See the eye watering sums
London has been dubbed the divorce capital of the world because of its generous awards which makes it a favoured location to bring divorce claims against super rich spouses.
Roman Abramovich who is the world’s 139th richest person with an estimated fortune of almost £9bn is the latest billionaire to separate from his wife of 10 years. His previous divorce cost him £155m but this could prove to be his costliest.
Here are some of the most expensive divorces…
One of the biggest divorce settlements ever agreed by a UK court awarded a former wife of an unnamed oil and gas trader £453m earlier this year.
The 61-year-old Caucasus-born billionaire worked in London as an oil and gas trader before building up energy interests in a Russian company he later sold his shares for $1.37bn in 2012.
The settlement split their martial assets of £1bn 50:50. The payout included £350m in cash as well as a £90.5m modern art collection, a £350,000 Aston Martin and £5m a year for living costs.
Hedge fund manager Sir Chris Hohn had to pay a third of a £1bn fortune to his ex-wife Jamie Cooper in 2014, which at the time was thought to have been the largest payout in the UK.
Cooper wanted half of the money but received £337m, £200m less than she sought but decided not to appeal after pocketing one of the biggest payouts by an estranged wife.
Saudi billionare Sheikh Walid Juffali was ordered to pay his former Pirelli calendar girl wife Christina Estrada £75m after a three-year battle.
Estrada was seeking £196m from her former husband for ‘reasonable needs’ such as a £55m home in London, £1m a year for clothes and £335,000 a year for staff.
Juffali died just after proceedings had been concluded after a battle with cancer. If he had died before she would have received nothing, he divorced her under Islamic law without her knowledge and took another wife.
The chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings Khoo Kay Peng was ordered to pay his ex-wife £64m after a bitter legal battle that racked up legal costs of more than £6m.
Pauline Chai who was married to Peng for 42 years demanded half of his £205m fortune after they split in 2013.
She claimed she was entitled to half as she had contributed to her husband’s success by having been a ‘traditional’ wife but he argued she should only receive £9m.
Russian beauty queen Ekaterina Parfenova was awarded a £3.3m divorce payout from her husband American lawyer Richard Fields in 2015.
Fields was left with £2.6m of the couples £6m fortune after the legal battle cost over £1m.