Celebrity marriages may seem to start on a high and flashy note but when they end, a lot of money changes hands. The richer the celebrity, the more expensive is the divorce likely to be. Celebrity divorces are so common and expensive not only because of the public nature of these marriages but also because both the partners are super rich and the collective money owned goes even in billions. No matter what the reason is behind the divorce, the high possibility of it means that celebrities need to protect their assets. While some couples like to sign a prenuptial agreement before marriage, others may not feel the need for it. Expensive celebrity divorces keep taking place but some of them are so expensive that they might be worth knowing about. The following are the top 10 most expensive celebrity divorces in history.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
After 25 years of marriage, the niece of John F Kennedy and famous actor and then governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced their divorce in July 2011. The governor was forced to divide his net worth in half and this resulted in a $250 million worth divorce. The reason behind the divorce was the alleged affair of the actor with a member of the house. This continues to be one of the most popular and expensive divorces in history.
Irina Malandina and Roman Abramovich
This was yet another most expensive celebrity divorce the world has ever seen and the final settlement amount was a whopping $300 million. The reason behind his was again the alleged affair of Roman Abramovich who is a popular Russian business tycoon. What makes this one different is that there was no big drama associated with it and the settlement took place rather amicably
Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
The famous Hollywood actors Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore spent 3 decades as a married couple and had 7 children together. But in 2009, they filed for divorce which resulted in a division of assets. The reason for divorce was Mel Gibson’s affair and Moore received $450 million as the settlement amount.
Wendy Petrak and Craig McCaw
This was a $460 million divorce in which besides money, there was also a division of luxury items like properties, yacht, private jets and many other things. Petrak and McCaw were a married couple for 21 long years but split due to personal differences.
Elaine Pascal and Steve Wynn
Elaine Pascal and Steve Wynn are a popular celebrity couple who had a very expensive divorce. After trying their hands on married life from 1963 and 1986 and then again getting remarried in 1991, they finally announced their separation in 2010. Steve is popular for his hotels and resorts in Las Vegas and for rebuilding the Las Vegas Strip. Thanks to so many businesses, he has accumulated a total wealth of $1 billion by 2004 and this is the reason for the $741 million divorce settlement.
Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Ecclestone
After giving their marriage a shot for 23 years, the rich couple decided to get divorced in 2009. Bernie is the CEO and president of the popular Formula One racing and had a net worth of $4.2 billion during the marriage. As a settlement amount, Slavica received an amount of $1.3 billion, making this one of the most expensive celebrity divorces in history.
Robert and Shiela Johnson
As a married couple, Robert and Shiela Johnson found a lot of professional success and together founded the popular BET network. However after 33 years of marriage, they announced their divorce due to professional differences. Shiela received $400 million as a divorce settlement amount, making it the 8th most expensive divorce on this list.
Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv
Rupert Murdoch made billions of dollars through his businesses and by acquiring popular publications including The Chicago Times, New York Magazine and many others. He accumulated a lot of money for him and his wife of 32 years but when they got divorced in 1999, he had to part with $1.2 billion which was the final settlement amount.
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng
Rupert Murdoch appears on this list twice! Yes, he met Wendi Deng soon after he got out of the first marriage and got married to her just 17 days later. Inspite of the 37 year age difference, they remained married for 13 years. When they got divorce, Wendi Deng received a whopping $1.8 billion as the settlement amount, making it one of the most expensive divorces of all times.
Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Perisse
Alec Wildenstein is a famous businessman and is involved in a lucrative family business of racing horses and art dealings. The couple met during a hunting trip and got married one year later. Together they enjoyed a very lavish lifestyle but when Jocelyn found out that her husband was dating a 19 year old woman, she demanded divorce which resulted in a settlement amount of $2.5 billion.