Falling in love don’t cost a thing, but sadly, the same can’t be said when falling out. Love is the reason why many including celebrities get hitched ignoring the importance of a prenup as they think their feelings will last forever, but apparently, it takes more than love to make a marriage work. And when the feelings does fade as a result of the so-called “irreconcilable differences” or whatever other reasons, divorce settlement can get really messy in the absence of a prenup. As a result, the battle of who to get what usually lingers for years in the law court with the unfolding events giving the media a series of field days thus making the divorce more ignominious for the celebrity couples involved.
Back in May 2014 a Swiss court ordered fertilizer billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev to pay a whopping $4.5 billion in divorce settlement to ex-wife Elena. That would’ve gone down in history as the most expensive celebrity divorce settlement ever, but thanks to Mr. Rybolovlev’s lawyers the payment was never made. Ms Elena later walked away with an undisclosed fee stating that they had reached an amicable deal. While the AS Monaco owner escaped narrowly, some of his fellow rich cheaters didn’t get so lucky. Let’s take a look at the top 15 most expensive celebrity divorces of all times.
15. Boris Berezovsky and Galina Besharova
Divorce Settlement: $163 million
Boris Berezovsky was a UK based Russian oligarch, he died in 2013. In 1991 he married Galina, but she filled for divorce after she caught him cheating with a 26 year old Yelena Gorbunova. For her settlement she was given 20% of Boris’ net wealth.
14. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy
Divorce Settlement: $168 million
One of the greatest basketball players of all time Michael Jordan, divorced from his 17-year wife Juanita Vanoy in 2006. But at least they didn’t let go without a fight. Mrs MJ first filled for divorce in 2002 but the pair reconciled and stayed married for an additional 4 years. Unfortunately, in 2006 they mutually called it quits. Vanoy received $168 million, their 7 acre Chicago mansion and custody of their three children.
13. Michael Polsky and Maya Polsky
Divorce Settlement: $184 million
In 1976, married couple Michael and Maya left Ukraine for the US with just $500 in their pockets. Michael would go on to turn that into millions founding Invenergy LLC. They stayed married for 31 years before splitting in 2007.
12. Charles Edgar Fipke and Marlene Fipke
Divorce Settlement: $200 million
Charles Edgar Fipke made multi-millions as the first man to discover diamonds in Lac De Gras, Northwest of Canada. Marlene was married to Charles long before he discovered diamonds. Their divorce in 2000 was the largest divorce settlement at the time in the history of Canada. The fee was $123 million but extras surged it to $200 million.
11. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
Divorce Settlement: $250 million
This pair always looked in love, makes you wonder what the ex California governor was thinking when he started an affair with his house hold maid, Mildred Baena even to the point of fathering an illegitimate child with her. After 25 years of marriage, Maria filled for divorce and thanks to California state law, she walked with half his wealth – $250 million!