- Divorce isn’t easy, especially when you have a fortune you are forced to share. See which celebs gave in to alimony and shared their millions, going down in history as the most expensive divorces ever!
Steve & Elaine Wynn – $741 million
Casino mogul Steve Wynn had lot’s of luck in business, but as far as his love life he’s managed to strike out twice, with the same woman! Wynn divorced his wife, Elaine, for the second time in 2010, costing the billionaire $741 million!
Paul McCartney & Heather Mills – $48.6 Million
When Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills celebrated their marriage with a lavish $3.2 million wedding in Ireland, he probably wasn’t thinking that he’d be spending a whole lot more than that dissolving it. In the end, McCartney’s investment in Mills didn’t turn out too well for the former Beatle, as he had to pay her $48.6 million as a divorce settlement. The model turned activist was also awarded $15 million in real estate, including an English seaside condo in Angel’s Rest, and a countryside home in Pean’s Wood.
Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey – $150 million
Neil allegedly fell in love with the TV producer while he was still married to his first wife, Jane Posner. After they had divorced, Marcia stepped in and married the singer-songwriter in 1969. 25 years and two children later, Murphey filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, and walked away with half of Neil’s earnings: $150 million! Once rumors of Diamond’s unfaithfulness spread around Hollywood, the odds were in Marcia’s favor. However, Neil isn’t bitter; he later said that “she’s worth every penny.”
Robert & Sheila Johnson – $400 million
Professional differences became personal for Sheila and Robert Johnson. The co-founder of Black Entertainment Television is also known for being the first male African-American billionaire. After 33 years of marriage to his partner, Sheila Johnson, the two decided to separate in 2002; but it wasn’t that simple. Two years before their divorce, in 2000, Johnson sold BET to Viacom for $3 billion; of which Sheila ended up getting $400 million. Sheila also ended up marrying her divorce lawyer in one of the most epic divorce plot twists ever.
Bernie & Slavica Ecclestone – $1 Billion
Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone are definitely known for being one of the most expensive divorces. A well-known model in her heyday, Slavica has also become the ex-wife of former Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone. In 2009, the unlikely couple made headlines for all the wrong reasons after having a divorce settlement worth an incredible $1 billion! Not wasting any time, Slavica turned this money into $1.6 billion from investments. She sure knew how to turn this negative into a very profitable positive.
Alec & Jocelyn Wildenstein – $2.5 Billion
Alright, so Bernie and Slavica’s astronomical divorce settlement was impressive, but they have nothing on the Wildensteins! Jocelyn managed to get $2.5 billion out of her former spouse Alec Wildenstein, who is a French businessman, art dealer, racehorse owner, and billionaire. Renowned for her plastic surgery, costing a total of $2 million, Jocelyn thought changing her look would make her husband more interested in her. Unfortunately, it had the opposite effect. She later sued for divorce on the grounds of her husband’s adultery in 1999.
Dmitry & Elena Rybolovlevi – $4.5 Billion
You’d think that a couple who has been together for 26 years would stay together forever; but sadly for Dmitry and his bank account, this wasn’t the case. Dmitry ended up coughing up half of his money, during a long and bitter divorce with his now ex-wife Elena Rybolovlevi. The six-year legal battle that put the Russian billionaire in the spotlight finally came to an end after he reluctantly agreed to a hefty settlement with his ex-wife Elena, who was awarded $4.5 billion by a Swiss court.
Rupert Murdoch & Wendi Deng – $1.8 Million
Rupert Murdoch started dating Chinese-American actress and businesswoman Wendi Deng shortly after separating from his first wife. The News Corporation chairman and CEO didn’t waste any time as he married Deng just 17 days after his previous divorce was finalized. In June 2013, Murdoch decided Deng wasn’t doing it for him anymore and divorced her, settling for a mere $1.8 million. However, Murdoch did leave Deng with a Beijing Mansion worth an estimated $10 million, so if times get tough, s