After weeks of speculation, it’s finally been revealed that Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the 22-year-old daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, is the purchaser of ex-Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill’s penthouse at 15 Central Park West.Forbes reports that Rybolovleva paid the full $88 million sticker price, an unusual move given the soft housing market and a major boon for Weill, who promised to donate proceeds from the sale of the apartment to charity.
Almost nothing is known about Rybolovleva except that she’s a student at a U.S. university, was born in Moscow, and has been a resident of Monaco and Switzerland for the past 15 years. She’s also an avid horseback rider and someone (we’re guessing it’s not her) took the initiative to start a Facebook page in her name this morning.
Far more interesting is the life of Ekaterina’s father, who presumably bankrolled the pricey pad.
Dmitry is a business magnate who got his start in science, and he owns a French football team. Oh yeah, and he was once tossed in jail for a year after being accused of participating in a murder plot.
Rybolovlev trained as a doctor, but soon entered the world of business and made a killing acquiring state-owned industrial assets in the 1990s.
In 1996, Rybolovlev was accused of participating in a plot to kill a business partner, but was acquitted at trial after spending 11 months in jail.
In 2010, he paid $95 million for Donald Trump's oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, more than twice what Trump paid for the place a few years earlier.
He's in the process of buying struggling French soccer club Monaco AS. Ryoblovlev reportedly wants to spend $260 million revamping the team.
A man with fine tastes, Rybolovlev's art collection includes works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Monet.
He once mysteriously bought a $398 Louis Vuitton pen for California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
Now his daughter is the owner of a 6,744-square-foot penthouse on Central Park West, for which he paid a record-breaking $88 million.
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