Kenneth Griffin, Citadel LLC founder, filed for divorce in July from his wife, Anne Dias-Griffin and cited irrerconcilable differences as the reason. His wife is now challenging the enforceability of the prenuptial agreement. It should be noted that Citadel LLC currently has about $24 billion in assets.
The prenuptial agreement awards $25 million to Dias-Griffin in a lump sum, $1 million for each year the couple was married (11 years), and a half-interest in their $11 million home.
His French-born wife, a Harvard University business school graduate who ran her own hedge fund from 2001 to 2009, is claiming that the prenuptial agreement is not valid because it was signed merely hours before their wedding rehearsal dinner. Dias-Griffin is asking the Chicago court to ensure that Griffin continue to pay family expenses, pay support for her and their children and award her possession of their apartment on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.
Griffin claims that his wife received over $35 million over the past 11 years of their marriage and should be bound by the agreement. In addition, his wife sought the assistance of three prominent law firms during the negotiation of the agreement. He stated that the agreement made her "financially secure and independent for life, from the moment she said 'I do.'"
Attorneys for Dias-Griffin disagreed in a separate filing yesterday, asking the judge to ensure that Griffin continues to pay family expenses. She also sought support for her and the couple's children and exclusive possession of their three-floor apartment on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.
The case is In re the Marriage of Kenneth C. Griffin and Anne Dias Griffin, 14-D-6793, Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division (Chicago).