The 14 Most Expensive Divorces
5. Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl
The Damage: $125 million
Top country singer Garth Brooks was married once before his famous marriage to fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood. His first wife, Sandy Mahl, was his college sweetheart, and they were married for almost 15 years before divorcing in 2001. They first met when he was a bouncer in a club, and she punched a hole in the wall. After that fiery introduction, the pair married and had three children together.
Garth and Sandy continue to co-parent their children amicably — no doubt things were smoothed over by the $125 million settlement he gave her when their divorced was finalized.
4. Rupert and Anna Murdoch
The Damage: $1.2 billion
Although they were married for over 30 years, media magnate Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from wife Anna was in no way calm or amicable. For the sake of their three children, Anna refused to speak to the press during the divorce proceedings, but broke her silence a few years later to give a tell-all interview to a rival publication, saying that “the Rupert Murdoch that I loved died a long time ago.”
Their long marriage was reportedly happy, and was definitely mutually beneficial (he published two novels that she wrote, while she helped secure him a knighthood). It was reported that Anna received over $1.2 billion as a settlement.
3. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
The Damage: $10 million
No one wants to be revealed as a cheater — especially not on live television. Unfortunately, that’s how the divorce between pro golf star Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin Nordegren played out. After being happily married for six years, it was revealed that Tiger had been cheating on his wife with several different women. He was promptly dropped from several major sponsorship deals, and took a few months away from golf to attend a therapy program. Woods and Nordegren divorced a few months after his return to golf, and her alimony payment was one for the record books: over $100 million.