Jeff Bezos-MacKenzie and Other Expensive Divorces in The World
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon recently made headlines after he won the title of world’s richest man with a worth of $137 billion.
Again he catches attention of the world after he called off his 25-years-old marriage with wife MacKenzie on Twitter.
The duo will join thousand of Americans who filed for divorce this year but it will hardly have any similarity. As Bezos who possess $137 billion, this could be the most expensive divorce of the world.
According to CNBC, Bezos comes from Washington which is so-called 'community property' states under which one has to go through prenuptial agreement - where the assets earned after marriage is divided equally between the duo.
Since divorces are top of the mind, here’s a look at some of the most expensive divorces:
10) Craig and Wendy McCaw, $460 million
One of the costliest divorces of all time was when the cell phone industry pioneer, Craig McCaw and newspaper publisher Wendy McCaw separated in 1997. The divorce costed Craig McCaw around $460 million according to Forbes.
9) Dmitry and Elena Rybolovlev: $600 Million
Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev had gone through a long battle of 7 years since his wife Elena Rybolovlev filed for divorce in 2008. According to Forbes, a Swiss court awarded Elena $4.5 billion. Later, the court cut it to $600 Million. Finally, after much conflict, the duo settled down to an agreement and all the lawsuits were dropped.
8. Adnan Khashoggi and Soraya Khashoggi, 1980 — $874 million
Adnan Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian businessman who was married to the then, 20-year-old British woman named Sandra Daly. Daly converted to Islam and changed her name to Soraya.
According to the Time Magazine, the couple together owned 17 homes, three planes, and three yachts. When they separated, their divorce settlement reportedly totaled £574 million in 1982. That is equivalent to 2.2 billion of today.
7. Harold and Sue Ann Hamm: $975 million
After 3 years of fighting the battle in the court, the oil tycoon Harold (nationality?) and his wife in 2015 called off their wedding.
5. Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone, $1.2 billion
Bernie Ecclestone, the president and CEO of Formula One, separated from Slavica Ecclestone, a former model. The couple filed for divorce in 2009 for an estimated $1.2 billion of alimony.
4. Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv, $1.7 billion
American media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv (now Anna Mann) took a divorce with a $1.7 billion settlement in 1999.
Murdoch divorced his second wife, Anna. They were married for 32 years.
3. Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng, $1.8 billion
After divorcing his second wife, Rupert Murdoch was married to Wendi Deng, a Chinese woman. Murdoch and Deng divorced 14 years later. Deng received several luxurious homes and around $1.8 billion as alimony.
2. Alec and Jocelyn Wildenstein, $2.5 billion
This divorce between Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein is considered one of the most expensive divorces ever. Alec was a billionaire French businessman, art dealer and racehorse owner and breeder.
According to the Time report, the divorce settlement was around $2.5 billion and she also got an additional sum of $100 million per year for 13 years.
1. Vladimir Potanin and Natalia Potanin, $ 15 billion?
Yeah, you read that right!
The Russian entrepreneur Potanin and Natalia Potanina divorced in 2014. Vladimir, allegedly offered her a settlement of $ 140 million. But according to the Business Insider, Natalia is still going through the court procedure to demand $15 billion as an alimony.
If she wins in this fight, this could be the world’s costliest divorce.