Celebrity breakups are as much a part of Hollywood as the glamour and fame. And yet, the public is often still shocked and dismayed when a particularly well-loved celebrity couple splits. Even more shocking, though, is how much the celebrity divorces usually end up costing.
We examined a dozen of the most expensive celebrity divorces in recent memory. Click through to see how much divorce cost these Hollywood heavy hitters.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Cost of Divorce: Unknown
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in September 2016, pulling the curtains closed on one of the best-known Hollywood relationships. Their marriage only lasted two years, but the couple was together for more than a decade.
Jolie and Pitt met on the set of the movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2005, when Pitt was married to his first wife, Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Aniston divorced that same year. Prior to her relationship with Pitt, Jolie was married to actors Billy Bob Thornton (2000-2003) and Jonny Lee Miller (1996-1999).
Jolie and Pitt dated for nearly a decade before getting married. The couple had three biological children together during that time, Shiloh Nouvel and twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. The couple also adopted their child Pax Thien. Jolie had adopted two children, Maddox and Zahara Marley, prior to her relationship with Pitt.
Jolie stated that the divorce was for the health of the family. She has sole custody of the children. The couple is handling their divorce in a private forum, so the public will not be privy to details. According to Forbes, Jolie and Pitt have earned $555 million while they have been together, as well as $117.5 million since their wedding, so you can expect the divorce settlement to be costly.
Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer
Cost of Divorce: $30 Million
Kelsey Grammer’s divorce from his ex-wife, Camille, is one of Hollywood’s nastiest splits. Camille Grammer, known for the appearance on the reality television show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” filed for divorce from the “Cheers” and “Frasier” actor in July 2010 after 13 years together.
The couple’s relationship fell apart during the filming of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and was captured on camera, according to The Huffington Post. You can say it was a quickie divorce, as Kelsey Grammer married current wife and former flight attendant Kayte Walsh just two weeks after his divorce from Camille Grammer was finalized in 2011.
According to TMZ, Camille Grammer was awarded an estimated $30 million in the divorce settlement — that’s half of Kelsey Grammer’s net worth. The former couple has joint-custody of their two children.
Guy Ritchie and Madonna
Cost of Divorce: $76 Million
Madonna has a long list of famous beaus, including the late musician Tupac Shakur, retired basketball player Dennis Rodman and retired baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez, who is now linked to Jennifer Lopez. Madonna married director Guy Ritchie in 2000 at Skibo Castle in Scotland. The couple has one biological child and one adopted child together.
Madonna and Ritchie were married eight years before calling it quits. The couple was reportedly worth nearly $525 million at the time of separation. They did not have a prenuptial agreement, which ended up being a costly mistake for Madonna, who paid Ritchie $76 million, according to Today.
In 2016, Madonna lost the lengthy custody battle for the couple’s biological son, Rocco, who is said to have wanted to live in London with his father.
Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva
Cost of Divorce: $80 Million
Long before Kevin Costner starred as Elliot Ness in the 1987 movie “The Untouchables,” he was a student at California State University, Fullerton, which is where he met Cindy Silva. The couple married in 1978, and had three children together.
Costner and Silva divorced in 1994, according to E! News. It has been reported that the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, which explains the large payout of $80 million Silva received. With a net worth of $250 million today, Costner was reportedly worth $150 million at the time of the split.
Costner married model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner in 2004.
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Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison
Cost of Divorce: Between $85 and $118 Million
Younger generations might not know that actress Calista Flockhart — best known for her starring role in “Ally McBeal” — is not Harrison Ford’s first wife. In fact, the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” actor was married for more than two decades to Melissa Mathison, a Hollywood screenwriter best known for the movie “E.T.”
Ford and Mathison wed in 1983 and had two children together. The couple split in 2001 and officially ended their marriage in 2004. Mathison received between $85 million and $118 million from Ford, according to the Daily Mail. The divorce did not leave Ford in the poor house, though, as he has a net worth of $230 million in 2017.
Melissa Mathison died of neuroendrocrine cancer in 2015 at the age of 65.
Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Cost of Divorce: $100 Million
Prior to marrying wife and actress Kate Capshaw in 1991, director Steven Spielberg was married to actress Amy Irving for four years. The couple married in 1985 after Irving learned she was pregnant with their son, Max.
Spielberg and Irving divorced in 1989. The marriage ended amicably, according to the Los Angeles Times, but Irvin walked away with quite the payday: $100 million.
