Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Divorced Russian Wife Demands $15 Billion Settlement

The ex-wife of Russia's richest man Vladimir Potanin wants half his $15 billion fortune. 

The couple divorced last year. Potanin offered Natalia Potanina, his wife of 30 years, a settlement including a monthly allowance of $250,000 and properties in Moscow, London, and New York. 

But she says that is only a fraction of what is rightfully hers. Natalia claims Potanin's real wealth is held in offshore companies, and she's launched an international legal battle to get hold of it. Vladimir Potanin runs the world's biggest nickel producer Norilsk Nickel. 

One of Russian industry's crown jewels, Norilsk has a market value of more than $30 billion, and Potanin owns 30% of the company.

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