The 14 Most Expensive Divorces
When most people think of billionaires marrying, they picture love, happiness, and never-ending first class flights to their mansions all over the world. This unfortunately wasn’t the case with these 14 marriages.
14. Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
The Damage: $425 million
Not establishing a prenup was Mel Gibson’s first mistake in his marriage to ex-wife Robyn Moore. When Robyn filed for divorce in 2009, she was entitled to not only half of what Gibson made over the course of their marriage, but also half of any future earnings for the rest of his life.
Gibson ended up paying out an initial settlement of $425 million to Moore, an amount thought to be roughly 50% of his wealth.
13. Craig McCaw and Wendy Petrak
The Damage: $460 million
Craig McCaw is known to many as the billionaire pioneer who achieved success primarily in the early cellular phone industry. He is now worth approximately $1.5 billion. Brought together by their mutual love of animals, Craig McCaw and Wendy Petrak accomplished many wonderful things during their marriage, including the establishment of the Free Willy- Keiko Foundation. Wendy filed for divorce in 1997 after 23 years of marriage and received a $460 million settlement from her ex-husband.
12. Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone
The Damage: $500 million
After first meeting in 1982 at the Italian Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone pursued young model Slavica Radic eagerly, undaunted by their 28 year age difference, and the language barriers — she spoke Croatian and Italian, he only spoke English. They were married in 1985. When she filed for divorce 23 years later (citing “unreasonable behavior”), many people were stunned by the decision of the court. It was determined that Slavica pay Bernie $500 million — the reason being that he transferred most of his $3.6 billion fortune to her earlier, in order to evade paying taxes.