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Most Expensive Divorce Settlements


Divorce rates have increased quite a lot around the world during the past few decades. . Normally divorce terms are in the hands of the court, but the court takes into account any predefined agreements, or also listen to terms that the spouses have agreed on privately. Some of the most common and most expensive divorce settlements that we see today, emerge from the world of rich and famous people.

Top ten most expensive divorce settlements

Rupert and Anna Murdoch - Rupert Murdoch married Anna Torv, a journalist who was working for one of his newspaper. They remained together for almost 32 years with their three children. In 1998, the two split up, after Anna came to know about Murdoch’s affair. She won about $1.7 billion assets and some $110 million in cash

Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi - Adnan Khashoggi is a businessman from Saudi Arabia who made all his wealth as an international arms dealer for the Saudi royal family. He married Soraya Khashoggi in 1961. Both of them had extra-marital affair which led to divorce between them. In their case the divorce settlement amounted to nearly $872 million

Craig and Wendy McCaw - The two met each other while studying at the Stanford University in California. In 1974, a year after they graduated from the university, they got married. By 1998, their mutual differences grew to such an extent that it lead to divorce in 1998. The settlement went up to $460 million, which also put Wendy on the Forbes list of 400 richest Americans for some time

Roman and Irina Abramovich – Roman Abramovich, is the third richest man in Russia.1n 1990, the two got married and after seventeen years of marriage Roman filed for divorce. The main reason for their divorce was his affair with a twenty year old socialite, named Daria Zhukova. Their settlement comprised of little cash, a few assets such as homes, a plane and a yatch all of which amounted to $300 million

Michael and Maya Polsky – The couple got married in Ukraine in 1975, and migrated to US in 1976. There were certain differences between them in 2003 after which Maya Polsky filed for divorce. In October 2006, a Chicago court ruled in favor of her and she received half of Michael Polsky’s aseets i.e. around $184 million as a settlement.

John Welch and Jane Beasley – John Welch a former chairman and CEO of General Electric, married Jane Beasley in April 1989, and got divorced in 2003. As a prenuptial agreement was written by Welch, there was a 10 year time limit. Beasley reportedly got a settlement in the range of $180 million

Michael and Juanita Jordan- This is the most expensive celebrity divorce in history. Jordan who played basketball for Chicago Bulls married Juanita Vanoy in 1989. In 2002, Juanita filed for divorce. They got divorced in 2007. It is believed that Juanita got a settlement of $168 million

Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey Neil Diamond was already married, when he met Marcia Murphey. In 1994, they separated, citing irreconcilable difference. The settlement was around $150 million

Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving- In 1976 Amy Irving shot to fame when she played the lone teen survivor in Carrie. Spielberg also started to make a name for himself in Hollywood. They both married in 1985, but broke up four years later. The settlement reached at $100 million

John and Beverly Charman- The two of them met in 1969 at school. They got married in 1976. In November 2003, John Charman divorced his wife as he was moving to Bermuda and she wasn’t. He initially offered her some amount, but she didn’t agree. Later on the court gave a fair settlement which was agreed upon $95 million.


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