81-year-old billionaire weds Playboy model

24-year-old Playboy model Cathy Schmitz marries 81-year-old billionaire Richard Lugner. Image: Facebook

Austrian construction billionaire Richard Lugner, 81, has wed former Playboy model Cathy Schmitz who is 57 years his junior.

The couple, who met in February, married at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace on Saturday.

Billionaire Richard Lugner and his new wife, Cathy Schmitz. Image: APA

Hopefully, this time it’s the right thing,” the groom told The Local shortly before the wedding.

It is his fifth trip up the aisle and the bride’s first.

“Apart from the big age difference everything fits” he added. “Of course I argued less when I was alone, but a man needs a partner.”

Image: EPA

Acting as best man, was the groom’s eldest son, Alexander, while the bride’s sister, Beate, was Maid of Honour.

The bride wore a custom-made Atil Kutoglu gown encrusted in diamontes and boasting a purple skirt.

The groom is known for inviting celebrities such as Farrah Fawcett, Pamela Anderson and Paris Hilton to Vienna’s famed Opera Ball. His latest guest, Kim Kardashian, was paid $500, 000 to accompany him to this year’s ball in February.

It was at this ball Kim famously stormed off after a guest approached her painted in blackface.

The glowing bride. Image: Facebook
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