Billionaire loses half his fortune to President Putin’s daughter after dumping her for a more glamorous woman

A Russian billionaire has allegedly been stripped of almost half his wealth as a punishment for divorcing one of Vladimir Putin's daughters.
It's emerged that tycoon Kirill Shamalov may have lost billions as part of his separation from Katerina Tikhonova, the secretive daughter of Russia's strongman President.
Local media is reporting that Shamalov - who once claimed to be the country's youngest billionaire - has since been romantically linked with London-based Russian national Zhanna Volkova.

Putin's daughter, Katerina
News agency Open Media which highlighted romantic pictures of her dancing with a mystery man at a Valentine’s Day party last year.
Her suitor’s face is deliberately hidden in these and other images.
Neither Shamalov nor Volkova have commented on the report.
Online speculation in Moscow also mooted that the alleged divorce could be a carefully choreographed sham in an attempt to circumnavigate Western sanctions on Putin’s circle.
The Kremlin has adopted its usual policy of refusing to discuss the strongman’s family - just as it never confirmed 31 year old Katerina’s 2013 marriage to Shamalov, son of a long-time Putin crony Nikolay Shamalov.
She is is best known for her spectacular “boogle woogle” Acrobatic Rock’n’roll performances in dance competitions yet there have been claims in Moscow that Putin is gradually grooming her as his eventual successor in 2024.
New lady, Zhanna
The pair wed in a sumptuous ceremony at Igora ski resort near St Petersburg and the couple rode in a traditional sleigh pulled by three white horses.
All guests were sworn to secrecy, and no official announcements were made, because Putin forbids discussion of his family matters.
The relationship catapulted Shamalov, now 35, to billionaire status, but a key element of his wealth was reportedly held in trust as a Putin family member.
The end of her marriage was reported by Bloomberg citing anonymous sources which claimed the split means the tycoon was forced in April last year to divest a 4.3% stake in Sibur gas and petrochemicals giant which he had been awarded ahead of his wedding to the Russian president’s younger daughter.
He made “zero” from the deal, and as a result has lost his billionaire status, it has been reported.
Sources close to Shamalov denied this version of events, suggesting he suffered from an unlucky investment, but he declined to comment.
As recently as last year his wealth was put at $1.3 billion.
Now it is estimated at $800million dollars by Bloomberg but it maybe less because of interest payments on a massive loan, and possible divorce costs, say Moscow reports.
Speculation here has also pointed to an “epidemic” of divorces in Putin’s circle, alleging such moves can be made to protect giant family fortunes from new US or EU sanctions.