Ex-Wonga boss Haakon Overli, 52, pictured with Ukrainian refugee, 39, for whom he ‘left his wife’

EXCLUSIVE: Millionaire ex-Wonga boss Haakon Overli, 52, is pictured with Ukrainian refugee, 39, for whom he “left his wife” after she moved into their £3million mansion in Surrey

  • Mr. Overli began an affair with Mariia Polonchuk shortly after she moved into his home
  • He is said to have campaigned for the government to bring refugees from Ukraine to Britain
  • Ex-Wonga boss also lobbied Boris Johnson and Priti Patel to speed up process
  • But he moved out of the Surrey family home, leaving behind a wife and school-age children

This is the millionaire former Wonga loan boss pictured with the Ukrainian refugee for whom he “left his wife” after she moved into their £3million family home in Surrey.

Investor and dot-com entrepreneur Haakon Overli, 52, began a romantic relationship with 39-year-old Mariia Polonchuk shortly after she moved into his sprawling family estate earlier this year.

His fortune is estimated at £5million by website Companycheck and he is said to have lobbied the government to bring refugees from Ukraine to the UK since the war began in February.

In March, Mr Overli also reportedly began weeks of lobbying former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel to speed up the process of bringing his now-girlfriend to the UK.

But just months after the Ukrainian refugee was granted a visa, she and Mr Overli moved out of the family estate in Surrey, leaving behind his wife Imogen, 46, and their school-age children.

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

Former Health Secretary and local MP Jeremy Hunt tweeted a photo of Mr Overli, his family and wife Polonchuk at a local event in May – before the now-couple got together.

Former Health Secretary and South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt pictured with Mr Overli, his now ex-wife, their children and their new girlfriend

Former Health Secretary and South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt pictured with Mr Overli, his now ex-wife, their children and their new girlfriend

Mr Hunt said: “It was great to meet a Ukrainian visiting a local family…nothing more English than the village fete to welcome them.”

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.

Wonga fell 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.

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

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

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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