Have you ever wondered which are the most expensive divorces in history? We have. See, in Hollywood films there’s usually a happy ending where the good guy saves the world, kisses the girl, and they go on to live happily ever after. However, in real life the marriages of many celebrities, business tycoons, and glamorous people aren’t as happy and ideal as in the movies (and usually, the consequences are not cheap…not at all). In case you’ve wondered how much some of these celebrities and public personas had to forfeit to escape an unsuccessful marriage here are 25 Most Expensive Divorces In History That’ll Almost Make You Feel Sorry For Rich People.
Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison ($85 million)
In 2004 movie star Harrison Ford reportedly paid his ex-wife a whopping $85 million in a record-breaking divorce settlement for a Hollywood actor at the time, which would be surpassed only a couple of years later by Mel Gibson in his divorce.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie (About $75–$92 million)
In a very rare case where the woman has to pay off the husband, the Queen of Pop paid the most money a woman has ever paid a man (from what we know at least).
John and Beverly Charman ($95 million)
John and Beverly met at school in 1969. When they married in 1976 neither had significant resources. In November 2003, Mr. Charman, nicknamed “King of the London Insurance Market,” told his wife he was setting up residence in Bermuda and their marriage was over. He initially offered her $7 million in cash, but she argued the sum wasn’t enough. To make a long story short Beverly was finally satisfied only when she won about $95 million in cash and property.
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving ($100 million)
Amy Irving rose to fame in 1976 when she played the lone teen survivor in Carrie. Spielberg began to make a name for himself in Hollywood following Jaws. The pair married in 1985, but they broke up four years later. Spielberg gave Irving about $100 million.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren ($100 million)
Even though there were initial reports that Elin could score $750 million, that figure proved to be completely wrong and unrealistic. Nevertheless, Elin abandoned the marriage after Tiger repeatedly cheated on her, giving her $100 million as a result while Tiger has become a shadow of his former self as a golfer and icon.