In the words of the 70’s Nazareth rock song, Love Hurts… especially if there is no prenuptial agreement. Mistresses and misdeeds have cost these celebrities plenty of their hard earned total net worth. Long marriages have the highest settlement figures attached to them with a few notable exceptions. Here is a list of the five most expensive celebrity divorces of all time.
Mel and Robyn Gibson
After 31 years and seven children together, Robyn Gibson walked away from the marriage with a $425 million settlement. Believed to be the largest celebrity divorce of all time, Gibson puts the blame for the end of this marriage squarely on himself. He fathered his eighth child with Oksana Grigorieva in 2009, the same year as his divorce.
Michael and Juanita Jordan
Rumors of secret sons and multiple mistresses plagued the Jordan marriage throughout their 17 years together. Married in a ten minute Las Vegas ceremony at the Little White Chapel in 1989, the couple entered into a post-nuptial agreement a year and a half later giving Juanita the right to one half of Jordan’s total earnings. Some private adjustment to that agreement must have been made, as the 2006 divorce settlement ended up at roughly one third of his net worth – $168 million. Jordan recently married his second wife, Yvette Prieto, in April of 2013.
Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey
Married long before Diamond became one of the world’s leading adult contemporary recording artists (right after Barbra Streisand and Elton John), Marcia Murphey walked away with $150 million in their 1995 divorce. Murphey was his second wife and several different affairs were well publicized throughout the course of their marriage. The settlement was exactly half of his reported pre-divorce net worth of $300 million. Diamond has been quoted many times as saying that Murphey was “worth every penny”. They were married 33 years and had two children together.
Greg and Laura Norman
The 2006 divorce between golfing great, Greg Norman and his wife of 25 years, Laura Andrassy Norman, was messy. His affair with Chris Evert, Wimbleton champion and his best friend’s wife, cost him $105 million dollars. The Great White Shark has since gone on to divorce Evert and marry his reported ex-mistress, Kirsten Kutner, in 2010.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
The six year marriage between Woods and Nordegren ended in a flurry of many mistresses giving many tell-all interviews. The marriage was dissolved in their 2010 divorce which gave Nordegren a $100 million settlement. This cost to Woods does not include his lost endorsement deals or being the butt of comedians’ late night jokes for months.
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Their 1985 marriage lasted four years and reportedly ended when Spielberg began dating his current wife, Kate Capshaw. Although the couple is said to have had a prenuptial agreement, it was vacated by the judge because it was written on a cocktail napkin and had no legal representation. Irving walked away with $100 million, half of Spielberg’s total worth at the time, meaning that she was essentially awarded $25 million for each year of their marriage.
Dennis Roland is a professional blogger that provides advice and information on family law and divorce law. He writes for The Harris Firm, the top divorce attorneys in Huntsville AL.