Sure, TCI’s Chris Hohn has made all of the $1 billion to $3 billion he and his soon-to-be-ex-wife are fighting over, as he so modestly explained to the judge overseeing their divorce. But she, equally modestly, notes that she made him a not-terrible person. And that, Jamie Cooper-Hohn believes, is priceless. Or at least worth an extra quarter of the pot.
Hohn says his wife is entitled to 25 percent of their marital assets because he made a “special contribution” to the marriage. She is seeking half. “I’ve created all the wealth -- the expertise, the effort, the sweat and blood -- and the law as I read it is ‘special contribution’ applies,” Hohn said when asked why he deserves 75 percent of the couple’s assets...She told the court last week: “When Chris and I first met, he was in his final year and I was in the first year at graduate school. I asked him what he wanted to do. He said: ‘I don’t mind as long as I make a lot of money.’
“Shortly afterwards he asked if I would go out with him and I said: ‘No.’
“He took me out to see Malcolm X and we talked about it. We discovered we did have the same values. He talked about when he was working in the Philippines and how moved he was by the poverty and said that was his attraction to me.”