Wow! You hear the news
? Beer scion August Busch IV
divorced his wife Kathryn Lisa Busch
(formerly Kathryn Thatcher
) on Wednesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The couple married just over two years ago. Busch is 44. His ex-wife just 28.
I, for one, am glad to hear that Busch IV is back in the field. His carousing skills as a bachelor were legendary and always provided some great second-hand tales. Prior to getting hitched in 2006, Busch IV dated the pride of Florissant
and former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey
. Much earlier than that, Busch IV dated a woman by the name of Karla Stratton
-- a dancer at the Sauget topless bar, PT's.
In fact, Busch IV had quite a penchant for the skin bars on the East Side during his playboy
days. In 1985 the then 20-year-old was speeding home from a Sauget bar in his Mercedes when he got in a chase with undercover cops in St. Louis. The police thought he was a drug dealer, and after a 15-minute, high-speed chase through the Central West End they finally stopped Busch IV when they shot out his rear tire. (Busch IV, meanwhile, thought the cops -- in unmarked police cars -- were gangsters intent on kidnapping him.)
Now with his divorce and $91.4 million payout
from last year's sale of Anheuser-Busch to InBev
, Busch IV should have plenty of time and cash to return to his old ways. How many lap dances does $91 million buy ya?
P.S. You can read more of his tales in the fantastic book, Under the Influence: The Unauthorized Stor of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty
: You can read an update to this story with terms of the divorce settlements, here