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10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

For celebrity couples, divorce is a more of a habit than normal couples. And unlike normal couples, celebrity divorces are very expensive. We are not talking about the cost of high profile lawyers and filing law suits. What we are referring to is the cost of divorce settlements. When a couple are married, their property is owned jointly. Spouses always have a stake in each other's property.

That is why, the most expensive celebrity divorces include the splitting of multi-million dollar properties and assets among the spouses. That makes divorce very expensive for celebrity couples. This week, we are looking at two high profile celebrity couples who are going towards splitsvilla.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have officially separated. Their divorce (if it happens) promises to be one of the most expensive celebrity divorce settlements. At the moment, Michael Douglas is worth atleast $400 million. So if the divorce goes through, Catherine will walk away with half of the sum. Similarly Khloe Kardashian is in the mood for divorce from her cheating husband Lamar Odom. She is expected to make at least $55 million in the expensive divorce.

So this week, let us look at the most expensive celebrity divorce settlements so far.


Anna n Rupert Murdoch

Australian media giant Rupert Murdoch divorced his wife of 32 years in 1999. The divorce settlements came close to 1.7 billion dollars! That is more than a fortune.


Michael n Junita Jordan

NBA basketball star, Michael Jordan got divorced his wife of 17 years in 2007. The settlement between Michael and Junita Jordan amounted to 168 million dollars.


Tiger Woods n Elin Nordegren

Golf maestro Tiger Woods and his wife model Elin Nordegren split after 6 years of marriage after his numerous mistresses surfaced. At about 100 million dollars this was one of the most expensive divorces in history.


Steven Spielberg n Amy Irving

Producer/director Steven Spielberg and his wife of 4 years Amy Irving were divorced in 1989. This case had the potential to be the most expensive celebrity divorce ever because it cost $100 million back then.


Madonna n Guy Ritchie

This celebrity couple were not just known for their 15 years of age difference. Their divorce settlement came up to 92 million dollars!


Harrison Ford n Melissa Mathison

Actor Harrison Ford and his wife screenwriter Malissa Mathison shared 21 years of marital life between them. They also shared 85 million dollar of assets.


Kevin Costner n Cindy Silva

Actor and director Keven Costner and wife Cindy Silva were college sweethearts. They were divorced in 2004 after 17 years of marriage. Their split was worth 80 million dollars.


James Cameron n Linda Hamilton

Titanic director James Cameron and his second wife actress Linda Hamilton were divorced just 17 months after their marriage. And yet, the divorce settlement came upto $50 million.


Paul McCartney n Heather Mills

Beatles lead guitarist Sir Paul McCartney and his young wife Heather Mills had a nasty divorce battle. Finally Heather got awat with 48.5 million dollars from the legend.


Diandra n Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas is a rich guy. Even his first divorce with Diandra (to whom he was married for 22 years) came up to 45 million dollars. And that was 13 years ago.

Story first published: Saturday, August 31, 2013, 16:52 [IST]
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