Top 10 Most Expensive Divorce Settlements of all Time

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Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos are the latest couple to enter in a historic club of most expensive divorce settlement list.

Amazon founder and world‘s richest man Jeff Bezos and his spouse in Jan 2019 announced that they are parting ways and getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage. MacKenzie was with Jeff before since Amazon was even found.

Jeff respects her wife and in an interview stated that he is ready to give half of his wealth to her ex wife in a divorce settlement.

Below is the list of top 10 most expensive divorce settlements that made history.

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos (2019) – $35 Billion

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Divorce of Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie has made history because in the divorce settlement of the world’s richest man her spouse gets a fancy $35 billion. According to the records this is the world’s most expensive divorce settlement ever. She was given 25 percent of the couple joint Amazon stocks.

MacKenzie and Jeff have been in marriage for 25 years which is even before Amazon was made.

MacKenzie is an author by profession and has become world fourth richest woman. She in an interview with CNN business said that she will give away at least half of her wealth in charity.

Alec Wildenstien and Jocelyn Wildenstien (1999) – $5.8 Billion

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Alec Wildenstien, an art dealer and Jocelyn Wildenstien who was a New York socialite were divorced in 1999. As a divorce settlement she received approximately $ 5.8 billion. Jocelyn Wildenstien is known for her cosmetic surgeries, so judge instructed her not to use this money in any type of cosmetic surgery. She is now 79 and Alec died in 2008 at the age of 67.

Rupert Murdoch and Anna (1999) – $2.6 Billion

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After 32 years of marriage Rupert Murdoch and Anna call of their marriage and got a divorce in 1999. As per the settlement $2.6 billion were given to Anna. After seven days of the divorce Rupert marry Wendi Deng, 38 year younger to him and Anna married William Mann an investor after couple of months. Murdoch and Wendi got a divorce in 2013. In 2016, Rupert married former model Jerry Hall and this was his fourth marriage.

Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica (2009) – $1.4 Billion

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Bernie Ecclestone, a billionaire and Slavica who was a former model got a divorce in 2009. They were married 23 years. At that time it was believed that this would become the world’s most expensive divorce and the wife might get approximately $4 billion. However, according to the reports the settlement of $1.4 billion was received by Slavica.

Steve Wynn and Elaine (2010) – $1.2 Billion

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Steve Wynn a Las Vegas casino mogul filed a divorce from her wife Elaine in 2010 and as a settlement paid the price of approximately $1.2 billion. Elaine, now 76 is a member of Wynn board and the largest shareholder. This was the second time Steve have filed a divorce with her wife, according to The New York Time.

Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall (2012) – $974.8 Million

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Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall filed for a divorce in 2012 after 24 years of marriage. As a settlement the oilman wrote a checked to her with $974.8 million which she cashed out as per the sources.

Adnan Khashoggi and Soraya Khashoggi (1980) – $874 Million

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The couple filed for a divorce in 1974 after 20 years of their marriage. They came to a settlement in 1982 and the wife received $874 million from her husband. Adman an arms dealer at the age of 81 died in 2017. Soraya who is 77 now lives in London. She claims that she never received any money after the divorce.

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Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena (2014) – $600 Million

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Russian Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and her ex-wife, socialite and businesswoman Elena, ended their marriage after 26 years in 2008. Swiss court ordered Dmitry to pay $4 billion to her ex wife after six years. Dimitry did not respond to this notice. Later settlement was done between the two parties and it was estimated that around $600 million was received by her ex-wife.      

Craig McCaw and Wendy McCaw (1997) – $460 Million

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Craig McCaw was the founder of McCaw Cellular and Clearwire Corp. He got divorce with her wife Wendy after 21 years of marriage in 1997. As per the settlement Wendy received approximately $460 million payout in Nextel stock. She used this money to purchase the Santa-Barbara News-Press from The New York Times.

Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore Gibson (2006) – $425 Million

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Mel Gibson divorce with her wife Robyn was a disaster for Mel because he handed over almost half of his fortune to her wife. They couple were married for 26 years when they got married. Robyn received $425 million as settlement money. It is known that he had to pay her half of his wealth as well as half of his future earnings from films.

Source: Wikipedia


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