Celebrity divorces have always been known to cost more than the average person could earn in their entire lives.
In some cases, the costs of post-separation settlements are staggering even for the wealthiest, placing them on the list of the most expensive divorces to date.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, golf legend Tiger Woods and Hollywood superstar Mel Gibson have all made headlines over the years for their expensive divorces.
Harrison Ford and Melissa Matheson; 85 million dollars
Harrison Ford and Melissa Matheson’s marriage ended after 18 years with Ford paying $85 million in 2004. Matheson, who died in 2015, also agreed with Ford to get a share of the actor’s future films, in which they still worked together before they split.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie; 90 million dollars
Madonna and director Guy Ritchie, who married in a castle in Scotland in 2000, separated after seven years, and the American singer paid her ex-husband $90 million to settle their divorce. Guy Ritchie also owned their family home.
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving; 100 million dollars
In 1989, famous director Steven Spielberg paid his ex-wife Amy Irving $100 million to end their marriage after only four years.
Mel Gibson and Robin Moore; 425 million dollars
In 2011, Mel Gibson, the star of “Braveheart”, spent 425 million dollars to separate from his ex-wife, Robin Moore, to record one of the most expensive celebrity divorces in American history. This couple lived together for more than 30 years and have 7 children together.
At the same time, it is not surprising that the stars of the sports world have also incurred exorbitant costs to end their marriages.
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy; 168 million dollars
NBA legend Michael Jordan paid $168 million to his first wife, Juanita Vanoy, in 2006. The couple had been together for 21 years and 17 years had passed since their marriage when they announced that they had decided to separate. Michael Jordan’s ex-wife also got their big and expensive house in Chicago. At the time, it was the most expensive divorce in American history.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordgren; 100 million dollars
Golf superstar Tiger Woods also had $100 million deducted from his account after his high-profile split from ex-wife Elin Nordgren in 2010. The couple lived together for six years. Elaine also took possession of their family home in Florida. It is also believed that this athlete pays $20,000 a month for his child rights.
But when it comes to big breakup costs, it’s tech giants like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos who have been forced to spend billions.
Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott; 38 billion dollars
In 2018, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, was officially announced as the richest person in the world, and soon the news of his separation from his wife Mackenzie was published. Bezos, who cheated on his wife with his current fiancee, paid her 38 billion dollars.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates; 76 billion dollars
And the most expensive divorce so far is that of tech giant Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda Gates. In 2021, the couple shocked everyone by announcing their separation after 27 years of marriage. It is said that Melinda earned 76 billion dollars after the separation and the shares of many companies owned by Bill Gates were awarded to her after the separation.
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