Read on to discover the list of the most expensive divorces in history. Some of the divorce settlements will blow your mind away.
No one likes to get married and, after short or long years, get a divorce. Divorce usually gives to depression, anxiety, or substance abuse in one or both parents and may bring about difficulties balancing work and child-rearing. These problems can impair a parent’s ability to offer children stability and love when they are most in need.
But nowadays, the increase in divorce rate is very high. However, this post is not about the causes of divorce, but we are here to present to you the lists of the most expensive divorces that have occurred in history.
We have carefully sorted information from high authority magazines like Forbes, CNC, and Business Insider and have compiled it into a more straightforward, readable format for you.
This list contains millionaires, CEOs, and successful people who got a divorce and divided their assets. Some divorce settlements are an insanely massive amount of money, and you need to read this.
1. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos
Settled: $68 Billion
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott met in 1992, when they were both at the New York hedge fund D.E. Shaw, working out of adjoining offices, and then married a year later.
On July 5, 20219, this duo billionaire got separated for an unknown reason to the media. With this, Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest billionaire, settled his ex-wife over a 4% stake in the online shopping giant Amazon. It is worth $68 billion, making it top the list of the most expensive divorces in history.
The previous record was $3.8 billion paid to Jocelyn Wildenstein when she divorced art dealer Alec Wildenstein in 1999.
2. Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein
Settled: $3.8 Billion
French-American businessman and art dealer Alec Wildenstein divorced his wife Jocelyn Wildenstein in 1999. Alec Wildenstein divorced his wife of 21 years, Jocelyn Wildenstein and she was rewarded $2.5 billion and $100 million for each of the next 13 years, making a total of $3.8 billion. And it was recorded as one of the most expensive divorces in the world.
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3. Rupert Murdoch And Anna Torv
Settled: $1.7 Billion
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and journalist Maria Torv were married for 31 years and had three children together.
However, this duo parted in 1998, and details of the separation are still unknown to the media, but Torv is said to have received $1.7 billion.
4. Bernie Ecclestone And Slavica Radić
Settled: $1.2 Billion
Formula One executive Bernie Ecclestone, one of the richest people in the United Kingdom, divorced Croatian model Slavica Radic in 2009. The settlement was estimated at $1.2 billion. And this hit the billions mark of the most expensive divorces in ever.
5. Harold Hamm And Sue Ann Arnall
Settled: $975 Million
Oil tycoon Harold Hamm and wife Sue Ann Hamm’s divorce settlement are also one of the most expensive ones. The successful Oil Magnate handed over a whopping $974.8 million cheque to settle the divorce. At the time, that was roughly 5% of his total net worth.
6. Adnan And Soraya Khashoggi
Settled: $874 Million
Saudi Arabian billionaire Adnan Khashoggi made his fortune selling international arms for the Saudi royal family. He married 20-year-old Englishwoman Sandra Daly in 1961.
She later changed her name to Soraya when she converted to Islam. The couple’s divorce in 1982 resulted in an estimated $874m settlement. And it was recorded as one of the most expensive divorces in history.
7. Steven And Elaine Wynn
Settled: $741 Million
Elaine met Steve when they were in college and this duo got married in 1963. They divorced in 1986, and remarried five years later, and finally divorced for the second time in 2010.
This time Steve was asked to pay an estimated $741 million to please the courts. And this settlement became of the most exoensive divorces in history.
8. Dmitry Rybolovlev And Elena Rybolovlev
Settled: $604 Million
Elena Rybolovlev filed for divorce from Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev and cited his “serial infidelity”, saying he used to “share his young conquests with his friends, and other oligarchs”.
The courts initially awarded Elena $4.5 billion in the settlement in 2014, but after more pleading, she walked away with $604 million.
9. Craig And Wendy McCaw
Settled: $460 Million
Cell phone and Clearwire industry pioneer Craig McCaw and newspaper publisher Wendy McCaw divorced in 1997, with the settlement estimated to exceed $460 million.
The couple met in the early 1970s, during which time they were both undertaking study at Stanford University. It was one of the most expensive divorces in history. A few years after their divorce, Craig sold his company to At&T for somewhere around $11 to $12 billion.
10. Mel Gibson And Robyn Moore
Settled: $425 Million
Mel and Robyn Gibson got married on June 7, 1980, at a Catholic Church in Forestville, a suburb of Northern Sydney, Australia. On April 13, 2009, Robyn Moore Gibson filed for divorce, and it was finalized on December 23, 2011.
Mel Gibson had to agree to a settlement worth $425 million, which at that time became the most expensive divorces in Hollywood history.