guy ritchieGuy Ritchie is reportedly planning on using some of his lump-sum gift from his divorce settlement from Madonna to open a traditional pub in New York.

The Snatch director is expected to be spending more time in the US as soon-to-be ex-wife Madonna wants the city to be the permanent base for their children. Under the terms of their custody agreement, the couple will share custody of their sons, eight year old Rocco and three year old David, and Guy will also have access to his step-daughter Lourdes, who has lived with him at the family’s former home in London for most of her 12 years. The boys will divide their time between the US and London but sources close to Guy say he wants to see them on their new home turf as well as when they visit him in the UK so has appointed real estate agents to look out for suitable properties.

A source told the Sunday Mirror that the purchase is as much a business venture as anything, inspired by the success of his Mayfair pub, The Punchbowl: “A lot of New Yorkers told Punchbowl staff they wish they had something like that over there.

“And if Guy has business in New York he would have a great excuse to have proper days out with the kids. He dreads the idea of becoming an ‘occasional dad’.”

Guy, who is said to be worth around £30million, received a “sweetner” of around £2million as part of their divorce settlement. He also was awarded the couple’s country estate in Wiltshire, valued at around £11million.