Irving is now on her third marriage to director Kenneth Bowser.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Cost of Divorce: $110 Million
Tiger Woods is one of the best golfers of all time, yet his success is often overshadowed by his behavior off the course. In addition to costing him multiple endorsements, the public revelation of multiple scandalous infidelities in 2009 led to the end of his six-year marriage to Swedish model Elin Nordegren.
Woods and Nordegren married in 2004 and had two children together before divorcing in 2010. The couple had signed a prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage, but it was renegotiated after Woods’ sex scandals came to light, according to People. Nordegren reportedly received an estimated $110 million settlement.
Woods is worth an estimated $740 million, according to Forbes.
Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl
Cost of Divorce: $125 Million
Country music star Garth Brooks met his first wife, Sandy Mahl, while attending college at Oklahoma State. The couple wed in 1986 before Brooks rose to fame. They had three children together before divorcing in 2001.
Garth Brooks’ divorce reportedly cost him $125 million — one of the largest payouts in country music divorce history. In 2005, Brooks wed country singer Trisha Yearwood, who was also previously married. Her net worth is estimated to be $40 million.
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Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt
Cost of Divorce: $131 Million
You might not recognize the names Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt, but this divorce is more dramatic than what you often see on the silver screen, making it a perfect fit for this list.
Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt met in 1979 at Georgetown University. The couple married in 1979 and had four children together. In 2004, the McCourts purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their 30-year marriage fell apart during their ownership of the team.
The McCourt divorce was ugly, involving a “he said, she said” fight over ownership of the Dodgers and an alleged affair with a Dodger’s bodyguard. The divorce was settled in 2011 for $131 million. Soon after the settlement, the Dodgers were sold for nearly $2 billion in a bankruptcy court-led auction, according to Forbes.
Jamie McCourt attempted to overturn the original divorce settlement, saying she was misled about the value of the team. Her appeal was denied.
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy
Cost of Divorce: $168 Million
Basketball legend Michael Jordan has set numerous records on the court. Off the court, he holds a record for one of the most expensive celebrity divorces.
The marriage of Michael Jordan and former wife, Juanita Vanoy, began to show strain in 2002, when Vanoy filed for divorce. She withdrew the request a month later, according to People magazine. Five years later, she filed for divorce again.
While the couple had signed a prenuptial agreement, Vanoy still walked away with $168 million, as well as custody of their three children.
Jordan is now married to model Yvette Prieto who signed a prenuptial agreement, according to the National Enquirer. According to Forbes, Jordan has earned $1.7 billion since retiring from the NBA, making him one of the richest athletes of all time.
Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
Cost of Divorce: $425 Million
During his Hollywood heyday, Mel Gibson was married to Robyn Moore. Gibson wed Moore in 1980, one year after he starred in “Mad Max.” The couple had seven children together.
Moore filed for divorce from Gibson in 2009 after nearly 30 years of marriage. The well-publicized divorce cost Gibson nearly half of his $850 million fortune, as the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, according to People. Without an agreement, Moore was legally entitled to half of everything Gibson earned during their marriage. Now they both share an estimated net worth of $425 million.
Gibson has not remarried since his divorce from Moore; however, he has had two more children, one with former partner Oksana Grigorieva and one with his current girlfriend, Rosalind Ross.
Rupert Murdoch and Anna Mann
Cost of Divorce: $1.7 Billion
Usually a man behind the scenes, media mogul Rupert Murdoch made headlines in 1998 when he and his second wife, Anna Murdoch (now Anna Mann), divorced after 32 years of marriage. Though it happened nearly 20 years ago, Rupert Murdoch’s divorce is still one of the costliest in history. According to Time Money, Murdoch paid Mann a whopping $1.7 billion, mostly in News Corp stock.
Just days after his divorce with Mann was finalized, Murdoch married producer Wendi Deng. This marriage included a prenuptial agreement, which proved useful for Murdoch 14 years later when he filed for divorce from Deng.
Murdoch is now on his third marriage to Jerry Hall, a former model who has four children with Mick Jagger. It’s unknown whether Hall signed a prenuptial agreement, but you don’t have to be a divorce attorney to know that prenups are a smart move when there’s this much wealth at stake. Rupert Murdoch’s net worth is $12.9 billion as of July 28, 2017, according to Forbes.
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All net worths are according to celebrity finance outlet Celebrity Net Worth unless otherwise noted.