The Most Expensive Divorces of All Time

The Most Expensive Divorces of All Time

#1: Rupert and Anna Murdoch are the richest people in the world, with a net worth of $1.7 billion.


After 32 years of marriage, Rupert Murdoch divorced his wife in 1999. With over $1.2 billion in assets, Rupert gave Anna Murdoch $110 million in cash, the most expensive divorce ever. After the split, Rupert Murdoch married 30-year-old Wendi Deng.

2nd: Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone – $1.2 billion


Bernie Ecclestone, the president and CEO of Formula One racing, was married to Slavica Ecclestone. After 24 years of marriage, the Ecclestones filed for divorce in 2008. They had two daughters, Tamara Ecclestone and Petra Ecclestone.

3rd: Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi — $875 million


Adnan Khashoggi is an entrepreneur and an arms dealer. The Saudi billionaire married Soraya in 1961, when Soraya was just 15 years old. The couple divorced in 1974, and the cash settlement was estimated at $850 million. Soraya Khashoggi is currently living a simple life as a florist in London.


Steve Wynn and Elaine Pascal ($740 million) are ranked fourth.


Steve, the CEO of casino empire Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn and Elaine Farrell Pascal were married in 1963. They divorced in 1986. The couple remarried just five years later, but in 2009, they divorced again. Under the settlement, she reportedly received $741 million in company stock.

Craig McCaw and Wendy McCaw have a net worth of $460 million.


Craig McCaw is the founder of McCaw Cellular, which was sold to AT&T for between $11 and $12 billion. Craig McCaw married Wendy Pretrak in 1974, but they split up in 1998.

The divorce was granted in 1995 with a $460 million settlement.

6th – Mel and Robyn Gibson – $425 million


Mel and Robyn Gibson divorced for the most money; they had been married for 31 years and had seven children together.Robyn Gibson married Mel Gibson in 1980. In 2009, Robyn Gibson filed for divorce.

The divorce settlement is the largest in Hollywood history.

7: Robert and Sheila Johnson (400 million dollars)


Robert and Sheila Johnson are co-founders of BET (Black Entertainment Television), the first cable network for black Americans. Robert Johnson is the first African American billionaire.

BET was sold to Viacom for $3 billion. Robert and Sheila Johnson were married for 30 years.

Sheila and Robert Johnson divorced in 2002.


8: Roman and Irina Abramovitch — $300 million


Roman Abramovitch is one of the richest people in the world. He is also the owner of the Chelsea football club. In 1991, Russian millionaire Abramovich married Irina.

Irina Malandina filed for a divorce against Roman Abramovitch in 2006.

9: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver — between $250 and 375 million


Arnold Schwarzenegger was a famous movie star turned politician who became the Governor of California. But after a 25-year marriage, Shriver filed for a divorce in 2011. The settlement cost Schwarzenegger a sum estimated to be between $250 and 375 million.


Charles Edgar Fipke and Marlene Fipke have a net worth of $200 million.


Charles Edgar Fipke was a geologist, and he was the first person to discover diamonds in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

The divorce of Charles Edgar Fipke and Marlene Fipke was one of the biggest settlements in Canada, amounting to $200 million.


 Michael and Maya Polsky – $184 million


The couple were married in Ukraine in 1975.

Michael Polsky and Maya Polsky were married for 31 years, but in 2007, they divorced.

Polsky, the founder and CEO of Invenergy LLC,

12. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy: $168 million estimated (2006)

Boris Berezovsky and Galina Besharova: $160 million (estimated) (2010)

14.Samathur Li Kin-Kan and Florence Tsang-Chiu-wing: $157 million (2011) estimated

Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey: $150 million (estimated in 1994).

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