There is nothing new about celebrity couples getting divorced. However, it still creates a widespread impact on those following the happenings in the lives of the celebs. With divorce cases, celebrities, or otherwise, there are heartbreaks.But it becomes messy, especially when it involves money.
Most Hollywood couples or rich entrepreneurs have to spend a fortune and spend half their net worth in divorce settlements. And when there is no involvement of prenuptial agreements, there’s a lot of things happening all at once, including big drama, multiple lawyers, and big cashouts! Here’s what you need to know about them.
Melinda and Bill Gates
The philanthropic couple called it splits on May 3, 2021, after 27 years of marriage, and shocked the world. It helped that they had a private separation agreement in place. However, they did not have a prenuptial agreement. Since they had so much common in their professional lives, they also divided their assets.
They share a 66,000-square foot waterfront mansion in Medina, Washington, worth $130.88 million, and the new home in Del Mar, California, is worth $43 million. Bill Gates is worth $130.5 billion. The former Microsoft chairman owns 1.34 percent of the company and other organizations, apart from a handful of luxury planes and cars. They even have their namesake foundation, which is $ 40 billion.
Shannon and David Beador
The Real Housewives of Orange County star split after celebrating 16 years of marriage. However, things went downhill after that, and Shannon filed for divorce from David in December 2017.
David paid Shannon a whopping $1.4 million. The former couple, who are parents to three teenagers, have agreed to get legal and physical custody of their daughters. Besides that, David also paid Shannon $10,000 a month for child support.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
The gorgeous duo met on the sets of Rum Diary in 2011 and tied the knot in a private ceremony four years later. The duo split after spending 15 months of marriage because of their irreconcilable differences.
After the initial filing, Amber even filed a restraining order against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, hinting at various insinuations. However, the charges were later dropped, and Heard even donated the entire $7 million settlement from Depp to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli
The good-looking pair met at a 1996 BBC drama Nostromo and were married one year later. In December of 2019, they announced their separation after 22 years of marriage.
Well, the people close to the family weren’t entirely surprised because of the ongoing less-than-amicable things brewing between them. The duo part ways between 2015 and 2016.
Although they had a strong family relationship, they had to part ways which made the fans of this couple sad.
John Cleese and Alyce Faye Eichelberg
John Cleese and Alyce Faye sought a divorce in 2009, and Cleese’s wife trumped him in riches as he handed her a cool $19.7 million and $13 million in assets, the assets included a posh New York apartment, a palatial home in London, and a gorgeous beach house in Santa Barbara.
Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott
Bezos is one of the richest people globally, whose worth stands at $177 billion. Bezos’ home state before his divorce is in Washington, which is one of the nine states where residents are supposed to get an equal split of marital assets.
The couple finally signed on the divorce document in July 2019, enabling MacKenzie Bezos or Mackenzie Scott, get an Amazon worth an estimated $38 billion. Right after the divorce, she was named the second wealthiest woman. After the divorce, Jeff Bezos’ net worth remained at $121 billion. Scott’s current net worth is around $53 billion, sealing the position of the third richest woman in the world. Bezos tweeted that they parted ways after exploring trial separation. They did not have a prenuptial agreement and yet agreed to separate amicably.
The duo vowed to remain friends and be responsible parents to their four children.
Well, there are many more such jaw-dropping settlements that make you wonder what went wrong between the two high-profile celebrities? Sometimes their ambitious careers get the better of them. With the spotlight veered firmly on them, sometimes it becomes difficult to iron out their differences. Well, whatever their differences may be, we hope the celebs continue to remain amicable for the sake of their children.