Have you ever wondered which are the most expensive divorces in history? We have. See, in Hollywood films there’s usually a happy ending where the good guy saves the world, kisses the girl, and they go on to live happily ever after. However, in real life the marriages of many celebrities, business tycoons, and glamorous people aren’t as happy and ideal as in the movies (and usually, the consequences are not cheap…not at all). In case you’ve wondered how much some of these celebrities and public personas had to forfeit to escape an unsuccessful marriage here are 25 Most Expensive Divorces In History That’ll Almost Make You Feel Sorry For Rich People.
Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison ($85 million)
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.
John and Beverly Charman ($95 million)
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 property.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren ($100 million)
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 ($103 million)
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.
Frank and Jamie McCourt ($130 million)
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.
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.
Boris Berezovsky and Galina Besharova ($160 million)
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 Maya Polsky ($184 million)
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.
Roman and Irina Abramovich ($300 million)
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 ($400 million)
Τhe 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.
Craig and Wendy McCaw ($460 million)
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.
Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi ($874 million)
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 ($1–1.2 billion)
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 Wendi Deng ($1.8 billion)
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.”
Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovleva ($4.5 billion)
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.
25 Most Expensive Divorces In History That’ll Almost Make You Feel Sorry For Rich People