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Russia’s Richest Man Faces U.K.’s Largest Divorce Fight

  • Ex-wife, seeking $6 billion, overturns prior court ruling
  • Potanina had been accused of ‘divorce tourism’ by lower court
Vladimir Potanin

Vladimir Potanin

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Vladimir Potanin, Russia’s richest man, faces one of the largest divorce fights the U.K. courts have ever seen after London appeal judges cleared the way for his former wife to renew her claim against him.

The billionaire’s ex-wife Natalia Potanina overturned a lower court ruling which had accused her of “divorce tourism.” The couple divorced in Russia in 2014 and she is seeking a further award of as much as $6 billion, that would dwarf the largest publicly known payout in a U.K. divorce.