Divorce is an ugly thing, and being rich doesn’t spare you the misery. All it does is provide you with more money to lose. Here are ten of Hollywood’s most famously wallet-gouging divorces.
1. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
When Tiger’s numerous affairs came to light, he and then-wife Elin officially separated in 2010 and Elin, whose lawyer originally filed for $750 million of Tiger’s fortune, eventually walked away with $100 million in her pocket.
2. Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan
Although their marriage lasted longer than many high-profile unions do, Juanita filed for divorce in 2002. She withdrew the petition one month later in the hopes the two could reconcile, but it wasn’t to be. She filed again in 2006 and this time it stuck. She may not have Michael anymore, but she does have something: $168 million.
3. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
No celebrity divorce has yet the top the monetary heights of Mel Gibson’s. Because they hadn’t signed a prenuptial agreement, the court ruled that Robyn was due half of all Mel’s earnings. That put a whopping $425 million in her bank account.
4. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Although the two had light-heartedly created a nuptial agreement on a napkin, a judge famously overturned it and awarded Amy $100 million in their divorce.
5. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
This time it wasn’t the woman who walked away with a hefty divorce settlement; Madonna reportedly paid Guy up to $90 million when their marriage ended in 2008.
6. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
Neil and Marcia called it quits in the early 90s, with her easing the pain with $150 million of his fortune.
7. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
The high school sweethearts seemed to have it all. But after years of watching Kevin feed into his sex symbol image – and conduct affairs with whomever he chose – Cindy called an end to it. Kevin reportedly paid her $80 million in the divorce.
8. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
The Hollywood hunk and his wife of 18 years finally put an end to their marriage in late 2001. Melissa kept up to $90 million of Harrison’s money in the process.
9. Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl
Even this country crooner’s award-winning music couldn’t keep this couple together. After endless arguments and Garth’s repeated affairs, this couple broke up in 1999, with the judge awarding Sandy $125 million.
10. Kenny Rogers and Marianne Rogers
It’s country music again, only this time it’s a legendary classic. Kenny and his wife Marianne ended their marriage in 1993 to the tune of $60 million.
Informational credit to Valerie M. Little Law Corporation