Most Expensive Divorce Settlements In The World

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What people don’t know about marriage is that it’s not the uniting of two people that love each other, but rather, a business arrangement like any other. It is today, as it was when marriages were first created, the simple coming together of two people to start a family, in which they combine their resources and work together to raise children. A good investment if the family stays intact, and the children are happy and healthy. However, these days, more and more, marriage are increasingly becoming the absolute worst investment a person can make. With a 50% failure rate, the odds are not in your favor. In fact, if you consider all the people that stay miserably married instead of divorcing, the rate of success is even lower. I mean, what other institution would be allowed to continue to run with such abysmal odds? Like, if 50% of patients in hospitals were dying every time they went in for treatment, or 50% of drivers got into an accident every time they got behind the wheel, the government would shut it down in seconds! But when it comes to marriage, nooooo … they’re happy to allow it to continue, most likely, because the business of marriage (what with all the weddings, honeymoons, and diamond ring sales) is probably great for the economy. But for those entering it – especially without a prenup – it’s a financial disaster. In fact, many go bankrupt because their marriage went south. And with that, let’s take a look at just how costly divorce can be by checking out some of the most famous and wealthiest people around, who thought their marriage was a good idea going in, only to come out of it with hundreds of millions – billions even – less in the bank account.
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Michael & Juanita Jordan

Cost: $168 Million. Rumor has it that the NBA forced Michael Jordan to marry his wife Juanita, because he got her pregnant, and the league was fervently trying to rid its image tarnished by drug using, law breaking players in the 70’s and 80’s. So it’s not surprising that just after his last retirement in 2006, Michael divorced Juanita in a deal that not only cost him $168 million, but also included giving up custody of their three children.
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Arnold & Maria Shriver

Cost: $375 Million. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were supposed to be the next John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis of the political world. And all was fine for 25 years until the Terminator terminated his marriage by having an affair with their nanny. And unlike his Hollywood characters who are always armed, Arnie did not protect himself with a prenup, and ended up losing half his Hollywood fortune – $375 million – to Maria.
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Roman & Irina Abramovich

Cost: $300 Million. Back when Roman was married to Irina, he was listed in Forbes as the 16th richest person in the world. So when they got divorced, you can believe Irina made out with a large fortune. $300 million to be exact, which, believe it or not, was only a fraction of Roman’s net worth as Irina decided not to ask for 50%.
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Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey

Cost: $150 Million. It must be hard to be a celebrity sex symbol like Neil Diamond, and remain faithful in your marriage. Faithful for 25 years no less. Of course, he couldn’t, and when rumors of Neil’s cheating spread throughout Hollywood – he and his wife Marcia split – leaving Neil $150 million lighter in the pocketbook.
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Robert & Sheila Johnson

Cost: $400 Million. Co-founders and married couple Robert and Sheila Johnson created the media empire that is BET (Black Entertainment Television). But as they say in ebonics “Mo’ money, mo’ problems”, and the two split. The divorce ended up costing Robert $400 million, in which Sheila was more than happy to receive, along with the Lawyer who represented her’s marriage proposal. Talk about drama!
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Steve & Elaine Wynn

Cost: $741 Million. Casino mogul Steven Wynn and his wife gave their marriage a go a couple of times. Unfortunately after the second divorce, they split for good, with Elaine hitting a jackpot of $741 million, plus stock options. And how much are those stocks worth now? $1.2 billion!
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Bernie & Slavica Ecclestone

Cost: $1 Billion. For the third most expensive divorce on our list, at a billion dollars no less – we’ve got British business magnate Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Slavica. Well, ex-wife as she made out with a cool $1 billion from his Formula One fortune. Even better, her investing of it has grown it to $1.6 billion.
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Alec & Jocelyn Wildenstein

Cost: $2.5 Billion. Welcome to our second most expensive divorce. The Alec & Jocelyn Wildenstein divorce that cost the French art dealer $2.5 billion $5 billion dollar fortune. And as you can see from Jocelyn’s face, she spent most of it on some very unfortunate plastic surgery.
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Dmitry & Elena Rybolovlevi

Cost: $4.5 Billion. Now for our most expensive, actually, the world’s most expensive divorce at $4.5 billion – we’ve got Dmitry & Elena Rybolovlevi. The Russian businessman had to give up half of his $8 billion when he and Elena divorced back in 2013 after 26 years of marriage. But in 2015, he appealed the decision, and managed to settle for just 560 million Swiss francs.
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Kevin Costner & Cindy Silva

Cost: $80 Million. Kevin’s 16 year marriage to Cindy Silva came to an end after he was caught for being unfaithful. Perhaps the most expensive of conditions, cheating cost Kevin a cool $80 million. But apparently the spending isn’t over yet for Kevin, as just after his divorce was final, it was announced that he’s having a child with socialite Bridget Rooney.
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Kelsey & Camille Grammer

Cost: $30 Million. Kelsey and Camille were a hot item in Hollywood for a while, but Kelsey was always unsure if she married him for him, or his fame. Nevertheless, their marriage came to an end, and Camille now only made out with $30 million, but also a spot on the popular reality TV show, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Look like it was the fame she was after.
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Paul McCartney & Heather Mills

Cost: $48.6 Million. If you want to know just how bad of an investment marriage can be, just check out Sir Paul’s. His paid $3.2 million for his wedding to Heather Mills, but spent $48.6 million on their divorce. If that isn’t a case of money well spent (*eyes roll*), nothing is.
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Rupert Murdoch & Wendi Deng

Cost: $1.8 Million. Now here on the other hand, is a not-so-bad investment, as billionaire many times over Rupert Murdoch only had to pay his ex-wife, Wendi Deng $1.8 million for their 13 years of marriage. This is why you get a prenup, people.
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Heidi Klum & Seal

Cost: $70 Million. For our last one we have a bit of a role reversal, as this time it’s the woman paying out instead of the man. Yes, when mildly famous singer Seal and his super famous super model wife Heidi Klum spit, she had to pay him $70 million out of her fortune!
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