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British Tycoon Barclay Faces Prison for Failing to Pay Ex-Wife

  • Frederick Barclay was supposed to pay ex-wife $66 million
  • Comes after one of the biggest divorces in U.K. court history
Sir Frederick Barclay, left, leaves the High Court in London, in 2019.
Sir Frederick Barclay, left, leaves the High Court in London, in 2019.

Photographer: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images/Getty Images

British businessman Frederick Barclay, who amassed a lucrative empire with his late twin brother, faces being sent to prison for failing to pay his former wife 50 million pounds ($66 million) as part of one of the U.K. court’s biggest divorces.

In May, a London court ordered Barclay, 87, to pay his ex-wife Hiroko 100 million pounds, with half the amount due within three months. Hiroko Barclay has made an application for the reclusive tycoon to be held in contempt of court, which could see him face a fine, asset freeze or even imprisonment.