It is way too overwhelming when two love birds split and when they no longer wanna be with one another or feel melancholy towards each other. Such a genuine pain or dull despair can only be cured by a separation or a divorce. However, when such contracts of divorce take place, they tend to involve a roller coaster of emotions as well as some monetary transactions. Not only monetary but some financial or physical assets also tend to split among both parties. So let us dig into the world’s most expensive couple splits or divorces.
1. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos
Cost: $68 Billion
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos take the top spot of most expensive divorces.
The richest man in the world, Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, is now worth an estimated $137 billion. They live in one of nine states in America where residents are entitled to a 50/50 split of all marital assets.
2. Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein
Cost: $3.8 Billion
French-American businessman and art dealer Alec Wildenstein divorced his wife Jocelyn Wildenstein in 1999.
Together for 21 years, the couple didn’t see eye to eye anymore and decided to call it a day. Jocelyn received $2.5 billion upfront and then a further $100 million every year for 13 years.
3. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv
Cost: $1.7 Billion
After 31 years of marriage, Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and wife Maria Torv divorced in 1999.
The couple agreed to an amicable separation but did not give much away to the media in terms of details.
But, a couple of weeks after the divorce was finalized, Rupert married again, this time to Wendi Deng, who is 38 years younger than him. Talk about moving on!
4. Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radić
Cost: $1.2 Billion
Tipping the $1 billion mark, was Bernie Ecclestone’s divorce from Slavica Radić in 2009. This was at the time said to be the most expensive divorce ever!
5. Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall
Cost: $975 Million
2012 saw the divorce of CEO Harold Hamm and wife Sue Ann Hamm after twenty-four years of marriage.
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
Cost: $874 Million
Saudi Arabian billionaire, Adnan Khashoggi was one of the richest men in the world.
But in 1982, he ended up paying his ex-wife a divorce settlement of $874 million.
7. Steven and Elaine Wynn
Cost: $741 Million
Casino Mogul Steve Wynn filed for divorce from his wife Elaine in 2010. He had to pay an estimated $741 million to please the courts.
This is actually the couple’s second divorce, as they were married before from 1963 – 1986.
8. Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev
Cost: $604 Million
Calling it quits after 26 years, Dmitry and Elena Rybolovlev ended their marriage in 2008.
Several years later, courts ordered Dmitry to pay his ex-wife a sum of $4.8 billion.
9. Craig and Wendy McCaw
Cost: $460 Million
Cellular and Clearwire Corp founder, Craig McCaw, separated from Wendy McCaw in 1998.
10. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
Cost: $425 Million
Getting close to a half a-million dollars, Mel and Robyn Gibson’s divorce is one of the most expensive divorces in history.
After 26 years together, the couple finalized their divorce in 2011