A US property tycoon who reportedly owns New York’s Chrysler Building must pay his estranged wife more than £37million, after they took their bitter divorce row to court.
A London High Court judge has ruled German-born Michael Fuchs, 62, owes former journalist Alvina Collardeau-Fuchs, 47, the cash under the terms of their prenuptial agreements.
The couple, who wed in 2012, shared a home in London before separating in 2020, heard Mr Justice Mostyn, who was asked to decide how much she was entitled to. The court was told Mr Fuchs was a billionaire – but he said his wealth ‘plummeted recently due to the turbulent economic climate’.
And the judge was told he enjoyed an ‘extraordinarily successful career’ and owned a ‘very significant amount of prime Manhattan real estate’ before marrying his wife.
Mr Fuchs had argued he owed his ex £30million, while Ms Collardeau-Fuchs, who is French, claimed it was more than £45million.
She also accused him of forgery, alleging her signature had been faked on a mortgage document, which the tycoon denied. But the judge made it clear he had not made ‘any positive findings of falsification’.
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