Genius Argument Fails to Persuade London Courts
Randy Work and Mandy Gray married 22 years ago. Randy was an executive at Lone Star Funds and their marital estate was worth $225 million dollars by the time they divorced in 2015 in England. The court split the money equally between
Work appealed and argued that he should receive 61% because of his special contribution. U.K. judges have distinguished cases where success is of a “wholly exceptional nature” and people who’ve become very wealthy through ordinary means.
The three judge appeal panel ruled against Work, however, and upheld the lower court’s finding that the fortune was the result of “being in the right place at the right time, or benefiting from a period of boom,” not professional genius on the part of Randy.