Jeff Bezos to Craig McCaw: Top 5 most expensive celebrity divorces, here's how much they paid up as settlement

Jeff Bezos to Craig McCaw: Top 5 most expensive celebrity divorces, here's how much they paid up as settlement
Jeff Bezos and ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos and Harold Hamm and ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall (Getty Images)

Who doesn't love reading about celebrity romance or weddings? Unfortunately, quite a few of these weddings end up in bitter and expensive divorces. The recent news of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's rumored divorce has once again opened the can of worms, as most celebrity splits do. While neither Kim nor Kanye's representative has made any statement surrounding the rumors, people have already begun discussing who will get what as part of their divorce settlement. Considering both Kim and Kanye are extremely expensive, their divorce will definitely pan out to be quite a pricey affair if it ever comes to that. 


With everybody obsessing over the couple's pricey divorce, we began looking into some of the most expensive celebrity divorces that have taken place to date. From Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's $35 billion divorce settlement to Craig McCaw's, here's a list of top five most expensive celebrity divorces.

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott

Settlement: $35 billion

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)


The Amazon founder and his wife of 26 years finalized their divorce in 2019, following which Mackenzie Scott made a whopping $35 billion! MacKenzie donated most of her money to various charities and philanthropy. While $35 billion might sound like a lot of money for most people, it might not necessarily be the same for Amazon honcho, considering his hefty net worth of $183.6 billion.


Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein

Settlement: $3.8 billion

Jocelyn Wildenstein attends the Jean-Yves Klein: Chimeras Exhibition at Gallery Molly Krom on October 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)

In 1999, art dealer Alec Wildenstein's divorce from Jocelyn Wildenstein created a buzz. The art dealer divorced his socialite wife of 21 years, amid extremely high profile proceedings. At the end of which, according to OLBG's research, Jocelyn walked away with a cool $3.8 billion. But one of the conditions imposed upon Jocelyn was that she wouldn't be allowed to use any of the money on any further plastic surgeries.  


Rupert Murdoch and Anna Torv

Settlement: $1.7 billion

Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch with his second wife Anna Maria Torv and their 14-month old daughter Elisabeth at their home in Sussex Gardens, London, 4th October 1969. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The media mogul and Anna Torv divorced after being married for 31 years. The couple's differences over when Murdoch should retire reportedly led to their split in 1999. The couple however had an "amicable split", following which Torv was rewarded $1.7 billion. No love seemed to be lost between the two, as Murdoch quickly moved on and married Wendi Deng, just 17 days after the divorce, while Torv married William Mann six months later. 


Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall

Settlement: $974.8 million

(L) Founder of Continental Resources Harold Hamm attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

Oil tycoon Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall had a pretty highly publicized divorce in 2014. The couple decided to split after 26 years of marriage. Arnall received $974.8 million in settlement from her husband. At first, she rejected it but then she changed her mind. 


Craig McCaw and Wendy McCaw

Settlement: $460 million in Nextel stock

Cellphone business mogul Craig McCaw and his publisher wife, Wendy McCaw decided to have an amicable divorce in 1997, after being married for 23 years. Wendy received a settlement of $460 million in Nextel stock. 

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