The 9 Most Expensive Divorces Of All Time

by: Joseph On  Monday, October 1, 2012


Michael Jordan Divorce

Breaking up is tough no matter who you are, but it gets way tougher if you happen to be married. And it gets even tougher than that if you happen to be rich and married. For proof, just ask some of these couples who have the distinction of having the nine most expensive divorces of all time (so far). Well, ask half of them, anyway. The other half actually made out pretty well, if you ask me.

Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison - $118 million

Harrison Ford

Movie icon Harrison Ford’s divorce from screenwriter Melissa Mathison ended up costing the former $118 million. Still, they did pretty good for a celebrity couple, with more than 20 years of marriage together. So it comes out to less than $6 million a year.

Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey - $150 Million

Neil Diamond

When Neil Diamond split up with wife Marcia Murphey, he had to shell out $150 million. It was his second marriage – his first wife definitely didn’t make out as well.

Charles Edgar Fipke & Marlene Fipke - $200 Million


Not all of the most expensive divorces are between showbusiness celebrities. Take Charles Edgar Fipke, whose $200 million split from his wife Marlene was the most expensive divorce settlement in Canadian history.

Michael Jordan & Juanita Jordan - $260 Million

Michael and Juanita Jordan

NBA legend Michael Jordan also had a legendary divorce from wife Juanita. It’s one of the biggest divorce settlements ever, with a $260 million price tag. That’s a lot of sneakers.

Mel Gibson & Robyn Gibson - $425 Million

Mel Gibson

Robyn Gibson nailed down a divorce settlement of $425 million after splitting from husband Mel. I guess 26 years with Mel Gibson could be valued at about that much. I’m not going to begrudge her, anyway.

Craig McCaw & Wendy McCaw - $460 Million

Craig McCaw

Businessman Craig McCaw’s cellular phone fortune got quite a bite taken out of it when he split with his wife Wendy. How big? The settlement was reported to be an impressive $460 million.

Bernie Ecclestone & Slavica - $750 Million

Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One Racing, was also able to add “incredibly large divorce settlement” to his list of accomplishments after his divorce from wife Slavica. The split ended up costing him around $750 million.

Adnan Khashoggi & Soraya Khashoggi - $850 Million

Adnan Khashoggi

Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi probably has a lot to answer for at the end of the day. But in at least one arena his conscience is clear: Divorce. His $850 million settlement with wife Soraya ranks as the 2nd most expensive of all time.

Rupert Murdoch & Anna Murdoch - $1.7 billion

Rupert Murdoch

And finally we have media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who not only went through the most expensive divorce to date, but is the only person to ever crack the billion-dollar mark in this area. Congratulations, Rupert! Not many people have ever gotten to cut a check for $1.7 billion for any reason.