More developments have been reported in the divorce case of Chicago hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin and his wife of 11 years, Anne Dias Griffin. The couple is one of Chicago’s wealthiest, with Ken being worth a reported $5.5 billion, so the stakes are extremely high.
We discussed the case a few weeks ago in a post and said that it wasn’t likely that any details from the case would be exposed to the public because high-profile divorce cases like this one are often settled behind closed doors. However, that hypothesis is proving itself wrong.
Ken filed for divorce at the end of July and earlier this week Anne fired back with her response, including some personal details. Anne is arguing that the prenup the couple signed before tying the knot in 2003 should be thrown out because she was under duress at the time.
Anne claims that Ken sprung a draft of the agreement on her “shortly” before the wedding and did not disclose his financial details until a mere three days before the wedding. Anne said the couple then fought fiercely and Ken suggested that they attend therapy to resolve the issue.
Anne said she agreed to sign the prenuptial agreement at the recommendation of the psychologist they visited the next day. Anne said she later learned that Ken had been a client of the psychologist they visited and she speculated that it was all part of a plan to get her to give in to his demands.
In the filing, Anne also asked for full custody of the couple’s children as well as permission to move with the children to New York. She charged that Ken has not had a close relationship with the children since moving out of the family home in February 2012.
In a statement, Ken’s lawyer disparaged the claims and insisted that Anne was only trying to “make inflammatory statements purely for her own gain, and in an effort to attract publicity to what should be a private matter.” The lawyer said Ken will work to protect his relationship with his children.
Unfortunately, it appears that the conflict is escalating in the case, which could eventually end up going to trial on the prenuptial agreement issue and the child custody issue.
Source: The New York Times, “Anne Griffin Seeks to Void Prenuptial Agreement With Ken Griffin,” Michael J. De La Merced, Sept. 2, 2014