Abramovich and Zhukova parting after 10 years together
Meanwhile, they intend to continue to bring up their 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter together.
Billionaire Roman Abramovich and his wife Daria Zhukova decided to divorce after ten years of living together. The parents of two children will remain friends and partners in joint projects. They are going to bring together their common son and daughter up together.
This is featured in the statement of the couple, that came to the editorial office of RBC. "After 10 years of joint life, we made a difficult decision to part, but we remain close friends, parents of two wonderful children and partners in projects that started and developed together," the joint message says.
Abramovich and Zhukova explained to the publication that they intended to jointly bring up their 7-year-old son Aaron and 4-year-old daughter Leya. The couple will also continue to work as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Modern Art in Moscow and the cultural center on the island of New Holland in St. Petersburg.
36-year-old Daria Zhukova is a designer, founder and head of the Center for Contemporary Culture Garage, publisher and editor-in-chief of the eponymous magazine. She met Abramovich in February 2005 at a party after the match of the Chelsea football club, which the billionaire has owned since 2003, in Barcelona.
50-year-old Roman Abramovich is a Russian businessman, a billionaire. From 2001 to 2008 he was the Governor of Chukotka, from 2008 to 2013 – the chairman of the Duma of the Chukotka Autonomous District. Forbes experts estimate the fortune of Abramovich at 9.2 billion dollars. The businessman occupies the 139th place in the ranking of the richest people in the world and 12th in the list of the richest people in Russia.
Abramovich has five children from ex-wife Irina - two sons and three daughters. The billionaire divorced with her in March 2007. According to Forbes, during the divorce Irina Malandina received $300 million, a luxury estate in West Sussex, two London apartments, a castle in France, Chateau de la Croe, as well as the opportunity to spend time on Pelorus yacht and use the private Boeing of the ex-spouse.
As the publication noted, "stewardess Irina Malandina married the director of cooperative Uyut, which produced rubber toys, and divorced with the oil trader, the owner of Sibneft, Evraz, the Chelsea football club and the Governor of Chukotka".
Zhukova was called "Abramovich's girlfriend" in the press for a long time. In 2015, The Times wrote about the "secret wedding" of the billionaire and the designer. The publication referred to the interview of Zhukova with newspaper The Wall Street Journal, which stated that the couple "met in 2005 and married a few years later".
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