Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich splits from third wife Dasha Zhukova
Monday - 07/08/2017 14:31
A SPLIT between a Russian billionaire and darling of the art world was never going to involve small change.
But Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and his wife, gallerist and fashion editor Dasha Zhukova, are set to raise eyebrows with a settlement that could involve billions after announcing their split.
On Monday, Abramovich and Zhukova said they had separated after a decade together in a joint statement.
“After 10 years together, the two of us have made the difficult decision to separate, but we remain close friends, parents, and partners in the projects we developed together,” they said.
“We are committed to jointly raising our two children. We will also continue to work together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the New Holland Island cultural centre in Saint Petersburg.”
He’s reportedly dropped more than $1.5 billion on “toys and homes” including ones in the Caribbean, Colorado and the South of France. He’s also renowned for hosting lavish parties where the likes of Beyonce and Gwen Stefani would perform, or dropping $50,000 on restaurant bills in New York City.
Zhukova, 36, is no stranger to the high life herself. The daughter of a Russian oligarch Alexander Zhukov, who has made a small fortune in oil, metals and banking, she has been lauded by the New York fashion and arts scene for her daring projects.