PHOTOS 81-year-old Austrian billionaire marries 24-year-old Playboy model

Cathy and Richard Lugner
Age is just a number, right?

24-year-old German Playboy model Cathy Schmitz recently tied the knot with 81-year-old Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner. In the words of the great Kanye West, “Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger,” but it’s not often you hear of a young, beautiful woman marrying a man 57 years her senior. Richard could technically be Cathy’s great grand father! Oh, and did I mention he is a billionaire?

The happy couple married in an elaborate ceremony on September 13th in Vienna. The IBT reports the couple began dating in February of this year and were engaged just six months later.

As far as we know, this is the first marriage for the Playmate, but it’s Richard’s fifth. In addition to being married several times before, Richard also has four children, two sons from his first marriage, a daughter from his fourth marriage, and another child as the result of an extra-marital affair.

Richard recently gave an interview in which he had this to say about his new bride, “Apart from the big age difference everything fits. Of course I argued less when I was alone, but a man needs a partner. Hopefully, this time it’s the right thing.”

There’s no doubt Richard and Cathy look smitten with each other:

Richard Lugner and Cathy Lugner

You may have heard of Richard as he has made a name for himself inviting Hollywood’s elite beauties to accompany him as his date to the annual Vienna Opera Ball. His arm candy has included Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton.

richard and paris

Earlier this year, TMZ reported on Richard and Kim’s outing when the infamous “blackface” incident occurred. A man dressed in blackface approached Kim claiming he was Kanye West. Kim was quick to leave the event despite getting paid $500,000 to be Richard’s date.

Richard Lugner and Kim Kardashian

Now that he’s married, Richard won’t have to worry about his dating leaving him midway through the night.

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