7 Billion Divorce Bill In Russia For Vladimir Potanin? Entrepreneur Battles Ex-Wife Natalia Potanina

June 9, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

A $7 billion divorce bill could be handed to Russian tycoon Vladimir Potanin. Natalia Potanina, who officially divorced the country’s richest man in 2014, claimed that he has a $15 billion fortune hidden in offshore accounts, and she wants half of it.

Vladimir and Natalia Potanin

Natalia Potanina‘s lawyers are hoping to give a $7 billion divorce bill to her former husband. After 30 years of marital bliss, three beautiful children, in 2014, Vladimir Potanin and Natalia Potanina got a divorce.

Natalia Potanina was offered a pretty decent monthly allowance of $250,000 and numerous properties in Moscow, London, and New York by her ex-husband’s attorneys, but she refused, because she wants more, like $7 billion more.

While Mr. Potanin has moved on with his life, has remarried and started a family, Mrs. Potanina is having fun in court in what might be the most expensive divorce in history. The former deputy prime minister has earned himself the title of the richest man in Russia thanks to nickel.

He owns one-fourth of Norilsk Nickel, one of the biggest nickel producers in the world and is valued at $30 billion. According to the ex-wife, Mr. Potanin’s numerous ventures, Norilsk Nickel, a transport and infrastructure company, a pharmaceutical firm and a ski resort operator have helped amassed a whopping $14 billion fortune and she is entitled to $7 billion.

Here is a breakdown of the former manager of the International Bank of Economic Cooperation’s wealth:

“…Potanin’s wealth at $15.4 billion, making him Russia’s richest man. The bulk of it comes from Norilsk, where he holds a 30.4% stake. Potanin also has interests in Rosbank—where French bank Societe Generale is a partner—, digital media company Rowler & Co, pharmaceutical firm NPO Petrovax-Farm, an important real estate portfolio, and the Rosa Khutor ski resort whcih was used in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.”

So, what will she do with $7 billion? She does not know as yet, but she can purchase one Mark Zuckerberg, BlackBerry – the entire company, The Lakers, or few islands if she wanted. However, she has few ideas about what she would do with Norilsk Nickel.

“I want to give my shares to the state. I want to avoid corporate conflicts. I want such a big strategic object to be under the state control. I feel offended after living together for 30 years. I loved him so much, it was a big personal drama to me.”

Mr. Potanin’s lawyers said that the allowance given to his ex is “more than enough,” and they plan to fight her when they appear in court on July 1. Mr. Potanin has already decided to give at least $7 billion to charity by signing The Giving Pledge campaign founded by Warren Buffett, and Bill and Melinda Gates.

“I also see it as a way to protect my children from the burden of extreme wealth, which may deprive them of any motivation to achieve anything in life on their own.”

What are your thoughts on the $7 billion divorce bill drama?

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    1. Sarah Salom says:

      the ex-wife is going to buy a lot Chanel bags, shoes, perfume — heck she can buy the entire freakin company.

    2. Rohr says:

      Why is this fool talking about the burden of being extremely rich? Is he on drugs? Some many people are homeless, hungry fighting illnesses in underdeveloped countries, and he want to protect his kids from money.

    3. Sonya Zimmer says:

      The woman is angry and bitter that her ex has moved on and she is stuck on stupid.
      Take the 200k a month and go find a young man.

    4. Fil says:

      Do you really need $7 Billion to be happy in life, no certifit auto parts I say.

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