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Russian tycoon ordered to pay ex-wife £2.6bn

Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian owner of French football club AS Monaco, has been told by a Swiss court that he must pay his ex-wife Elena 4 billion Swiss francs (£2.6 billion) following a six-year divorce battle, Swiss paper Le Temps reported.

Elena Rybolovleva's lawyer Marc Bonnant described it as “the most expensive divorce in history”.

Monaco's club president Dmitri Rybolovlev has been ordered to pay his ex-wife £2.6 billion. Credit: Reuters

Rybolovleva, who began divorce proceedings in Switzerland in 2008, reportedly also won custody of their 13-year-old daughter Anna.

The couple, who were married for 23 years, had been wrangling over a $95 million (£56.4 million) property in Palm Beach, Florida, that they bought from Donald Trump and the £100 million Greek resort island of Skorpios, that was once owned by Aristotle Onassis.

Rybolovleva was awarded an £86 million property in the ski resort of Gstaad and two other homes in Geneva.

The 47-year-old oligarch, who made much of his fortune from the 2010 sale of his stake in fertilizer company Uralkali, can still appeal the ruling.