most expensive divorces in history
Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
. In 2004 movie star Harrison Ford reportedly paid his ex wife a whopping $85 million in a record breaking divorce settlement for a Hollywood actor at the time, which would be surpassed only a couple of years later by Mel Gibson in his divorce.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
. In a very rare case where the woman has to pay off the husband, the Queen of Pop paid the most money a woman has ever paid a man (from what we know at least).(About $75?$92 million)
John and Beverly Charman
. John and Beverly met at school in 1969. When they married in 1976 neither had significant resources. In November 2003, Mr. Charman, nicknamed King of the London Insurance Market, told his wife he was setting up residence in Bermuda and their marriage was over. He initially offered her $7 million in cash, but she argued the sum wasn t enough. To make a long story short Beverly was finally satisfied only when she won about $95 million in cash and
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
. Amy Irving rose to fame in 1976 when she played the lone teen survivor in Carrie. Spielberg began to make a name for himself in Hollywood following Jaws. The pair married in 1985, but they broke up four years later. Spielberg gave Irving about $100 million.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
. Even though there were initial reports that Elin could score $750 million, that figure proved to be completely wrong and unrealistic. Nevertheless, Elin abandoned the marriage after Tiger repeatedly cheated on her, giving her $100 million as a result while Tiger has become a shadow of his former self as a golfer and icon.
Greg Norman and Laura Andrassy
. Famed golfer and businessman Greg Norman s divorce from former flight attendant Laura Andrassy cost him $103 million. Combined with the $7 million that Evert, his new wife, paid former Olympic skier and ex husband Andy Mill in their 2006 divorce, the newlyweds paid a whopping $110 million to be legally wed.
Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl
. Garth Brooks met Sandy Mahl while he was still a struggling musician working as a bouncer. The couple were married for thirteen years, during which time Garth s career and wallet exploded. In the end, Garth cut a $125 million check to his ex wife.
Frank and Jamie McCourt
. Jamie and Frank McCourt moved to LA in 2004 to live their dream as owners of the illustrious Dodgers. Then went on a massive spending spree: $74 million on four homes, a $12 million pool, and a $10,000 a month hairstylist. Though their team hit an initial winning streak, their marriage struck out. Their divorce produced a slew of unsavory financial details and Jamie walked away with an estimated $130 million.
Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
. When the famous singer met Marcia Murphey he was married to his first wife. In 1994, however, they separated; Marcia claimed it was over irreconcilable differences. Diamond willingly gave her the money she asked for and moved on to new adventures in his love life.
Samathur Li Kin kan and Florence Tsang Chiu wing
. Samathur Li Kin kan is a real estate tycoon and one of Hong Kong s most famous and powerful billionaires. He became even more famous when he divorced his wife because she refused to get an abortion. The settlement was and remains the largest in Asian history. ($157 million)
Boris Berezovsky and Galina Besharova
. Boris Berezovsky began his career as a teacher earning only $70 a month in the former Soviet Union, but later became one of Russia s most powerful and richest businessmen. He married Galina Besharova in 1991, but the couple divorced in 2010 with Galina becoming about $160 million richer.
Michael and Juanita Jordan
. We re all used to seeing Michael Jordan win on the basketball courts but that wasn t the case with his wife of seventeen years even though their decision to split was mutual. Juanita received $168 million in the settlement, along with custody of their three children and their seven acre Chicago mansion.
Michael and Maya Polsky
. When Michael and Maya Polsky moved to the US in 1976 they may have had only $500 in their pockets but their hearts were filled with love and hope. After thirty one years of marriage, Maya divorced Michael, the founder of Invenergy LLC, and left the courts with an incredible $184 million.
Charles Fipke and Marlene Fipke
. Charles Fipke might be the first man to have ever discovered diamonds in Canada s Northwest Territories, but his ex wife, Marlene Fipke, wasn t all that impressed with him. After she filed for divorce Marlene received about 20 percent of Charles s company, $123 million in cash, and a few other things that totaled about $200 million.
Roman and Irina Abramovich
. Irina Malandina filed for divorce from Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich under the not so absurd speculation that he was having an affair. Malandina went after half Abramovich s fortune, give or take about $6 billion, but she left the courts with about $300 million.
Robert Johnson and Sheila Crump
. ?he cofounders of BET were married from 1969 to 2002. Robert became the first African American billionaire, so when the couple divorced, Sheila received about $400 million.
Mel and Robyn Moore Gibson
. When Robyn Moore married an unknown and poor Mel Gibson back in 1980 she never imagined she would divorce him twenty six years later and take half his fortune, becoming about half a billion dollars richer. Their divorce settlement remains the largest in Hollywood history.($425 million)
Craig and Wendy McCaw
. The pair met at Stanford University when she tutored him and married in 1974. Twenty one years later divorce proceedings were initiated with Wendy wanting her share to support a $200,000 a month lifestyle.($460 million)
Steve Wynn and Elaine Pascal
. Steve Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts, married Elaine Pascal in 1963. They divorced in 1986 but remarried in 1991, ultimately leading to a second divorce in 2010. Elaine received eleven million shares of the Wynn stock when they divorced, totaling $740 million.
Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi
. Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi made his money as an international arms dealer for the Saudi royal family. He then launched his company Triad, based in Switzerland, owning banks, hotels, and real estate across the world. He married Soraya in 1961. Their 1982 divorce resulted in an estimated $874 million settlement.
Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Ecclestone
. After twenty three years of marriage and two kids the couple divorced in 2009 costing the famous British business magnate and chief executive of the Formula One Group an estimated $1?$1.2 billion.
Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv
. After a thirty two year marriage and three children, Murdoch and Torv decided to call it quits back in 1998. Their divorce was finalized in 1999, leaving Torv with over $1.5 billion including $110 million in cash.
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng
. Murdoch married Deng only seventeen days after his second divorce was finalized. Fourteen years later, he was ready to repeat the process. Murdoch, eighty two, and Deng, forty four, are divorcing due to irreconcilable differences. ($1.8 billion)
Alec and Jocelyn Wildenstein
. Even if you ve never heard of him or that their divorce is currently the second most expensive in history, you have probably seen or heard about Jocelyn, the obsessively vain woman who had multiple plastic surgeries to look like a cat or tiger or something along those lines. During the couple s divorce in 1997, the New York socialite received an immediate $2.5 billion settlement from her husband and $100 million each year for the next thirteen ye
Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovleva
. Dmitry, a Russian oligarch known as the fertilizer king, who also owns European soccer club AS Monaco, was ordered by a Swiss judge earlier last year to pay his former wife a record breaking amount that shocked the world. Elena had sought $6 billion out of the $12.8 billion fortune her husband had amassed. According to the Associated Press she ended up with only $4.5 billion.