Speculation mounts over Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's possible 3rd divorce bill

  • Speculation mounts over Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's possible 3rd divorce bill

Speculation mounts over Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's possible 3rd divorce bill

This time, the Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea FC may not be so lucky, after announcing he has separated from his third wife, Dasha Zhukova.

Zhukova and Abramovich, who is ranked number 139 in the Forbes magazine list of the world's richest people, have two children together.

50-year-old Abramovich and 36-year-old Zhukova said in a joint statement Monday they "made the hard decision to separate" after ten years together.

The marriage to Zhukova was the third for Abramovich, who owns the English soccer club Chelsea.

Even though the duo are said to remain friendly, Roman's divorce settlement of $150 million with his second wife Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina in 2007 was the fourth largest break-up bill in the world at the time, reports the Daily Mail. In a statement released to the media on Monday, the couple said: "We are committed to jointly raising our two children". They had five children together.

Mr Abramovich married his first wife, Olga Yurevna Lysova, in 1987 but was divorced just three years later.

Roman and Dasha are also in business together, and founded the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

Abramovich served as governor for Russia's deprived far-northern region of Chukotka from 2000, the year Vladimir Putin became president, before quitting of his own accord in 2008.

They added in their statement that they will "continue to work together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the New Holland Island cultural centre in Saint Petersburg". In 2008 she entered the worldwide art world by opening her Garage gallery in Moscow.