August 13, 2022

A Ukranian-born tycoon who made his fortune in oil and fuel has been discovered useless at his Surrey mansion.

Police are treating father-of-three Mikhail Watford’s demise as ‘unexplained’, however it’s not considered suspicious.

The 66-year-old’s physique was found within the storage of his luxurious property on the unique Wentworth property in Virginia Water, Surrey, the place houses fetch as much as £20 million.

Information of Mr Watford’s demise emerged on the day Boris Johnson instructed the Commons that he’ll publish a full record of individuals related to Vladimir Putin’s regime, a major proportion of whom will face sanctions.

Police had been known as after the property magnate, who is just not amongst these oligarchs already sanctioned, was discovered useless at noon on Monday. 

Yesterday his Estonian spouse Jane, 41, posted a photograph on social media displaying her kissing her husband within the grounds of their mansion.

It comes after the 2012 demise of millionaire Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, who lived within the unique St George’s Hill space of Weybridge.

Mikhail Watford, 66, (left) was found within the storage of his luxurious property on the unique Wentworth property in Virginia Water, Surrey, , the place houses fetch as much as £20 million

Yesterday his Estonian wife Mr Watford, 41, (left) posted a photo on social media showing her kissing her husband in the grounds of their mansion

Yesterday his Estonian spouse Mr Watford, 41, (left) posted a photograph on social media displaying her kissing her husband within the grounds of their mansion

In keeping with The Solar, a household buddy mentioned that Watford’s mind-set might have been rattled over the warfare in Ukraine, launched by Russia final week.

‘The timing of his demise and the invasion of Ukraine was absolutely not coincidental,’ the supply instructed the newspaper. One other affiliate instructed The Solar Watford’s demise ‘raises questions’ after different suspicious deaths of Russian nationals. 

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Surrey Police had been accused of ‘incompetence’ over their investigation. There have been claims he was poisoned, maybe with a plant toxin referred to as ‘heartbreak grass’ – though a coroner concluded in 2018 that he died from pure causes. 

Born Mikhail Tolstosheya in 1955 in Ukraine when it was a part of the Soviet Union, Mr Watford made his fortune in oil and fuel earlier than constructing a property empire in Britain.

He modified his title to Watford when he moved to the UK, the place he snapped up houses in Eaton Sq. in Belgravia, central London; a £18 million mansion in Virginia Water, Surrey, and, most lately, a collection of properties on the Wentworth property. 

In 2015, he complained about how troublesome it was to discover a ‘superyacht-perfect’ mansion exterior of London.

Unable to discover a home to fulfill his exacting requirements, Mr Watford commissioned his personal 9,640 sq ft sprawling property, boasting that the wrought-iron gates had been made by the corporate that equipped Kensington Palace, and the £56,000 driveway was modelled on the round stone piazzas exterior King’s School, Cambridge. ‘I would like perfection, nothing much less,’ he mentioned.

‘In London – Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Belgravia – it’s potential to seek out top of the range.

‘However exterior London, no. Not even close to. It wouldn’t be proper for me to say the homes are low cost. I don’t need to be impolite, however they’re unsuitable type, unsuitable finishes, not high-end high quality. Not for us.’

Mr Watford claimed his weak point for ‘prime, top of the range’ got here from constructing superyachts.

In 2007, the twice-married tycoon hit the headlines when he sued two girls from his Chelsea property growth and design agency, Excessive Life Developments, after they claimed he had made improper advances at an workplace occasion.

In a Excessive Court docket writ, he mentioned the 2 girls defamed him.

Yesterday associates reacted with shock and disappointment to his demise.

Gazolina Di Pitim wrote a message on Fb to Mrs Watford, saying: ‘He had such a stupendous life as a result of he met you. To me your story is among the biggest love tales. That is love for ever.’

A Surrey Police spokesman mentioned: ‘We had been known as round noon on February 28 following experiences of the invention of a person’s physique. An ambulance was known as however the man, who was in his 60s, was sadly pronounced useless on the scene.

‘An investigation into the circumstances of the demise is underneath means however it’s not believed there any suspicious circumstances.’