Wife of millionaire ex-Wonga boss, 52, fired over homeless Ukrainian refugee


The wife of the multimillionaire ex-Wonga boss, 52, is dumped for a Ukrainian refugee after being welcomed into her family home after the Russian invasion

  • Haakon Overli, 52, has moved out of his family’s home in Surrey with his new girlfriend
  • Months after the fugitive’s arrival, he left his wife and their children
  • The multimillionaire investor has been actively lobbying politicians to help Ukrainian refugees
  • The entrepreneur is a former director of the disgraced payday loan company Wonga

A former boss of the disgraced payday loan company Wonga has left his wife for a Ukrainian refugee who has moved in with them in their family home.

Investor and dot-com entrepreneur Haakon Overli, 52, is said to have started a love affair with the Eastern European after she moved into the couple’s Surrey estate following the Russian invasion.

Just weeks after they moved in, the married millionaire apparently left his wife and children and moved in with his mistress, according to The Sun.

Mr Overli, estimated to be worth £5million by website Companycheck, has been reported to have campaigned with the government to bring refugees from Ukraine to Britain since the war began in March.

It is also reported that in March he began weeks of lobbying with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel to speed up the process of bringing his now-girlfriend to the UK.

Haakon Overli, 52, is said to have started a love affair with the Eastern European after taking her into the family home in Surrey after the Russian invasion

Just months after the Ukrainian refugee was granted a visa, she and Mr Overli moved out of the family home in Surrey.

Mr Overli has repeatedly tweeted his support for bringing Ukrainian refugees to the UK since the start of the Russian invasion earlier this year.

Norwegian-born Mr. Overli, who studied mathematics at the University of Oslo and also has a degree in economics from Durham University, made his living in the early years of the dot-com boom after founding online stockbroker Self Trade in 1997.

The company went public in April 2000 and was sold in October of the same year for more than £900 million (US$1.1 billion).

Mr. Overli has also worked for JP Morgan and as an investment banker at ING Barings.

Mr Overli, whose worth is estimated at £5million, is the former director of disgraced payday loan firm Wonga, which charged annual interest rates at 1,509 per cent

Mr Overli, whose worth is estimated at £5million, is the former director of disgraced payday loan firm Wonga, which charged annual interest rates at 1,509 per cent

Norwegian-born Overli has been active on Twitter to support the plight of Ukrainian refugees (refugee picture dated March 19 this year)

Norwegian-born Overli has been active on Twitter to support the plight of Ukrainian refugees (refugee picture dated March 19 this year)

The company went into administration in 2018 after being heavily criticized by politicians, including Labor Party leader Ed Miliband, as a leading example of “predatory lending” for making loans to people who could never have repaid them .

Around 200,000 customers still owed a total of £400m when Wonga collapsed after a spate of claims for damages.

Activists accused the controversial firm of being a “legal loan shark” and exploiting customers by offering small loans that quickly racked up astronomical interest rates that many struggled to repay.

Some customers faced interest rates as high as 5,853 percent before the government stepped in and capped rates at 1,500 percent.

Wonga also charged interest at APR, which equaled a staggering 1,509 percent.

In the years following his time at Wonga, Overli co-founded Dawn Capital, which bills itself as Europe’s largest specialist business-to-business software investor.

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