The 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

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  1. Celebrity divorces are big business. Tabloids voraciously cover them. Fans hungrily follow them. Lawyers and business managers protectively orchestrate them. And they certainly are common. Last year alone saw the break-ups of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, and Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe.
    Many Hollywood marriages last barely long enough for the ink to dry on the marriage licenses. Singer Kid Rock and Baywatch babe Pam Anderson were wed for just four months. Actress Drew Barrymore's nuptials to comic Tom Green hit the skids after five months. Pop diva Jennifer Lopez and backup dancer Chris Judd managed to make it to only the eight-month mark before calling it quits.

    Who did what to whom is far less important in a celebrity divorce than who gives what to whom. Generally, the bigger the star, the greater the payout. For the showbiz legends who landed on our list of the 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces, the spectacular settlements with their exes made Hollywood history.
    The list is populated exclusively by superstar men who settled with their ex-wives--a reflection of the historic dominance men have played in the entertainment industry. Though stars like Kirstie Alley and Janet Jackson have ponied up settlements to their ex-husbands, the biggest awards by far are paid out by men.
    Expensive as these divorces are, the husbands can certainly afford them. Many of them have dominated our annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the world's most powerful--and best paid--stars for years. For instance, Steven Spielberg, who split from wife Amy Irving in the late 1980s, made $332 million last year alone (overall, his net worth is estimated at $3 billion). The Rolling Stones, fronted by lithe rocker Mick Jagger, who had his marriage to model Jerry Hall annulled in 1999, enjoyed the most lucrative tour of their 30-plus-year career last year, pulling in $90 million.
    By and large, these weren't quickie marriages--after all, in general, the longer the marriage, the richer the payout. On average, these one-time power couples were married for 12.5 years, and the settlements reflect that. Case in point: Former television producer Marcia Murphey walked away with $150 million, or half her ex's fortune. She's "worth every penny," remarked her husband of 25 years, music icon Neil Diamond. And the current divorce between basketball great Michael Jordan and his wife Juanita, married for nearly 18 years, could be the most expensive showbiz divorce ever. Jordan earned much of his vast fortune during the course of the marriage (mostly off the court thanks to rich endorsement deals).
    And to prove that divorce hasn't soured them to marriage, several members of the list have remarried. Following his divorce from Amy Irving, Spielberg wed Indiana Jones actress Kate Capshaw. And after 10 years as a bachelor, Kevin Costner, once one of Hollywood's most ubiquitous and top-earning actors, got remarried in 2004 to Christine Baumgartner, nearly 20 years his junior.

    Forbes' list of the 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces examined only divorces during the last 25 years. Reporters scoured press reports, interview transcripts and, whenever possible, court documents to verify settlements. Figures are not adjusted for inflation. Some celebrity divorces with allegedly high settlements were excluded when information was unavailable or unreliable.
  2. 10. Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall

    Estimated settlement: $15 to $25 million
    The Rolling Stones rocker and Texas supermodel met in 1977 and had two children together before marrying in a traditional Hindi wedding ceremony in Bali, Indonesia, in 1990. Hall filed for divorce in 1999 after learning that Jagger had fathered another woman's child. Jagger, worth an estimated $325 million at the time, successfully challenged the legality of the Balinese wedding and received an annulment. Hall walked away with between $15 and $25 million, a fraction of Jagger's estate.

    #9. Lionel & Diane Richie

    Estimated settlement: $20 million
    Richie, then 36 and married, met the 18-year-old backup dancer at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Richie, divorced from his first wife in 1993, married Diane by 1996. The Richies became tabloid favorites when Diane filed for divorce in 2004 and detailed their lavish lifestyle in her alimony petition. Among her claims: a monthly clothing allowance of $15,000; $50,000 a month for manicures, massages and other personal services; and a plastic surgery budget of $20,000 a year.

    #8. Michael & Diandra Douglas

    Estimated settlement: $45 million
    Douglas met 19-year-old Georgetown co-ed Diandra Luker in 1977 at a Jimmy Carter inauguration party. They married six weeks later. During the course of the marriage, Douglas became one of Hollywood's top earning actors, starring in classics like Fatal Attraction, Wall Street and Basic Instinct. Amid rumors of the actor's infidelities and alcohol abuse, the couple split in 1998. Diandra was awarded an estimated $45 million, plus homes in Beverly Hills and Majorca.

    #7. James Cameron & Linda Hamilton

    Estimated settlement: $50 million
    The Titanic director married the Terminator actress in July 1997. They had one daughter together before the marriage tanked 18 months later. Cameron received some $100 million from Paramount for Titanic (which grossed $1.8 billion). Hamilton received half of that, an estimated $50 million, in the divorce settlement.

    #6. Paul McCartney & Heather Mills

    Settlement pending: Possibly more than $60 million
    In 2002, the former Beatle wed Mills, a model-activist 30 years his junior. McCartney reportedly shunned Mills' offer of a prenuptial agreement. By 2006, the pair, who have one child together, split acrimoniously. She accused him of assault; he locked her out of their London home. Rumors of a settlement suggest Mills may get in excess of $60 million--McCartney's worth is an estimated $700 million.
  3. #5. Kevin Costner & Cindy Silva

    Estimated settlement: $80 million
    The pair, who met at California State University, wed in 1978. During their 16-year marriage, Costner became one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors, scoring seven Oscars for Dances with Wolves and starring in iconic films like Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. Costner pocketed $50 million in 1991 alone. Because Silva was married to Costner during his peak earning years, she was awarded $80 million, a substantial piece of his net worth.

    #4. Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison

    Estimated settlement: $85 million
    The couple met in 1977 at a dinner with casting director Fred Roos (American Graffiti) and wed in 1983. Six years later, Ford became one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors when he banked $7 million for Presumed Innocent. By 1995, he was making $20 million a film. The couple divorced in 2004. In addition to her divorce settlement, Mathison negotiated a piece of Ford's future earnings from films he made while married, including DVD sales of the Indiana Jones trilogy and The Fugitive.

    #3. Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving

    Estimated settlement: $100 million
    The couple met when Irving auditioned for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). They married in 1985, after Spielberg had already struck it big with his first Indiana Jones flick and ET. They divorced after nearly four years of marriage. Irving successfully contested their prenuptial agreement (reportedly scribbled on a napkin) because she did not have legal representation and was awarded $100 million, roughly half of Spielberg's fortune at the time. Today, he is worth $3 billion.

    #2. Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey

    Estimated settlement: $150 million
    The crooner married Murphey, a television production assistant, in 1969, before he released his first gold record, Touching You, Touching Me. By the late '70s, Diamond was one of the most successful musicians in showbiz, grossing upward of $14 million annually. After 25 years of marriage, Murphey filed for divorce in 1994, citing irreconcilable differences. She walked away with half of Diamond's fortune--she's "worth every penny," he later said.

    #1. Michael & Juanita Jordan

    Settlement pending: Possibly more than $150 million
    The legendary basketball star married Juanita Vanoy, a Chicago bank officer, in 1989. He had already signed an eight-year, $25 million contract with the Chicago Bulls. He also was earning another $30 million a year from Nike and other endorsement deals. She filed for divorce last year. Over the course of the marriage, Jordan earned more than $350 million. Should Juanita press for half of his assets, she could get more than $150 million in the settlement, making the Jordan divorce the most expensive in entertainment history.
  4. Wow! Those are some crazy divorce settlements. :wtf: Thanks for the info.
  5. and the abramovichs are divorcing. they haven't done it yet but i think irina will get lots of money... probably a billion!

    tough this couple isn't that famous and i doubt anyone knows them in usa...
  6. Wow! Some hefty settlements, will be interesting to see what Heather gets!
  7. Tom Cruz with Nicole Kidman?
  8. HOLY COW!!!:shocked:

    Shoulda had those prenups. LOL