20 Divorces That Were Extremely Expensive



12. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver – $250 Million

Arnold Schwarzenegger, like many Hollywood movie stars, went through a rather public divorce when the fact that he had had a child with another woman surfaced. His wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, quickly revealed that she was seeking to split from the Austrian and under California law she was entitled to half the wealth of Schwarzenegger. While the exact figures have never been revealed, estimates state that the settlement would have been at least $250 million and could have risen to as much as $375 million.

11. Roman and Irina Abramovich – $300 Million

Roman Abramovich is one of the world’s richest men with an estimated net worth of over $9 billion. The Russian is probably best known for owning the English premier League side Chelsea F.C. but he also gained notoriety in 2007 when he and his then wife Irina Abramovich filed for divorce. Laws in his home country dictate a 50% split of all cash and assets in cases of divorce, prompting speculation that this could have been the most expensive separation ever. Irina though wasn’t interested in taking that much money and instead settled for $300 million.

10. Robert and Sheila Johnson – $400 Million

69-year old Robert L. Johnson became the first ever African-American billionaire after founding Black Entertainment Television and investing in various businesses. He married Sheila Johnson in 1969 and they spent 33 years as a couple before deciding to split up in 2002. Sheila was awarded a settlement of $400 million. Oddly, she would go on to marry the judge who presided over her divorce hearing, a man she had met 30 years earlier.

9. Mel and Robyn Gibson – $425 Million

Mel Gibson was one of the biggest movie stars in the world following a spate of highly successful films such as Braveheart and Lethal Weapon. The last few years, though, have not been kind to the actor, with accusations of racism, homophobia, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and making antisemitic remarks. Things got even worse in 2009 when his wife Robyn decided to file for divorce after seeing images of the actor with Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva. She won a settlement of roughly half of Mel’s fortune, coming to an estimated $425 million.