Celebrities are constantly known to fall in and out of love. Who did what to who is far less important when it comes to ending a relationship. Marriages have become a temporary situation for the rich and the famous. All it takes to get a divorce is a good lawyer. There are endless examples of famous. Generally, the bigger the star the greater the divorce settlement.
Recently Angelina Jolie and her longtime partner Brad Pitt divorced. Previously Pitt had paid $60 million to his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston divorce settlement. The two had earned $555 million since they married two years ago. Most people speculate that the divorce settlement would be in hundreds of million.
Let us take a look at the top 10 most expensive celebrity divorces ever
10. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva divorce were one of the biggest split in the 90s. Kevin Michael Costner is a famous American actor, director, producer, and musician and Cindy Silva is an American actress. Costner and Silva met each other at the California State University in the year 1975. After two and a half years later the couple tied the knot. They announced their divorce after being together for sixteen years together in the year 1994. Fans very sadden by the couple’s split.
The couple believed that they would be one that would last. However, after sixteen years together the couple found it hard to stay together and due to uncompromisable differences, they headed for a split. The couple maintained civility and resolved all issues related to their children and financial affairs.
What shocked the world more than their divorce was the settlement amount. According to credible sources, Costner had to pay his ex-wife around $80 million. Coster during that time had starred in hits like “Dances with Wolves” and “The Bodyguard” which had earned him hundreds of million.
Divorce settlement amount: reported $80 million
9. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Hollywood was taken by storm when the material girl married British director, Guy Ritchie. The couple was married for eight years before filing for divorce in the year 2008. The couple has children together. The director and singer were divorced after eight years together. Madonna kept all of her £300 million and Guy was not interested in getting any money. However, Madonna’s publicist told the Associated Press that the divorce settlement was around the amount $76 million and $92 million.
Divorce settlement amount: reported at least $76 million
8. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison was often described as Ford’s midlife crisis. His long-suffering wife finally gave him a divorce. The Hollywood star was known visit strip clubs daily and be in the company of many women. His wife exited the marriage after being together for 17 long years. The couple met on the sets of “Apocalypse Now” in the year 1979.The couple had two children together.
According to credible sources, the couple cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the cause of their divorce. The two did not have a prenup and it took three years to reach a settlement between $85 million and $118 million. Harrison’s ex-wife Mathison passed away in 2015.
Divorce settlement: between $85 million and $118 million
7. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving were married in the year 1985. The two had dated from the year 1976 to 1979. They met when they both were the rising star in Hollywood. The couple divorced in the year 1989. Irving said during their time together she felt like a politician’s wife. The divorce judge refused to recognize the prenuptial between them which was written on a napkin. He awarded Irving $100 million after the four years of according to Forbes.
Divorce settlement: reported $100 million
6. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Woods and Nordegren’s divorce destroyed Tiger’s career. The golfer and the Swedish model ended their marriage in 2010 after his numerous infidelities came to light. Wood’s wife had to seek therapy. The couple has two kids together.
Wood’s downfall came after he crashed his car in 2009. Elin got a settlement, worth $110 million according to the New York Daily News. Tiger’s career fell as many women came forward to claim he had slept with them. After a few years and therapy Tiger recently told Time magazine that he and his ex- wife are now the best of friends. This can be called as a happy ending.
Divorce settlement: reported $110 million
5. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
This marriage started with infidelity. Neil Diamond fell head-over-heels in love with TV presenter Marcia Murphey while he was still married to his first wife Jane Posner. The singer-songwriter married Marcie in 1969. The couple had two sons. When the marriage came to an end in 1994 after 25 years, Diamond’s estate of $300 million was divided into half according to Forbes.
The reason for divorce was due to Diamond’s infidelity. However, the reason behind the divorce was cited as irreconcilable differences.Diamond did not lament the loss of money. He even said in an interview that she was worth every penny. Dimond also said “She deserves half my fortune. I wish her all the happiness $150 million can bring.”
Divorce settlement: reported $150 Million
4. Michael and Juanita Jordan
Elin Nordegren recently told a gossip tabloid that Michael taught Tiger how to cheat. The Michael and Juanita Jordan split is one of the most famous divorces in the history of celebrity splits. Jordan and Juanita married his second season with the club Chicago Bulls in the year 1989. They had a small wedding in Las Vegas.
The couple enjoyed 17 years together and had three children together. In the year 2002, Juanita filed for divorce. But, they tried to make things work. Finally, in 2006 the couple decided to split for good. It is reported after the end of the divorce preceding the couple left the courtroom together to watch their son play in a basketball game.
Divorce settlement: reported $168 Million
3. Robert and Sheila Johnson
This divorce is the perfect example when professional differences became personal differences. Robert L. and Sheila Johnson are business tycoons who had a fortune of a few billion. Both Sheila and Robert are amongst the most wealthiest Americans. The couple was married for over 33 years from 1969 to 2002.
They were the owner of BET which they sold to Viacom for $3 billion. The divorce is said to have cost Robert $400 million. Sheila went ahead to marry Arlington County Circuit Court Chief Judge William T., Newman after their split. He helped her in the divorce case.
Divorce settlement: reported $400 million
2. Craig and Wendy McCaw
Wendy and Craig McCaw met each other while studying at Stanford University. Both Craig and Wendy were both history majors in the College. The couple married after graduation in the year 1974.
The divorce of this couple is the perfect example of how the divorce has become a money-making industry in America. They separated after 21 years of marriage. Personal reasons were cited as the reason for the split.
At the time of the split, the McCaws were estimated to be around $1.3 billion. After the divorce, Craig gave his wife around $460 million.
Divorce settlement: around $460 million
1. Rupert and Anna Murdoch
Anna Murdoch Mann married newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch. After 32 long years of marriage, the Murdochs felt things were not working anymore and she decided to go for a divorce in 1999. She even called him hard, rude, and determined. Anna dealt with his bad behavior for years for the sake of their children. The couple had three children together.
It is reported that Rupert paid Anna $1.7 billion as a settlement. $110 million was in cash.
Rupert got married after just 17 days after divorce. Rupert’s next wife was 30 years old and he met her while he was married to Anna.
Divorce settlement: reported $1.7 billion
Our list does show how modern marriages have become a money making business. If you are rich and you marry without a prenup agreement, you are literally doomed.