Most Expensive Divorces of All Time

Divorces are not only painful, but also painfully expensive! The big divorces that come to mind deal with those in the entertainment industry: Mel and Robyn Gibson or Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Yet those divorces do not compare in magnitude to some other property settlements we’ve found. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most costly divorces of all time. We dare you to try to keep your jaw from dropping.

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#5: Steve and Elaine Wynn

Married in 1963, Stephen and Elaine ruled as Las Vegas’s resort moguls for 23 years. The split in 1986 and then remarried in 1991. Due to irreconcilable differences, they split for good in 2010.

Elaine reportedly received $741 million in company stock out of the settlement. To this day, she serves as a director of the company’s boards.

#4: Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi

Expensive divorce_Khashoggi_prenuptial agreementsSaudi Arabian business man, Adnan Khashoggi, married Sandra Daly in 1961 (she changed her name to Soraya after converting to Islam). After 13 years and 5 children, they filed for divorce.

Despite Soraya’s infidelity, the divorce resulted in and $874 million settlement.

#3 Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone

expensive settlements_ecclestone_nuptial agreementsWith a net worth of almost $3 billion, the President and owner of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone, knew that his divorce would cost him. The couple filed for divorce in 2008 after 24 years of marriage. Although the settlement has not been made public, many speculate it falls in the range of a whopping $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

#2 Rupert and Anna Murdoch

Murdoch1_expensive settlements_no nuptial agreementYou may recognize media mogul Keith Murdoch’s name from the Guardian phone hacking scandal last year. As Chairman and CEO of the global media holding company News Corporation, Murdoch net worth is roughly $8 billion.

Anna Torv and Murdoch married in 1967 and had three children. The divorced in 1999 after 32 years of marriage with a settlement of $1.2 billion in assets, $110 million of which was in cash.

#1: Rupert and Wendi Murdoch

Murdoch 2_no prenuptial agreementsYou would think a man as intelligent as Murdoch would learn his lesson the first time around. He married his third wife, Wendi Deng, only a few weeks after divorcing Anna. They had two children before Murdoch filed for divorce in 2013. With his net worth at a staggering $11.2 billion, this will surely turn out to be the most expensive divorce in history!

One should consider a premarital agreement no matter what his/her financial situation is. A nuptial agreement can help protect your assets or defend you from incurring your spouse’s debt. Call a professional Houston nuptial agreement attorney to decide if a marital agreement is right for your situation.