As Robin Williams rightly puts it, “Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money,’ but they changed it to ‘alimony.’ It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.” Yes, divorce make a big hole in hearts and your pocket as well. One who embarks on the process of separation knows how excoriating it’s on one’s psyche, privacy, reputation, family and on finances. We survive divorces, but how, Margaret Atwood has better insight “A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there’s less of you.” Let’s browse through the most expensive amputation of hearts & pockets.
Bernie Ecclestone & Slavica
- Settlement: $1 to $1.5 billion
- Married: 1985
- Divorced: 2009
- Profession: The F1 Supremo, CEO of Formula One Group & the 4th richest person of UK in 2011 list of World’s Billionaires by Forbes.
The business mogul married a 28 years junior Armani model, Slavica after divorcing his first wife, Tuana Tan. The business-model couple have 2 daughters, 1984 born Tamara Ecclestone and Petra Ecclestone was born in 1988. On 20th November 2008, The Sun announced that Slavica has filed for divorce. The divorce was granted for an estimated amount of $1 to 1.5 billion on 11th March 2009. On August 2012, Ecclestone married Fabiana Flosi, a 35 years old VP of Marketing of Grand Prix, a Brazilian company.
Harold Hamm & Sue Ann Arnall
- Settlement: at $975 million
- Married: April 1988
- Divorced: May 2012
- Profession: CEO of Continental Resources
The Oil & Gas tycoon married economist-lawyer Sue Ann Hamm in April 1988; he has two daughters with Hamm, Hillary & Jane. At the time of marriage Hamm was playing executive role at Continental Resources. While Harold said he had separated from Hamm in 2005 itself but she filed for divorce in 2012. There was a media rumor that he could lose half of his $20 billion fortune in the divorce settlement – setting the unprecedented world record. Amidst the rumors, CNBC reported on 9th January 2015 that Sue Ann Arnall has settled for $975 million.
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Adnan Khashoggi & Soraya (Sandra Daly)
- Settlement: $850 million
- Married: 1960s
- Divorced: 1982
- Profession: International Businessman
The Saudi Arabian businessman married a 20 year old English woman, Sandra Daly who changed her name to Soraya upon converting to Islam. They have 4 children: a daughter, Nabila and 3 sons, Omar, Khalid & Hussein. Petrina Khashoggi was born soon after Adnan divorced her mother but a DNA test has established the child was of Jonathan Aitken, not of Khashoggi. Laura Biancolini, an Italian is Adnan’s second wife.
Craig McCaw & Wendy McCaw
- Settlement: $460+ million
- Married: 1974
- Divorced: 1997
- Profession: Businessman & pioneer of Cellular phones
They ended 22 years long relationship which had started during their study at Stanford; they married after their graduation. Together, they worked to grow McCaw Cellular which they later sold to AT & T in 1994.
Mel Gibson & Robyn Moore
- Settlement: $425 million
- Married: June 7, 1980
- Divorced: December 23, 2011
- Profession: Actor & filmmaker
In late 1970s they met when Gibson was an unknown actor and Robyn was working as a nurse; both of them were tenants in Adelaide. They got married in 1980 and have 1 daughter Hannah and 6 sons: Edward, Christian, William, Louis, Milo & Thomas. After a long 26 years, on July 29, 2006 they got separated due to irreconcilable differences. On 13th April, 2009, Gibson filed for divorce. They jointly issued a statement saying, “Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family and will continue to do so.” On December 23, 2011 their divorce was finalized at $400 million, the highest in Hollywood history.
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