PALM BEACH — A dozen liens on Palm Beach’s most expensive single family house are set to be released now that the divorce of owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s oligarchs, is being finalized.
Initially, fertilizer tycoon Rybolovlev was ordered by a court in Geneva, Switzerland, to cough up half of his $9 billion fortune, giving his former significant other $4.5 billion.
But in June, a Swiss appeals court overturned the ruling, awarding the missus a measly $603 million.
Today, Rybolovlev announced he and his now ex-wife Elena have reached a private divorce settlement after eight years of a contentious court battles in Switzerland and Palm Beach County.
All along, Elena Rybolovlev said her husband was attempting keep her from her share of their marital wealth by hiding assets in trusts.
And indeed, the duke of doodoo did just that in Palm Beach after he paid Donald Trump $95 million for Maison de L’Amitie in 2008.
Months after he bought the insane six-acre property at 515 North County Road — a property Trump got for a song in a bankruptcy sale from former old folks home mogul Abe Gosman — Rybolovlev placed it in a trust allegedly controlled by daughters Ekatarina and Anna.
About the same time, the ex-wife filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County to make sure the property remained a part of the marital assets.
Divorce guru John Christiansen and six other high-profile local divorce attorneys have been duking it out since, but the case over the oceanfront house and its seven-bedrooms, 18-foot ceilings, a full-sized ballroom and a basement garage for 80 cars is expected to be settled this week.
The Palm Beach property, by the way, isn’t the only big ticket item that was in play in the divorce. Others included: Two ski chalets in Gstaad, Switzerland, worth a total $145 million; a $219 million-condo in Monte Carlo, where Rybolovlev also owns the local soccer team; the island of Skorpios, Greece, purchased from Aristotle for $150 million; and a $90 million-Central Park West apartment.