Rangers bid millionaire Bill Miller enjoys high life with beauty queen lover
May 5 2012
Exclusive by Mark McGivern in Tennessee
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THIS is the stunning American beauty queen poised to become the First Lady of Ibrox.
We can reveal Becky Willard, 37, is the woman behind tycoon Bill Miller, who is in pole position to become the new owner of Rangers.
Miller, 65, divorced his wife of 33 years in 2007 before setting up home with model and beauty pageant winner Becky in his $2million beachside mansion.
Last night Rangers coach Ally McCoist was preparing to jet out to America for crunch talks with the tycoon over his bid for the crisis-hit club.
Vietnam veteran Miller is semi-retired from his Miller Industries group of companies, run day-to-day by his son Bill Miller jnr.
That leaves the multi-millionaire, who is said to have no known interest in football, with more time to spend on his yacht and down at the beach with Becky – a reporter for Florida’s Scene TV.
She has won a string of beauty pageants – and was once crowned Miss Georgia Peach.
Four years ago, she appeared in low-budget film Shining Water, a thriller on which Miller served as executive producer.
Harley Davidson-riding Miller, who was a code breaking espionage expert in the US army, is believed to have financed the movie himself.
He is still president of Miller Industries – for which he receives a handy salary of £213,000 a year, according to US company records.
A source said: “It’s a good wage – but that sort of money is pretty much loose change to Bill.
“It’s like pocket money. Most of the everyday running of the company is looked after by his son.”
Bill and Lorraine married in 1974 and had three children together.
Court records show their divorce was granted on grounds of irretrievable breakdown by a judge in Georgia’s Fulton County, on the outskirts of the sprawling southern US city of Atlanta.
After the divorce, Lorraine kept the family home – a five-bedroom, $1.3million mansion in the Atlanta suburbs.
Bill kept the couple’s two properties in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – a waterside mansion with its own private boat dock in the back garden and a $1.5million, three- bedroom luxury apartment with sea views over the Atlantic ocean.
He and Becky spend most of the year in the Fort Lauderdale sunshine, 800 miles or so from both Atlanta and his company HQ in industrial Chattanooga, Tennessee.
When Bill does go away to work, she tunes in to the Miller Industries webcam to keep an eye on him.
She wrote on Twitter: “I saw Bill! (Hee Hee) I am easily amused.”
Becky won the crown of Miss Georgia Peach 12 years ago. She has since won a further six pageant titles, the most recent win coming in 2010.
After winning the Miss Elite Florida title in 2008, she appeared at a rodeo sponsored by Miller Industries.
Becky’s Twitter and Facebook pages on the internet are packed with chatter about glitzy social events and parties attended with Bill and holidays spent with him.
But there’s no mention of Rangers or any indication of what bubbly Becky thinks about the possibility of her fella taking control at crisis-hit Ibrox.
There’s good news for the Wags at Rangers, however – Becky runs her own interior design and fashion business, Bellagio Designs.
She also uses Twitter to communicate pictures of her tiny handbag-sized dog, called Abby.
A source said: “Bill and Becky are a very glamorous couple. He doesn’t look his age at all.
“They go to a lot of charity functions. They are a very sociable couple.
“But does she know anything about soccer? I’d be very surprised if she did.
“And one thing’s for sure – if she’s going to head over to Glasgow, she’s going to need a whole new wardrobe of coats, hats and scarves.”
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