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Russian Billionaire Vladimir Potanin Faces $7 Billion Divorce Claim in London

  • Vladimir Potanin fighting possible record U.K. divorce payout
  • Ex-wife is seeking 50% of Potanin’s shares in Norilsk Nickel
Vladimir Potanin
Vladimir PotaninPhotographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Vladimir Potanin, Russia’s second-richest man, is facing one of the world’s biggest divorce claims after Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. 

His ex-wife, Natalia Potanina, is seeking 50% of the value of his stake in MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, outlining the maximum amount at a London court hearing Tuesday. That amount could exceed $7 billion, given that Potanin owns around one-third of the shares in the metal producer.