Posted on 06 May 2009.
Marriage is a union of two people, vowing to be together “for better or worse”, “till death do us part”. However, when it come to celebrity marriages, once the camera lens stops clicking and noise of raving paparazzi outside goes away, “for better” seems to take a quick change to “for worse” and “till death” changes into “see you in the court room”. Here is the list of 10 most expensive celebrity divorce settlements.
1. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
The # 1 golf player Tiger Woods and his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren finalized their divorce in August of 2010 after a torrid love affair separated a family with two toddlers. The whole scandal erupted when a car accident involving Woods fuelled media interest over his supposed infidelities with a nightclub manager. Soon two more women stepped up and claimed to have had affairs with Woods, including one who was sleeping with him since 2006. In February 2010 Tiger Woods officially announced his separation from his wife Elin after been caught cheating. Many companies such as AT&T and Accenture refused to support and endorse Tiger Woods. All in all, Woods was able to reach a divorce settlement worth $750 million dollars in exchange for Nordegren’s silence.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
In 2011 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their intent to separate. A number of days later Schwarzenegger’s infidelities with a house worker came to light in the media. Further reports added that Mildred Paena (the former house worker) gave birth to a son which Paena previously claimed as her ex-husband’s. Maria Shriver has moved out of then mansion and there have been reports that Schwarzenegger has consulted a divorce attorney, Bob Kaufman who handled divorces for Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Paena’s ex-husband now alleges that the birth certificate of Schwarzenegger’s ‘son’ was falsified and is suing both Paena and Schwarzenegger as a result. All in all, this divorce could cost Schwarzenegger $200 million dollars. What a mess.
3. Michael Jordan & Juanita Vanoy
The legendary basketball player and Chicago bank officer met in 1989, the sparks flew and Michel quickly made Juanita Mrs. Jordan. After 18 years of marriage, three kids and his earned income of 350 million dollars, Juanita was granted a divorce settlement of 168 million dollars making it the largest divorce settlement in Hollywood history.
4. Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey
Jewish Elvis and a television production assistant married in 1969, but after 27 years of marriage and two sons, Diamond paid his respect to his “soon-to-be ex wife in a form of 150 million dollars settlement. He then set the record straight by “saying she is the most wonderful woman, who stood by me through rough times, so she deserves every penny of it”.
5. Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving
Famous filmmaker and aspiring actress married in 1985, four years after Amy walked out with their only son and 100 million dollars divorce settlement. Although Spielberg tried to fight for his assets, the judge ruled that the prenuptial agreement written on a napkin was not legally authorized and there was no legal representation to witness it.