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2020-05-18 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine The Five Most Expensive Divorces of All Time

The Five Most Expensive Divorces of All Time

Here's what happens when billionaires break up
Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Alamy

No matter how many properties you and your partner may have to divvy up, your divorce likely won’t hold a candle to some of the most well-funded splits ever recorded. Below, Avenue has rounded up the top-five priciest breakups.

5. Steve & Elaine Wynn

Steve Wynn and Elaine Wynn in 2007
Photo by Amy Sussman, via Getty Images

Amount: $1 billion
Settled in: 2010

The Las Vegas casino couple married and divorced twice, settling in stock ultimately worth ten figures.

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4. Bernie & Slavica Ecclestone

Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone in 2008
Photo by Dave M. Benett, via Getty Images

Amount: $1.2 billion
Settled in: 2009

The complex structure of the couple’s finances meant she had to pay him.

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3. Rupert & Anna Murdoch

Rupert and Anna Murdoch
Photo by Ron Galella, via Getty Images

Amount: $1.7 billion
Settled in: 1999

Rupert married Wendi Deng 17 days after his settlement with Anna, only to pay out again when he and Deng divorced in 2013.

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2. Alec & Jocelyn Wildenstein

Alec and Jocelyn Wildenstein
Left: Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff, via Getty Image. Right: Photo by Alamy

Amount: $3.8 billion ($2.5 billion in the settlement, plus $100 million in alimony annually for 13 years)
Settled in: 1999

This Upper East Side socialite will forever be remembered as the cat who got the cream.

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1. Jeff & Mackenzie Bezos

Mackenzie and Jeff Bezos in 2017
Photo by Jerod Harris, via Getty Images

Amount: $38 billion
Settled in: 2019

Everything you ever bought on Amazon, MacKenzie got a cut.

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