Roman Abramovich’s ex-wife Dasha Zhukova is ‘engaged to Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos’4 min read

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Roman Abramovich’s ex-wife Dasha Zhukova is engaged to long-term boyfriend Stavros Niarchos – it has been revealed.

According to showbiz website Page Six, Dasha and the Greek shipping heir were openly discussing the engagement at her birthday party in a New York Bar this weekend.

‘The couple is scheduled to get married later this year,’ a source said, ‘they’re still figuring out the details.’ 

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Dasha Zhukova and her boyfriend of two years Stavros Niarchos reportedly got engaged recently

Dasha Zhukova and her boyfriend of two years Stavros Niarchos reportedly got engaged recently

Going public: Charlotte Santo Domingo, Dasha Zhukova, and Stavros Niarchos at the DKMS Love Gala on May 2 last year

Going public: Charlotte Santo Domingo, Dasha Zhukova, and Stavros Niarchos at the DKMS Love Gala on May 2 last year

The relationship was all but confirmed back in January last year when Niarchos spent New Year’s Eve with Zhukova’s friends in Peru, joining music magnate David Geffen, supermodel Karlie Kloss and her venture capitalist boyfriend Josh Kushner, jeweler Jennifer Meyer and her frequent companion Mikey Hess, and screenwriter Erin Foster on a journey through the Amazon.

Niarchos, 32, was careful to avoid being snapped with Zhukova, 36, in the many group shots posted by the social-media loving crew, but still managed to pop up on Geffen’s Instagram in a single photo, posing alongside the Dreamworks founder, Hess, Kushner, and writer Derek Blasberg.

A month later, Blasberg posted the first photo of Zhukova and Niarchos together, as he and the couple enjoyed a Super Bowl Sunday dinner alongside financier and art collectors Richard Sachs and Arpad Busson at the Nusr-Et Steakhouse.

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The couple have managed to both show up at the same events with increasing frequency since September 2016, when Zhukova attended the US Open with Ivanka Trump and Kloss while Niarchos was seated with his younger brother Theo in a separate section.

Just a week later however, Niarchos and his model girlfriend Jessica Hart attended the nuptials of Alberto Mugrabi and Colby Jordan at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes.

Zhuoka also attended and was pictured with her close friends, Niarchos’ sister Eugenie.

The two have been close friends for a decade, and both women were also friendly with Hart during Narchos’ relationship with the model.

Niarchos stopped by Zhukova’s holiday party that December which she hosted with Blasberg at Russian eatery Mari Vanna and in January of last year, the two both popped up at a dinner in St. Moritz to celebrate a new show curated by Bob Colacello at Vito Schnabel’s gallery.

Exes: Zhukova and ex Roman Abramovich (above in March 2017) have two children, a son, Aaron Alexander, born in 2009 and daughter, Leah Lou, born in 2013

Exes: Zhukova and ex Roman Abramovich (above in March 2017) have two children, a son, Aaron Alexander, born in 2009 and daughter, Leah Lou, born in 2013

Photographs from the event show that Niarchos was without his model girlfriend Jessica Hart while Zhukova’s fiercely private husband Roman Abramobvich was also nowhere to be seen that night.

Two months later the pair traded the Swiss Alps for the canals of Venice as they both turned up sans-significant other at the April opening of Damien Hirst’s exhibit Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable in Venice.

Niarchos posed for photos with his mother Victoria while the red-carpet loving Zhukova kept things very low key, appearing in just one photo alongside designer Miuccia Prada. 

The previous month Zhukova, 36, was seen for the final time with her husband of almost a decade Roman Abramovich.

In a rare public outing the two posed together in Moscow at the spring exhibition season at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Zhokva’s art space in the city.

And just one week after the pair turned up at the same party in Venice, Niarchos’ model girlfriend Jessica Hart began popping up around town without her engagement ring.

In the following months the two were spotted at numerous art events together, including a cocktail party at the penthouse of Jean Pigozzi to celebrate the opening of the Met’s Ettore Sottsass exhibit, a dinner at Jeff Koons’ studio to celebrate the launch of Garage’s digital site, the Acquisitions Fund Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the launch party of of Colby Mugrabi’s site Minnie Muse.

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There were no photos of the two together at any of the events though Niarchos’ sleeve could be seen as he sat next to Zhukova at the Minnie Muse launch party.

It was Vanity Fair Espana who first picked up on the relationship in August, just after the split between Abramovich and Zhukova was confirmed in a statement.

The two said at the time that they were committed to jointly raising their children together and working together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and the New Holland Island cultural center in St Petersburg.

That island is being built up as cultural hub by the two, having long been abandoned in the middle of the city.

It was also around this time Abramovich began being seen with his rumored new girlfriend, Polina Deripaska.

She is the estranged wife of another billionaire oligarch, Oleg Deripaska.

Zhukova and Abramovich have two children, a son, Aaron Alexander, born in 2009 and daughter, Leah Lou, born in 2013.

Both children were born in the USA and live their with their mother in Manhattan while attending school in the city.