Elin Nordegren has a new man in her life.
"Elin was introduced to Chris by a local friend because they seem to have a lot in common," a source told People, noting that they've been dating casually and non-exclusively since the holidays. "They both have children, like to keep their personal lives quiet, believe in philanthropy, and enjoy leisure outdoor activity."
Just who is this guy? Here are five facts about Cline:
He's a college dropout, just like Woods. The 55-year-old Cline attended Marshall University in his home state of West Virginia, but he left before graduating to join the same industry that his grandfather and father had been in before him. Cline founded the thriving company Foresight Energy, and his career was praised by the local Herald-Dispatch newspaper in 2011 as "one of the industry's great success stories." Not exactly a walking ad for higher education, is he?
It's safe to say that he's not after Elin for her money. Cline is one of the richest people in the country, according to Forbes. The magazine ranked him as #377 on its latest list of American billionaires and, moreover, estimates his net worth at $1.2 billion -- that's with a b. Cline was even one of the targets of an attempted extortion plot, along with other bigwigs like movie producer Harvey Weinstein, last year. Of course, money is not a concern for Nordegren, especially since her divorce settlement from Woods was estimated at $100 million following his sex scandal.
He's a family guy. Cline has been married twice, with the first marriage ending when his wife died of breast cancer and the second ending in divorce. He has two sons and two daughters, so he'll understand the pressures of parenthood that Nordegren faces as she raises her children with Tiger, 5-year-old daughter Sam and 4-year-old son Charlie. As Cline revealed in a Bloomberg profile in 2010, he's not against falling in love again. "I just haven't had time to look for a wife," he explained.
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His digs are even more impressive than you might expect. His home near Nordegren's is a 34,400-square-foot mansion on the ocean -- and that's not all. According to Bloomberg, he spends his time in Beckley, West Virginia, on a 150-acre-estate, featuring a go-kart track, a lake, and a stable of horses, goats, and llamas, referred to as a playground for his kids. Oh, and then there's his 164-foot-long yacht, big enough for 12, called Mine Games, which Cline rents out for cruises to the Caribbean and Mediterranean. The luxury boat features five staterooms, each with its own bathroom and plasma TV; two dining rooms; a sun deck with a 72-inch flat-screen TV so that guests can watch movies under the stars; and a whirlpool spa.
He remembers his roots. He donated $5 million to West Virginia University and another $5 million to his former college back in 2011. In a humble statement issued after the Marshall donation, he said, "I attended Marshall University, have been fortunate to have lived and employed people in West Virginia, and owe the state of West Virginia and its people for much of my success," he said. "I wanted to give something back that will be beneficial to the people of the state."
Cline certainly sounds like relationship material for Nordegren, who ended her romance with investor Jamie Dingman last May.
Do you think Cline and Nordegren are a good match?