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Monday, August 7, 2017

Chelsea owner Abramovich splits from third wife

Russian billionaire and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and his partner , gallerist Dasha Zhukova, have separated , a spokesman for Abramovich confirmed to AFP .

“After 10 years together , the two of us have made the difficult decision to separate but we remain, close friends , parents , and partners in the projects we developed together , ” the two said in a statement sent to AFP Monday by Abramovich ’s spokesman John Mann.

Abramovich , 50 , is Russia’ s 12 th richest businessman , according to Forbes magazine, with a fortune of $ 9 . 1 billion . He has owned Chelsea football club since 2003 .

The statement on Monday did not make clear whether Abramovich and Zhukova , 36 , are married , although this has been previously reported.

Abramovich and Zhukova have two children together , a son and daughter.

In the couple ’s joint statement , they said that “We are committed to jointly raising our two children. ”

Abramovich divorced his second wife Irina Malandina in 2007 after a marriage lasting 16 years . They had five children together . Abramovich ’s first marriage was brief, from 1987 to 1991 with Olga Lysova .

Zhukova founded a popular contemporary arts centre and gallery in Moscow , Garage , which is located in the city ’s Gorky Park , as well as collaborating with Abramovich on the New Holland arts centre in Saint Petersburg .

The couple said that “ 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 centre in Saint Petersburg. ”

AFP

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