The 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

10. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

The former Beatle and songwriter accrued most of his fortune before meeting Heather Mills but that didn’t stop her trying to claim $180million of his supposed $568million fortune. It was a contentious divorce that saw Mills throwing a glass of water over McCartney’s lawyer but in the end she walked away with $48.6million.

9. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton

The Oscar-winning Titanic and Avatar  director split from his wife in 1999, just a year after his Oscar wins for his not-so-floaty boaty saga. Linda, a well known actress in her own right who appeared in several Terminator  films as Sarah Connor, took a cool $50m with her

8. Madonna and Guy Ritchie

When the singing superstar married the English director Guy Ritchie, it wasn’t quite destined to be happily ever after. Despite both having their own fortunes, Ritchie took a chunk out of Madonna’s $200million with a slice of around $76million. The pair were still squabbling over custody of their son early into this year but all seems to be resolved now.

7. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva

Kevin Costner was at the height of his fame in 1992 when he divorced childhood sweetheart Cindy Silva. It affected him so badly,he had to stop making films for a while and to add insult to injury, he lost around $80million in the split.

6. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison

The superstar actor who is Han Solo and Indianna Jones, married the E.T.  screenwriter in 1984 but by 2004 it had been called curtains and Ford was stripped of $85 million.

5. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

Legendary director Steven Spielberg is one of the biggest names in Hollywood and has amassed an impressive quite a fortune for it. Amy Irving is a well-known actress who starred in  Yentl and Carrie with a healthy bank account herself but that didn’t stop her being awarded $100 million when the pair parted ways in 1989.

4. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

Singer Neil Diamond divorced his second wife in 1994 after around 25 years of marriage. The resulting cost to him was about $150 million.


3. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy

Married in 1989, the greatest Basketball player of all time divorced his wife Juanita in 2007 which saw a whopping $168millionleave his bank account.

2. Bernie Ecclestone and Slavica Radic

Many would have thought that the billionaire owner of Formula 1 might be in line for a hefty payout when divorcing his former model wife but it turned out she had to pay him as he had  transferred $3.4bn in assets to a Luxemburg trust which his wife was entitled to when they were married. As such =, when the divorce came about she had to pay him back a fee of around $420million.

1. Roman Abramovic and Irina Melandria

When the Russian oil billionaire, and owner of the English soccer team Chelsea FC, met his wife, he was a struggling salesman who sold Russian nesting dolls and rubber ducks. He made his money whilst married to Irina, taking advantage of the collapse of the Soviet Union. This was taken into consideration during the divorce process and although the divorce was masked in secrecy (much like the entirety of Abramovic’s fortune) but estimates suggest she could have taken around $1.4billion.