Russian-Jewish billionaire Roman Abramovich is handing over quite the property to his wife. She now owns six properties on the Upper East Side, and one group of buildings in particular will soon make way for a mega-mansion project, The New York Times reports.
Abramovich gave the property up to Darya Zhukova after the divorced a year ago. She was his third wife, and these group of properties add up to $92.3 million. Not surprisingly, there were only very few closings in the same month that topped that skyhigh number.
Back down on 57th Street, a double-wide thoroughfare that even runs past Trump Tower, a $42 million penthouse sold, making it last month’s highest sale. The owners of this penthouse live a life that’s unimaginable to the vast majority of people. The property uses the whole 77th floor of One57, giving the occupants ample room to move around and quite the bird’s eye view of Billionaires’ Row. The person who sold the property actually lost a few million dollars on it.
Brooklyn also saw a noticeable sale last month when a historic brownstone in the middle of Brooklyn sold for about $6.3 million. The seller got a great deal on what was the most expensive sale in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
The Jewish Voice has previously reported on Abramovich, who has been busy with these properties and other business ventures of his. Earlier in the year, he went to Israel where he immediately received Israeli citizenship. He is now eligible to receive and Israeli passport.
Some have speculated that Abramovich wants Israeli citizenship so that he can enter Britain without a visa. He recently was denied a new visa for the country.
Abramovich’s British visa expired last month, according to the Israel Hayom daily. His previous visa was granted before more rigorous regulations were instituted in April 2015.
Abramovich will have to explain the source of his wealth to receive the new visa, according to reports. There is no evidence that Abramovich has done anything wrong, but the United Kingdom has scrutinized Russian businesspeople and diplomats more carefully since the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England, in March. Several Russian diplomats were expelled following the incident.
Abramovich even missed Chelsea’s Football Association Cup final victory over Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London. He has owned the team since 2003 and has been present at nearly every game, until his visa problems began.
He also received recognition earlier in the year for his charitable givings for Jewish causes. He contributed over 500 million dollars over the past 20 years to Jewish causes in Israel, Russia and elsewhere.
The award is signed by Rabbi Alexander Boroda, President of the FJCR and the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar.
Rabbi Boroda: “With the upcoming 20-year anniversary, we wanted to specially recognize those who have been vital to our work and to the Jewish community. Much of the work we do has been made possible thanks to Mr. Abramovich, and we are deeply thankful for his continued support.”
By: Bill Wallace