Marriages come to an end especially where a couple experience irreconcilable differences. Legal marriages also have to end legally and so the couple files a divorce and come to an agreement to part ways. Celebrities tend to have common divorce cases especially where professional matters become personal matters. These divorces come with a cost, judged differently for different situation.
Below is a list of the top 10 most expensive celebrity divorces ever until 2017.
10. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
This divorce was reported to have cost 80 million dollars. The two met when they were both studying at California state university and decided to tie their knots two and a half years thereafter. After having been married for 16 good years, the couple announced their divorce that took place in the year 1994. The two agreed to share custody of their kids as they equally love their kids. As much as they were seen to be a perfect couple, seems their issue was irresolvable and the solution was to stay apart.]
9. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
This divorce was to be nothing less than 76 million dollars. The two, 50 years old Madonna and 40 years old Ritchie divorced after 8 years of living together but agreed to share custody of their two sons, eight years old and three years old (adopted). Madonna had a daughter 12 years of age that was to live with her after the separation. It is said that Madonna desired to adopt another child and this is what brought about issues that led to their divorce.
8. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
The settlement was to range between eighty five million dollars and one hundred and eighteen million dollars. Melissa Mathison the screen writer and the ex husband Harrison decided to part ways after being together for 17 years. It is said that it is because of his frequent visits in strip clubs and always having a company of women that friction got between the two. The couple had two sons and it is until Ford was proved not to stop being a womanizer that Melissa decided that that was enough! It took them 3 years for them to reach to an agreement. Later on in 2015, Mathison passed away.
7. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Irving was awarded a hundred million dollars by a California judge who was handling their case in the year 1989. The two divorced after being in a marriage for 4 years. The trouble in their marriage began when Steven started seeing Kate Capshaw. The couple had one child, a son and they agreed to stay in good terms with each other for the sake of their son. Steve later married Kate Capshaw and they got five children. Irvin married Bruno- a Brazilian director who they later divorced in the year 2005. She then married Kenneth Bowser after that.
6. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
It was reported that Elin Nordegren, thirty year old, received about one hundred and ten million dollars in the settlement. The couple split after six years of marriage. The two had two sons that they valued much and nothing was as important to them as the happiness of the two boys. They both were to share custody of their children. This separation is said to have taken an emotional toll on Elin who enrolled for psychology classes to get some help. She later felt better and was handling the situation quite well.
5. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
Marcia walked away with half of Neil’s earnings being one hundred and fifty million dollars. Neil was okay about it though and was even quoted saying “she was worth every penny”. Diamond fell for Marcia when he was still a married man to Jane Posner (his first wife). He later married her in the year 1969, had two sons together then later filed a divorce after 25 years of marriage. The reason for their divorce was the extramarital affairs that Neil was involved in. the two mutually agreed to file a divorce and thus was considered as an uncontested divorce.
4. Michael and Juanita Jordan
The settlement was reported to have cost one hundred and sixty eight million dollars and is considered one of the most expensive divorces ever. The couple got married in the year 1989 and later divorced after enjoying seventeen years of marriage. Juanita had filed a divorce in the year 2002 when they decided to try and work things out and see. Later in 2006 things didn’t work for them and they decided to separate once and for all. The couple had three children and as friends said, they were great people that were going to put the interests of their children first. The two went to watch their son play basket ball after the settlement.
3. Robert and Sheila Johnson
The divorce was reported to have cost four hundred million dollars. The two divorced in the year 2002 after having been married and built fortune together for 33 years. This settlement is ranked among the most expensive divorces ever.
2. Mel and Robyn Gibson
The two divided Mel’s net worth of eight hundred and fifty million dollars equally. Robyn walked away with four hundred and twenty five million dollars. She also took 50% of Mel’s pension benefits too. After 31 years of marriage and having had seven children together, the couple filed a divorce in the year 2009. This was as result of Mel having another kid outside marriage with Oksana Grigorieva.
1. Rupert and Anna Murdoch
This is the most expensive of all the divorces in record. The settlement went for 1.7 billion dollars in assets and one hundred and ten million dollars in cash. 17 days after the divorce, Rupert remarried a 30 years old lady – Wendi Deng that he met while he was still married to Anna. He later divorced Deng in the year 2013.
When a marriage is over and a divorce is settled between the pair there is never a point of return and so the pair part ways and try to adopt new lifestyles without each other. Some of the divorces disturb the pair emotionally but in a matter of time they all move on. The above list has the most expensive celebs divorces ever and the costs that came with the settlement.