Palm Beach, Fla.: Russian Billionaire's Wife Demands $95M Mansion

For an average person, a messy divorces usually means custody of the car, the family dog, or that giant flat-screen TV. Not the estranged wife of billionaire Russian fertilizer mogul Dmitri Rybolovlev. She wants his $95-million Palm Beach estate, which is filled to its 33,000-square-foot brim with masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet.

Elena Rybolovleva has reached out (from her other home in Geneva, Switzerland) in order to keep her claws on the home on 515 N. County Road. The fertilizer king's palatial spread has 475 feet of unobstructed oceanfront on 6 acres and was purchased, with cash, from Donald Trump in 2008. (Trump paid $41.4 million for the property in 2004.)
It gets messier. Elena also wants half of Dimitiri's fortune which is valued at $6 billion to $12 billion. Ouch!

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Messy divorces of the wealthy are nothing new, of course. Here are a few outstanding cases and what their exes walked away with:
  • When Heather Mills divorced former Beatle Paul McCartney, she strutted away with a $50-million settlement. Heather got two houses in the divorce settlement. Her main home is a stunning six-bedroom house on Brighton's millionaire's row. It was purchased for £750,000 in 2001, courtesy of a loan from Sir Paul.
  • In 1989, Steven Spielberg and actress Amy Irving called it quits. She got a whopping $100 million. Can you say, "E.T. phone home"?
  • $76 million was paid out after the Madonna/Guy Ritchie break -- to Guy Ritchie. Madonna got the 120-acre Ashcombe House estate in Wiltshire, England, which the two used to share.
  • "Wall Street" star Michael Douglas paid his ex, Diandra Douglas, an estimated settlement of $45 million, along with houses in Beverly Hills and Majorca.

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