Reports: Woods' wife hires PI

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, Last Updated: 3:29 PM ET

Elin Nordegren, still apparently bent on divorce and bragging up a $300-million "Chrismas present" from Tiger Woods, reportedly wants to make sure she's getting all she's entitled to and has hired a private investigator to probe her cheating hubby's finances.

Nordegren, who is believed to have been vacationing in the French Alps for the past couple of weeks, celebrated her 30th birthday Friday.

After bragging to friends that she received $300 million from Woods, the U.K. Mirror is reporting that she has also hired a private investigator to find out exactly what her tomcat husband is worth.

Woods has earned about $630 million since they were married in 2004, and Nordegren's laywer has reportedly ordered a PI to comb through company accounts, tax returns and phone bills to make sure she has the exact number to take to a divorce court.

Celebrity lawyer Sorrell Trope, 82, who has represented stars including Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage and Britney Spears, has been hired by Nordegren to start the process of an eventual breakup.

A source told the Mirror: "Elin knows hiring a PI is a smart move. Her lawyers want to make sure she gets every penny she's entitled to. Elin is devastated, but now she's decided to end their marriage she has the future of their children to think about."

Woods is believed to be worth almost $1 billion, but his fortune is spread across the globe, with money likely in several different tax havens, so estimating his exact worth will no doubt be a difficult task.

The golfer has not been seen in public since smashing up his car on Nov. 27. Since then, 18 women have come forward with stories of extra-marital affairs.

Nordegren has reportedly barred him from seeing their children -- saying he's not in a good mental state to do so -- but allowed the kids to talk to dad on the phone from their Alps gettaway over the holidays.

Sam, 2, and Charlie, 10 months, are missing their father terribly, London's Mail Online reported.

Chris May, an employee at the French chalet, said the children became tearful when talking to him on the phone.

"The children were upset. They missed their dad and Sam wanted to speak to him. We were told they have been travelling constantly for the last two weeks. They seemed tired and were missing home. Tiger was asking them what they had been doing that day. He said, 'Have you had a nice day? Did you enjoy skiing? I love you both very much. Daddy misses you all.'"

Woods, meanwhile, was reportedly spotted in New York this weekend, staying in a $2,200-a-night suite at the Trump International Hotel, accompanied by a leggy blond woman.

The hotel has said that Woods is not a guest, but photographers have staked out the area hoping to get a first post-smashup photo of Woods.

There have been other reports of Woods hiding out in his Florida home, on a boat in the Caribbean or laying low in California. Yesterday, some gossip sites suggested he might be in Africa at a friend's estate. Woods proposed to Nordegren in South Africa in 2003.

Meanwhile, photos of Nordegren at a $8,000-a-night ski resort in Chamonix are being disputed as photos of her twin sister Josefin.

Celebrity sports site sportsbybrooks.com has zoomed in on the pics to spot a wedding ring -- something Elin reportedly removed after Woods' cheating ways first came to light.

The site reports that Woods' wife is still in Florida.


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