Russian billionaire’s ex-wife seeks record UK divorce payout

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A Russian billionaire in what may be Britain’s biggest divorce case has been ordered to pay £453m to his former wife – however, the court in London yesterday heard his ex-wife had not received “a penny from him”. The Husband is appealing the award, the likes of which are why London is dubbed the divorce capital of the world.

An order had prevented the couple’s identification after Akhmedova requested anonymity because of fears for her safety. However details of the settlement – and the couple’s lavish lifestyle — were revealed in the court of appeal on Wednesday.

Akhmedov, 62, who featured this week on the US “Putin list” of officials and oligarchs close to the Kremlin, was ordered to give his 41-year-old ex-wife 41.5% of his “staggering” wealth by a high court judge in 2016.

The gas and oil tycoon who is close friends with Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club, married Akhmedova more than 20 years ago.

Read the full article on The Guardian website.

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