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Top 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

July 27, 2017 - Relationship Articles
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Divorce settlements can be complicated, long, emotionally draining, but most of all: they can be financially draining. There are a number of different factors which result in the cost of divorce settlements being so high. It depends on which assets are divided and by how much, as well as the couple’s circumstances, such as whether they have children together or not. Read on to find out more about the top ten most expensive celebrity divorces.

 

Here are the top 10 most expensive celebrity divorces:

  1. Rupert and Anna Murdoch (reported $1.7 billion)
  2. Mel and Robyn Gibson (reported $425 million)
  3. Robert and Sheila Johnson (reported $400 million)
  4. Michael and Juanita Jordan (reported $168 million)
  5. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey (reported $150 million)
  6. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren (reported $110 million)
  7. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving (reported $100 million)
  8. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison (between $85 and $118 million)
  9. Madonna and Guy Ritchie (reported to be of at least $76 million)
  10. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva (reported $80 million)

Please note: the cost of the divorce settlements are from a variety of different years and so the cost could be higher or lower by today’s economic landscape.

 

1. RUPERT AND ANNA MURDOCH DIVORCE  – $1.7 billion

The pair divorced in 1999, after 32 years of marriage. Only 17 days after the split, the Australian/American media tycoon married Wendi Deng, who he subsequently divorced in June of 2013.

 

2. MEL AND ROBYN GIBSON DIVORCE- $425 million

The $425 million settlement was reported to be half of Mel Gibson’s $850 million net worth at the time. The divorce was as a result of Mel’s infidelity. The couple have seven children together.

 

3. ROBERT AND SHEILA JOHNSON DIVORCE – $400 million

Robert and Sheila’s fortune was built together over the course of 33 years at Robert’s company, BET. Sheila Johnson went on to marry the judge who presided over their divorce.

 

4. MICHAEL AND JUANITA JORDAN DIVORCE- $168 million

Married in 1989, the couple were together for 17 years and have three children together. The couple has initially filed for divorce four years earlier, but decided to stay together and work on their marriage. Their divorce settlement was the most expensive of all time (at the time of their divorce).

 

5. NEIL DIAMOND AND MARCIA MURPHEY DIVORCE- $150 million

After 25 years of marriage, the couple decided to call it quits in 1994. Diamond reportedly claimed that “She was worth every penny” of the $150 million settlement.

 

6. TIGER WOODS AND ELIN NORDEGREN DIVORCE –$110 million

The settlement consisted of a division of their assets and property. According to sources, the prenuptial agreement was altered after taking into consideration Tiger Woods’ infidelity. The pair have two children together.

 

7. STEVEN SPIELBERG AND AMY IRVING DIVORCE- $100 million

Their prenuptial agreement was written on a napkin, which a California judge refused to recognize. They were together from 1985 to 1989.

 

8. HARRISON FORD AND MELISSA MATHISON DIVORCE – $85 – $118 million

The pair met on the set of Apocalypse Now in 1979 and were together for 17 years. Reports claim it took three years for the pair to reach a divorce settlement agreement. Mathison sadly passed away in 2015.

 

9. MADONNA AND GUY RITCHIE DIVORCE- at least $76 million

The singer and director divorced after eight years together. The divorce was extremely publicized in magazines and online.

 

10. KEVIN COSTNER AND CINDY SILVA DIVORCE – $80 million

The couple met while they were at college (California State University) in 1975, and married two and a half years later. They divorced in 1994, after 16 years of marriage.

 

WHAT MAKES CELEBRITY DIVORCES SO EXPENSIVE?

Divorces can be expensive anyway, but the settlements are significantly larger for celebrity couples, or couples with large financial assets.

Celebrity divorce settlements

Why? Because the sum of money that needs to be distributed is so large, that if for example the couple decide to share 50% of their net worth, the amount can be millions (or even billions) of dollars.

 

ARE YOU GETTING DIVORCED?

Most divorces do not end up with the financially astronomical settlements that you have read about in this article. If you are getting divorced and need financial aid or further information on how to manage your finances, there are ways in which you can make sure that you are able to financially cope with it. For example, selling your engagement ring, wedding ring and/or any valuable jewelry that you have, can help in keeping you keep afloat financially. Learn more about the advantages of selling your jewelry after a divorce and read our guide on surviving financially after divorce.

If you are looking to sell any jewelry in a quickly, securely and discreetly, WP Diamonds is here to help. The process from start to finish can take as little as 48 hours, and the amount we offer you is the amount you get – there are no hidden fees or costs. Schedule an appointment at one of our UK (London and Birmingham) or US (New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago) locations, or simply fill out our online form today and we will contact you as soon as possible with a price quote for your engagement ring or jewelry.

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