R ussian tycoon Roman Abramovich and his wife, art collector Dasha Zhukova, have announced they are splitting up. The couple said in…
Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich and his wife, art collector Dasha Zhukova, have announced they are splitting up.
The couple said in a joint statement Monday they had “made the difficult decision to separate” after 10 years together.
No further details about how much Zhukova is set to get or may have received by way of settlement. But given Abramovich’s wealth, it may stretch into the billions.
The ex-couple own homes together in London, Moscow, Colorado, the Caribbean and the South of France and Roman also owns some of the world’s biggest yachts.
They also own a ‘major’ private art collection together, after Ms Zhukova, who is on the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, converted the oligarch into an art lover.
When he divorced Ms Malandina, the mother of five of his children, in 2007 he paid her a settlement of around £150 million – one of the most expensive divorces of all time.
Some of his assets
|£50million house the West Side of Kensington Palace Gardens in London|
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|18,000 square-foot, $78million (£60m) mansion on New York’s Upper East Side|
|£1 billion luxury yacht, Eclipse — at 536ft and the second-largest in the world — which boasts a helipad, submarine, hot tubs and its own disco dancefloor.|
|£30million mansion in Cap d’Antibes in the South of France|
|Chelsea FC worth over $1.9bn|
The 50-year-old Abramovich and 36-year-old Zhukova have two children and founded the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia’s most prominent modern art museum. The Moscow museum hosts popular exhibits and become one of the most-visited art venues in the Russian capital.
The Russian edition of Forbes magazine this year estimated Abramovich to be worth $9.1 billion. He also owns English soccer club Chelsea, which won the Premier League last season.
Abramovich was married twice before and has five children with his second wife. He is notoriously media shy, and it wasn’t even known for many years that he and Zhukova were married.
Wife number 1: Olga Yurevna Lysova (1987-1990)
Little is known about Roman’s first wife Olga. The couple married in 1987 but were divorced just three years later in 1990. They did not have any children together.
In 1988 the couple set up a market stall selling dolls – a business which she described as having bought the couple success almost immediately.
And it was a wedding present from Olga’s parents that would help him to make his first investment. They gifted the newlyweds 2,000 rubles – around £1,000 at the time – which he invested and managed to double and then triple the cash within a year.
Wife number 2: Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina (1991-2007)
Just a year after his divorce from Olga, Roman married air-stewardess Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina in 1991.
The couple had five children: Arkadiy, Ilya, Arina, Sofia and Anna but subsequently divorced in 2007 as it was reported in 2006 that Roman already had a close friendship with Dasha, who was then 25.
Much speculation followed as to how much their divorce settlement would be worth with it eventually being reported that Irina had been awarded £155million – the largest settlement in the world.