Earlier this month, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova announced their plans to separate after 10 years of marriage. Abramovich has an estimated net worth of $US9.3 billion, which makes him the 139th richest person in the world, according to Forbes.
More recently, Bloomberg reported details about Zhukova’s 10-year friendship with Ivanka Trump, which came to light in security-clearance forms that Trump and Jared Kushner had filled out before becoming White House staff.
Abramovich and Zhukova have two children, joint businesses in Russia, an extensive art collection, and a mega-mansion on the Upper East Side, as well as other assets that could make this one of the most expensive splits in history. Ahead, take a look at Zhukova’s life.
Zhukova was born in Moscow in 1981. In the early '90s, her mother, a molecular biologist, took a job at the University of California, Los Angeles. Zhukova would go on to study homeopathic medicine at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Abramovich and Zhukova met in 2005 and kept their marriage a secret for many years. The couple was often referred to as boyfriend and girlfriend years after meeting, but in 2015, Zhukova revealed during a Wall Street Journal interview that the two had married 'a few years' after meeting.
From 2000 to 2008, Abramovich served as the Governor of the Russian region of Chukotka. Bloomberg reported that his time serving was 'widely viewed as a show of loyalty to the Kremlin.'
In 2008, Zhukova and Abramovich opened what is now the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art together in Moscow. The New York Times called her an 'an art-world It Girl.'
In 2011, Zhukova launched her art and fashion magazine, Garage. Again, The New York Times praised Zhukova, calling the magazine 'one of the most intriguing magazines to come along in years.' Today, Vice Media owns a controlling stake of Garage.
Zhukova was introduced to Ivanka Trump by Wendi Deng Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife. In 2014, Abramovich and Zhukova invited Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, to Russia for a four-day stay, during which they attended a fundraising dinner for Moscow's Jewish Museum.
Zhukova and Kushner's brother, Joshua, are both investors in Artsy, an online art discovery platform.
Here, Zhukova is pictured with model Karlie Kloss, who has been in a relationship with Joshua Kushner for five years.
Zhukova is also friends Derek Blasberg, Vanity Fair's 'Our Man on the Street' and a senior staffer at the Gagosian Gallery. On the 4th of July this year, the two spent time with Katy Perry.
She's also popped up on billionaire David Geffen's Instagram along with Oprah, Diane Sawyer, and Diane von Furstenberg. Geffen frequently hosts A-listers aboard his yacht 'Rising Sun.'
This month, the couple made a public statement that the split is amicable. 'We are committed to jointly raising our two children. We will also continue to work together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the New Holland Island cultural center in Saint Petersburg,' they told Page Six.
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