Ex-Wonga boss dumps wife for Ukrainian refugee he took in

A FORMER boss of defunct payday loan company Wonga left his wife for a Ukrainian refugee they took in.

Millionaire Haakon Overli, 52, began weeks of lobbying Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel in March to try to speed up the process of bringing the wife to Britain.


Former Wonga boss Haakon Overli left his wife for a Ukrainian refugee

But just months after receiving a visa, Overli left the main house at her Surrey estate and moved in with her in the pool house.

Overli had only recently been congratulated by former Foreign Secretary and former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after meeting at a local party.

The curator tweeted: “It was great to meet a Ukrainian hosted by a local family. . . nothing more English than the village festival to welcome them.

Overli founded online brokerage Self Trade, floating the business in April 2000 and selling it in October for over £900m.

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In 2008 he began a year-long stint as a director at Wonga – the controversial lender accused by MPs of using sky-high interest rates to prey on struggling customers.

It closed in 2018 after suffering huge losses and going into administration.

He has since co-founded Dawn Capital, which claims to be the largest B2B software specialist investor in Europe and is worth over £2m.

He first told his Twitter followers that his family wanted to help a Ukrainian refugee on March 9.

He later complained about difficulties in the sponsorship process – in April, calling it a “shame”.

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