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Most expensive divorce

The owner of Monaco football club has been ordered to pay a world record divorce settlement of more than £2.6 billion to his ex-wife.

Judges in Switzerland said Dmitry Rybolovlev, age 47 has to give Elena Rybolovleva, who was with him for 24 years, a very precise 4,020,555,987 Swiss francs and 20 centimes.

In current Sterling rates, this amounts to £2,681,297,538 and 78 pence, an estimate of half the Russian oligarch’s entire fortune.

It follow a six year legal saga in which Mr Rybolovlev, who made his billions through a successful fertilizer business, bitterly contested Ms Rybolovlev’s claims to two of the most expensive properties in the USA and a £100million Greek island.

Now Mr Rybolovlev must sign a cheque for the incredible sum in the Swiss city of Geneva, where Ms Rybolovlev lives in a lakeside mansion.

It’s recorded as most expensive divorce in the world. The settlement which has been reported by Swiss media is far higher than the £1.5 billion paid by art heir Alec Wildenstein to his ex wife, Jocelyne.