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The 20 Most Expensive Divorces in the World (2021)




Breaking into marriage is twice more hard as breaking out.

Reasons is that the latter leads to heart break and may take months for one to return to his/her true emotional state.

Nevertheless, some marriages which actually ended in divorce has raised some eyebrows due to it’s financial settlement.

In this article, we will be taking a look at the top 20 most expensive divorces that has ever be initiated.

So, here they come…

1.Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

WORTH: $68 Billion

The number one and most expensive divorce that had ever took place is that of ‘Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.’

Jeff Bezos, the ‘Amazon CEO’ and richest business man in the world, worth a massive $137 billion publicy announced through his Twitter handle that he is officially and legally done with with his marriage with MacKenzie.

No one is believed to know the actual agreement between the two, but they live in one of the very few nine (9) states in US where couples are mandated by law to share all materials things at a ratio of 50/50.


2. Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein

WORTH: $3.8 Billion

In the year 1997, the popular French-American businessman, ‘Alec Wildenstein,’ divorced his wife ‘Jocelyn Wildenstein.’

Reasons for breaking out of their marriage according to the couple was attributed to lack of time, despite being together for 21 years.

Jocelyn received an initial $2.5 billion before accumulating a further $100 million for 13 years.

Do the math!

3. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv

WORTH: $1.7 Billion

Coming in next on our expensive divorce list is that of the union between ‘Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv.’

After a solid 31 years of marriage life, the couples broke up in 1999.

Since it was an amicable dissolution, nothing much was given to the media, however, Rupert Murdoch (immediately) moved on and married ‘Wendi Deng,’ who is 38 years younger than him.

4. Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radić

WORTH: $1.2 Billion

Another billion breaking divorce on our list is the marriage dissolution between ‘Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radić.’

This divorce actually took a good period of time before agreements was reach by lawyers of both parties.

Notwithstanding, Slavica Radić used her payout for a $1.6 billion investment.

5. Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall

WORTH: $975 Million

Coming in next on our list is the divorce between ‘Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall.’

The couple were separated in 2012 after a union of twenty-four (24) years.

Sue actually wanted Harold to pay more for the divorce but in the end, she decided to cash out the cheque in 2015.

6. Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi

WORTH: $874 Million

Another prominent divorce on our list is that which Happened between ‘Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi.’

The Saudi Arabian billionaire who was one of the wealthiest men on earth issued out a divorce settlement of $874 million to his ex-wife way back in 1982.

At the height of their wealth, the couple owned three planes, three yachts and seventeen homes.

7. Steven and Elaine Wynn

WORTH: $741 Million

Coming in among the seventh (7th) most expensive divorce that has ever took place is that which happened between ‘Steven and Elaine Wynn.’

The couple, who were married before between 1963 – 1986, decided to finish it off one and for all.

In 2010, Steven had to Chun out $741 million to please the courts who were more Keen on giving Elaine a good sending off.


8.Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev

WORTH: $604 Million

Another top million dollars divorce on our list is that between ‘Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev.’

The former lovebirds ended the union in 2008, after twenty-six (26) years of marriage.

The court initially ordered Dmitry to pay a sum of $4.8 billion.

The business tycoon did not agree; thus, he pressed for clemency and later got one with a subsidized $604 Million divorce settlement.


9. Craig and Wendy McCaw

WORTH: $460 Million

Another divorce that raise eyebrows is that which happened between Craig – the founder of Cellular and Clearwire Corp and his former lover, Wendy McCaw.

The industrious businessman sold his company to AT&T before the divorce for a price which was close to $12 billion.

Wendy smiled home with $460 million after a good twenty-one (21) years of marital bliss.

10. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore

WORTH: $425 Million

Sitting comfortably on the tenth (10) on our list of the most expensive divorce is that of ‘Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore.’

No prenuptial agreement was involved but this particular divorce, cost Mel almost half of his total net worth.

The couple divorced in 2011 after being married for twenty-six years.

