Though celebrities are perceived to be perfect, they too might have rocky marriages, and that can cost them – a lot! Check out some of the most expensive celebrity divorces ever.
Steve Wynn and Elaine Wynn
American casino mogul Steve Wynn divorced his wife Elaine Wynn in 1986, but they got married again for a second time. This time too they split, in 2010, and Steve had to pay Elaine a whopping $741 million.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Sir Paul McCartney, the legendary English musician, married Heather Mills in 2002. However, he divorced from Heather in 2008, with the settlement being an estimated $48.6 million.
Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
One of the world’s bestselling artists of all time, Neil Diamond’s marriage of 25 years with Marcia Murphey ended in 1996. The divorce settlement was worth an alleged $150 million.
Robert L. Johnson and Sheila Johnson
Robert L. Johnson, an American businessman, divorced from his wife Sheila Johnson. The settlement for this divorce was $400 million.
Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Ecclestone
British business magnate and Formula One Group chief executive Bernie Ecclestone’s divorce from wife Slavica Ecclestone lasted 23 years. The divorce was settled at an estimated $1 – $1.2 billion.
Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein
French businessman Alec Nathan Wildenstein and his wife Jocelyn Wildenstein divorced in 1999. The settlement was a mind-numbing $2.5 billion, with an additional $100 million annually for 13 years.
Dmitry & Elena Rybolovlevi
One would think that the bracketed B is a typo, but they’d be wrong. The divorce between the prominent Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlevi and his wife Elena actually did cost 4.5 billion dollars.
Rupert Murdoch & Wendi Deng
Rupert’s second divorce was extremely costly as well, but at least it didn’t weigh 1.2 billion dollars. His next heartbreak costed $1.8 million in hard cash only, while Wendi also got a $10 million mansion out of the deal.
Rupert Murdoch & Anna Maria Torv
After 32 years of a questionably successful marriage, Rupert Murdoch and his wife underwent the second most expensive divorce in history. Anna Maria married another man 6 months later and probably shared the money with him.
Seal & Heidi Klum
On very rare occasions, it is the wife that spits the hard cash. Such is the case with Heidi’s divorce, as she was forced to pay up a whopping $70 million to Seal in order to finally remove him from the lives of their children.
Michael Douglas and Diandra Douglas
Legendary actor Michael Kirk Douglas married Diandra Luker in 1977. However, Diandra filed for divorce afterwards, and was awarded $45 million as part of the settlement.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
This couple was the epitome of cool back in the 90s. After being married for 11 years, they filed for divorce in 2000 and the settlement was finalized at $90 million.
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving got married in 1985, but then decided to go their separate ways in 1989. The divorce was settled at $100 million.
Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
Harrison Ford was married to Melissa Mathison for 17 years. However, when they decided to go their separate ways in 2001, Melissa was awarded $118 million in settlement.
Craig McCaw and Wendy McCaw
After being married to Wendy McCaw for 21 years, Craig McCaw and Wendy decided to split. The divorce settlement is thought to exceed $460 million.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Queen of Pop, Madonna, was married to Guy Ritchie, the equally famous English filmmaker. The marriage of this power couple ended after 8 years for a settlement of an estimated $76 – $92 million.
Donald Trump and Ivana Trump
Donald Trump and Ivana married in 1977 and split in 1992. Their divorce was settled at an estimated $25 million.
Lionel Richie and Diane Richie
Famous singer Lionel Richie married Diane Alexander in 1995, but saw that marriage end 9 years later. Their divorce was estimated at $20 million.
Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore Gibson
Renowned actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson, and Robyn Moore Gibson decided to split in 2006 after 26 years of marriage. The divorce was settled at $425 million.
Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt
American businessman Frank H. McCourt Jr. had a rocky marriage with Jamie McCourt. He had to pay an estimated $130 million in settlement when the marriage ended.
Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall
American entrepreneur Harold Hamm had an estimated net worth of $11.3 billion. His 24 years of marriage with Sue Ann Arnall ended with a settlement of estimated $974.8 million.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
The most famous Hollywood couple seemed so perfect together that the world never even imagined a divorce happening between them. However, it did, at the price of 400 million dollars.
