With the most expensive divorce settlement coming out to an eye watering $38 billion, The Mirror takes a look at 10 of the most expensive celebrity divorces of all time as Rupert Murdoch ‘splits’ from wife Jenny Hall
Divorce proceedings can be difficult for many reasons, from emotional strain to how hard it hits your bank account.
And that’s no different for celebrities, with the world watching – and often taking sides – celebrity couples find themselves under constant scrutiny as they try and find their way through.
Between legal fees, crawling through questionable prenuptial agreements and dealing with broken hearts, it can be quite the expensive business.
In the world of celebrities divorces can stack up to quite a pretty penny, with one divorce landing the ex-wife on Forbes’ billionaires list from the settlement money alone.
Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch
Jerry Hall and billionaire Rupert Murdoch shocked the world when rumours emerged about their ‘split’ earlier this week – and if it’s true, it looks like it could be a very expensive divorce settlement with much to lose.
The couple’s mansions and $279m ranch may be part of the settlement as speculation continues to circulate over how the wealth of Rupert Murdoch will be affected by a divorce.
The media mogul boasts a staggering $17billion fortune – which may go to Jerry Hall.
Lawyer Mark Stephens, of the Howard Kennedy firm, said Mr Murdoch may have signed a ‘fairly generous’ pre-nuptial agreement.
The end of the couple’s six-year marriage will be the 91-year-old’s fourth to be dissolved.
Murdoch and Hall, 65, wed in March 2016 in central London.
At the time, the billionaire marked the occasion by announcing on Twitter he would stop posting on the platform, calling himself “the luckiest and happiest man in the world.”
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos – $38 billion
The $38 billion divorce settlement from Jeff Bezos placed MacKenzie in the 4th spot on Forbes’ women billionaires list.
It’s currently the most expensive celebrity divorce recorded yet.
After an alleged affair with former Fox News presenter, Lauren Sanchez, the couple ended their marriage of 25 years.
MacKenzie and Jeff had begun their relationship prior to his Amazon success, and were married six months after starting their relationship.
The divorced couple share four children.
Rupert Murdoch and Anna Mann – $1.7 billion
While Murdoch has the potential to beat Jeff Bezos’ title as the most expensive divorce following his recent split from Jerry Hall, the Newspaper mogul already came in at second place following his divorce from Anna Mann.
The media mogul was married to Scottish journalist Anna from 1967 to 1999.
He famously remarried just 17 days after his divorce was finalised, paying out $1.7 billion in the settlement.
$110 million of the reported agreed amount to Anna Mann was said to have been a direct cash payment.
Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore – $425 million
Mel Gibson and and Robyn Moore spent 31 years together, having seven children, before they decided to call it quits on their love story.
The decision to split was said to have come just a day after Mel’s high-profile arrest for drink-driving back in 2006 when he was caught on camera launching into an anti-Semitic tirade.
The star later issued two apologies through his publicist. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI and was given three years’ probation.
The expensive split reportedly cost $425 million as the couple split $850 million worth of assets.
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy – $168 million
Basketball legend Michael Jordan married Juanita Vanoy in 1989 during his second season with the Chicago Bulls.
It was rumoured in 2002 that the couple, who share three children, were on the verge of a split but they managed to shoulder through until 2006 where a reported settlement of $168 million was agreed on.
Juanita had been by her husband’s side during his lucrative years in the NBA and all those massive endorsement deals he signed helped give her a very healthy settlement.
Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey – up to $150 million
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Marcia Murphey and Neil Diamond were happily married for 25 years and the couple shared two sons, Jesse and Micah.
Their marriage came to an end in 1995, although it was never confirmed, the singer’s $300 million earnings were reportedly split between the two.
Neil told the Daily Mail that his ex-wife “got enough to live on for the rest of her life.”
Following their long and happy marriage, Neil blamed himself for them parting.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren – $110 million
It made headlines everywhere when professional golfer Tiger Woods drove their Escalade into a tree outside of the couple’s Florida home.
Tiger admitted to having multiple affairs and the couple decided to divorce after six years together in 2010.
Elin Nordegren came out of the divorce with a reported $110 million.
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving – $100 million
The couple married in in 1985 after meeting when Amy auditioned for the director’s sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but they divorced in 1989.
After they filed for divorce, a California judge refused to accept their prenuptial agreement as it was reportedly scribbled on a napkin.
Amy was awarded $100 million making it one of the most pricey divorces of all time.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – $100 million
The split rocked fans everywhere, with Brad already having the high profile split from Friends actress Jennifer Anniston in 2005 before he embarked on his relationship with Mr and Mrs Smith costar Angelina Jolie.
The couple, who share six children, are reported to have spent over $1m in legal fees alone as they try to come to a settlement with it being reported as “one of the most expensive divorce cases in Hollywood history.”
Although a settlement is yet to be reached it is believed Brad offered Angelia $100 million.