Many celebrities are wealthy beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. Because of this, money automatically becomes a major issue whenever prominent celebrities decide to tie the knot.
Celebrities are also known for being involved in frequent — and often high-profile — divorces. And when there are millions, or even billions, of dollars at stake, a celerity divorce settlement will quickly become massive and often quite acrimonious.
Here is a list of some of the most wildly expensive celebrity divorce settlements in history.
1. Bill and Melinda Gates
This is is a very recent divorce, which in fact has not even yet been settled. The billionaire software-tycoon-turned-philanthropist-and-vaccine-expert Bill Gates married his wife Melinda in 1994, but the two have decided to divorce in May of this year.
The size of the settlement is as yet unknown, but the Gates have a combined net worth of about $130 billion, so this settlement may end up becoming the king of them all.
2. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos
Founder and former CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos married his wife MacKenzie in 1993, long before he made his billions. Jeff eventually rose to become the world’s wealthiest man, but after his $38 billion divorce settlement with his wife in 2019, he has lost that distinction. Now, MacKenzie Scott, as she is once again known, has become one of the world’s wealthiest women.
3. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
When rap superstar Kanye West and socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian married in 2014, they quickly became one of the world’s most talked-about couples.
When they divorced in early 2021, they ended up having to divide an estimated $2.1 billion in assets between them. Thankfully, because the two had signed a prenuptial agreement before marrying, this division was fairly smooth and easy.
4. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy
Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. When such a household name divorces, you can expect the settlement to be enormous. Jordan and his ex-wife Juanita Vanoy were married from 1989 to 2006, and the settlement ended up being a gargantuan $168 million.
5. Hulk and Linda Hogan
Hulk Hogan is virtually synonymous with professional wrestling, even decades after his career has ended.
He and his wife Linda were married from 1983 to 2009 and had two kids together. The settlement totaled out to about $30 million and included liquid assets, ownership stakes in companies, real estate and a number of luxury cars.