The 20 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

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Unfortunately, marriages don’t always work. For the average person, divorce can be stressful and difficult, however, the cost of the divorce is relatively low. When a celebrity gets divorced, things are completely different. Every detail about the divorce and the reasons for it are often plastered all over the cover of every tabloid magazine. Celebrities don’t have much privacy when they announce the split. Also, it costs most celebrities millions of dollars when they get divorced. Below is a list of the most expensive divorces in Hollywood.

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20. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren had what many people believed was the perfect. After women started coming forward saying that they had sexual affairs with the golf player, their marriage fell apart. Tiger went public with a statement that he was a sex addict and that he needed to seek professional help. While this was a good thing for Tiger and his career, it didn’t save is marriage. Elin couldn’t get past Tiger’s cheating and the couple decided to split up. There were initial reports that Elin could get up to $750 million from Tiger in the divorce. That number was exaggerated, and she ended up receiving $100 million. As for Tiger, people won’t really ever look at him the way that they did before his affairs became known.

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19. Greg Norman and Laura Andrassy

Professional golfer and businessman, Greg Norman, was married to Laura Andrassy. Things weren’t going well between Greg and his flight attendant wife, and he met another woman. Unfortunately, the new love of his wife was married also. The pair decided to come clean and tell their spouses that their marriages were over. In order for Norman to be free to marry his new love, he had to pay Laura $103 million. In order for his new love interest to be free from her Olympic skier husband, she had to pay him $7 million. Combined, it cost Greg and his new love a whopping $110 million to be free to get married.

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18. Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl

When Garth and Sandy met in 1986, Garth was working as a bouncer in a college bar, and he was trying to break out into the music industry. They were college sweethearts and they had three daughters together. During their marriage, Garth’s career took off and she became rich and famous. Garth tried to make his marriage work for 14 years. He wanted to try to make his marriage work for his daughters. He even retired from music for a while in 2000 to keep his marriage together. It didn’t take long for him to start missing music and he went back. Unfortunately, his road trips and his feelings for future wife, Trisha Yearwood put a huge strain on the marriage, and he filed for divorce in 2001. During the divorce, Garth was ordered to pay Sandy $125 million. He married Trisha soon after, and the couple became country royalty.

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17. Frank and Jamie McCourt

In 2004, Frank and Jaime moved to LA and they bought the Los Angeles Dodgers. After acquiring the team, the power couple bought four homes that cost a total of $74 million. They had a pool put in at one of the homes, and it cost $12 million They even kept a hair stylist on staff, which cost them $10.000 per month. Unfortunately, the marriage started to fall apart when Jamie had an affair with her bodyguard. She was fired by the Dodgers, and then, according to Frank, she took off on a vacation to France, and then billed the team for it. After 30 years, the couple decided to end the marriage. It was one of Hollywood’s nastiest divorces. There were stories constantly being written regarding the details of the divorce, and it was an issue of he-said-she-said. In the end, Jamie was awarded $130 million.

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16. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

Neil Diamond was married to Jayne Posner when he first met a production assistant named Marcia Murphey. He divorced his first wife and married Marcia. The couple’s marriage lasted 33 years. When rumors started about Neil being unfaithful to Marcia, she filed for divorce. The divorce wasn’t as messy as many celebrity divorces. Throughout the entire divorce, Neil continued to thank Marcia for her unwavering love and support throughout their marriage. In the end, Marcia walked away with a settlement of $150 million. In 2012, Neil married his third wife and manager, Katie McNeil.

Samathur Li Kin-kan and Florence Tsang-Chiu-Wing

15. Samathur Li Kin-kan and Florence Tsang-Chiu-Wing

Samathur is a real estate tycoon, and he is one of the most powerful and famous billionaires in Japan. For the most part, his 8 year marriage to Florence was happy. It was after she got pregnant that things fell apart. Famathur didn’t want to have a child, therefore, he gave her an ultimatum. She had to either abort the baby or the marriage was over. This wasn’t the only scandal that the couple was part of at the time. News also broke that Famathur was having an affair. In 2008, the couple divorced. Famathur’s defense during the divorce was that Florence tricked him into getting her pregnant by not telling him that it would be risky for them to have sex at the time that she got pregnant. The courts didn’t think that his defense was enough, and he was ordered to pay $157 million. It was, and still is the largest settlement in Asian history.

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14. Boris Berezovsky and Galina Besharova

When Boris Berezovsky started out, he was working as a teacher in Russia. He was only making $70 per month. While he was still teaching, he met Galina and they fell in love and got married. During their 22 year marriage, Boris managed to earn a great deal of money. When the marriage fell apart, Galina wanted her fair share of the couple’s assets. While the couple wanted a divorce, it was stalled because the couple could not agree with each other on the terms of the divorce. In the end, Boris was order to pay Galina a whopping $160 million.

Michael Jordan and wife Juanita to divorce

13. Michael and Juanita Jordan

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. During his entire career, his wife Juanita was by his side, always cheering him on. After 17 years of marriage, in 2006, the couple decided to get a divorce. According to reports, the decision to divorce was a mutual one. Because the couple were still friendly at the time of their divorce, it didn’t get nasty like most celebrity divorces do. In the end, Juanita walked away with $168 million, the couple’s seven-acre Chicago mansion, and custody of the couple’s three children. The two reportedly co-parent their children together and they are still on great terms.

