Famous Divorces

1. Settlement Amount: $76 – $92 Million

In December 2008, pop star Madonna and director Guy Ritchie broke up their marriage of 8 years. Madonna’s representatives confirmed the settlement was between $76-$92 million.
Although Ritchie was worth an estimated $45 million at the time and said he wasn’t interested in a substantial portion of his ex-wife’s wealth, the settlement surely wasn’t bad news for the successful director.

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2. Mel Gibson and Robyn

Mel Gibson and Robyn – After 28 years of marriage, Mel Gibson’s wife has filed for divorce.People.com reports that the actor could cough up to USD 500 million as settlement to his ex-wife.This divorce is touted as one of the most expensive Hollywood divorces in recent times.

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3. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey – Singer Neil Diamond paid up USD 150 million to his ex-wife
Marcia when he split with her in 1994. He apparently said, ‘She’s worth every penny’.

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4. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving – The renowned director was married to Amy forjust 4 years but it cost him quite a bit. She was awarded one half of his fortune at that time -USD100 Million.Today, however Spielberg is said to be worth more than USD 3 billion!

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5. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva

Theirs is a love story that started in school. After 16 years of marriage, they bid adieu with Cindy
walking away with USD 80 Million.

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6. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Paul McCartney and former model Heather Mills hit the headlines for all the right and wrong reasons. Their divorce turned nasty to the tabloids’ delight and Heather managed to get a USD 60 million settlement.

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7. Lionel Richie and Diane

Lionel and Diane wed in 1996 and they had two children. Their marriage however did not last and in 2004 he shelled out USD 20 million to Diane to finalize the divorce.

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8. Maya Polsky and Michael Polsky

In 2003, Maya Polsky, wife of Michael Polsky, filed for divorce and wound up settling for $184 million. Polsky, the founder, president and CEO of Invenergy LLC had an estimated $368 million in cash and assets with his wife prior to the divorce, and she got half of it.

The couple, which married in 1975 in the Ukraine, moved to the US in 1976 with little assets and only $500 in cash. Polsky made his fortune by starting various energy companies, including SkyGen Energy (which he sold in 2000 for $450 million) and Invenergy, which is a Chicago-based wind energy company.

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9. Robert Johnson and Sheila

Robert Johnson, the co-founder of BET and America’s first African-American billionaire, also has one of the biggest divorce settlements in history. After a marriage of over 30 years, the couple split up in 2000 and Sheila received an estimated $400 million in the settlement. Both have continued their business dealings, owning majority stakes in professional men’s and women’s
basketball teams. In 2005, Sheila married William T. Newman Jr., the judge who presided over her original divorce case.

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