Thanks to Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian, we have the celebrity divorce spectacle to which we’ve become accustomed. There are no kids (and apparently no deep feelings) involved, but oh, do we have drama! This divorce, like so many others, is all about money. Consider the top ten biggest divorce payouts in history below:
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- Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from Anna Murdoch; estimated at $1.7 billion
- Adnan Khashoggi’s divorce from Soraya Khashoggi; estimated at $850 million
- Bernie Ecclestone’s divorce from Slavica; estimated at £750m
- Craig McCaw’s divorce from Wendy McCaw; estimated to exceed $460 million
- Mel Gibson‘s divorce from Robyn; estimated at $425 million
- Michael Jordan’s divorce from Juanita Jordan; estimated to exceed $260 million
- Charles Edgar Fipke’s divorce from Marlene Fipke; estimated at $200 million
- Neil Diamond‘s divorce from Marcia Murphey; estimated at $150 million
- Harrison Ford‘s divorce from Melissa Mathison; estimated at $118 million
- Greg Norman’s divorce from Laura Andrassy; estimated at $103 million
Most of us won’t have a divorce settlement in the millions, but there are a few things you can do to make sure that any future split with your partner is amicable, fair, and fast:
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1. Write a prenup. An ironclad prenup is the easiest way to speed up the divorce process. In 1985, Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving wrote a prenuptial agreement on a cocktail napkin. Four years later, Amy contested the agreement—and won. As a result, she received a settlement of about 100 million, or half of her ex-husband’s earnings, after just four years of marriage. The reason? Her attorney wasn’t present, allowing her to contest the prenup on the grounds of fairness, full disclosure, and duress. In the absence of an ironclad prenup, husbands and wives usually split their assets equally.