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Ukrainian-born tycoon found hanged at British mansion days after Ukraine invasion


Mikhail Watford, a Ukrainian-born tycoon who had been living at an estate in Virginia Water in Surrey, United Kingdom, has been found dead at his mansion’s garage.

Police were called to the luxury property on the exclusive Wentworth estate on Monday afternoon after the businessman was found hanging at his garage by a gardener on his estate. According to a report in Mail Online, police are treating Watford’s death as “unexplained,” but are not suspicious of any foul play.

A Surrey Police spokesman said, “We were called around midday on February 28 following reports of the discovery of a man’s body. An ambulance was called but the man, who was in his 60s, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the circumstances of the death is underway but it is not believed there any suspicious circumstances.”

The 66-year-old was born Mikhail Tolstosheya in 1955 in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union. He made a fortune for himself with oil and gas, before moving to Britain in the 2000s where he changed his last name to Watford. He built a property empire in Britain and had recently bought a series of properties on the Wentworth estate.