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Best way to get rich quick Get divorced: How ex-wives to the super-wealthy have made their way into the rich list
Slavica Ecclestone granted 740m settlement after divorce from Bernie
Irina Malandina came in second with her estimated 155million divorceThe women were named in the Sunday Times Rich List on Sunday
10:19 GMT, 22 April 2013
11:07 GMT, 22 April 2013
Get rich quick: Slavica Ecclestone topped the richest divorcees list when she was awarded an estimated 740million after splitting from Bernie in 2009
Marry rich but divorce even richer – that’s the way to join the ranks of the super-wealthy.
Divorce has paid well for several women in Britain whose settlements have seen them walk from court with hundreds of millions of pounds.
Slavica Ecclestone topped the Sunday Times’ Rich List in the ‘richest divorcees’ category after she was awarded an estimated 740million in 2009 in her divorce from Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone when their 23-year marriage ended on the grounds of his ‘unreasonable behaviour’.
Coming in second was Irina Malandina who walked away with a reported 155million in 2007 from her divorce to Russian Roman Abramovich, one of the richest men in the world, after 16 years of marriage and five children together.
Glamorous former Bosnian refugee Diana Jenkins got a sizeable chunk of her ex-husband Roger Jenkins’ fortune he made as a tax expert at Barclays Bank, pocketing an estimated 150million after her ten-year marriage.
The estranged couple called their 2011 split as ‘the happiest divorce ever’ and last year she joined him among Britain’s wealthiest 500 individuals as a result.
Galina Besharova made her millions in seconds, awarded 100million in a 45-second divorce to the late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky in 2011 while Beverley Charman also made the top ten when she received a record-breaking 48million in 2006 after her split from millionaire businessman John Charman.
Ayesha Vardag from Vardags told The Times: ‘In England today, the single easiest way for an attractive woman to make her fortune is to marry a very rich man and then divorce him a few years later, preferably after having a child.’
Family partner at Withers Mark Harper said: 'Since 2000, divorce in England has been about sharing the fruits of the marital partnership.
'Those fruits have grown rich and
luscious with the growth in international wealth and so wives divorcing
in England have benefittted from the change in the law to a percentage
division in assets.'
Divorce pays well: Irina Malandina (left) walked away with a reported 155million after her split from Roman Abramovich, one of the richest men in the world, while Diana Jenkins (right) pocketed an estimated 150million after 'the happiest divorce ever' from tax expert Roger Jenkins
Divorcee dollars: Galina Besharova (right) made 100million in a 45-second divorce to late Russian oligrach Boris Berezovsky and Beverley Charman (left) made the top ten after she was awarded a record-breaking 48million in 2006
Also on yesterday’s Rich List is Alisher Usmanov, a part-owner of Arsenal football club, named the most affluent person in the country with a 13.3billion fortune. The second richest is another Russian oligarch, Len Blavatnik, who is worth 11billion.
Former Miss UK Kirsty Bertarelli, whose family fortune stands at 7.4billion, is the wealthiest woman in the rich list.
The Duke of Westminster’s property interests make him worth 7.8billion, placing him eighth in the list.
Adele has been named the richest young musician in the country for a second year following the success of her song for the James Bond film Skyfall. The singer is worth 30million – up 10million on last year.
Russian riches: Billionaire Alisher Usmanov (pictured with his wife), a part-owner of Arsenal football club was named the most affluent person in the country with a 13.3billion fortune