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‘Not a genius’… City whizz loses bid to cut wife’s share of £140m

A MILLIONAIRE financier has lost his bid for a greater share of a divorce settlement after a judge decided he was not ‘a genius’.

Randy Work said he was entitled to more than half of a £140million pot after his 20-year marriage to Mandy Gray, 45, ended.

Mr Work, 49, who wanted a 61 per cent share, brought the case to the Court of Appeal, claiming that a High Court judge had not recognised his ‘special contribution’ to the fortune. In 2015, Mr Justice Holman had said judges had earlier referred to a special contribution possessing the ‘quality of genius’.

He said: ‘The word “genius” tends to be overused and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein and others like them.’ He said a special contribution ‘requires some exceptional and individual quality. Being in the right place at the right time, or benefiting from a period of boom is not enough’.

Dismissing the case, three judges said Mr Work, employed at Dallas-based private equity firm Lone Star, failed to establish Mr Justice Holman’s decision was wrong but agreed the word genius ‘was unhelpful’. The High Court had heard the couple spent nearly £3million on lawyers in their ‘titanic battle’.

■ RYAN GIGGS plans to use the ‘special contribution’ argument in his battle over money with estranged wife Stacey, a preliminary High Court hearing was told yesterday. The ex-Manchester United star, 42, may call witnesses to back the claim, a divorce court judge heard.