.
Jenkins was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, to a middle-class Bosniak family. Her father was an economist, and her mother was an accountant. She grew up in Yugoslavia’s concrete-block apartments during the communist era. Jenkins studied economics at the University of Sarajevo before fleeing her homeland in 1992 and spending more than a year as a refugee in Croatia before moving to London.
Early Years of Sanela Diana Jenkins
Sanela Dijana ti was born Diana Jenkins in Sarajevo in 1973. She came from a middle-class home and was the oldest of two children. Her mother was an accountant and her father was an economist. The family lived in a small concrete apartment building, which was common in Yugoslavia during the communist era.
Diana’s younger brother Iris was tragically killed by Serb soldiers while he was only 21 years old. Diana was an economics student at the University of Sarajevo at the time of his assassination.
During the Siege of Sarajevo in April 1992, she was forced to evacuate Bosnia due to the onset of conflict. The war erupted as a result of Yugoslavia’s disintegration. Until December 1995, a deadly struggle raged.
Jenkins was a refugee in Croatia for over a year before moving to London, England. She was able to resume her studies at City University in London after two years. Diana made the wise decision to concentrate her study on math because numbers can be understood without knowing English. She finally received a BSc in Computer Science and Economics (with honors).
Many of her fellow Yugoslavian refugees were granted permanent citizenship at this time, but Diana was given permanent citizenship because of her excellent academic record and the fact that she never requested government assistance.
Sanela Diana Jenkins’ Net Worth
Sanela Diana Jenkins is a $300 million-plus Bosnian entrepreneur, philanthropist, and reality television star. Sanela Diana Jenkins has managed to develop a thriving beverage company while also establishing herself as a human rights activist whose work is well-known around the world.
Diana Jenkins debuted as the newest cast member of Bravo’s reality series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” on May 11, 2022.
Marriage of Diana Jenkins
Sanela changed her name to Sanela Diana Jenkins after marrying Roger Jenkins, a British financier, in 1999. They met in the gym and became friends.
Roger and Sanela chose to end their marriage after ten years of marriage and divorced following the birth of their two children. They referred to their divorce as “the best divorce that ever happened” in the years afterward.
Divorce Settlement for Diana Jenkins
Diana was awarded a $300 million divorce settlement throughout the divorce proceedings. Diana was quickly catapulted into the ranks of the wealthiest women in the United Kingdom as a result of the settlement.
Diana eventually left London and relocated to Malibu, California, where she purchased a magnificent property built on a cliff with three acres. She began to devote her time and energy to charity organizations as well as her own commercial endeavors.
Diana Sanela Awards
Sanela earned the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Enduring Vision Award in 2012, which was handed to her by Elton John.
In the same year, she was named one of the “World’s Top Three Justice Innovators” by the Hague Institute for Innovation in Law. In 2013, Sanela received the Isa-beg Ishakovi Award for Patriotism. This award was given to her in 2013.
Mansions of Sanela Diana
Sanela Diana Jenkins listed the aforementioned Malibu house for sale in June 2020. The property has a $125 million asking price.
Sanela purchased the estate for $21 million around the turn of the twenty-first century. She allegedly saw the mansion while out hunting for a home with her pal, singer Kid Rock. Despite the fact that Kid was supposed to be looking for a home for himself, Diana ended up spending $21 million on real estate.
In February 2021, it was revealed that she had sold her property for $87 million to her neighbor and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum. Jan paid $100 million for the property just across the street from his in 2019.