13 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Ever!

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Billionaires Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos top the list of the most expensive celebrity divorces by a mile; see the complete list below.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s messy divorce has dominated the entertainment news industry for weeks. The court case drama has no doubt piqued the interest of fans. However, with the case now all but finished, we can turn our attention to some other stories. Of course, there are still rumors that Heard may be filing for a mistrial; until then, let’s look at this list of the most expensive celebrity divorces ever.

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever!

1. Bill & Melinda Gates – $76 billion

13 most expensive Celebrity Divorces - Bill & Melinda Gates
Bill & Melinda Gates

Yes, you read that right; sources claim that following the divorce, Melinda got up to $76 billion in settlements from her husband of 27 years. Of course, the value varies, with some sources saying that the value is mainly in properties, Microsoft shares, and their foundation. However, we find this hard to believe, as Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index has Melinda Gates’ net worth in 2022 pegged at $10 billion.

2. Jeff Bezos & McKenzie – $60 billion

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Jeff Bezos & McKenzie
Jeff Bezos & McKenzie

Away from the speculation of how much Melinda made from her split, here is one with some iota of truth: Jeff Bezos had to settle his wife McKenzie in billions. Again, sources disagree when it comes to the exact amount. The consensus is that she got $36 billion in payments and Amazon stocks from the 2019 divorce.

3. Rupert & Ann Murdoch – $1.7 billion

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Rupert & Ann Murdoch
Rupert & Ann Murdoch

Media mogul Murdoch willingly settled his wife of 32 years, Anna, with $1.7 billion. By calculation, he had paid $56 million for every year they had been married. The divorce allowed him to marry Wendi Deng, who was 38 years younger than him. Although, in their case, their divorce was a mere formality because they had been separated for 14 years.

4. Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren – $750 million

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren

While there were several reports, including this one from Fox News, that American pro golfer Tiger Woods was to pay his ex-wife $750 million for their divorce, it turned out that there was no truth in it. In fact, Forbes mentioned that around the time, Woods was worth only $600 million. Eventually, Elin Nordegren, who had two children with the American, got about $100 million in a settlement.

5. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum & Princess Haya bint al-Hussein – $728 million

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum & Princess Haya bint al-Hussein
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum & Princess Haya bint al-Hussein

Divorce news involving individuals from the Middle East is very rare outside the region, and the only reason why this was so famous was because of the people involved. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum is the ruler of Dubai. He is also the vice president, prime minister, and minister of defense of the United Arab Emirates. Despite being a sixth wife in the polygamous marriage, she managed to secure a £550 million settlement from the monarch.

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6. Mel Gibson & Robyn Moore – $425 million ($552.2 million)

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Mel Gibson & Robyn Moore
Mel Gibson & Robyn Moore

Australian film legend Mel Gibson and his wife Robyn Moore parted ways in 2011, and the outcome of their 26-year union was six children. Not to forget, he also had to pay her half of his net worth at the time, which was $425 million (now $552.2 million in 2022).

7. Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey – $150 million ($288 million)

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey
Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey

Twenty-five years after they tied the knot, singer Neil Diamond and his wife Marcia Murphey decided to call it quits. Their marriage had been something of a controversy because he was publicly dating her while he was still married to his first wife. Diamond is one of the best-selling artists in the world, and he has sold over 100 million copies. Likely, he would not have felt much when he parted ways with $150 million in 1995, which is equivalent to $288 million in 2022.

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8. Michael and Juanita Jordan – $168 million ($244 million)

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Michael and Juanita Jordan
Michael and Juanita Jordan

Also known as Juanita Vanoy, she had been the basketball legend’s childhood love, and they were together for 12 years until their marriage problems became public in 2002. They tried to work on their relationship but gave up in 2006, and MJ paid the mother of three of his kids a whopping sum of $168 million, and in today’s money, this would amount to $244 million.

9. Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving – $100 million ($235 million)

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving
Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving

Modern cinema has much to thank Steven Spielberg for, from his Jaws franchise supremacy to the fantastic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Indiana series. Spielberg is a man that knows what he is doing most of the time. However, his four-year marriage seems like a poor decision on his path and that of his former spouse, Amy Irving. It cost him $100 million to settle the divorce in 1989; if it had happened today, he would be paying $235 million.

10. Kevin & Cindy Costner – $80 million ($157.7 million)

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Kevin & Cindy Costner
Kevin & Cindy Costner

Kevin Costner is an award-winning actor popular for his breakout role in The Untouchables and his highly-rated performance in Dance with Wolves. However, four years after his memorable outing in the latter, the actor found himself battling a divorce case with his wife, Cindy. They had been married for 16 years, and it cost him $80 million ($157.7 million) to reach an agreement.

11. Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison – $85 million ($131.5 million)

13 most expensive celebrity divorces ever | Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison
Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison

Harrison Ford was not a happening guy in the sense of the word; he was just a great actor and preferred a quiet life after doing his bit on the big screen. In the early 2000s, he had his time in the news when he finalized divorce details with his wife, Melissa Mathison, who famously wrote the screenplay for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. They had welcomed two children (a son and daughter), and their divorce earned the late Melissa $85 million in 2004, which is worth $131.5 million now.

12. Guy Ritchie & Madonna – $76 million to $92 million ($103 million to $125 million)

13 most expensive celebrity divorces | Guy Ritchie & Madonna
Guy Ritchie & Madonna

It seems like the fact that Guy Ritchie and Madonna were married for eight years has been somehow erased from our minds. We only remember it when we are reminded, which is weird because their divorce was quite expensive. It cost her an estimated $76 million to $92 million in 2008 (equal to $103 million to $125 million today). Although, they both released a joint statement denying the news. Trust Madonna to break the streak of only men paying for divorce settlements.

13. Kenny Rogers & Marianne Gordon – $60 million ($121.2 million)

13 most expensive celebrity divorces | Kenny Rogers & Marianne Gordon
Kenny Rogers & Marianne Gordon

Kenny Rogers went through women quickly, and by the time he was with Marianne Gordon, he had been married three times already. However, his split from Marianne was not as easy as it was with his previous wives. Likely, her fame as an actress came into play, and when it was time for Rogers to move on, he had to dip into his pocket and produce $60 million in settlements. Surprisingly, after their divorce, Kenny Rogers stayed married for 22 years to his next wife, Wanda Miller. The late Country musician would have had to pay $121 million if he was divorcing Marianne Gordon today.

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Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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