You might think that your divorce was expensive and cost you an “arm and a leg.” However, perhaps you should consider the following divorces, which are regarded as some of the most expensive divorces ever (at least up to 2016):
Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovlev: This divorce took 7 years and cost Dmitry $604 million. This was a bargain, as originally, he was ordered to pay Elena $4.5 Billion dollars.
Adnan Khashoggi and Soraya Khashoggi: They were divorced in 1982, so in 1982 dollars, Adnan had to pay “only” $874 million dollars. In 2016 dollars, that is about $2.2 Billion dollars.
Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Hamm: Mr. Hamm (not related to Jon Hamm, the actor), paid $974.8 million dollars to Sue Ann. It seems that Sue Ann was not happy with this “lowly” sum and appealed to the court to get more money. She did not win her appeal. Harold Hamm is in the oil and gas business, so he probably will need to drill a few more oil wells to make up what he had to pay his ex-wife.
Steve Wynn and Elaine Wynn: You probably heard of Steve Wynn – casino magnate. This couple actually got divorced twice, once in 1986 and again in 2010. Although the exact amount of what Mr. Wynn had to pay Elaine the second time isn’t known, it is believed to be about $1 Billion dollars. Perhaps Mr. Wynn is a good casino owner, but, like most casino players, is a bit unlucky (at least in love).
Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Ecclestone: It seems that both Bernie and Slavica profited from their divorce. As part of the divorce, Bernie paid about $1.3 Billion dollars to his ex-wife. However, a few years after the divorce, Bernie received about $500 Million dollars from Slavica’s trust fund.
Rubert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv Murdoch: This was Mr. Murdoch’s second wife. Mr. Murdoch is the head of News Corporation, so in his divorce, he gave $1.7 Billion dollars to Anna Maria – in stock to News Corporation. It is unknown if Ms. Torv kept the stock or still has it.
Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein: In this divorce, Jocelyn walked away with a cool $2.5 Billion dollars AND an additional $100 Million each year for 13 years.
Vladimir Potanin and Natalia Potanina: Mr. Potanin is a Russian billionaire (and is not to be confused with the Russian President Vladimir Putin). Mr. Potanin is worth about $14 Billion dollars, and although the divorce is not final, he may have to fork over $7 Billion of that to Natalia.
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