Illinois Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Wife Seeks One Million Dollar as Child Support
Controversies are lining up with the $1 million child support claim by Anne Dias Griffin, wife of Ken Griffin, Founder of investment firm Citadel LLC. She claims that her demand of $1 million dollar to raise their three children is not unusual. On the contrary, Ken Griffin in a court filing said that Anne’s demand is to continue maintaining her own lifestyle “under the guise” of the children’s expenses. This would include $300,000 a month for private-jet travel, $160,000 a month for vacation rentals and $60,000 a month for office space and professional staff. He further reasoned that “the only exigency Anne sees is the risk that she might have to start spending some of her own substantial wealth to support herself in the opulent lifestyle she desires.”
In bolstering her claims, Anne, however, stated that as per the Illinois law, children of divorced couple are entitled to continue the lifestyle they enjoyed during the marriage. Consequently, she stated– “Griffin is refusing to give the kids the support which they are accustomed and entitled under the Illinois law”. In a previous filing, Dias said she and their children have come to “enjoy a lifestyle reserved only for the very wealthy,” including houses in Chicago, Aspen, Hawaii, Miami Beach and New York. They also have “unrestricted access” to two private jets “to travel to the aforementioned homes” as well as other destinations.
Further, she has also requested the judge to throw out her prenuptial agreement, which she says entitles her to only 1% of her husband’s estimated $5 billion estate -– or around $50 million. She says she signed the document under duress the day before the couple’s 2003 wedding in Chicago.
This could turn out to be the costliest child support case if the court tends to sanction the claim against Ken Griffin who owns 5.5 billion to his account.