Jennifer Lopez & Chris Judd
It’s almost a norm for one of the world’s most famous superstars to have everything in her luxurious life made expensive, including a divorce. She ended up giving him around 14 million dollars in compensation.
Ron Perelman & Ellen Barkin
Aside from stealing Ron’s heart for a mere 6 years, along with 20 million dollars of the businessman’s money, Ellen sold the jewelry he had gifted her for a few more million.
Greg Norman and Laura Andrassy
Professional Australian golfer and entrepreneur Gregory John Norman and Laura Andrassy’s marriage lasted from 1981 – 2007. Greg was ordered to pay Laura $103 million as settlement.
Kenny Rogers and Marianne Rogers
County Music Hall of Famer Kenneth Ray ‘Kenny’ Rogers’ fourth marriage, which was with Marianne Gordon in 1977, lasted more than 15 years before they divorced. The divorce settlement was an estimated $60 million.
Johnny Carson and Joanna Holland
Johny Carson had a successful talk show hosting career, but his marriage wasn’t so successful. His divorce from Joanna saw her getting $20 million in cash and property.
Ted Danson and Cassandra Coates
Edward Bridge ‘Ted’ Danson is an American author, actor and producer. His affair with Whoopi Goldberg led to his divorce from his wife Casey Coates, which cost him a reported $30 million.
Adnan Khashoggi and Soraya Khashoggi
Saudi Arabian businessman Adnan Khashoggi married Englishwoman Sandra Daly in the 1960s, who then converted to Islam and took up the name Soraya Khashoggi. 20 year later, their divorce was settled at an estimated $850 million.
Kelsey & Camille Grammer
Fourteen years had to pass for Kelsey to realize that Camille had married him purely for her personal gain. She ended up finally divorcing him with another 30 million dollars and even landing into a reality show.
John & Beverly Charman
Although definitely not the most expensive on the list, this divorce marks the most expensive of its kind in British history. Beverly gave up her career for John’s, so the court saw fit to sort of give it back to her.
Samathur Li-Kan & Florence Tsang-Chiu-wing
Samathur is one of the most prominent Hong Kong’s businessmen to date, but he has varied views on childbirth. After his wife refused to have an abortion, he took her to court and basically lost $154 million to her.
Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan
Widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan had a faulty marriage. His divorce from wife Juanita Jordan cost him $168 million, and gained him entry in this list.
Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver
Arnold apparently thought he could cheat on his wife with their housekeeper and not get busted, but his little hidden plan was eventually…terminated. His wife found out and left with their 4 children, as well as 375 million dollars.
Reba McEntire & Narvel Blackstock
Although Reba and Narvel are still very good friends, unlike most of those on this list, they didn’t spare any hard-earned money to go through with the process. It’s almost silly to think that a friendly divorce would cost $47.5M.
Roman Abramovich and Irina Abramovich
Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich was named by Forbes as the 137th richest person in the world in 2015. He divorced from his wife Irina in March 2007 for a settlement of $300 million.
Michael Strahan & Jean Muggli
After calling the police for protection, Jean Muggli decided to divorce Michael Strahan, the famous NFL sportsman. She ended up getting 15 million dollars out of the deal, as well as the monthly $18,000 for child support.
Jessie Williams & Aryn Drake Lee
Although the divorce between the Grey’s Anatomy star and the successful businessman is yet to be settled, the estimated cost of the final verdict is somewhere around 4 million dollars.
Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
All of Kevin Costner’s accomplishments could not save his marriage with Cindy Silva. After 16 years of marriage, they split with a settlement of $80 million.
Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey
Philip David Charles ‘Phil’ Collins had three broken marriages. But his marriage with Orianne Cevey resulted in the most costly divorce settlement among the three, costing him an estimated $47 million.
James Cameron and Linda Hamilton
The multi Academy Award winning filmmaker and his wife Linda Hamilton couldn’t salvage their marriage. His marriage sank just like the Titanic, and the divorce was settled at $50 million.
Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren
After hearing about his numerous side-affairs, the Swedish supermodel that was up to this point successfully married to the world’s best golfer, decided to leave. She claimed up to 750 million dollars in the process.