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Billionaire pays out £337m to his ex-wife

By Brian Farmer

A financier has been told to hand about a third of a fortune of around £1bn to his estranged American wife following one of the biggest divorce money fights seen in an English court.

Sir Chris Hohn (48) and Jamie Cooper-Hohn (49) had fought over who should get what at a High Court trial this summer.

He said she should get a quarter. She said she should get half.

Judge Mrs Justice Roberts awarded Mrs Cooper-Hohn 36% - £337m.

The judge said Sir Chris - who was educated at a state school and studied business and accounting at Southampton University - was a "financial genius" who had made a "special contribution" to the creation of the couple's fortune.

She had announced the amount Mrs Cooper-Hohn would get last month.

The award is thought to be the biggest of its kind made by a judge in England.

Legal experts say it is ''certainly'' one of the biggest payouts to be pocketed by an estranged wife.

But lawyers for Mrs Cooper-Hohn have indicated that they might appeal.

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