12. Michael and Maya Polsky

When Michael and Maya Polsky came to the United States from Kiev, Ukraine back in 1976, they only had $500 in their pockets. They lived in Detroit until 1980, when things weren’t going so well financially and they moved to Chicago. It was there that Michael found amazing success in the energy business. Maya was happy being a housewife and she also owned a small art gallery. In 2003, Maya filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. During the divorce hearing, the judge originally ordered Michael to pay Maya $176 million. When it was discovered that Michael omitted his some of his assets, he was ordered to pay Maya $184 million.

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11. Roman and Irina Abramovich

is a Russian businessman, investor, and politician. One of his most lucrative businesses is his private investment company, Millhouse LLC. In October 1991, he married Irina. In 2006, rumors began spreading that Roman was having an affair with Dasha Zhukova, the 25 year old former girlfriend of tennis star, Marat Safin. When Irina heard the rumors, she filed for divorce. The divorce was pretty nasty at times, and in the end, Roman was ordered to pay Irina $300 million. The rumors of his affair with Dasha must have been true since the couple now has a daughter and a son together.

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10. Robert Johnson and Sheila Crump

Robert and Sheila met when they both acted in a play together, and they were married in 1969. During their marriage, the co-founded the television station, BET. They also had three children together. In 1999, they sold BET to Viacom. In 2002, after 32 years of marriage, the couple filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Robert was the first African-American billionaire, and the judge decided that he owed Sheila. In the end, she received a $400 million settlement.

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9. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore Gibson

When Mel and Robyn met in 1980, Mel was a struggling actor and he was very poor. When he got his big break into acting, things started to look up. He and Robyn stayed married for 28 years, and they raised 7 children together. In December 2011, Robyn filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Because of all the money that Mel made during his acting career, Robin was entitled to a great deal of money. After two years of going back and forth, the judge finally ordered Mel to pay Robin $425 million.

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8. Craig and Wendy McCaw

Craig and Wendy met at Stanford University, where Wendy was Craig’s tutor. In 1974 the couple married. During their marriage, Craig earned a great deal of money through his many business ventures. In 1997, the couple filed for divorce. To assist with the divorce, they both hired divorce experts, attorneys, courtroom tacticians, and accountants. Wendy wanted Craig to be responsible for paying for the $200,000 per month lifestyle that she had become accustomed to. In the end, Craig was required to pay Wendy a settlement of $460 million.

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7. Steve Wynn and Elaine Pascal

In 1963, Steve Wynn, the chief executive of Wynn Resorts married the love of his life, Elaine Pascal in Miami Beach. The couple divorced in 1986 and then the reconciled. In 1991, they got remarried. Unfortunately, the couple’s second marriage didn’t last. In 2010, the split amicably. Due to his vast fortune, Steve was required to pay Elaine a hefty settlement. After the case was caught up in court for a while, the judge finally ordered Steve to pay Elaine a settlement of $740 million.

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6. Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi

Adnan started making his money when he was working as an international arms dealer for the Saudi royal family. Soon after, he started his company Triad, which as based in Switzerland. The business quickly acquired real estate, hotels, and banks all over the world. While Adnan was building his fortune, he has his wife Soraya by his side. The couple married in 1961 and they had many happy years together. In 1982, the marriage started falling apart and they filed for divorce. Since he built his fortune while he was still married, a judge ordered Adnan to pay Soraya an $874 million settlement.

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5. Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has had a very successful life in business. The famous British businessman and the chief executive of the Formula One Group is a very rich man. While he was building his empire, his wife, Slavica, was by his side for 23 years of marriage. They also had two children together. According to court documents, Slavica filed for divorce in 2009, on the grounds of his “unreasonable behavior.” Thanks to his outrageous fortune, he was ordered to pay his wife $1.2 billion.

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4. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv

Media mogul, Rupert Murdoch was married to his wife Anna for 32 years and they had children. When Anna started to suspect that Rupert was having an affair with one of his employees, Wendy Deng,she filed for divorce. She could never prove whether Rupert’s affair start during or after their marriage, but Anna was entitled to a great deal of Rupert’s fortune. The judge eventually ordered Rupert to pay Anna $1.5 billion and $100 million in cash.

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3. Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng

Rupert and Wendi married just 17 days after his divorce to his wife of 32 years was finalized. The couple was married for 14 years, when they filed for divorce stating irreconcilable differences. Some believe that it was the couple’s 38 year age difference was a factor in the divorce. In the end, a judge ordered him to pay $1.8 billion. Many believe that Rupert should stop marrying, because his divorces have cost him billions.

2. Alec and Jocelyn Wildenstein

Alec Wildenstein is a billionaire French racehorse wonder, breeder, art dealer, and businessman. In 1977, Alec’s family purchased a stake in the IO Jogi Ranch in Kenya. While staying on the property, Alec met Jocelyn when she was a guest at the ranch. On April 30, 1978, the couple married. During their years together, the couple was in the new often for their outrageous spending habits. Jocelyn alone spent a great deal of money on plastic surgery to make herself look like a cat. When the couple divorced in 1997, a judge ordered Alec to pay Jocelyn $2.5 billion. He was also ordered to pay $100 million every year for the next 13 years.

1. Dmitry and Elena Rybolovleva

Dmitry is also known as the “fertilizer king,” and he is a very successful businessman. He is also the owner of the European soccer club, AS Monaco. In 1987, he married Elena in a lavish ceremony, and they had two daughters together. On December 22, 2008, Elena filed for divorce siting serial infidelity on her husband. She made several allegations about the things that he has done with other women during their marriage. During the divorce, a judge ruled that Dmitry pays Elena half of his $12.8 billion fortune. In the end, she walked away with $6 billion.

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