Thursday 29 September 2016

5 of the most memorable divorce settlements in Hollywood

Amy Mulvaney

Published 10/05/2016 | 14:37

(L to R) Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods; Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco; Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone
(L to R) Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods; Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco; Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone
Guy Ritchie and ex-wife Madonna back in 2008 Photo: Stephen Hird/Reuters
Slavica and Bernie Ecclestone
Basketball legend Michael Jordan and his ex-wife Juanita
Tiger Woods and his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren

Kaley Cuoco was one of the lucky ones.

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Following her split with husband of less than two years Ryan Sweeting, The Big Bang Theory star will walk away with her €63 million fortune firmly intact. Here's 5 of the top celebrity divorces that didn't go the same way.

1. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

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After one of the most renowned cheating scandals of all time, Tiger Woods reportedly paid €89 million to his ex-wife in their 2010 divorce. As part of the settlement, the golfer also had to pay €48 million towards the couple's mortgage by January of this year. However, Woods' earnings were valued at €1.2 billion by Forbes in 2015, so he’s not exactly hurting for cash.

 

2. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

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Sir Paul McCartney was married to ex-model Heather Mills for six years before the pair filed for divorce in 2008. Mills sought €159 million from the singer, but wound up with a €31 million settlement, which she said she was “so, so happy” with. Yearly payments of €45,000 to pay for a nanny and school costs for their daughter Beatrice were also agreed.

 

3. Madonna and Guy Ritchie

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Madonna and filmmaker Guy Ritchie were married for eight years before splitting in 2008. The couple had a son together, Rocco, and adopted their second child David Banda, during their marriage. The pop star reportedly paid Ritchie between €67 and €81 million, including the value of their London pub, the Punchbowl and their country home.

 

4. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy

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Basketball legend Michael Jordan's split from wife Juanita is one of the largest settlements in celebrity divorce history, ranking in at €148 million. The couple split in 2006 after 17 years of marriage. Jordan later went on to marry model Yvette Prieto in 2013, but reportedly had her sign a pre-nuptial agreement to protect his €570 million fortune.

 

5. Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone

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Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone may have paid out over €1 billion in his divorce to second wife Slavica, but he has reportedly received an estimated €440,000 from her since the split in 2009. In a highly unusual settlement, court papers show that the 85-year-old receives €88 million per annum from his ex-wife's trust fund. Their marriage lasted 24 years.

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