We learned recently that Hollywood mega star Brad Pitt has filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling her share of the French estate they bought together. The Oscar-winning actress has reportedly sold her share of Chateau Miraval and its famous vineyard to the Stoli Group, a Luxembourg-based spirits manufacturer owned by a Russian oligarch and billionaire named Yuri Shefler. This news surprised music fans as Pitt had planned to reopen the chateau’s equally legendary recording studio later this year. Many fans are also curious about the mysterious buyer, Yuri Shefler, a big player in the alcoholic drinks industry with a net worth of US$2.4 billion, per Forbes . Last year, the oligarch made headlines when he fired his UK-based group chief investment officer, Vlad Zabelin, after he expressed concerns that a temporary 30 per cent pay cut for their 2,000 workers during the pandemic might become permanent, according to The Times . So, what do we know about the media recluse? 5 lesser-known facts about Thai billionaire Nualphan Lamsam 1. He owns the SPI Group and was forced to leave Russia Born in Oryol in Russia, Shefler, 54, graduated from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. Previously chairman of JSC Vnukovo Airlines, among other roles, he established the SPI Group in 1997. He got into trouble when he was accused of misappropriation of the alcohol brand Stolichnaya Vodka and was forced to leave Russia. According to Forbes , he bought the brand from state-owned VVO Soyuzplodoimport for US$285,000 in 1997, but the Russian Supreme Court ruled the sale illegal in 2001, banning Shefler from selling his vodka inside the country. He relocated to Latvia, where he still has major factories today before settling in the UK in 2002, according to Russian website TAdviser. How billionaire megastar mother-to-be Rihanna did it all by age 34 2. He deals in alcoholic drinks, property and agriculture According to SPI Group’s webpage, the conglomerate produces and sells alcohol in 170 countries and owns more than 380 brands – with the iconic Stolichnaya range as well as Elit and Moskovskaya vodkas their top-tier brands. The group also operates a network of 70 shops for its alcohol brands, develops property projects and has around 5,600 hectares of agricultural land. Stoli Group is responsible for the production, management and distribution of most of SPI’s global spirits portfolio: Stoli Vodka, Elit Vodka, Bayou Rum, Gator Bite Rum Liqueurs, Cenote Tequila and Se Busca Mezcal. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Stoli Vodka (@stoli) Its wine estate division is called Tenute del Mondo Group and was launched in 2006. Since then they have bought part of the Italian Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Argentina’s Achaval Ferrer, Spain’s Arinzano and Melipal, and now Jolie’s share of Chateau Miraval. The SPI Group’s property arm is currently building the Z-Towers, a mixed residential and office complex in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Meet the billionaire ex-wives club – 4 women giving away their fortunes 3. He is married to a Victoria’s Secret model He is married to Russian Victoria’s Secret model Tatiana Kovylina, 40, with whom he has four children. Kovylina has appeared in a string of high-profile campaigns for the likes of Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein Jeans, Cole Haan and Givenchy. She now co-owns a London-based sustainable activewear brand called Silou and is active on Instagram, mostly sharing her yoga regime and her role as a mum to her four adorable kids. 4. He used to own one of the largest yachts in the world According to Super Yacht Fan, Shefler sold his yacht, Serene, in 2015 to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a reported US$5o0 million. The 133.8-metre (439-foot) yacht was built for Shefler by Italian shipyard Fincantieri in 2011 at a reported cost of US$330 million, and was among the 10 longest yachts in the world at the time. It has often been leased by business moguls and other billionaires, including by Bill Gates for US$5 million a week for a holiday in Sardinia back in 2014. 5 ways Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz’s wedding will outdo his parents’ Shefler also owns two Gulfstream G650 (US$70 million) and a Bombardier Global Express XRS (US$55 million) private jets. 5. He lives in a multimillion-dollar mansion The Sheflers live in a seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion in Weybridge, Surrey, which he bought in 2005 for US$11 million. According to Evening Standard , the mansion features two kitchens, an orangery, a pool complex, a gym, huge sauna and solarium, parking for 10 cars and a staff flat. The publication stated that he listed the estate for US$20 million on the market, but no buyers have been announced. The liquor baron also owns a holiday house in St. Jean Cap Ferrat on the Cote d’Azur and bought the Tulchan Estate on Speyside, also known as Scotland’s most expensive sporting estate, in March 2017 for US$33 million (£25 million). Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .