Celebrities seem to get married and divorced a lot quicker than us average folks. Nothing is as perfect as it seems in Hollywood and there’s a high price to pay with fame – and usually that price is drugs, alcohol, rehab, cheating, or divorce, ALL while in the public eye! It’s not exactly like that stuff doesn’t happen to the rest of us, we just all have to hear about it when it deals with a celeb.
Celebrity divorces are sad, sometimes more for us fans then for the people involved. I mean, they’ve got TONS of money, so in the end, someone always ends up winning, right? Well in this case, we’re not quite sure – see we at Soletron have acquired a list for you of the Top 10 Most Expensive Celeb Divorce Settlements. Some who’ve made this list may have just lost all the way around. As Robin Williams once said, “Ah yes, divorce … from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.” Well Robin, it appears there was A LOT of genital ripping going on in Hollywood over the past few years. Check this out:
10. Heidi Klum and Seal – $70 Million
Their 2012 breakup was initially amicable but quickly turned bitter when Heidi started dating her bodyguard. Klum and Seal were married for 7 years with Seal being worth around $15 Million and Heidi approximately worth $70 Million – which Seal was allegedly after half of her fortune.
9. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills – $48.6 Million
The divorce between the former Beatle, Sir. Paul McCartney and the former model, Heather Mills in 2008 landed Mills with $201 Million LESS then what she was aiming for. McCartney’s power did him well and he only ended up paying Heather $48.6 Million.
8. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton – $50 Million
James Cameron’s marriage may have went down quicker than the Titanic. Cameron and Linda Hamilton married in July 1997, had one daughter and lasted 18 months before calling it quits. When Titanic grossed about $1.8 Million, James Cameron got $1 Million of that and Linda got $800,000. In the end, Cameron sunk $50 Million into that ship, and by ship we mean his ex-wife.
7. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva – $80 Million
Kevin Costner met Cindy Silva in 1978 at California State University. The couple married and lasted 16 years before filing for divorce. During those 16 years, Costner became one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors and won 7 Oscars. Because Cindy was married to Kevin during his peek earning years, she came out big with $80 Million, which came from his “Dances with Wolves” and “Field of Dreams” fortune.
6. Demi Moore and Bruce Willis – $90 Million
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are still close friends, but back in 2000 when they filed for divorce, Bruce said, “he had failed as a father (to their three kids) and as a husband.” Bruce may have been filled with sadness, but Demi moved on with a much younger man, Ashton Kutcher and $90 Million of Bruce’s money. Demi’s marriage to Kutcher didn’t last either and they divorced, while Bruce Willis has now moved on and had his 4th daughter with model Emma Heming.
5. Madonna and Guy Ritchie – $92 Million
Madonna didn’t want a long, drawn out divorce, so in 2008 her divorce from director Guy Ritchie ended up with her paying him $92 Million. In addition she had to hand over their country home in Ashcombe and their London pub, the Punchbowl. Can’t keep the girl down though, she’s still touring and has since moved on with a much younger man.
4. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving – $100 Million
Amy Irving was trying to land herself a role in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1977, but instead she got herself a husband. The couple married in 1985 after Spielberg had huge hits like “E.T.” and “Indiana Jones.” They lasted 4 years and then decided to part ways. Reportedly, the couple had a prenup that was scribbled on a napkin and Amy Irving successfully contested it. She was awarded $100 Million, which was half of Spielberg’s fortune at the time – today he’s worth $3 billion.
3. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison – $118 Million
This couple was married for what seems like a lifetime for Hollywood couples – 17 years and when they divorced in 2001, there was no prenuptial agreement. Melissa made out really well with $118 Million of the actor’s hard-earned cash. Harrison didn’t let a measly $118 Million get him down, he has since moved on and remarried actress Calista Flockhart.
2. Mel Gibson and Robyn Denise Moore – $425 Million
Robyn Denise Moore snagged Mel Gibson way before he was a famous Hollywood actor. The couple married in Australia and 31 years later she filed for divorce. Robyn was rewarded well for her longevity with Mel, and got a whopping $425 Million.
1. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Murdoch – $1.7 Billion
Anna Murdoch’s divorce from the news mogul resulted in the highest paid divorce settlement in history. Anna was rewarded $1.7 BILLION dollars, but like any heavy-hitter, Rupert bounced back, AND FAST! Rupert Murdoch married Chinese-born actress Wendi Deng only 17 days later. Balller!