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Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich just won a $6.5 billion legal battle against former friend and business partner Boris Berezovsky in the biggest personal court case in British history.The months-long court case stemmed from a longstanding dispute in which Berezovsky claimed Abramovich had intimidated him into selling shares of Sibneft (later bought by Gazprom), the Russian oil giant the two had invested in during the 1990s.
Berezovsky sought $6.5 billion in damages in the case filed in London’s High Court last October.
But the British judge on Friday found Berezovsky to be an “unreliable witness” and dismissed his claims in their entirety, according to the BBC.
Abramovich, the billionaire of the Chelsea football club, must be pleased—the ruling absolves him from paying billions of dollars to his former business partner, although Berezovsky could still file an appeal.
Life is pretty sweet for Abramovich. He was orphaned as a child, but today is worth an estimated $12.1 billion and leads a fabulous life, from his gorgeous girlfriend and palatial home to his massive security staff and celebrity-studded parties.
Abramovich was the Governor of the Russian region of Chukotka from 2003-08 and spent $1.3 billion of his own money on the region.
His longtime girlfriend is the gorgeous Dasha Zhukova, a model, designer and magazine editor. They have a son together.
But to be with his girlfriend he first had to divorce his wife, Irina. She got $300 million in the settlement--one of the most expensive divorces of all time.
Abramovich entered the art world with a bang in 2008, spending $120 million on two paintings. The Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud pieces he purchased were for home display.
Abramovich owns the biggest yacht in the world, the $1 billion Eclipse. It has two swimming pools, lasers to block paparazzi and a submarine in case he needs to exit quickly. His master suite is armour-plated.
He also has two Maybach 62 limos, which he had armoured and equipped with security equipment. The final cost for these bomb-proof vehicles? More than $1 million each.
Abramovich bought nine apartments in London, and then converted them into a mansion. By the time renovations are complete, the 30,000 square-foot estate will supposedly be the most expensive home in the country.
Abramovich also owns a ranch in Aspen worth about $40 million. He once built a custom ice rink for a party that included the Pussycat Dolls.
Abramovich owns the Chateau de la Croe in the South of France. He spent at least $50 million refurbishing it to his specifications. The home is famous because Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward stayed there after he abdicated the throne.
Back in January, Abramovich spent $8 million on the party of the year in St. Bart's. Guests included Rupert Murdoch, Martha Stewart, George Lucas and Marc Jacobs. The Red Hot chilli Peppers performed.
Abramovich bought New Holland Island in St. Petersburg, a former military base, to house his art. He's spent at least $400 million on the island, which is open to the public.
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