The divorce of one of the wealthiest couples in the Midwest is heating up. In late July, hedge fund magnate Ken Griffin, who is worth a reported $5.5 billion, filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years, Anne Dias Griffin.
Right away, it was apparent that the divorce could get ugly when Dias Griffin's lawyer said that his client was blindsided by the filing as she headed out of town with her children for vacation. Drama escalated this week when Dias Griffin responded to the divorce filing, asking for full custody of the children and for the couple's prenuptial agreement to be tossed out.
Dias Griffin claims that she was under duress when she signed the prenup, just days before the couple's 2003 wedding. She claims that the prenup was not presented to her until "shortly" before the wedding and that Griffin did not disclose his financial information to her until three days before the wedding.
After fighting over the document, Griffin suggested that the two visit a psychologist for counseling on the matter, Dias Griffin said. She later found out that Griffin had a previous professional relationship with the psychologist they met with, who allegedly persuaded Dias Griffin to sign the prenup.
If what Dias Griffin alleges is true, it is possible that the prenup could be set aside. That would mean that instead of leaving the marriage with 1 percent of Griffin's wealth as the prenup affords, Dias Griffin could be awarded billions.
Needless to say, Griffin is not taking his soon-to-be ex-wife's claims lightly. In a statement, his lawyer called the accusations "salacious and simply untrue," and said the children remain Griffin's priority. Dias Griffin had also asked in the filing for primary custody of the children and permission to move with them from Chicago to New York.
Typically, details from high-profile divorce cases like this one stay private because the parties agree to reach a settlement out of court. However, sometimes the court needs to intervene, which results in the divorce filings being made public.
Source: The New York Times, "Anne Griffin Seeks to Void Prenuptial Agreement With Ken Griffin," Michael J. De La Merced, Sept. 2, 2014