Meet Dasha Zhukova, a Russian fashion designer who is dating oil tycoon and soccer club Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Zhukova is a unique combination of a fashion icon living the life of an uber-rich and a successful entrepreneur in her own right. See photos, video and a biography of Dasha Zhukova here.
Zhukova will not be able to enjoy the luxuries of the world’s largest yacht when she weds Abramovich next summer as the reports say that the oligarch is now reconsidering the deal to buy the $355 million boat due to global economic meltdown. Well, that doesn’t seem to be very disturbing for the lady as she already enjoys the riches, accessible to only the very few in this world.
And yet, as many of her friends say, she’s very down to earth.
“She has a proper visual sense,” says Russian artist Ilya Kabakov’s wife Emilia. “She has great potential. And she’s more serious than people think. She’s working 24/7 on the project and has 70 people working for her. People genuinely want to hang out with her, so they shelled out for hotels and flights.”
As a biography, Dasha Zhukova was born in 1981 in Moscow, Russia so her age is 27. She was born to Alexander, a former oligarch, and Elena, a molecular biologist who was based at UCLA. She grew up in Los Angeles and holds a degree from the University of California.
Dasha is the designer for clothing line Kova & T. She set up the shop in London about two years ago and caters to comfortable clothing, rather than extraordinary stuff. She has a huge interest in art and she opened The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, a gallery for the display of most-expensive contemporary art works in Moscow. Abramovich reportedly gave her two paintings worth $120m to be kept in the gallery. She was also the host of 2008 Serpentine Gallery by YSL.
In her personal life, Dasha has dated Russian tennis player Marat Safin. She moved to London after they split. She began dating Abramovich a year and a half ago and the couple is now planning to get married.