Student wins marriage to multi-millionaire Russian oil tycoon in TV game show
‘Penniless’ student wins marriage to 55 years old multi-millionaire Russian oil tycoon, in bizarre TV game show.
Multi-millionaire Konstantin Scherbinin allowed his four children, aged 16 to 35, to select his new bride from more than 2,000 applicants.
A 29-year-old student has won a TV game show to marry a Russian oil tycoon who is twice her age and live a life of luxury.
Some 2,000 hopefuls applied for the bizarre Russian show, called Millionaire for Marriage.
Yulia will fly to Dubai on honeymoon with Konstantin before splitting her time between his sumptuous homes in Moscow and Los Angeles, and enjoying his fleet of expensive cars and private jets, said the TV show.
Three years ago Yulia arrived with no money in the Russian capital from Khabarovsk, a remote city in the east of Siberia.
Since then she has become a student and works part time as an events manager.
“I am a fearless person,” she told the audience on U TV channel.
“I made up my mind to move to Moscow and just did it, arriving with empty pockets,” she said, adding: “Not everyone would dare to do this.”
Showing off her £36,500 diamond ring, she boasted: ‘Yes! Today I won ….
“Here is my ring. I am the winner. I won.
“That’s it. I did well. Who did well? I did.”
Her new beau told her: ‘Yulia, princess.
“You are very spectacular, kind, open – and this buys me.
“You gave me spring and this means very much for a man. I feel your sincerity, appreciate this.
“But men are hunters, you need to understand this.
“They do not like an easy prey.”
He forecast there could be “conflicts with my kids” – even though they helped their father choose his latest wife.
“My kids are all that I have for now. But today I chose you. I have never had a girl like you,” he said.
Later the multi-millionaire told viewers: “I’m incredibly happy because finally, I’ve met a woman who doesn’t need my money, but needs my heart.”
Yulia beat two other finalists Maria Praim, 30, and Anna Kim, 34.
The show led to some excruciating moments as would-be brides – all younger than the groom – vied to share his life.
They were given a few seconds to stand in front of the tycoon’s offspring who looked them up and down before mostly being summarily rejected.
One hopeful called Olga Zykova, aged over 40, was given short shrift by the moneyman’s precocious 16-year-old daughter, Alexandra.
“What is she doing on this show?” asked the teenager.
“Dad loves young and hot ones.
“I think he’ll get bored with her…”
Daughter Tatiana, 35, who is older than most of the would-be brides, vetoed another woman for her father – a glamorous police detective called Anastasia Gavrilenko.
“We don’t need any detectives in our family,” she said.
“You are not suitable for us.”
Daughter Sofia, 20, balked at 6ft 2 inch volleyball player, Ekaterina Loshkareva.
“Dad loves tall girls, but not that tall,” she told the gameshow’s audience.
“We don’t need freaks in our house.”
His other children are Timofey 36, and Konstantin 26.
Scherbinin, a grandfather, has been married and divorced five times, and claims to have had three other ‘serious’ relationships without weddings.
He told viewers he wants this to be his last marriage.
Tatiana said:”Dad, I love you very much and I want you to be happy.
“We will always support you, we are on your side. And I hope you do the right choice.”
She “I want them to live happily, in harmony, in love.
“And I hope we will have another brother or sister.”
No date has been revealed for the upcoming nuptials.