15 Of the Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces In Hollywood History
Celebrity divorces are a dime a dozen nowadays. Whenever you open a tabloid, you read of some celebrity divorce or the other. However, some have gone down in the history of celebrity society as multimillion settlements making one wonder if divorce is actually a lucrative business. Some celebs have even divorced after a long relationship making the settlement even larger. People going through a divorce of their own may find the services of west end solicitors, specialists in divorce and family law, helpful in making the whole process run more smoothly. Here are 15 of the most expensive celebrity divorce settlements and if you are thinking of divorcing, make sure you get legal help.
15 Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison – $100 Million
Harrison Ford’s second marriage to screenwriter Melissa Mathison was supposed to be a lasting one but it ended up in divorce. And because of no prenup, the settlement was a pretty complicated one which took three years to negotiate. Ultimately Ford dished out $100 million.
14 Greg Norman & Laura Andrassy – $103 Million
Greg Norman the famous golfer was on the number one slot in the eighties for 331 weeks. His wife Laura Andrassy was a constant pillar of support after their marriage in 1981.But ultimately their marriage didn’t withstand the test of time and in 2007 the couple divorced with Greg having to shrug out a whopping $103m as a settlement.
13 Garth Brooks & Sandy Mahl – $135 Million
Everyone knows famous country star Garth Brooks who developed a huge fan following around the world with a unique blend of country and rock and roll. He went on to become one of the biggest selling country artists in the world. He married Sandy Mahl way back in 1986 but their marriage fizzled out ending in a divorce in 2001. Sandy ended up with a fortune of $135m.
12 Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren
It’s not hard to guess why Tiger Woods’ and Elin Nordegren divorced. As one of the best golfers of his time, Woods kept nasty little affairs he was having from his wife. Ultimately it came out into the open that woods were a womanizer and the couple divorced in 2010. His wandering eyes and roving hands cost him $100m.
11 Michael Douglas & Diandra Douglas – $45 Million
Before he married Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas married Diandra in 1977 when she was just 19 years old. Although Douglas was infatuated with her and they spent twenty years together, the inevitable happened in the name of Jones. The couple divorced but the settlement wasn’t as large as the others. Diandra settled for $45 m. One wonders by how many times that figure will multiply if Douglas and Jones get divorced.
10 Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving – $100 Million
Steven Spielberg is most probably the richest man on this list. In the younger days of his career he married actress Amy Irving but the couple ultimately went their separate ways. Although there was a prenup and Irving received $100m, the judge decided to award Irving more than that moment although it hardly mattered to Spielberg whose net worth is in excess of $3.7billion.
9 Kelsey Grammer & Camille Grammer – $60 Million
We all know him as Frasier Crane but what we don’t know is that he has been through tough times making him take to the bottle. Although he was married four times, his third wife playboy model Camille Donatacci managed to stay with him 14 years until things went ugly after an eventual divorce. Kelsey lost $60m in a long drawn divorce dispute which ended up being an ugly public affair.
8 Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey – $150 Million
This was one ugly divorce settlement that even included the Singer’s estate. Neil Diamond was married to Marcia Murphey for 25 years till they divorced and Marcia walked away with a major chunk of his assets worth $150million. Yet Diamond has never wished bad for Murphey as he said she was worth every penny.
7 Paul McCartney & Heather Mills – $48 Million
Before she met Paul. Heather Mills was a model in the UK. She soon entered the limelight after marrying Paul in 2002 but their super celebrity couple status soon ended after 4 years. It was a bitter split and one which made Heather richer by $48m.
6 Madonna & Guy Ritchie – $90 Million
Everyone one thought Madonna would be settling down with Guy Ritchie but that wasn’t to be so. They married in Scotland in 2000 but split after 2 kids and 8 years later. But there was a difference in this divorce because it was Madonna who had to shell out $90m. On the flip side, she claimed it was just a ballpark figure.
5 Donald Trump & Ivana Trump – $14 Million
With hearing all the expensive celebrity divorce settlements in the tune of over 50m, this seems a paltry sum of money. We all know the attitude the President of the United States, Donald Trump has over women. Trump met Ivana in the seventies when she was a fashion model. After three children, there were rumors of infidelity. The next step was divorce and Ivana walked away with $14m, a luxury mansion and thousands of dollars in child support.
4 Phil Collins & Orianne Cevey – $46.76 Million
Phil Collins didn’t take kindly to divorce especially after Orianne Cevey moved out of UK to the US along with his kids too. Phil took to alcohol and he almost died. He worked things out and has since been sober even reconciling with Cevey. The couple has been living together since 2016 so the $46.76 million settlement hardly mattered in the end.
3 James Cameron & Linda Hamilton – $50 Million
James Cameron the Billionaire film maker married his fourth wife in 1997 but it was an extremely short lived one ending after just two years. However, Linda was definitely not complaining, after all, she walked away with a cool $ 50 million.
2 Michael Jordan & Juanita Jordan – $200 Million
Juanita Jordan was pretty much at the side of Michael Jordan throughout the early days of his career when he achieved fame and fortune. The couple married in 1989 and lives married life for ten years. However in 2000’s signs of a split occurred and they opted for a mutual divorce. Although they got back together, they split again in 2006. The divorce settlement was indeed an eye opener where Juanita received a massive $20o million making it the biggest celebrity divorce settlement in history.
1 Mel Gibson & Robyn Moore Gibson – $425 Million!
If Michael Jordan’s divorce settlement was mind-blowing, what would you say to this one? Mel Gibson and Robyn were married for 31 years and had seven kids but because of Mel’s indiscretions, the couple just couldn’t carry one and Robyn distanced herself from Gibson. The divorce ended up being the highest ever and most expensive celebrity divorce in Hollywood when Gibson paid half his fortune to Robyn being $425 million.