13 Famous Women Whose Divorces Cost Them Millions
Generally, after a divorce, the higher earning spouse is responsible for paying alimony, or spousal support. Most of the time this burden falls on the man, but sometimes — particularly in Hollywood — the woman has become the breadwinner over the course of the relationship, and has to pay out millions to her former spouse. Here are 13 famous women whose divorces cost them millions:
Halle Berry’s marriage to Montreal-born male model Gabriel Aubrey didn’t end as beautifully as it started. Immediately after they announced their separation, they began fighting for custody of their then two-year-old daughter, Nahla. Berry tried to keep Nahla primarily with her, while Aubrey struggled to obtain a fair share of custody.
In the end, a judge ruled that Nahla would benefit from spending an equal amount of time with both parents. And, because Berry was the higher earner, she would be responsible for paying Aubrey $16,000 in child support every month so that Nahla can enjoy the same lifestyle even though she lives in two different places.
For the average person, giving their partner alimony or spousal support in one lump sum is unheard of. Not having to pay monthly makes it easier, but most people don’t have millions of dollars in spare cash lying around. Fortunately, Madonna did during her 2008 divorce from director Guy Ritchie.
Even though he’s a star director, his earnings don’t even begin to compare to hers, which have been accumulating through decades’ worth of platinum records. Instead of paying support monthly, Madonna chose to give Ritchie one lump sum of $92 million — a record-breaking amount, even for Hollywood!
Even though actress Kaley Cuoco and tennis pro Ryan Sweeting married in a whirlwind after only three months of dating, they wrote what looked like an iron-clad prenup in an attempt to make sure that their plans for a shotgun wedding didn’t backfire.
Well, their marriage didn’t even last a year before they were in court together, with Sweeting questioning the validity of the prenup they signed before the wedding. The case is still ongoing, but if Sweeting succeeds in getting the prenup invalidated, he could have access to up to 50% of Kaley’s almost $30 million in yearly earnings.