A British wife has won £453 million from her ex-trader husband, in what is thought to be a record-breaking divorce payout.
The 61-year-old man built his fortune in the Russian energy business. Now, his 44-year-old spouse has been awarded 41.5 per cent of £1 billion fortune.
London's High Court heard that the unnamed couple met in Moscow in 1993, but moved to Britain the same year, to live in Surrey.
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said there had been a disagreement over when the couple separated, but that the husband had been "very generous with gifts."
He had bought her £300,000 worth of jewellery, and given her use of a yacht, plane and helicopter.
As part of the deal, she gets their £90 million art collection and a £350,000 Aston Martin.
The divorce award may be the biggest by a judge in England, though according to lawyers it is difficult to say conclusively because payouts often remain private.
The biggest divorce settlement of all time is thought to be the £1.5 billion paid by US billionaire Alec Wildenstein to his ex-wife, Jocelyn.
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