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People Billion-Dollar Separation: 7 Of The Most Expensive Divorces In History

Billion-Dollar Separation: 7 Of The Most Expensive Divorces In History

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 04: Jeff Bezos (L) and MacKenzie Bezos attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 04, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Toni Anne Barson/Getty Images)
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott's divorce cost US$38 billion (Photo: Toni Anne Barson/Getty Images)
By Jianne Soriano
By Jianne Soriano
May 04, 2021
Curious to find out how much other high profile divorces cost? Here, we break down some of the most expensive divorce settlements in history

Bill Gates' divorce with his wife Melinda is coming in to become the most expensive divorce in the world, estimated at US$127 billion. While weddings are expensive, separating can be just as expensive especially if you're one of the richest people in the world, owning multiple assets and properties.

Curious to find out how much other high profile divorces cost? Here, we break down some of the most expensive divorce settlements in history.

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1/7 Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  (L-R) CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and  writer MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Before Gates' divorce, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his split from MacKenzie Scott in 2019 was the most expensive divorce in history. Scott received US$38 billion and currently has a net worth of US$6.1 billion, making her the third-wealthiest woman in the world. Bezos on the other hand remains the world's richest man.

The two met when Scott was working as Bezos' assistant in D.E. Shaw in 1992. They dated for three months, got married and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1994. The ex-couple have four children.

See also: Amazon's Jeff Bezos Is Stepping Down As CEO

2/7 Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Mann

Rupert Murdoch and Anna Murdoch   (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Media mogul, Rupert Murdoch and his divorce from Anna Maria Mann, a Scottish journalist and novelist in 1999 also cost a hefty sum. Mann received US$1.7 billion from the settlement and US$110 million in cash. Mann is Murdoch's second wife and they had three children.

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3/7 Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

KILDARE, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tiger Woods of USA poses with his wife Elin Nordegren at The Welcome Dinner after the first official practice day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 19, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Professional golfer, Tiger Wood's divorce from Elin Nordegren after 6 years of marriage was estimated at US$710 million. The ex-couple met when Nordegren moved to work in the US from Sweden and she was introduced to Tiger Woods. They married in 2004 and separated in 2010.

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4/7 Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy

Michael Jordan (right) and Juanita Jordan at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Basketball player Michael Jordan and his divorce from Juanita Vanoy in 2006 cost US$168 million. The two first filed for divorce in 2002 but reconciled shortly after. In 2006, they filed for divorce again. With the amount Vanoy received, it was the largest celebrity divorce settlement on public record at that time.

5/7 Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 03:  South Korean actors Song Hye-Kyo and Song Joong-Ki attend the 52th Paeksang Arts Awards on June 3, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea.  (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

The divorce of South Korean stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo (also known as the SongSong couple) is one of the most high profile divorces in Asia given their superstar status. While the ex-couple didn't split assets or settlement money, they both own assets worth US$86.5 million. The two A-listers are also among South Korea's highest-paid celebrities, no doubt thanks to the popularity of the drama they starred together in, Descendants of the Sun. The 20-month reel to real romance also made the split the talk of the town.

Song Joong-ki has a villa worth US$2.2 million while Song Hye-kyo has three properties worth around US$17.8 million. The ex-couple's mansion in Itaewon was worth US$8.6 million.

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6/7 Chey Tae-won and Roh Soh-yeong

Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
Photo: Ivo Näpflin /Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Ivo Näpflin /Wikimedia Commons

Dubbed the "divorce of the century" by the media, the ongoing divorce of Chey Tae-won, chairman of SK Group and Roh Soh-yeong, an art museum director costs around US$1.6 billion. This about 42.3 per cent stake in SK Holdings Co, South Korea's third-largest conglomerate. The two come from very well-off families, Chey is groomed as the heir to SK Group while Roh is the daughter of a former army general turned president.

See also: Asia's Richest 2021: Top 10 In The Forbes World's Billionaires List

7/7 Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison

NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1990: Harrison Ford and wife Melissa Mathison circa 1990 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Photo: Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images

Actor Harrison Ford and late screenwriter Melissa Mathison's divorce in 2004 cost an estimated US$118 million. Mathison is Ford's second wife whom he had a son and daughter with.

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