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Not so long ago it became known what amount of compensation was received by Melinda Gates when she divorced her husband. It turned out that this amount is far from the largest in history.
The recent divorce of Melinda and Bill Gates made a lot of noise. Experts assumed that this separation would be the most expensive in history. However, everything turned out differently, and another ex-couple retains the leadership (at least according to official data). Contents of the article 1. Seventh place 1.1 Bernie and Slavik Ecclestone 2. Sixth place 2.1 Bill and Sue Gross 3. Fifth place 3.1 Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv 4. Fourth place 4.1 Alec and Jocelyn Wildenstein 5. Third place 5.1 Bill and Melinda Gates 6. Second place 6.1 Roman and Irina Abramovich 7. 1st Place 7.1 Jeff Bezos & Mackenzie Scott Hide
In this article, we have collected seven cases when husbands paid fabulous sums to their ex-wives. It's about billions of dollars! So that you clearly understand what a billion dollars is, here are some introductory notes: a private jet can be purchased for a million dollars (or maybe even for 60 million), your island will cost a buyer $ 3-30 million, a yacht - about 10 million dollars, and a small two-storey villa somewhere in Europe - 2-3 million dollars. Consider this: even if you buy all of the above attributes of luxury, there will still be a lot of money for a long comfortable life.
So, now to the numbers.
Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone
Slavika received 1.2 billion dollars
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She is an Armani model, he is the general director of Formula 1, but even this seemingly ideal union (the couple was not embarrassed by the difference either in age - 28 years, or in height - Slavik is 29 cm taller than Bernie) at some point crack. Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone divorced after 23 years of marriage in 2009. The ex-model became the initiator of the divorce: she explained her decision by the fact that she was tired of enduring her husband's intolerable character.
Ecclestone paid his ex-wife $ 1.2 billion at the time of separation, which became the most expensive divorce in the history of England. First of all, Slavika made her dream come true - she bought a private jet worth $ 60 million.
However, in 2014, interesting details of this divorce were revealed: it turned out that Slavika was obliged to pay the ex-husband $ 100 million annually. How long this should continue and whether it still continues is unknown.
Bill and Sue Gross
Sue got $ 1.3 billion
In 2016, Bill Gross decided to divorce his wife Sue after 30 years of marriage. The spouses did not manage to part peacefully: after the announcement of the breakup, public accusations of each other's mental problems followed. When the property division process was finally completed in 2017, Bill had to pay his ex-wife $ 1.3 billion for his freedom, which was equal to more than half of his fortune and permanently struck him off the Forbes list of richest people. Also, the oligarch had to give her all three cats, although he fought for one of them for a long time and, alas, to no avail.
Sue also got the painting by Pablo Picasso "Rest", which, by the way, she hid long before the divorce, and a replica hung in her and her husband's house for a long time. Upon learning of this, Bill was furious. By the way, later Sue sold this painting for $ 35 million.
Mr. Gross finally finished off the fact that his ex-wife, among other things, got their huge mansion Laguna Beach in California. For Bill, this is a blow below the belt, and he decided to take revenge. The oligarch ordered to spray the house with stinking sprays, put rotten fish in the ventilation holes, and also scatter bottles with odorous substances all over the area. According to Sue, unknown persons even entered the house and ruined the interior. After such a trick, Gross filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband.
Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv
Anna received $ 1.7 billion
Rupert Murdoch married Anna Maria Torv in 1968 - long before he became a billionaire. Having been married for three decades, the couple decided to divorce in 1999. Then the amount of compensation amounted to 1.7 billion dollars, however, most of this money was assigned to the children of ex-spouses.
Interestingly, such an expensive divorce did not discourage Rupert from wanting to marry again. Moreover, he did it 17 days after his divorce from Anna Maria. But now he was more careful and before the wedding he drew up a prenuptial agreement, thanks to which a divorce, which happened 14 years later, was much less costly for Murdoch.
Alec and Jocelyn Wildenstein
Jocelyn received $ 2.5 billion
Today Jocelyn Wildenstein is known to many as Catwoman. And all because of her passion for plastic. By the way, the divorce took place for the same reason. Jocelyn always knew her worth and from the age of 17 she dated exclusively rich men. In 1978, she married art dealer Alec Wildenstein.
They had been married for 20 years, but Alec could no longer watch his wife turn into a laughingstock. The divorce was not just scandalous, it was crazy. The spouses threatened each other with weapons, then accusations of treason and violence rained down. Alec and Jocelyn parted badly and … dearly. Catwoman received $ 3.8 billion in divorce: $ 2.5 billion one-time, as well as $ 100 million over the next 13 years. Alas, Alec could not fully comply with the court order: in 2008 he died of cancer.
But even without that, it would seem, the amount is colossal. However, Jocelyn somehow managed to spend it all. Already in 2018, she declared herself bankrupt.
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Bill and Melinda Gates
Melinda received over $ 5.7 billion
The news of the divorce of Melinda and Bill Gates after 27 years of marriage sounded like a bolt from the blue. No one would have thought that this couple would ever break up. Nevertheless, the gap was inevitable, because, according to rumors, Melinda was tired of enduring her husband's betrayal.
No one had any doubts that this divorce would be not only one of the loudest, but also the most expensive. The details of the division of the Gates' property were not disclosed, nevertheless, the journalists managed to find out that only the shares transferred to Melinda by the ex-husband were estimated at $ 5.7 billion. And we are sure that this figure is far from final, given that the fortune of the founder of Microsoft is about $ 152 billion.
Roman and Irina Abramovich
Irina received 6 billion pounds (or 8.3 billion dollars)
The divorce of Irina and Roman Abramovich after 16 years of marriage was quiet and peaceful. Neither then, nor in subsequent years, the ex-spouses did not say a single bad word about each other. Abramovich's five children stayed with their mother - the oligarch left them real estate abroad (two apartments in London, four villas in the UK and a castle in France), as well as the opportunity to use a family yacht.
In addition, according to some reports, Irina Abramovich received about 6 billion pounds so that she would not need anything for the rest of her life.
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Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott
McKenzie received $ 38 billion
An unprecedented divorce sum was paid in 2019 by Jeff Bezos to his ex-wife Mackenzie. The couple split after 25 years of marriage and parted surprisingly peacefully - as promised in their joint public statement. They got married even before Bezos became insanely rich, so the couple did not have a marriage contract.
Thus, Mackenzie could count on half of her husband's fortune, which is about $ 70 billion, but the woman acted honorably and asked for a more "modest" amount.So, Jeff and McKenzie agreed on a quarter of their total stake in Amazon, which is about $ 38 billion. This is by far the largest divorce settlement in the history of the world.
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