‘Divorce’, an unpleasant term, is defined as the procedure of bringing a marriage to an end. By availing a divorce, married couples tend to dissolve the culturally recognized union under the law of the particular state or country that they reside in. In the majority of cases, divorces are painful and put the involved people under a lot of stress. Aside from that, there are monetary issues that are linked to the process, especially if they are related to wealthy couples, including celebrities. You might have heard of high-profile couples parting ways. How much did they have to shell out exactly for getting divorced? Find out below.
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos – $36.6 billion
Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of the e-commerce company, Amazon. The megacorp had an annual turnover of $230 billion in the year 2018. In addition to Amazon, Bezos also owns Blue Origin, the entity that’s responsible for building commercial rockets and of course, The Washington Post. He was in a marital relationship with MacKenzie Bezos for 25 years. Mrs. Bezos is a philanthropist and by profession, a novelist. The couple recently went through a divorce but continue to remain friends. The separation was finalized in April 2019. As per reports, Jeff paid almost $36.6 billion to MacKenzie.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – $7 million
Johnny Depp is hailed as one of the most prolific actors in the Hollywood film industry. He attained legendary status with his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in one of the most commercially successful movies ever, Pirates of the Caribbean, while Amber grabbed the spotlight with her performance in Aquaman.
It’s said that that the duo chanced upon each other in the year 2009 and started going around two years later. It was 2015, that Depp and Heard walked down the aisle. However, this union wasn’t destined to continue for long. In the beginning, Depp was accused of being physically violent towards his wife and the same was heard from Depp as well. Though Johnny and Depp made up their minds to move on, reports about their battles were extensively covered by the media, making their relationship sour. A divorce between the two led to Amber receiving $7 million as a settlement sum, which she donated to charity.
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy – $168 million
Having achieved numerous feats throughout his basketball career. Michael Jordan has evolved into nothing less than a National Basketball Association legend. Before their wedding in the year 1989, Juanita Vanoy had been a professional fashion model.
After being man and wife for 13 years, Juanita initiated a divorce procedure. She cited irreconcilable differences between Michael and herself as the primary reason. However, the two did reconcile and stayed married until the year 2006, when both of them decided to separate for good. The 17-year-marriage was amicably settled after Vanoy a payout of an approximate $168 million. She also received the custody of their three kids.
Guy Ritchie and Madonna – $76 million – $92 million
The ‘Queen of Pop’ stole hearts since the time she stepped into the music scenario. She is credited with numerous chartbusters and popular numbers that she has churned out throughout her career. Guy Ritchie is also a star in his own right and has earned his share of popularity. The English director has gifted cinema lovers with some amazing films which have been highly successful at the box-office.
Ritchie and Madonna exchanged their wedding vows in 2000, only to get divorced eight years later. There were a lot of speculations regarding what could have been the reason for their break-up. Madonna thought there wasn’t any spark left in the union, whereas Ritchie believed that their wedded life was nothing but a soap opera. The most surprising aspect of this separation was that it was Madonna who had to cough up a settlement amount. Quite a contrast, isn’t it? According to BBC, the sum paid by the singer to the director was somewhere in the range of $76 million and $92 million.
Going through a separation is always tough. You might think that all celebrities are blissfully married and are on their way to live happily ever after. But that’s not exactly the case. Celebrities do have their fair share of relationship issues and most of the time, they are really heavy on the pockets. This is why these high-profile divorce lawsuits involve insane amounts of money.