7 billion divorce

7 billion divorce

Divorce can be an expensive process for anyone, never mind a billionaire.

A divorce in Russia is making headlines for the amount of money at stake.

According to CNN, the ex-wife of Russia’s richest man, Vladimir Potanin, wants half of his $15 billion fortune.

During the divorce last year, Natalia Potanina was offered a settlement including a monthly allowance of $250,000 and property in Moscow, London and New York.

Natalia claims Potanin’s real wealth is held in offshore companies and she is fighting for her share of that.

Potanin runs the world’s biggest nickel producer, Norilsk Nickel, which has a market value of more than $30 billion. Potanin owns 30 percent of that company.

Under Russian law, wealth acquired during marriage should be divided equally.

“I feel offended after living together for 30 years,” she said. “I loved him so much, it was a big personal drama to me.”

The couple has three children and Russian media says Potanin has since remarried.

A preliminary hearing to examine Natalia’s claims has been set for July 1.

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.

Here are some other truly exepensve dirorces:

Most expensive divorces

Dmitry Rybolovlev’s divorce from Elena Rybolovleva; estimated at $4.5 billion
Alec Wildenstein’s divorce from Jocelyn Wildenstein; estimated at $2.5 billion
Bernie Ecclestone’s divorce from Slavica; estimated at $1–$1.2 billion
Harold Hamm current ruling estimated at $1 billion.[4] Amount still under appeal by wife.
Adnan Khashoggi’s divorce from Soraya Khashoggi; estimated at $850 million
Craig McCaw’s divorce from Wendy McCaw; estimated to exceed $460 million
Mel Gibson’s divorce from Robyn Moore Gibson; estimated at $425 million
Roman Abramovich’s divorce from Irina Abramovich; estimated at $300 million
Michael Polsky’s divorce from Maya Polsky, $184 million [10]
Michael Jordan’s divorce from Juanita Jordan; estimated at $168 million [11]
Boris Berezovsky’s divorce from Galina Besharova; estimated at $160 million [12]
Neil Diamond’s divorce from Marcia Murphey; estimated at $150 million
Frank McCourt’s divorce from Jamie McCourt; estimated at $130 million
Garth Brooks’ divorce from Sandy Mahl; estimated at $125 million
Charles Edgar Fipke’s divorce from Marlene Fipke; estimated at $123 million
Greg Norman’s divorce from Laura Andrassy; estimated at $103 million
Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from Anna Murdoch; estimated at $100 million
Tiger Woods’ divorce from Elin Nordegren; estimated at $100 million
Steven Spielberg’s divorce from Amy Irving; estimated at $100 million
Madonna’s divorce from Guy Ritchie; estimated at $76–$92 million
Harrison Ford’s divorce from Melissa Mathison; estimated at $85 million
Kevin Costner’s divorce from Cindy Silva; estimated at $80 million
Kenny Rogers divorce from Marianne Rogers; estimated at $60 million [24]
Kelsey Grammer’s divorce from Camille Grammer; estimated at $60 million
James Cameron’s divorce from Linda Hamilton; estimated at $50 million
Paul McCartney’s divorce from Heather Mills; estimated at $48.6 million
Michael Douglas’ divorce from Diandra Douglas; estimated at $45 million
Ted Danson’s divorce from Casey Coats; estimated at $30 million
Donald Trump’s divorce from Ivana Trump; estimated at $25 million
Lionel Richie’s divorce from Diane Richie; estimated at $20 million
Johnny Carson’s divorce from Joanna Holland; estimated at $20 million
Mick Jagger’s divorce from Jerry Hall; estimated between $15 and $25 million ]