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The 22 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces

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List of the most expensive celebrity divorces ranked by fame and popularity. When celebrities get married it is rarely “'till death do us part.” More often than not, Hollywood marriages end in divorce, and some of the divorces can be costly. One Hollywood superstar even paid out over $400 million in a divorce settlement.

Who is the most famous celebrity who had an expensive divorce? Madonna tops our list. The “Material Girl” and "Snatch" director Guy Richie were married from 2000-2008. It is estimated that Madonna paid out $76-$92 million to Richie in the divorce settlement. She is the only woman that made our list.

Mel Gibson was married to Robin Moore Gibson from 1980-2011. Gibson has said that their separation actually began in 2006, one day after his DUI arrest. It is estimated that Gibson paid out $425 million to his ex-wife. This is the most expensive celebrity divorce to date. Chicago Bull's player Michael Jordan comes in second. The NBA all-star paid his ex-wife Juanita $168 million in their divorce settlement. Other famous people who have had expensive divorces include Donald Trump, Phil Collins, and Paul McCartney.

Are you surprised by the amounts of these celebrity divorce settlements? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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    Garth Brooks was married to Sandy Mahl from 1986-2001. It is estimated that he paid her $125 million in the divorce settlement. Brooks has been married to Trisha Yearwood since 2005.

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      Steven Spielberg was married to Amy Irving from 1985-1989.  Although they had a prenuptial agreement, a judge dismissed it because it was written on a napkin. It is estimated that Spielberg paid $100 million to Irving in their divorce settlement.

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        Tiger Woods was married to Elin Nordegren from 2004-2010. In 2009, it was revealed that Woods was having multiple affairs. Not only did this propel Nordegren to file for divorce, but Woods also lost endorsement contracts with Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade, and General Motors. It is estimated that Woods paid Nordegren $100 million in the divorce settlement.

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        • Rupert Murdoch was married to Anna Mann from 1967-1999. Murdoch married his third wife, Wendi Deng, 17 days after the divorce was finalized. It is estimated that Murdoch paid $100 million to Mann in their divorce settlement.

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