The 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

By on June 5, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

What are the 10 most expensive celebrity divorces?  Divorce, no matter how amicable it is, is always very difficult.  For people with a large amount of money, property, and other assets, it can drag on for months and years, as lawyers and mediators parcel out the various parts of the former couple's estate.  For celebrity couples, this process of dividing assets often happens in full view of the public, as various news outlets report on who won the villa in Tuscany, or the ski lodge in Tahoe, or the house in the Hills. These assets have resulted in this list of the most expensive celebrity divorces. Often, when it is clear that one half of the couple supported the career ascension of the other half, a large amount of money is passed from one party to another.  Other times, both halves of the couple are successful in their own right, and the divorce proceedings can devolve into a war of wills.  Over the years, some celebrity divorces have resulted in record-breaking settlements.  Some ex-spouses have walked away with the equivalent of the GDP of a small country.  Here are ten of the most expensive celebrity divorces to date.

Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva's Divorce Settlement

Madonna and Guy Ritchie's Divorce Settlement

Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving's Divorce Settlement

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren's Divorce Settlement

Harrison Ford and Melissa Matheson's Divorce Settlement

Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey's Divorce Settlement

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's Divorce Settlement

Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan's Divorce Settlement

Mel Gibson and Robyn Denise Moore's Divorce Settlement

Rupert Murdoch and Anna Murdoch's Divorce Settlement

  1. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Murdoch.  Ms. Murdoch was awarded $1.7 billion.
  2. Mel Gibson and Robyn Denise Moore.  Ms. Moore was awarded $425 million.
  3. Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan.  Ms. Jordan was awarded approximately $260 million.
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver.  Ms. Shriver was awarded $200 million.
  5. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey.  Ms. Murphey was awarded $150 million.
  6. Harrison Ford and Melissa Matheson.  Ms. Matheson was awarded $118 million.
  7. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren.  Ms. Nordegren was awarded $100 million.
  8. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving.  Ms. Irving was awarded $100 million.
  9. Madonna and Guy Ritchie.  Mr. Ritchie was awarded $92 million.
  10. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva.  Ms. Silva was awarded $80 million.
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Articles Written by Paula Wilson
Paula Wilson is a writer, director, production manager, and former professional dancer, originally from North America, who has worked as a performer or director in ten countries and sixteen states. When not writing for CNW, she serves as the Artistic Director of The International Partner Dance Intensive (www.tipdi.com). Follow her on Google+.
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