Dasha Zhukova

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Dasha Zhukova
Dasha Zhukova September 29, 2009.jpg
Dasha Zhukova (September 29, 2009)
Born Darya Alexandrovna Zhukova
(1981-06-08) 8 June 1981 (age 33)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian

Aaron Alexander Abramovich

Lea Abramovich
Parents Alexander Radkin Zhukov (father)
Elena Zhukova (mother)
Labels Kova & T.

Darya "Dasha" Alexandrovna Zhukova (Russian: Дарья Александровна Жукова; born 8 June 1981) is the girlfriend of billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Zhukova is affiliated with a number of organizations based on which she has been described as a "philanthropist, entrepreneur, fashion designer" and magazine editor. However, with the exception of a three-month period with one magazine, none of Zhukova's organizations appear to have any existence independent of her or Abramovich.


Zhukova was born in Moscow in 1981. Her father is Alexander Radkin Zhukov who founded a now-defunct Russian oil company which was involved in illegal sales of arms to the Balkans. Zhukov was ultimately cleared in his personal capacity. Her mother is Elena Zhukova, a Russian scientist who is now retired from UCLA where she taught molecular biology. Her parents split when she was three.[1][2]

At the age of 10 she moved with her mother to the United States. Her mother is Jewish and her father is Christian; she says she identifies more with her mother's religion.[3] She lived in Houston, Texas in the early 90s and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Zhukova attended a Jewish day-school in California.[3] She attended Pacific Hills School for high school, and graduated in 1999. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Slavic Studies and Literature. After becoming involved with Roman Abramovich she returned to Moscow and later moved to London. In 2004, she entered London’s College of Naturopathic Medicine.[2]

Organizations with which Zhukova is involved include The IRIS Foundation,[4] the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, a bi-annual publication named "Garage,",[5] fashion label, Kova & T, Art.sy, and New Holland Development (NHD, a Millhouse group company) that on November 15, 2010 won an investment tender held by the city of Saint Petersburg to redevelop historical New Holland Island.[6]

The British journalist Viv Groskop interviewed Zhukova for The Guardian in August 2008.[7] Zhukova says: "I have never been a collector. I have a few pieces that I got for my birthdays or that I bought for myself: I acquire things that speak to me and put them on my wall. When I see things I like, I just know." When Groskop asks her which artists she particularly likes, she says: "I'm, like, really bad at remembering names."[7]

In February 2009, Zhukova was appointed editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine Pop. Many in the industry saw her as an unlikely replacement for widely respected launch editor Katie Grand.[1] The experiment lasted three issues, and she resigned from that position in November 2010.[8]

Zhukova is a member of the board of trustees of LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).[9]

Personal life[edit]

Her partner is Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. The couple have two children: Aaron Alexander, born 3 December 2009 and Leah Lou, born 15 April 2013. (Abramovich has five other children from a previous relationship.)[10]

Her former partner is Marat Safin, the retired former Tennis World Champion Number 1. The couple split late in 2005.


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