May 20, 2014 in Nation/World

Russian hit with $4.5 billion Swiss divorce

Associated Press

GENEVA – A Swiss court has ordered a Russian billionaire to pay more than $4.5 billion to his ex-wife in what could become the biggest divorce settlement in history.

The Geneva Tribunal of First Instance said Dmitry Rybolovlev must pay $4,509,375,184.80 to ex-wife Elena Rybolovleva. Both are 47.

The judgment also granted his ex-wife property worth $146 million in Gstaad, Switzerland, where the couple owned two swanky chalets.

His ex-wife had demanded $6 billion from the man known as the “fertilizer king,” whose fortune from potash mining once made him the world’s 79th richest person. He is now ranked 147th on the Forbes list of billionaires, with an estimated fortune of $8.8 billion.

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