A divorce is a rarely a happy occasion for anyone involved. It’s usually a sign that two people who had loved each other and pledged to spend the rest of their life together have had a massive breakdown in their relationship to such an extent that the couple can no longer live together. Although it is often a last resort, a divorce can come about for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps one of them had an affair, changed their behavior drastically or just fell out of love. Whatever the case, the process of separation can be a very messy one that, when those involved are celebrities or wealthy, can also become incredibly expensive.
Tiger Woods became the first sportsman to earn a billion dollars following his unrivaled success in golf during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. He married Elin Nordegren in 2004 and the couple had two children together but the relationship imploded in 2010 when a car crash involving Woods became public, an event that had been caused by an argument with his then wife over his affairs. The golfer later admitted to the infidelities and agreed to a quick and painless divorce that saw Elin get a settlement of $100 million.
Singer-songwriter Garth Brooks married his first wife Sandy Mahl in 1986. The pair had first met when Mahl had punched a hole in a wall while Brooks was working as a bouncer at the club. They separated 13 years later in 1999 and divorced in 2000. Reasons for the divorce were never made public and details about the exact settlement amount have never been revealed. However, analysts have reported the figure was very likely to be around $125 million.
Frank McCourt spent 30 years of marriage with his then wife Jamie when in 2009 they decided to divorce. Having spent much of his life acquiring a good deal of wealth from real estate development, the messy divorce was always going to be rather expensive. Eventually, Jamie was awarded a settlement of $131 million although she had to abandon her stake in the LA Dodgers. This turned out to be an unwise move as the team was later sold for $2.1 billion.
Although they had been married for 25 years, rumors of Neil Diamond being unfaithful to Marcia Murphey had constantly dogged the relationship. Eventually Marcia filed for divorce citing the ever popular “irreconcilable differences” in the court documents. The proceedings were finalized in 1994 and Marcia was given a settlement of $150 million.