Top 10 World’s Most Expensive Divorces

Even though it sometimes appears that the lives of celebrities are perfect in each and every way, we’re witnessing a great deal of divorces every single year, probably too many sometimes. Just in case you weren’t aware, a divorce usually ends in a settlement that can prove quite costly for one of the two, especially when there is no prenuptial agreement involved. If that is the case, at least one family member stands to lose a great deal of money, and we know all very well that this is usually the case with wealthy men. Here is a top 10 of the most expensive divorces of all time:

Roman and Irina Abramovich

Michael and Maya Polsky ($184 million)

Michael and Maya Polsky

Even though Michael and Maya Polsky were deeply in love at some point, their bond definitely suffered a serious blow as the years went by. The two moved to the US from Ukraine with just a few hundred dollars in their pockets, but 3 decades later Michael was a highly successful businessman with a great stake in several energy companies. This allowed him to earn a considerable fortune of several million dollars. The aftermath of his divorce left him $184 million poorer, as his wife Maya received a huge chunk of his fortune.

Charles Edgar Fipke and Marlene Fipke ($200 million)

Charles Edgar Fipke and Marlene Fipke

Charles Edgar Fipke is a very successful Canadian prospector that became famous for discovering the existence of diamonds around Lac de Gras. His wife Marlene had been at his side ever since he started his quest for diamonds, but their love story ended in a divorce that turned out to have the largest settlement in Canada at the time: $200 million.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver ($250-$300 million)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelity was the main cause of the divorce between him and his wife Maria Shriver. The former governor of California apparently had an affair with the family housekeeper that resulted in the birth of a son. When she heard the news, his wife of 25 years immediately filed for divorce, but the official procedures are still ongoing. In the event of a settlement, Arnold stands to lose between $250 and $300 million.

Roman and Irina Abramovich ($300 million)

Roman and Irina Abramovich

Roman Abramovich is a Russian oil billionaire that married his second wife, Irina in 1991. During the trial for their divorce, Irina was entitled to half of Roman’s fortune, since he gathered most of his money while they were married and not before. Fortunately for him, she settled for just $300 million, which was about 1.6% of his fortune of $18.7 billion.

Robert and Shelia Johnson ($400 million)

Robert and Shelia Johnson

Also known as America’s first black billionaire, Robert Johnson became filthy rich after co-founding the Black Entertainment Television cable network. Robert was married to his wife Sheila for 3 decades, but they unfortunately split up in 2000 when Shelia became richer by $400 million.

Mel and Robin Gibson ($425 million)

Mel and Robin Gibson

Mel and Robyn Gibson separated amicably on July 29, 2006 after 26 years of marriage. Be that as it may, the famous movie star had to pay no less than $425 million to his former spouse as part of one of the most costly settlements in Hollywood history.

Craig and Wendy McCaw ($460 million)

Craig and Wendy McCaw

Craig McCaw was the one that paid the largest divorce settlement in American history: $460 million. Craig and his brother worked hard to expand the worth of their McCaw Cellular Company for 25 years before selling it to AT&T for no less than 11.5 billion. Even though he had a net worth of $2 billion at the time of his divorce, the settlement surely must have stung a bit.

Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi ($875 million)

Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi

Saudi Arabian businessman Adnan Khashoggi had a net worth of $40 billion in the early 1980s, which is why he was considered one of the richest men in the world at the time. His tedious divorce in 1974 eventually left him poorer by $875 million, while his wife Khashoggi became richer by the same amount.

Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone ($1.2 billion)

Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone

As the president and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration, Bernie Ecclestone currently enjoys a net worth of $3.8 billion. Even though he divorced his wife Slavica and paid her $1.2 billion in the process, the not-so-tall yet highly influential businessman seems to have landed on his feet.

Rupert and Anna Murdoch ($1.7 billion)

Rupert and Anna Murdoch

Australian American media mogul Rupert Murdoch is the current record holder for paying the largest ever divorce settlement: $1.7 billion. After a long-lasting marriage of 32 years with his wife Anna, the renowned businessman had to give her a huge part of his fortune, which consisted in $110 million and $1.6 billion worth of News Corp stock. Barely 2 weeks after this costly divorce, Rupert went ahead and married Wendi Deng, which was 38 years old younger than him.


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