July 7, 2009 / 8:29 AM / 10 years ago

Russian potash tycoon's wife seeks divorce-paper

MOSCOW, July 7 (Reuters) - The wife of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, owner of a Russian fertiliser firm worth $7 billion, has filed for divorce and division of property, including a $100 million Palm Beach villa, the Palm Beach Post said.

Rybolovlev, 41, made his fortune from potash mines in the Ural mountains and controls Uralkali (URKA.MM), whose Belarus-based export agent is the world’s biggest potash exporter.

Uralkali’s spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment on the report.

The newspaper said Yelena Rybolovleva has filed a lawsuit in Switzerland. Palm Beach County’s Clerk and Comptroller website also has a notice of lis pendens to Dmitry Rybolovlev filed by Yelena Rybolovleva in December 2008.

Rybolovlev is ranked 59th by Forbes magazine on a list of the world’s billionaires, with an estimated net worth of $12.8 billion.

Rybolovlev paid $100 million to U.S. property tycoon Donald Trump for the waterfront property in 2008 in what was seen at the time as the biggest single family home sale in U.S. history. (Writing by Gleb Bryanski; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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