Celebrity divorces often make headlines due to the staggering amount of money involved in the settlements. From movie stars to musicians, high-profile marriages have ended in costly breakups that have captured public attention. In this article, we will explore 12 of the most expensive celebrity divorces of all time.
1. Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott
The founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, went through a high-profile divorce with his wife, MacKenzie Scott, in 2019. The settlement was reported to be worth $38 billion, making it the most expensive divorce settlement in history.
2. Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein
In 1999, art dealer Alec Wildenstein and his wife Jocelyn went through a divorce that resulted in a settlement of $2.5 billion. The divorce was notable for Jocelyn’s extravagant spending habits and her extensive plastic surgery.
3. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Murdoch
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his wife Anna divorced in 1999 after 32 years of marriage. The settlement was reported to be worth $1.7 billion, making it one of the most expensive divorces in history at the time.
4. Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Ecclestone
Formula One executive Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Slavica went through a divorce in 2009 that resulted in a settlement of $1.2 billion. Slavica was a former model and was reportedly the driving force behind her husband’s successful career.
5. Steve and Elaine Wynn
Casino mogul Steve Wynn and his wife Elaine went through a divorce in 2010 that resulted in a settlement of $1 billion. The couple had been married for over 40 years and had played a major role in the development of Las Vegas as a major tourist destination.
6. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
Actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson went through a divorce with his wife, Robyn Moore in 2009. The settlement was reported to be worth $425 million, making it one of the most expensive celebrity divorces at the time.
7. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy
Basketball legend Michael Jordan and his wife Juanita Vanoy divorced in 2006 after 17 years of marriage. The settlement was reported to be worth $168 million.
8. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Pop icon Madonna and filmmaker Guy Ritchie went through a divorce in 2008 that resulted in a settlement of $92 million. The couple had been married for eight years and had adopted a son from Malawi.
9. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Golfer Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren went through a divorce in 2010. The settlement was reported to be worth $100 million and was the result of Woods’ infidelity.
10. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and actress Amy Irving went through a divorce in 1989 that resulted in a settlement of $100 million. The couple had been married for four years and had a son together.
11. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
Actor Harrison Ford and screenwriter Melissa Mathison went through a divorce in 2004 that resulted in a settlement of $85 million. The couple had been married for 21 years and had two children together.
12. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton
Filmmaker James Cameron and actress Linda Hamilton went through a divorce in 1999 that resulted in a settlement of $50 million. The couple had been married for less than two years.
Ouch! That sounded expensive!
While the cost of celebrity divorces may seem extravagant, it’s important to remember that these settlements often involve dividing assets that were amassed during long, successful careers. Despite the high price tag, these divorces serve as a reminder that even the rich and famous are not immune to the challenges and difficulties of marriage. Divorce can be a painful and emotional process, regardless of financial standing. However, in the case of these 12 celebrities, their high net worth added an extra layer of complexity and attention to their divorces.