Getting a divorce or ending a marriage is an emotional and stressful time that sometimes takes several months or years. There are many factors that make the couple to experience some challenging process during their breakdown of a marriage. The absence of an official legal contract, variances in foreign law, and the issues surrounding the divorce may lead to massive amounts to be paid during the settlement and makes it a complicated process. And the potential of getting a divorce becomes even more stressful when it gets in the public eye because of the blasting net worth of the effecting couple.
Today, we have compiled a list of the 10 largest billionaire divorce settlements in the world. Let’s have a look.
1. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos
Divorce Settlement Amount: $35 Billion
Who doesn’t know Jeff? He is the wealthiest person in the world, currently the CEO of Amazon, having an estimated worth of 136 billion dollars. He not only made his name at the top in the list of wealthiest people of the world but also leading the unlikely category of the divorce settlement. After 25 years of their marriage, MacKenzie received the amount of $35 billion in their divorce settlement. Which is a tremendous amount, but definitely not for the world’s richest man to pay, right? It was also reported that Jeff transferred 4% of the Amazon holdings to his wife. According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, this divorce settlement has made MacKenzie, the fourth richest woman in the world.
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2. Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein
Divorce Settlement Amount: $3.8 Billion
Alec Wildenstein is a famous French businessman, art dealer, racehorse breeder, and race owner. He divorced his wife, Jocelyn Wildenstein, after 21 years for their marriage. From 1997 to 1999, they earned extensive media coverage because of their divorce proceedings. The revealed detail of their divorce was ridiculous spending habits of Jocelyn Wildenstein and her obsession with plastic surgery. The divorce settlement caused Alec to pay Jocelyn 2.5 billion dollars upfront and an extra $100 million each year for 13 years. That makes a total amount of 3.8 billion dollars!
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3. Rupert and Anna Murdoch
Divorce Settlement Amount: $1.7 Billion
The third biggest divorce settlement was made between Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Anna Murdoch after 32 years of their marriage. The couple had an amicable separation in 1999, and they both agreed not to give any information to the media. But according to the resources, the settlement amount between them was 1.7 billion dollars, which includes the cash amount of 110 million dollars.
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4. Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radić
Divorce Settlement Amount: $1.2 Billion
The famous billionaire and the executive of the popular Formula One racing Car Company divorced her wife and Croatian model, Slavica Radić, after 23 years of their marriage. The worthy couple made the highlights when they decided to part their ways in 2009 without confirming the final settlement amount. However, different reports, including Fox News, estimate the final settlement to be between the amounts of 1- 1.2 billion dollars.
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5. Steve and Elaine Wynn
Divorce Settlement Amount: $1 Billion
Steve Wynn, who is the CEO of Wynn Resorts casino, married Elaine Pascal, in 1963 but divorced her after 23 years, in 1986. However, these bigwigs remarried again in 1991, but the second time was very unlucky.
During their married period, in 2002, Elaine became the head of the supervisory board of the company. And when the marriage became sour, they filed the case for divorce in 2010. But this time the divorce made Steve lost the ownership of about half of his stock in the company. Not only this, he had to pay the estimated amount of 1 billion dollars to his wife, Elaine. This one captured the headlines as one of the most devastating divorces ever.
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6. Harold and Sue Ann Hamm
Divorce Settlement Amount: $ 974.8 Million
Just after two years of the separation of Steve and Elaine Wynn, 2012 witnessed another expensive breakup. Harold, an oil and gas tycoon from Oklahoma, divorced his wife after 24 years of their marriage. This divorce between them was not only the most costly in the world, but it included the highest single settlement check we know about. After three years of the divorcing method, Harold signed note with a whopping sum of 974.8 million dollars. However, Sue did not agree with the deal and amid a multiannual Court fight for a bigger payout, including the stocks of Continental Resources. But in 2015, the court finalized the divorce with the check having an amount of 974.8 million dollars.
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7. Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi
Divorce Settlement Amount: $874 Million
A 20-year-old British lady named Sandra Daly converted to Islam and changed her name to Suriya for the sake of marriage, which ended up making her name in this list. Suriya married a billionaire who was an arms dealer from Saudi Arabia, Adnan Khashoggi. They married in 1961 but parted their ways after 20 years of their marriage in 1982. The divorce settlement reportedly totaled with the amount of 874 million dollars of that time and making them hold the record of the most expensive divorce of the history for two decades.
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8. Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev
Divorce Settlement Amount: $604 Million
Elena Rybolovlev, who married to Russian fertilizer king Dmitry Rybolovlev, lodged a divorce case in 2012 and pointed to his long unfaithfulness. After their 27 years of marriage and 6 years of legal battle, the Swiss court ordered the Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev to pay his ex-wife an amount of $4.8 billion. However, after many appeals by Dmitry, she walked away with only $604 million and two Swiss chalets in the settlement.
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9. Craig and Wendy McCaw
Divorce Settlement Amount: $460 Million
At number nine, we have the chief executive of Cellular and Clear wire Corp, Craig McCaw, who made his name in this list by divorcing her wife, Wendy McCaw. After 21 years of their marriage, they parted their ways in 1998. The divorce settlement estimated to exceed from the amount of $460 million in Nextel stock. Later, with the settlement amount, she purchased the Santa-Barbara News-Press from the New York Times and secured her name in the record of the 400 wealthiest Americans. Quite a good investment!
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10. Mel and Robyn Gibson
Divorce Settlement Amount: $425 Million
Mel and Robyn Gibson both have been the most famous celebrities of Hollywood. The couple, who was happily married, decided to quit their marriage after 26 years, in 2011. They did not sign a prenuptial agreement hence the divorce settlement made Mel Gibson hand over half of his $850 million fortune to his wife, Robyn. This is the largest divorce settlement of any Hollywood celebrity until now!
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