16 Divorces in Modern History That Really Broke the Bank

Ephraim Obare
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Hold onto your wallets, folks. We’re about to journey through the annals of marital discord and matrimonial mayhem. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of heartache and eye-watering bank balances as we check out the world’s 16 most bank-breaking divorces in modern history.

These tales of love gone awry will serve as a gentle (or not so gentle) reminder that ’til death do us part’ sometimes carries a price tag that can make even the staunchest romantic wince. Buckle up; it’s going to be one heck of a ride!

Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore

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The Passion of the Christ director’s passion must have cooled off when he split from Moore. At $425 million, it was an expensive divorce, alright?

Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv

Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv
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This mogul’s media empire wasn’t the only thing that got divided in his divorce from Torv. With a whopping $1.7 billion settlement, it was a pretty newsworthy event!

The Guardian went ahead to state that amidst the buzz surrounding Murdoch’s split from Wendi, the extravagant settlement with Anna was wildly blown out of proportion.

Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone

Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone
Michael Schumacher meeting Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone at the Sportscar World Championship round at Magny-Cours in September 1991 via Wikimedia Commons.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, official court papers show the formula one tycoon is, quite possibly, the world’s best-kept man.

His split from his second wife, Slavica, has undoubtedly added to his fortunes because he receives $100 million yearly. Talk about a costly model behavior!

Steve and Elaine Wynn

Steve Wynn
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This billionaire casino mogul didn’t hit the jackpot when divorcing Elaine. The settlement cost him a hefty $741 million.

Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi

Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi
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Saudi businessman Adnan had to cough up close to $874 million to say goodbye to his wife, Soraya.

In a jaw-dropping turn of events back in 1974, Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi finalized his divorce with Soraya, leaving her with an astonishing settlement worth a mind-boggling $874 million. This mind-blowing revelation was reported by none other than the Daily Telegraph.

Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall

Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall
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It seems the oil tycoon slipped on a financial oil spill during his divorce with Sue, which cost him about $975 million.

Daily Mail states that Sue Ann Arnall cashed a whopping personal check for $974.8 million from none other than her ex-husband, Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm.

Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovleva

Dmitry Rybolovlev
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The Russian billionaire didn’t have it easy when divorcing Elena, the settlement denting his coffers by $4.5 billion!

Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein

16 Divorces in Modern History That Really Broke the Bank
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This divorce made headlines, not just for the divorce itself, but also for the shocking $2.5 billion that it cost Alec.

According to The Daily Mail, Jocelyn scored an incredible $2.5 billion settlement from her divorce, with $100 million in annual payments to follow. Talk about hitting the jackpot! 💸💔

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott

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One of the richest men on earth didn’t spare any expense in his divorce, parting with a mind-numbing $38 billion.

Robert Johnson and Sheila Crump Johnson

Sheila Crump Johnson
Sheila Johnson at the 2008 Tribeca All Access awards, via Wikimedia Commons.

The founders of BET, the Johnsons had to divide a colossal fortune, leading to a settlement of $400 million.

Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy

MJ
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When basketball legend, Jordan, split from his wife, a $168 million settlement was drafted, making it one of the most expensive in sports history.

Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

Neil Diamond
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The singer-songwriter Diamond parted ways with Murphey in a divorce that cost him $150 million. According to myGemma, after a quarter-century of wedded bliss, the couple made a shocking decision in 1994 to part ways.

Rumor has it that Diamond confidently declared, ‘Every penny of that $150 million settlement is well-deserved.’

Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
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The famed director had to pay a costly $100 million to split from Irving. CBS News states that her legal argument proved to be rock-solid, leading her to a staggering $100 million settlement post-divorce. The love story was short-lived, lasting only from 1985 to 1989.

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

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This golf superstar made headlines with his $100 million divorce settlement. According to People, contrary to earlier reports claiming Nordegren received a colossal $750 million in her divorce settlement with Woods, she actually walked away with $100 million.

Although not the outcome she had hoped for, she managed to find solace in the perks that came with it.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Madonna and Guy Ritchie
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The Queen of Pop’s split from filmmaker Ritchie came with a price tag of $92 million. Reuters stated that Madonna shelled out a whopping 60 million pounds ($92 million) to her ex-husband, the renowned British director Guy Ritchie.

Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison

Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford on the red carpet at Celebrity Fight Night XXIII at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, via Wikimedia Commons.

Hollywood star Ford’s divorce from screenwriter Mathison cost him an estimated $85 million. According to Forbes, their settlement ended with an impressive $85 million (£71 million) in 2004!

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  • Ephraim Obare

    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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