13 Expensive Celebrity Divorce Settlements That Reveal What Really Happened

See which celebs gave in to alimony and shared their millions, going down in history as the most expensive divorces ever!

Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren – $750 Million

Tiger Wood’s reputation was shattered when his adulterous behavior with dozens of random women was discovered. Woods and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren officially split in 2010 after six years. Tiger was reportedly forced to hand over $750 million in their divorce.

Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt – $400 Million

Since Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, the couple has been working with a private judge. She asked for full physical and joint legal custody of their children. It’s too soon to tell, but rumor has it that the divorce will end up costing $400 million.

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Kevin Costner & Cindy Silva – $80 Million

16 years of marriage and three children later, the Hollywood couple decided to call it quits as a result of Costner’s alleged infidelity. The Hollywood actor ended up having to pay $80 million to Silva in the divorce and later admitted that he had a child on the side with socialite Bridget Rooney.

Kevin Costner & Cindy Silva

Alec & Jocelyn Wildenstein – $2.5 Billion

Jocelyn managed to get $2.5 billion out of her ex-husband Alec Wildenstein, French businessman and billionaire. Known for her plastic surgery, which cost her a total of $2 million, Jocelyn thought changing her look would keep her husband around.

Alec & Jocelyn Wildenstein

Michael & Diandra Douglas – $45 Million

Michael Douglas married Diandra in 1977, and had a son with her a year later. In 1995, Diane filed for divorce. By the end of their divorce, Diandra received a $45 million settlement, which was half of the actor’s net worth at the time.

Michael & Diandra Douglas

Robert & Sheila Johnson – $400 million

After 33 years of marriage to his partner, Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET Robert Johnson separated in 2002. Two years before their divorce, in 2000, Johnson sold BET to Viacom for $3 billion; of which Sheila ended up getting $400 million.3

Robert & Sheila Johnson

Dr. Phil McGraw & Debbie Higgins – Approx. $1 Million

Dr. Phil had a failed marriage with his high school sweetheart Debbie Higgins, who McGraw divorced after three years. The split cost around $1 million as at that point he didn’t have much. Higgins calls herself the “secret first wife of Dr. Phil.”

Phil McGraw & Debbie Higgins

Bernie & Slavica Ecclestone – $1 Billion

Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone made headlines for all the wrong reasons after having a divorce settlement worth an incredible $1 billion! Not wasting any time, Slavica turned this money into $1.6 billion from investments.

Bernie & Slavica Ecclestone

Reba McEntire & Narvel Blackstock – $47.5 Million

Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock shocked fans when they announced their split in 2015. Despite this, the two remain friends and support each other. Given that there was no prenuptial agreement was in place, we can assume that the couple divided their assets evenly.

Reba McEntire & Narvel Blackstock

Michael Strahan & Jean Muggli – $15 Million

Michael Strahan met Muggli in 1994 and they married in 1999. Since saying “I do,” the two have had quite the tumultuous relationship. After filing for divorce, Muggli was awarded $15 million in a settlement and $18,000 in child support each month.

Michael Strahan & Jean Muggli
Michael Strahan and wife Jean Strahan (Photo by Jason Nevader/WireImage for Sports Illustrated)

Michael & Juanita Jordan – $168 Million

After years of trying to make the marriage work, Michael and Juanita Jordan mutually agreed on a divorce. As part of the settlement, Juanita received $168 million, on top of the couple’s seven acre Chicago mansion and custody of their children Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine.

Michael & Juanita Jordan

Rupert Murdoch & Anna Maria Torv – $1.2 Billion

This couple who lasted 32 years and have three children together split up in 1999. Murdoch ended up amassing a net worth of $8 billion. Torv received $1.2 billion as part of the couple’s divorce settlement.

Rupert Murdoch & Anna Maria Torv

Heidi Klum & Seal – $70 Million

Heidi claims that Seal’s temper got so out of control, it scared their children. Heidi left with a broken heart and bank account. Despite their prenup agreement, Klum ended up settling the divorce for $70 million.

Heidi Klum & Seal

Mel Gibson & Robyn Moore – $425 Million

After 26 years together, Robyn’s final decision to file for divorce was brought on by Mel’s DUI arrest in 2006. Because the couple didn’t sign a prenup, Robyn ended up getting half of Mel’s fortune in the divorce, which was about $425 million.

Mel Gibson & Robyn Moore

Sofía Vergara & Joe Manganiello – Unknown

Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello were together for seven years before calling it quits in 2023. A source close to the couple revealed, “Sofía and Joe have been growing apart for a while now and are taking some distance from each other to contemplate their future.”

Ariana Grande & Dalton Gomez – Unknown

Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez had only been married for two years, but the pair officially called it quits in July 2023. Although neither half of the couple has revealed the reason for the split, it’s believed that Grande’s busy work schedule was to blame.

Although the exact cost of this split is still to be determined, one can imagine it’ll be a high number given these actors’ net worths. Vergara is worth a whopping $180 million, while Manganiello pales in comparison at $40 million.

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