Millionaire ex-Wonga boss dumps wife for homewrecker Ukrainian refugee

The millionaire ex-boss of Wonga, the disgraced payday loan company, ran off with a Ukrainian refugee who moved in with him after Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of her home country.

Haakon Overli, 52, reportedly ditched his wife for the 39-year-old brunette, whom the Mail Online name as Mariia Polonchuk.

Polonchunk reportedly moved into Norwegian-born Overli's £3million family home in Surrey.

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The Sun reported that Overli, who has also worked for bank JP Morgan, left his wife and kids to move in with her elsewhere, just weeks after she had settled in their plush home.

Overli also reportedly lobbied Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel in March to get his now-lover to the country, with a visa.

It was a few months after she got her visa that the two upped sticks together and Overli left his wife Imogen, 46, and their school-aged children, The Sun reported.

The millionaire, estimated to be worth £5 million by website Companycheck, has repeatedly tweeted his support for bringing Ukrainian refugees to the UK since Putin's bloody invasion.

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And he appeared in a picture alongside his beau when it was tweeted by local MP Jeremy Hunt, once Foreign Secretary, after a village event.

The south west Surrey MP Mr Hunt said alongside a picture of Polonchuk, Overli and his family: "It was great to meet a Ukrainian being hosted by a local family… nothing more English than the village fete to welcome them."

The picture now appears to be removed from his Twitter, but another photo from around the same time shows people showing their support for Ukraine in the market town of Godalming.

Mr Overli studied maths at the University of Oslo and also has a degree in economics from Durham University.

He founded online stockbroker Self Trade in 1997 and it was sold in October 2000 for £900million.

Wonga fell into administration in 2018 and was owed a total of £400million when it collapsed.

The story has similarities to that of Tony Garnett, who fell for a Ukrainian refugee and left his long-term girlfriend for her.

The woman in question, Sofiia Karkadym, 22, shared a screenshot of the Mail Online version of the story involving Mariia Polonchuk to her Instagram story today, September 5, without comment.


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