15 of the Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

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Most of us are shocked, and, at times, distraught, when we hear about a celebrity breakup. But, if you think the breakups are shocking, get a load of these divorce settlements. Here are fifteen of the most expensive celebrity divorces ever!

15. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore

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Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore separated in 2006 — after nearly 30 years together. It happened the day after Gibson was arrested for DUI. You may remember this because it was during his arrest that he want on an anti-Semitic rant. Moore filed for divorce in 2019, citing irreconcilable differences. Since the couple had no prenuptial agreement, Gibson ending up having to pay Moore $425 million — nearly half of his $850 million fortune! It was one of the largest Hollywood divorce payouts ever.

14. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv

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Rupert Murdoch‘s and Anna Torv‘s divorce cost a whopping $1.7 billion (mostly News Corp stock)! The two split in 1999, after 32 years of marriage. “I think that Rupert’s affair with Wendi Deng – it’s not an original plot – was the end of the marriage,” Torv told Australian Women’s Weekly in 2001, according to INSIDER. “His determination to continue with that. I thought we had a wonderful, happy marriage. Obviously, we didn’t.”

“[He] was extremely hard, ruthless and determined that he was going to go through with this, no matter what I wanted or what I was trying to do to save the marriage. He had no interest in that whatsoever,” she added.

Murdoch married Deng just 17 days after the divorce was finalized.

13. Frank and Jamie McCourt

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Who?? Don’t feel bad. Most people don’t recognize the names Frank and Jamie McCourt. But, they were once the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The couple decided to end their 30-year marriage, and the divorce was settled in 2011 for $130 million. According to a GOBankingRates article, the McCourt divorce was very ugly. There was a lot of “he said, she said” fighting going on over ownership of the team and an alleged affair with a Dodger’s bodyguard. Frank agreed to pay his wife the $130 million settlement in exchange for her dropping her claim to partial ownership. Unfortunately, the process dragged on for so long and became so expensive that Frank had no choice but to sell the Dodgers in 2012.

FUN FACT: This divorce eventually became the most expensive in California history.

12. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

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Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced earlier this year that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. The couple decided to work out the terms privately, and announced in April that they’d finalized their divorce. MacKenzie walked away with about $36 billion. As a result, she is now one of the richest women in the world. So, just who does the title “world’s richest woman belong to?” Francoise Bettencourt Meyers. The L’Oréal heiress, who is also the chairwoman of her family’s holding company, is worth $56 billion.

11. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

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Tiger Woods and Swedish model Elin Nordegren married in 2004 and divorced just six years later. So, what led to their divorce? Woods’ admission of multiple affairs. As a result of his infidelity, the prenuptial agreement the couple signed was renegotiated, and Woods had to pay Nordegren $100 million. Not only did the golfer have to part with one-sixth of his fortune, he also lost multiple endorsements as a result of the sex scandals. Woods has since moved on and is reportedly dating Erica Herman, the former general manager of his restaurant, The Woods Jupiter.

10. Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl

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Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl divorced in 2001, after 15 years of marriage. According to a GOBankingRates article, the divorce reportedly cost Brooks $125 million. As a result, it was one of the largest divorce payouts in country music history.

The couple met while attending college at Oklahoma State and wed in 1986 prior to Brooks’ rise to stardom. They had three children together before divorcing. In 2005, Brooks wed fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood, whose net worth is $40 million.

9. Kelsey and Camille Grammer

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The Grammers decided to call it quits in July 2010 after 13 years of marriage. The settlement was worth $30 million — well, technically $60 million, because unlike so many other couples on this list, the Grammers split their assets evenly, so they both took home $30 million. The two have since moved on. In fact, Kelsey got himself a new bride — former flight attendant Kayte Walsh — just two weeks after his divorce from Camille was finalized in 2011. Meanwhile, Camille married attorney David C. Meyer in 2018.

