The famous couple Jeff Bezo’s and his wife Mackenzie announced their decision to take divorce on Wednesday. What made this news to come under the spotlight is the amount of money involved to get this divorce done.
Bezo’s who is the founder of Amazon is known to be the richest man of the planet with the net worth of $137 billion. This divorce can potentially alter this fact a lot and make itself to be the most expensive divorce of all time.
Although no news for the divorce settlement is out, yet it is believed that this divorce could make Jeff Bezo’s wife Mackenzie the richest woman in the world.
So divorce can become a business sometimes!
The news reminds us of the most exorbitant cost divorces from the past. There is a long list that includes Paul McCartney, Madonna, Tiger Woods and even President Donald Trump. These all couples end up in costing tens of millions to get their divorces but the owner of Amazon breaks all the records.
Here is a list of 10 most expensive divorce settlements of all time:
Bob Johnson and Sheila Crump, 2002- $400 million
The couple that cofounded the network Black Entertainment Television and it became the first African-American billionaire in 2002. Unfortunately, the things didn’t work out well for them as a couple and they ended up in taking a divorce and Sheila got $400 million according to sources.
- Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore, 2006 — $425 million
- Craig McCaw and Wendy McCaw, 1997 — $460 million
Craig McCaw who is the pioneer of the cell phone industry and his ex-wife Wendy who was newspaper publisher settled their divorce is estimated to exceed $460 million in Nextel stock, according to Forbes.
- Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev, 2014 — $604 million
Initially, the court ordered the settlement of $4.5 billion but later the decision was challenged. Elena Ryboloyley has to go away with $6.4 million only.
- Adnan Khashoggi and Soraya Khashoggi, 1980 — $874 million
A Saudia Arabian arms dealer and his British wife took a divorce that settled in $874 million which was then the record-breaking. It is said that during their marriage the couple owned 17 homes, three planes, and three yachts.
So much they had to lose!
- Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall, 2012 — $975 million
However, the check was not cashed the following year because of the court battlement and later it was cashed in 2015.
- Steve and Elaine Wynn, 2010 — $1 billion
Las Vegas casino bigwigs Steve and Elaine Wynn had to go through the pain of divorce twice. Their first marriage ended up in 1986 and they remarried in 1991 which again ended in 2010.
The details of the money involved were not opened to the media however it was estimated that this divorce cost 1 billion dollars.
- Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radić, 2009 — $1.2 billion
The settlement is estimated to be $1.2 billion. However the details were not revealed and it is said that Radic was the one to pay the money, which is still a mystery.
- Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv, 1999 — $1.7 billion
- Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein, 1999 — $3.8 billion
The most expensive divorce of all time is the one between French-American businessman and art dealer Alec Wildenstein. This was a very high profile divorce that happened in 1999. Jocelyn was awarded $2.5 billion and $100 million for each of the next 13 years, according to People, for a jaw-dropping total of $3.8 billion. That’s about $5.7 billion in today’s dollars.