Billionaire Loses Half His Fortune in Divorce

Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev was ordered to split his estimated $8.8 billion with his ex-wife.
2:01 | 05/21/14

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Now, to what may well be the biggest divorce settlement in history. A Russian billionaire separated from his wife, is now about to pay her half of his entire fortune. ABC's Reena ninan has more. Reporter: This morning, one couple's cold war is now earning them what appears to be the biggest billionaire breakup in history. It is, by far, the largest that we've ever tracked. Reporter: Russian tycoon dmitry rybolovlev has to split his $8.8 million fortune with his wife. He plowed his riches out of a fertilizer company. Using those riches to grow his lifestyle in the states. Snapping up Donald Trump's mansion for $95 million. And this penalty house at $88 million. And reportedly shelled out some $20 million for a hawaiian estate once owned by will smith. I make this look good. Reporter: Elena has been battling the billionaire for five years, over assets she claims he's trying to hide in trust funds for their daughters. He has done a masterful job of making sure that a lot of these assets are not in his name. Reporter: But Monday, a Swiss judge sided with her, saying she's due almost $4.5 billion. Some of his property, and close to $129,000 a month in child support. The rybolovlevs' pricey split probably ties Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng. Murdoch's second ex-wife landed $1.7 billion. Where are you going? Reporter: It pummeled Mel Gibson's divorce from his ex-wife in 2011. While her attorney tells ABC news, the judge's order is exactly what she wanted. Her husband's attorney says he plans to appeal. For "Good morning America," Reena ninan, ABC news, New York.

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