List of most expensive divorces

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This is a list of the most expensive divorces in legal history (as determined by the estimated size of the settlement). Amounts are given in U.S. dollars, and are not adjusted for inflation, unless explicitly stated so as a separate figure.

Most expensive divorces[edit]

  • Jeff Bezos's divorce in 2019 after 25 years from MacKenzie Bezos; is the most expensive divorce with MacKenzie Bezos getting $35 billion dollars ($35 billion inflation adjusted).[1][2]
  • Alec Wildenstein's divorce in 1999 after 20 or 21 years from Jocelyn Wildenstein; estimated at $3.8 billion ($5.7 billion inflation adjusted).[3][4][5]
  • Rupert Murdoch's divorce in 1999 after 31 years from Anna; estimated at $1.7 billion ($2.6 billion inflation adjusted).[6]
  • Bernie Ecclestone's divorce in 2009 after 23 years from Slavica; estimated at $1.2 billion ($1.4 billion inflation adjusted).[7][6]
  • Steve Wynn's divorce in 2010 from Elaine; estimated at $1 billion ($1.1 billion inflation adjusted).[6]
  • Harold Hamm's divorce in 2012 after 24 years from Sue Ann Arnall; estimated at $974.8 million ($1.1 billion inflation adjusted).[8][6]
  • Adnan Khashoggi's divorce in 1980 after 20 years from Soraya Khashoggi; estimated at $874 million ($2.3 billion inflation adjusted).[9][6]
  • Dmitry Rybolovlev's divorce in 2014 after 26 or 27 years from Elena; estimated at $604 million ($638 million inflation adjusted).[6]
  • Craig McCaw's divorce in 1997 after 21 years from Wendy McCaw; estimated to exceed $460 million ($718 million inflation adjusted).[10]
  • Mel Gibson's divorce in 2006 after 26 years from Robyn Moore Gibson; estimated at $425 million ($528 million inflation adjusted).[11]
  • Robert L. Johnson's divorce in 2001 after 31 or 32 years from Sheila Johnson: estimated at $400 million ($557 million inflation adjusted).
  • Roman Abramovich's divorce in 2007 after 15 or 16 years from Irina Abramovich; estimated at $300 million ($362 million inflation adjusted).[12]
  • Charles Edgar Fipke's divorce in 2000 from Marlene Fipke; estimated at $200 million ($291 million inflation adjusted).[13]
  • Invenergy's Michael Polsky's divorce from Maya Polsky, $184 million ($222 million inflation adjusted).[14]
  • Michael Jordan's divorce in 2006 after 16 or 17 years from Juanita Jordan, $168 million ($209 million inflation adjusted).[15][better source needed]
  • Boris Berezovsky's divorce in 2010 after 18 or 19 years from Galina Besharova; estimated at $160 million ($184 million inflation adjusted).[16]
  • Neil Diamond's divorce in 1994 or 1995 after 24, 25, or 26 years from Marcia Murphey; estimated at $150 million ($254 or $247 million inflation adjusted).[17]
  • Frank McCourt's divorce in 2011 after 31 or 32 years from Jamie McCourt; estimated at $130 million ($145 million inflation adjusted).[18]
  • Harrison Ford's divorce in 2004 after 20 or 21 years from Melissa Mathison; estimated at $118 million ($157 million inflation adjusted).[19]
  • Tiger Wood's divorce in 2010 after 5 or 6 years from Elin Nordegren in August 2010; estimated at $110 million. ($126 million inflation adjusted)
  • Greg Norman's divorce in 2007 after 25 or 26 years from Laura Andrassy; estimated at $103 million ($124 million inflation adjusted).[20]
  • Steven Spielberg's divorce in 1989 after 3 or 4 years from Amy Irving; estimated at $100 million ($202 million inflation adjusted).[21]
  • Madonna's divorce in 2008 after 7 or 8 years from Guy Ritchie; estimated at $76–$92 million ($88-$107 million inflation adjusted).[22]
  • Dr Khoo Kay Peng's divorce in 2017 after 46 or 47 years from Pauline Chai; estimated at $80 million ($82 million inflation adjusted).[23]
  • Kevin Costner's divorce in 1994 after 15 or 16 years from Cindy Silva; estimated at $80 million ($135 million inflation adjusted).[24]
  • Aga Khan IV's divorce in 2011 after 12 or 13 years from Inaara Aga Khan; estimated at $78 million ($87 million inflation adjusted).[25]
  • Kenny Rogers divorce in 1993 after 15 or 16 years from Marianne Rogers; estimated at $60 million ($104 million inflation adjusted).[26]
  • James Cameron's divorce in 1999 after 1 or 2 years from Linda Hamilton; estimated at $50 million ($75 million inflation adjusted).[27]
  • Paul McCartney's divorce in 2008 after 5 or 6 years from Heather Mills; estimated at $48.6 million ($57 million inflation adjusted).[28]
  • Michael Douglas's divorce in 1995 after 17 or 18 years from Diandra Douglas; estimated at $45 million ($74 million inflation adjusted).[27]
  • Ted Danson's divorce in 1993 after 15 or 16 years from Casey Coats; estimated at $30 million ($52 million inflation adjusted).[29]
  • Donald Trump's divorce in 1992 after 14 or 15 years from Ivana Trump; estimated at $25 million ($45 million inflation adjusted).[30]
  • Kelsey Grammer's divorce in 2011 after 13 or 14 years from Camille Grammer; estimated at $30 million ($33 million inflation adjusted).[31][32][better source needed]
  • Martin Sorrell's divorce in 2005 after 34 or 35 years from Sandra Finestone; estimated at $30 million ($38 million inflation adjusted).[33]
  • Lionel Richie's divorce in 2004 after 8 or 9 years from Diane Richie; estimated at $20 million ($27 million inflation adjusted).[27]
  • Johnny Carson's divorce in 1985 after 12 or 13 years from Joanna Holland; estimated at $20 million ($47 million inflation adjusted).[citation needed]
  • Mick Jagger's common-law marriage to Jerry Hall was voided in 1999; estimated between $15 and $25 million ($23 and $38 million inflation adjusted).[27]
  • Slash (musician) of Guns N' Roses divorce in 2014 after 12 or 13 years from Perla Farrar; $6.6 million plus $100,000 per month spousal support and $39,000 per month child support.[34]


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