Monday, June 15, 2015

Russia's richest man in $7 billion divorce fight

Russia's richest man Vladimir Potanin's ex-wife is all set to prove that all is fair in love, and war. Despite an offering that included a monthly allowance of $250,000 (£162,914) and properties in Moscow, London, and New York, Vladimir's former wife, Natalia Potanina, wanted more.

“I feel offended after living together for 30 years. I loved him so much, it was a big personal drama to me.” Natalia has now launched an international legal battle against her husband of 30 years demanding a settlement of half of his $15bn (£9.8bn) wealth.

#60 Vladimir Potanin, Real Time Net Worth As of 6/15/15 $14.5 Billion
Vladimir Potanin runs the world's biggest nickel producer Norilsk Nickel. One of Russian industry's crown jewels, Norilsk has a market value of more than $30 billion, and Potanin owns 30% of the company.

The former deputy prime minister was one of the main backers of Russia's bid to host the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and he invested heavily in the development of the Olympic village. He also controls a transport and infrastructure company, a pharmaceutical firm and a ski resort operator.
Potanin is not the only Russian oligarch to face a huge divorce bill. The ex-wife of Dmitry Rybolovlev, who made his fortune in Russia’s fertilizer industry and owns Monaco football club, was awarded $4.5 billion last year.