Unfortunately, not that many celebrities’ marriages have a fairytale ending. Instead, the majority of them end in divorce. But which stars decided to give in to alimony and share their riches? Find out now as we explore the most expensive divorces ever to go down in Hollywood.
1. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren – $750 million
The gorgeous Elin Nordegren was publicly humiliated when her ex-husband’s extensive history of adultery with tons of women was revealed. In 2010, they decided to divorce, and Tiger was forced to give Elin a whopping $750 million.
2. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – $400 million
This seemingly dreamy couple rocked Hollywood to its core when Jolie filed for divorce from her famous husband. Through a private judge, Angelina has asked for total physical and joint legal custody of the kids, and according to gossip, the divorce will cost nearly half a billion dollars.
3. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva – $80 million
These two had it good for 16 years, but after almost two decades and three children later, they decided to break up because Costner was allegedly unfaithful. The mistake supposedly cost him $80 million, which isn’t much considering he shared a lovechild with a socialite named Bridget Rooney.
4. Michael and Juanita Jordan – $168 million
Although they tried to make things work, the marriage ultimately ended. The decision was mutual, and Juanita received a settlement of $168 million, ownership of their massive Chicago mansion, and custody of their three children.
5. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv – $1.2 billion
After 32 years of blissful marriage and three children, Rupert and his wife Anna called it quits in 1991. Murdoch had amassed a jaw-dropping net worth of $8 billion at the time. His ex-wife received a settlement of $1.2 billion.
6. Heidi Klum and Seal – $80 million
According to Heidi Klum, Seal’s temper was the reason that she ended the marriage, citing that their children were frightened as a result of his anger issues. Even though they had a prenup in place, Heidi paid her ex $70 million.
7. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore – $425 million
After Mel got arrested for a DUI in 2006, it was the last straw for his wife. After 26 years of marriage, Robyn made the tough decision to file for divorce and earned half of her ex’s fortune in the process—$425 million, to be exact.
8. Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields – $130 million
One of the most high-profile marriages in Hollywood was between this couple. They’re famous for having one of the highest payouts per month, married at almost $8.5 million monthly. The amount Brooke received is staggering, given that they were only married for two years.
9. Kelsey and Camilla Grammer – $30 million
These two made the mistake of not having a prenup in place when they married in 1997, and it worked out to Camille’’s advantage. Splitting in February 2011 after 14 years, Camille walked away with a sweet deal of $30 million and a deal on the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
10. Gwyneth Paltrow and Christ Martin – $100 million
Though this amount seems high, it was done as an act of “conscious uncoupling” without any drama, and since the couple both have similar net worths, they each got the same amount and shared custody of the kids.
11. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise – $9.8 million
The tabloids covered this divorce extensively, especially since Tom was heavily involved in Scientology. Katie’s time with her action star ex earned her $4.8 million in child support and $5 million for herself, though she probably deserved more given what we know about Tom.
12. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – $1.4 billion
Kim K signed a prenup, but since her net worth is $780 million, we’d say she’s doing okay. In the end, the divorce was well worth it since Kanye is the kind of guy who harasses his wife’s new boyfriend due to petty jealousy. West agreed to pay $200,000 monthly in child support.
13. Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos – $66 billion
Since MacKenzie spent much of her life supporting her ex, and he founded Amazon after they were married, MacKenzie walked away with a gigantic settlement—half of Jeff’s earnings, to be precise. Looks like divorcing the world’s richest man is just as good as marrying him!
14. Bill Gates and Melinda Gates – $80 billion
Just like MacKenzie, Melinda married a billionaire and walked away with billions when she left him. Though their marriage lasted 27 years, they apparently felt as though they couldn’t “grow together” anymore, and the settlement cost around $80 billion.
15. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver – $375 million
After 25 years of marriage and a scandalous affair that Arnold had with their housekeeper, Shriver decided to file for divorce. No prenup agreement was in place, and Shriver walked away with custody of their kids and $375 million.
16. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen – $733 million
The world was heartbroken when Brady and Bundchen announced their divorce in 2022, after 13 years of marriage. Many believe that the supermodel filed for divorce when her hubby decided to return to football even after saying he’d retire.
17. Madonna and Guy Ritchie – $76-92 million
The couple was married for less than a decade (seven years to be exact), and unfortunately for Madonna, no prenup was in place. Guy walked away with approximately $76-92 million due to the divorce.
18. Mike Tyson and Robin Givens – $10 million
Despite this marriage lasting only eight months, the breakup between Givens and the volatile boxer earned her $10 million. While she claims she wasn’t in it for the money, that amount awarded for just over half a year of marriage is certainly an accomplishment.
19. Adele and Simon Konecki – approximately $90 million
Sometimes, marriage ruins a long-term relationship, and Adele proved that when her seven-year run with Simon Konecki came to a halt after just two years of marriage. Konecki walked away with millions as they didn’t have a prenup, but Adele seems much happier post-breakup.
20. Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen – $40 million
The controversial Sheen was by no means a picnic to be married to, and Denise Richards deserved every cent. She earned $7 million for herself, $10 million in child support, and $25 million in “Two and a Half Men” royalties.