Dmitry Rybolovlev, one of the richest people in Russia, is about to set the record for most expensive divorce. A Swiss judge has ordered Dmitry to pay his ex-wife Elena a $4.5 billion divorce settlement. Dmitry became a billionaire by privatizing a fertilizer plant in Russia. His net worth is estimated at $8.8 billion.
The judge also gave Elena ownership of real estate in Switzerland worth $145 million and custody of their 13 year old daughter. Elena and Dmitry met as students and had been married since 1987.
The previous record is held by Rupert Murdoch. Rupert paid $1.7 billion to his ex-wife Anna in 1991 in cash and Newscorp stock.