Now that’s rich!
The ex-wife of Russia’s richest man, Vladimir Potanin, is demanding half of his $15 billion fortune.
After their divorce last year after 30 years of marriage, Natalia Potanina was offered a monthly allowance of $250,000 and properties in New York, Moscow and London – but she scoffed at the paltry sum.
Natalia launched an international fight to get a hold of his astronomical wealth, which she claims is held in offshore companies, CNN reported.
Her ex-hubby runs several companies and owns 30 percent of nickel behemoth Norilsk Nickel, which is valued at more than $30 billion, the network reported.
Natalia claims she is entitled to half his fortune because Russian law mandates that wealth acquired during marriage must be equally divided.
With half his money, Natalia could buy the New York Yankees – twice, CNN reported.
She said she’d give her shares of Norilsk to the state.
“I want to avoid corporate conflicts. I want such a big strategic object to be under the state control,” she told CNN.
Natalia, who has three children with Vladimir, said she has been hurt by the split.
“I feel offended after living together for 30 years,” she told CNN. “I loved him so much – it was a big personal drama to me.”
A court hearing is scheduled for July 1.