It is rumoured that Andy Ruhan is travelling the Middle East with Mike Tindall (who is married to Zara, the daughter of HRH Princess Anne) and the pair are touting for business. Mr Ruhan who is supposedly bankrupt and in debt to the sum of more than £4.2 million and, is currently involved in a protracted divorce battle with his estranged wife.
The pair met when Mr Ruhan made a substantial donation in 2013 to the West Midlands Air Ambulance of which Mr Tindall was an ambassador. It is understood that Mr Tindall and his wife have enjoyed Mr Ruhan’s hospitality on board the luxury motor yacht ‘Babylon’ on which Mr Ruhan lives but claims not to own! The yacht is berthed is Dubai in the Middle East and is often seen at events such as the Adu Dhabi Grand Prix during which time Mr Ruhan generously entertains his friends and business associates.
Mike Tindall is an English former rugby player who captained the England team, and was a member of the 2003 World Cup winning squad. He participated as a contestant in the 2015 series of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and was the runner-up after the 12-day survival mission.
Mr Tindall is married to Zara Phillips, the daughter of Anne, Princess Royal, and the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
As you are no doubt aware that Ruhan is involved in a “no holds-bared” court battle with Dr Gerald Smith which has accumulated hundreds of days in court with dozens of lawyers and costs estimated at tens of millions of pounds. There have been allegations not only of tortuous financial dealings involving property and companies around the world but also computer hacking and the planting of child pornography. I understand that the Serious Fraud Office are also involved in looking into the activities of the parties.
During the divorce proceedings that were heard in the Family Division of the High Court in London, Mr Ruhan claimed to be £4.2 million in debt, however, the crux of the case was summarised by Tania Richardson-Ruhan’s lawyer (Sally Harrison QC) as being whether Mr Ruhan, who on anybody’s account was a phenomenally successful entrepreneur, had fallen so spectacularly from grace that now he has nothing. Mrs Richardson-Ruhan’s lawyers criticised Mr Ruhan for his dishonesty and argued that he only “partially discloses matters and often gives an incomplete history of his financial dealings”, leaving it “almost impossible” for Mrs Richardson-Ruhan to quantify how much her husband is worth. Mr Justice Mostyn said that the dispute over Mr Ruhan’s wealth was “so enormous” that it “dominates the entire disposition”.
Needless to say, Mr Ruhan is certainly not of the calibre that a member of the British Royal Family should be associated with and, Mr Tindall should indeed tread with caution if considering becoming involved in any type of business venture with Ruhan or linking his name with him in any way whatsoever.
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