Marriage is a lifetime commitment, and if two celebrities are in a relationship with each other, staying true to the commitment gets difficult. Sometimes a marriage that appears to be ideal does not have a happy ending. Divorce is not only a heart breaking process but dividing assets can lead to financial crunch. Here are top ten the most expensive divorce settlements.
10. James Cameron and Linda
Cameron married his longtime girlfriend Linda Hamilton after four years of their daughter`s birth in 1997. They started dating back in 1991. Unlike their affair, their marriage was short lived. It survived for 17-months including an eight month separation period. The reason behind their divorce was Cameron`s lack of interest in his family life and affair with Suzi Amis, whom he married later. They had a settlement of $50 million in 1999.
9. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
Kevin Costner is an American actor, singer, musician, producer and director. He started dating Cindy Silva during his studies at California State University in March 1975, which followed by a marriage. They had three children. Costner`s infidelity melt down their 16years of marriage and his bank balance in 1994. Silva was paid $80 Million to bear this shock in a better way.
8. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison is an American film and television screenwriter. Harrison Ford is an American film actor and producer. They first met on the set of Apocalypse Now in 1979. The wedding for these lovebirds took place in1983, just week after the release of the Mathison-scripted blockbuster E.T. Due to some issues they both decided to part ways in November 2000 but got back together again in 2001. However rumors of both having an unhappy marriage finally ended with a divorce in 2004. The ensuing divorce settlement was $85 million. They were married for 21 years.
7. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Madonna married Guy Ritchie, who was 10 years younger than her on December 22, 2001. The marriage was said to be going smoothly but unfortunately it ended in 2008, leaving them heartbroken. They had a biological son, Rocco and an adopted son, David. It is reported that she received a $92 million payout.
6. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving married in 1985 and split up after 4 years with a settlement of $100 million. The couple had a son, Max Samual. They remarried. Spielberg married actress Kate Capshaw, and had five children together, and Irving experienced another divorce before she married documentary filmmaker Kenneth Bowser.
5. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods is one of the most successful golfer and highest paid athlete in the world. In November 2003, Woods officially engaged to Elin Nordegren, a Swedish former model whom he was introduced during The Open Championship in 2001 by Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. They tied the knot in a grand ceremony which cost them $2 million on October 5, 2004. It was a short lived marriage because stories of Woods infidelity had been exposed following by an accident. Wood accepted his disloyalty and apologized in front of media by taking a break from golf to work on his marriage which bore no fruit. Elin received more than $100 million as a divorce settlement with sympathies of lots of people in year 2010. They had two children.
4. Greg and Laura Norman
Gregory John Norman, an Australian golfer who spent 331 weeks as World Number 1 in 80s and 90s. He is famous with the name of “the great White Shark”. He married a flight attendant, Laura on 1st July 1981. Their marriage lasted for 27years, but in May 2006 marriage hit the rocks and Norman announced their divorce. Laura got $105 million divorce settlement. They have two children.
3. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
Neil Diamond is an American pop singer and a songwriter. He married Marcia Murphey, a production assistant in 1969. Neil was known to be too occupied with the work that he had no time for his family. There were rumors of various affairs and one night stands’ in the media which disturbed his marriage of 25 years. The divorce settlement $150 million was happily given by Diamond and he never married again.
2. Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan
Michael Jordan is a former American professional basketball player and majority owner of the Charlott Boncats. Jeffrey met Vanoy at a restaurant in Chicago. The couple exchanged vows on 2nd September 1989. The news of their failed relationship broke when Vanoy filed for a divorce on 4th January 2002 over irresolvable conflicts. But soon they decided to give another chance to their marriage. They again filed for a divorce after four years and finally marriage came to an end. Juanita got a $168 million settlement. They have three children.
1. Mel and Robyn Gibson
Mel Gibson met and instantly fell in love with Robyn Denise, a dental nurse in 1970. They both were tenants at a house. They tied the knot on 7th June 1980. Their seven children together reflected that the marriage was on a solid ground. However, problems in their marriage came out publicly when both got separated in 2006. Later on, Robyn filed for divorce when news of Mel fathering a child from his girlfriend reached Robyn in 2009. After spending almost 31years together, the annulment of their marriage took place worth $425 million. It is assumed to be the biggest celebrity divorce settlement amount.