Celebrity Divorces | Most Expensive!
Divorces are always a really nasty business. And well, mighty expensive too. The recent wave of news regarding Johnny Depp and Amber Heard divorce has brought the topic back into the limelight. With some digging, we found out some cases where insane amounts of money were spent as divorce settlements. Keep reading this article if you want to have an idea of just how expensive a divorce can get, especially celebrity divorces. We’re telling you, it’s way more than you can imagine.
Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
The news of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard divorce came out in 2016. Amber had initially accused Johnny of physically abusing her. She pushed domestic violence charges against him, shared images as proof, and a video of Johnny hurling a wine glass in rage.
Of course, she had a rally of supporters after she shared this and many people condemned Johnny Depp.
However, the case just got way messier because the tables have turned and a new side of this story is out. Johnny Depp, it turns out, was the victim of her physical abuse. And he has filed a $50 million defamation case against Amber Heard.
Amber and her team stand by her initial accusations whereas proof of Johnny Depp being severely abused is also coming out. The case is as confusing as it gets. And this is one of the most expensive celebrity divorces too. Johnny Depp paid a hefty amount of $7 million to Amber Heard as a divorce settlement. Amber then donated the money to charity.
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie
What happens when billionaires break up? It gets even more expensive to file and settle a divorce.
After 25 years of marriage, Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of Amazon and wife MacKenzie finalized their divorce. Bezos reportedly has a net worth of $157 billion. For Bezos, a lot of money was at stake as it is for most high net-worth celebrities.
To be exact, Jeff Bezos had to pay his former wife $38.3 billion as a divorce settlement, placing MacKenzie 22nd in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people.
Madonna and Guy Richie
In 2000, film director Guy Richie married singer Madonna. After 8 years of marriage, the two finalized their divorce. Ritchie has been quoted while describing his marriage, “I stepped into a soap opera.”
The former couple agreed to share custody of their two children, biological son, Rocco and adopted son David Banda.
Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie received a settlement of up to $92 million from Madonna.
Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
This was once said to be one of the most expensive celebrity divorces in Hollywood when actor Harrison Ford divorced screen-writer Melissa Mathison. The two had spent two decades together; 6 years being married. They had two children together. Their divorce was final in 2004.
Ford paid his ex-wife a hefty amount of $85 million and she also got entitled to royalties from the movies he had made while they were married.
Mathison died of cancer in 2015 and left behind a fortune of $22 million.
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Celebrity divorces are not easy on the wallet. Another story of one of the most expensive divorces from the past is that of director Stev Spielberg and actress Amy Irving. After four years of marriage, the couple split in 1989.
Spielberg began dating Indiana Jones star Kate Capshaw when the divorce was final. And he had to pay Irving half of his fortune. $100 million was awarded to Amy Irving as divorce settlement money.