The Jones Effect might have just become a thing in the divorce industry, too.
The effect is about wanting what other people have; trying to keep up, spend more, get more, that kind of thing.
Well, “Britain’s biggest, bitterest marital breakup”, between Farkhad Akhmedov and his now ex-wife, Tatiana Akhmedova, is leading the way.
This divorce has been ongoing for five years now, but finally, the ex-wife gets her reward (wait for it) and wins the case put against her husband and son for plotting to keep assets away from her.
She’s getting a whopping £453 million from this divorce settlement – that’s around R9 billion.
Ms Akhmedova had argued in the High Court that her ex had hidden assets behind a “formidable smokescreen” and accused their 27-year-old son, Temur Akhmedov, of acting as his dad’s “lieutenant” throughout, according to NewsAU.
Earlier in the legal battle, she had successfully sued her son to get control over a £5 million (around R100 million) property in Moscow as the family broke apart.
It turns out Ms Akhmedova was owed more: she said her son was helping his father, Farkhad, hide assets and owed her nearly £70 million (around R1,4 billion).
Luckily for this mom-of-two, Justice Gwynneth Knowles had her back, making a ruling in her favour after the trial played out in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
Ms Akhmedova, who is originally from Russia, even got her family affair compared to the Russian novel Anna Karenina by the judge:
“All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
“With apologies to Tolstoy, the Akhmedov family is one of the unhappiest ever to have appeared in my courtroom.”
“The wife has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the husband’s wealth beyond her reach.”
The ex-husband is gutted that he is losing almost half of his wealth (he is worth a cool £900 million) to his wife, who the son said “would rather have seen the money burnt than for the wife to receive a penny of it,” as per Sky News.
Here’s what Mr Akhmedov has to say about it all:
“Having failed in four years to secure a meaningful judgment and got nothing from any court in the world, they returned to London to bring a cowardly action against our son.
“Entirely predictably, given its original wrong and misguided judgment, the London court has ruled in favour of visiting “the sins” of the father on an innocent and loyal son.
A spokesperson for the son said he was only trying to stop the “war” between his parents:
“Like millions of young people, Temur has been caught up in the break-up of his parents’ marriage.
“While he fundamentally disagrees with this judgment, he would consider it a price worth paying should it lead to a reasonable settlement between the parents he both loves.”
Ms Akhmedov gets the last word:
“Since our divorce in 2016 the conduct of my ex-husband Farkhad, has left a trail of destruction and pain in his wake.
“He has driven a vendetta born from his lies, that set out to destroy not only myself but sadly to try and drive a wedge between a mother and son. Fortunately that bond is unbreakable…
“As a mother and grandmother, I will gladly take the protectorate role over my family where Farkhad has failed.
“I always knew that my strength would prevail through the smoke and mirrors as presented by Farkhad and his circus of illusionists.”
Who the Jones’ are and who’s left wanting, I’ll leave up to you to decide.
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