Oleksandra Nikolayenko -- Billionaire lands Ukrainian beauty queen (or maybe that's vice versa)

Oleksandra Nikolayenko, a 27-year-old Ukrainian model.
Say hi to Oleksandra Nikolayenko.

Actually, she's technically Oleksandra Nikolayenko- Ruffin, after marrying 72-year-old billionaire Phil Ruffin, who has an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion. Nikolayenko herself is 27 years old, meaning that her age is just Ruffin's reversed.

Love works in mysterious ways.

From an article at freshnews.in:
Oleksandra Nikolayenko, Miss Ukraine 2004, is the wife of 72-year-old billionaire Phil Ruffin, who recently purchased Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas.

Oleksandra Nikolayenko-Ruffin, 27, is a Ukrainian model and actress who was born in Budapest Hungary. In addition to representing Ukraine in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant in Ecuador, Oleksandra also holds the titles “Miss Odesa”, “Miss Ukraine South”, “Miss Ukraine”, “Miss Student”, “Miss Tourism-Europe”, “First vice-Miss Tourism-Planet”, “Miss American Dream” and “Miss Tourism International.”

She studied at the Odesa National Law Academy, and worked for Savrox Models Agency in Odesa. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian and English, and has an active role in several charitable projects.

Phil Ruffin has been listed on the Forbes list of richest people multiple times, and has a net worth of $2.1 billion. He has made his fortune largely in casinos, greyhound racing tracks, oil production, convenience stores and real estate.

Ruffin married the Ukrainian beauty queen on January 6, 2008. The couple resides in Wichita, Kansas.


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