Dasha Zhukova – Russian socialite and fashion designer
Dasha Zhukova is one of the most famous Russian women abroad. Darya is a Russian socialite, philanthropist, entrepreneur, fashion designer and magazine editor, art patron, museum founder.
She was born on June 8, 1981 in Moscow. But other sources state she was born in 1983. But the age isn’t important for a beautiful girl. It should be a mystery for everyone).
Her father is Alexander Radkin Zhukov, a prominent Russian businessman, oil-magnate and illegal arms dealer. Her mother is Elena Zhukova, a Russian scientist. Dasha’s parents divorced when she was 10 and the girl moved with her mother to the United States.
At the age of 16 Zhukova moved to London, where she studied at the London College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dasha is a member of the board of trustees of LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
Zhukova has been involved in a number of business ventures in fashion and design. In 2006, she co-founded the fashion label “Kova & T” with her childhood friend Christina Tang.
In 2008, Dasha founded the IRIS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary culture. Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, more familiarly known as “The Garage”, since it’s housed in one of Russia’s architectural masterpieces, the former Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, designed in 1926 by the Constructivist architect, Konstanin Melnikov.
The Garage Center is slated to open a satellite on the New Holland Island, the recent purchase of Zhukova’s romantic partner, billionaire Roman Abramovich. In November 2009, Zhukova chaired MOCA’s 30th Anniversary Gala, which included performances from Lady Gaga and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Dasha Zhukova is a founding partner and creative director of Art.sy, an on-line art sales site.
In February 2009, Dasha was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Pop (fashion magazine). She resigned from that position less than two years later in November 2010.
She is an ex-girlfriend of former Tennis World Champion Number 1, Marat Safin. The couple split late in 2005.
Now her partner is Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC.
On December 3, 2009 Zhukova gave birth to a boy, Aaron, Abramovich’s sixth child and on April 8, 2013 she gave birth to daughter Leia.
And last but not least, Zhukova looks like a million bucks (or a billion rubles).