8. Michael and Juanita Jordan

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The basketball legend split from his wife in 2006. But, it wasn’t the first time the couple separated. Juanita filed for divorce in 2002 but later withdrew the request. Though the couple had signed a prenuptial agreement, Juanita was still awarded $168 million plus custody of the three kids.

Michael then married Cuban model Yvette Prieto in 2013. The two have also signed a prenuptial agreement.

FUN FACT: Michael Jordan has net worth of $1.9 billion, making him one the richest athletes of all time.

7. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

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Singer Neil Diamond married television production assistant Marcia Murphey in 1969, but Murphey filed for divorce 25 years later, citing irreconcilable differences. Murphey was reportedly awarded $150 million — half of Diamond’s fortune. However, some years later, Diamond said she actually didn’t get that much, but “she got enough to live on for the rest of her life,” he said, according to the Daily Mail.

According to INSIDER, Diamond blamed himself for their marriage problems. “I assume a lot of responsibility for what went wrong, but I was taken aback by how many friends dropped me,” he told People.

6. Madonna and Guy Ritchie

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This divorce is one of those rare occasions when the wife ends up having to pay the husband. The couple, who married in 2000, were worth about $525 million when they split in 2008, and Madonna had to pay Ritchie between $76 million and $92 million. She also lost custody of their son, Rocco, who has been living in London since 2016 and attends college there. Meanwhile, Ritchie remarried in 2015.

When asked about his marriage to Madonna, Ritchie told Details magazine that being married to the singer was like being in a soap opera.

5. Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey

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Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey married in 1999 and divorced after two kids and nearly ten years as husband and wife. Collins settled the divorce for $46 million.

As fate would have it, the couple announced in 2016 that they were reconciling. Cevey had undergone surgery for a slipped disc in her neck. And, when she woke up she was totally paralyzed. Collins helped nurse her back to health, and the two later rekindled their romance.

FUN FACT: This wasn’t the first divorce settlement Collins had to pay. Collins had to also pay another ex-wife, Jill Tavelman, a high settlement — $34 million to be exact — during their divorce.

4. Lionel and Diane Richie

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Lionel and Diane Richie got married in 1996, but the couple split in 2004. The divorce cost Lionel an estimated $20 million, which Diane reportedly spends on clothes ($15,000 worth), monthly manicures, massages and other personal services (worth $50,000), and annual plastic surgery (worth $20,000).

-Lionel Richie is the richest celebrity from his home state of Alabama.
-Diane Richie is a former backup dancer. She can be seen dancing in Lionel’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” music video, among other works.

3. Donald and Ivana Trump

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Donald and Ivana Trump were married in 1977 and had three children together. But, the couple decided to call it quits in 1992 when rumors began swirling of Donald having an affair with Marla Maples, whom he later married. In fact, in an interview Ivana gave to Barbara Walters, she said that Maples confronted her in Aspen and reportedly said, “I’m Marla and I love your husband. Do you?” A divorce soon followed, and according to E! News, Ivana received $20 million in the settlement.

2. Michael and Diandra Douglas

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Michael and Diandra Douglas got married in 1977, after just six weeks of dating. The two met at a Jimmy Carter inauguration party. Unfortunately, rumors of Michael’s infidelity led to the couple splitting up in 1998. It was reported that he had an alcohol abuse problem as well. Diandra was not only awarded $45 million in the divorce settlement, she also was awarded two homes — one in Beverly Hills and the other in Majorca, Spain. Meanwhile, Michael married fellow actor Catherine Zeta-Jones just two years later in a very expensive celebrity wedding.

1. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

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Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving split just after four years of marriage. Irving was awarded $100 million in the divorce settlement because, get this: The prenuptial agreement was reportedly scribbled on a cocktail napkin!

So, what led the filmmaker and actress to call it quits? According to INSIDER, Irving told the Los Angeles Times in 1994 that their careers got in the way of their marriages. “During my marriage to Steven, I felt like a politician’s wife,” Irving said. “There were certain things expected of me that definitely weren’t me. One of my problems is that I’m very honest and direct. You pay a price for that. But then I behaved myself and I paid a price too.”


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