Top 10 Most Expensive Divorces In History

1. Vladimir Potanin and Natalia Potanina, $7 Billion

Putin’s split with Natalia Potanina is considered one of the most expensive divorces in the history of humankind. Potanin is considered to be a millionaire Russian businessman. He’s around $14 billion in the estimation of Forbes.

2. Alec and Jocelyn Wildenstein, $3.8 billion

The divorce of Alec Wildenstein with Jocelyn Wildenstein is considered the most expensive divorce ever recorded in the history of divorce. The billionaire was French businessman as well as an art dealer, racehorse breeder and owner. He got married Jocelyne Perisset on April 30 1978. He and Jocelyne had a daughter named Diane who was followed by the birth of a daughter, Alec Jr.

Their divorce proceedings from 1997 to 1999 received a lot of media attention for the revelations of the couple’s lavish spending habits and Jocelyn’s love of plastic surgery. According to reports from this time Jocelyn got $2.5 billion as part of the divorce settlement, and $100 million each year for the next 13 years following.

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3. Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng, $1.8 billion

On the 25th of June, 1999, just 17 days following having divorced his second wife Murdoch got married to China-born Deng Wendi. A little over a year later, the journalist is set to do it again. On June 13, 2013 the News Corporation spokesperson confirmed that Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from Deng in New York City, U.S. According to the spokesperson, the marriage was irreparably broken for more than six months.

4. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv, $1.7 billion

After a 32-year marriage, and three children, Murdoch divorced after a 32-year marriage and three. Murdoch split from the second of his wives, Anna, with a $1.7 billion settlement in 1999. He then got married Wendi just a few months later.

5. Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone, $1.2 billion

Bernie Ecclestone, the president and CEO of Formula One racing, was married to Slavica Ecclestone, who was a former model for over 23 years. The couple has two children, Tamara Ecclestone and Petra Ecclestone. The couple filed divorce proceedings in 2009, for the estimated sum of $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

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6. Steve Wynn and Elaine Pascal, $1 Billion

Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, the casino company Wynn Resorts, married Elaine Pascal in 1963. They divorced in 1986 . However, they married again in 1991, which led to their divorce in the year 2010. Wynn was stripped of ownership of around 50% of his shares within the company as part of his second divorce from Elaine Wynn in a $1 billion deal, as per reports from the time.

7. Harold and Sue Ann Hamm: $1 Billion

The Hamms divorce in 2015 might be not the most expensive divorce however, it did include the largest settlement check that we have ever seen. Harold the Oil and Gas executive from Oklahoma and a state senator from Oklahoma, sent an amount of $974.8 million to his ex-wife in 2014 to conclude the divorce proceedings following more than two years of legal battles. After the transfer of assets and other settlements the divorce total was around $1 billion.

8. Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi, $874 million

For more than twenty years Saudi billionaire and arms trader Adnan Khashoggi held the record for the highest-priced divorce settlement in the history of the world. Adnan married 20-year-old Soraya Khashoggi in 1961. The couple separated in 1974 and it was Soraya up to 1979 in order file a lawsuit against her ex-husband to get an amount of money, valued at around $874million.

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9. Dmitry and Elena Rybolovlev: $604 Million

What is the best way to be satisfied to owe $604 million to your spouse in divorce? It would be nice when the courts previously decided that you had owed her $4.5 billion. This is exactly what happened following the divorce between Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and his ex-wife Elena. 

Court battles went on between 2008 and 2015, culminating in the 2014 Swiss judge ruling that awarded Elena $4.5 billion. Following an appeal, the judge only had to pay $604 million, but she was able to maintain two Swiss chalets as part of the settlement.

10. Craig and Wendy McCaw, $460 million

The Seattle-based businessman and the co-founder McCaw Cellular. McCaw Cellular Craig McCaw married Wendy Petrak in 1974. However, they parted ways in 1998, a couple of years after the sale of McCaw Cellular to AT&T at a price of between $11 and $12 billion.

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