11. Robert Johnson and Sheila Crump Johnson

WORTH: $400 Million

Coming in next is the divorce between ‘Bob and sheila.’

The business-minded, first African-American billionaire – who is also the co-founded of the popular Black Entertainment Television (BET), ended a long haul of his 33 year old marriage.

The couple made the divorce official in 2002; after which Sheila departed with a huge sum of $400 million.

12. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

WORTH: $400 Million

Most people would had agreed that this marriage would last for a very long time but, the reality is entirely different.

Angelina and Brad called it quits in 2016.

The couples in togetherness, decided and appropriately shared the wealth which they both amazed during the union.

This include their $500 million empire and other luxurious properties.

Way to go!

13. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

WORTH: $250 Million

Another million dollars divorce that has ever happened is that of the popular Hollywood Star; Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The couples’ 25 year old marriage ended on grounds that the actor had an affair with their housekeeper.

This led to their divorce in 2011 were no prenuptial agreement was signed.

14. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy

WORTH: $168 Million

Next on our list of the most expensive divorce is that which happened between Chicago Bulls star ‘Michael Jordan,’ and ‘Juanita Vanoy.’

The couple who were married in 1989 at Las Vegas mutually ended their marriage.

Juanita walked away with Seven-acre Chicago mansion, children custody and a divorce settlement of $168 Million.

15. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

WORTH: $150 Million

1995 marked the year when ‘Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphy’ divorced after a long 25 years of marriage life.

According to news, the major reason for the couples’ dissolution was the lack of commitment in the part of Neil.

So, Marcia simply had to walk away with a settlement of $150 million.

16. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

WORTH: $110 Million

Up next on our list of the most expensive divorce is that between ‘Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren.’

Trouble all started when woods openly confessed to his wife about having extra marital affairs.

The couples could not stop the inevitable thus, agreed to end their short six (6) years marriage.

17. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

WORTH: $100 Million

Coming in next is 1985s most expensive divorce – the dissolution of the union between ‘Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving.’

Unfortunately, the marriage only lasted for three (3) years and some months.

After the procedure (divorce), Emy blamed their career for whatever happened between them.

18. Madonna and Guy Ritchie

WORTH: $92 Million

Breaking into the list of the most expensive divorce is that between ‘Madonna and Guy Ritchie.’

It is yet another short-lived marriage (seven years) which was dissolved in 2008.

Madonna asserted that “the spark went out in their relationship” while Guy claimed that “he stepped into a soap opera”.

Conflicts o! Conflicts.

19. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison

WORTH: $85 Million

Another eyebrows raising divorce is that between ‘Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison.’

The ex-couples met at a set of “Apocalypse Now” in 1979.

This is where they eloped and married – for 17 years before splitting.

Since no prenuptial agreement was signed, Mathison walked away with $85 Million.

That is something!

20. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva

WORTH: $80 Million

Coming in last on our list of the most expensive divorce is that between ‘Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva.’

The couples broke up in 1976 anld made it official in 1994.

The 16 year old marriage ended based on Cindy allegations that her husband had a wandering eye and likes taking sexy role on movies.

At the very end, she was settled with $80 Million.

Those were the most expensive divorce that has ever happened.

Which is your most expensive divorce?

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The 20 Most Expensive Divorces In the World: Recap

  1. Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein – $3.8 Billion
  2. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv – $1.7 Billion
  3. Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radić – $1.2 Billion
  4. Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall – $975 Million
  5. Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi – $874 Million
  6. Steven and Elaine Wynn – $741 Million
  7. Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev – $604 Million
  8. Craig and Wendy McCaw – $460 Million
  9. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore – $425 Million
  10. Robert Johnson and Sheila Crump Johnson – $400 Million
  11. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt – $400 Million
  12. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver – $250 Million
  13. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy – $168 Million
  14. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey – $150 Million
  15. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren – $110 Million
  16. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving – $100 Million
  17. Madonna and Guy Ritchie – $92 Million
  18. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison – $85 Million
  19. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva – $80 Million

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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