Russian billionaire facing one of the biggest divorce settlements in history

June 9th, 2015 by Staff

Natalia Potanin (right) wants half of her soon to be ex-husband's $15 billion fortune.

(KFOR.COM) MOSCOW, Russia – Divorce is often a pricey part of ending a relationship, but some are more expensive than others.
Earlier this year, an Oklahoma oil tycoon’s ex-wife was fighting for her share of the couple’s fortune.

However, Sue Ann Arnall only received $975 from her divorce. Despite cashing the check, she went back to court to get what she claimed was rightfully hers.

A judge disagreed, saying she already cashed the check and “voluntarily accepted” the settlement.

Now, a divorce in Russia is making headlines for the amount of money at stake.

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.

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