Abramovich To Separate From His Third Wife, Dasha
Roman Abramovich has today announced he is to separate from his third wife after 10 years of marriage, sparking what could be the world’s most expensive divorce.
The Russian oligarch, 50, who is worth £7billion, and his magazine editor wife Dasha Zhukova, 36, have amicably agreed to part ways but will continue to work together for their joint businesses and two children.
It comes one week after Abramovich, 50, attended a social event in St Petersburg without Zhukova, as locals took selfies with the billionaire.
And just a few months ago, the 36-year-old was spotted on a quiet dinner with boyfriend of supermodel Karlie Kloss, Joshua Kushner.
It is not clear at this stage if they have a prenuptial agreement. The daughter of Russian oil magnate Alexander Zhukov, she is extremely wealthy in her own right.
Abramovich’s divorce settlement of £150million with his second wife Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina in 2007 was the fourth largest break-up bill in the world at the time.
And experts believe he will try to get the divorce settled in Russia to minimize his payout of assets, which includes luxury mansions, yachts, and supercars.
While Abramovich has been spotted looking downbeat at recent events, art dealer Daria has been seen giggling and laughing at a series of high-profile receptions in pictures posted online.
The Chelsea FC owner and main owner of private investment firm Millhouse LLC, Abramovich, married Zhukova in 2008 at a private ceremony.
But the couple kept their wedding a secret for a whole six years.
It was only in a 2014 Wall Street Journal article that the detail of their relationship was let slip.
The publication referred to the couple saying that they, ‘met in 2005 and were married a few years later’.
It has been reported that Russian-American Dasha gave her permission for the article to run the details but did not give any more information about when exactly she and the Chelsea FC owner wed.
The couple own homes in London, Moscow, Colorado, the Caribbean and the South of France and Roman also owns some of the world’s biggest yachts.
They have two children, a son, Aaron Alexander, born in 2009 and daughter, Leah Lou, born in 2013. Both children were born in the USA.
Zhukov is Abramovic’s third wife. Born in Moscow, to a scientist mother and oil trader father, Zhukov moved to the US with her mother at the age of 10 when her parents split up.
No trophy wife, she attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with honors with degrees in Slavic Studies and Literature.
From a market stall selling dolls to a Chelsea mansion: The VERY different lives of Abramovich’s wives
Dasha is not Roman’s first wife, in fact, the owner of Chelsea Football club has actually been married twice before and has seven children.
Wife number 1: Olga Yurevna Lysova (1987-1990)
Wife number 2: Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina (1991-2007)