In an Oklahoma City courthouse yesterday, County Judge Howard Haralson ordered oil magnate Harold Hamm to pay nearly $1 billion to his ex-wife. That is one of the largest divorce settlements in American history, but it is nothing compared to some other famous divorces around the world- including one that surged past $4 billion.
Here now are some of the other most expensive divorces.
Earlier this year, Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev divorced his wife Elena Rybolovleva, with an estimated price tag of $4.5 Billion. Elena Rybolovleva was also awarded ownership of two homes in Switzerland worth $146 million.
In 1999, the media mogul ended his marriage to Anna Torv Murdoch, and spent a reported $1.7 Billion. 17 days after his divorce, Murdoch married Wendi Deng – from whom he is also now divorced.
The 31-year marriage of Mel Gibson and Robyn Gibson ended in 2009. The Oscar-winning director and actor lost $425 million in the divorce (half of his net worth at the time).
The basketball legend and his wife filed for divorce in 2006. After earning more than $300 million dollars in the NBA during his marriage, Jordan ended up paying an estimated $168 million to his ex-wife.
In 2010, Tiger Woods became late night fodder after it was revealed he had cheated on his wife with multiple women. After those revelations – which landed Woods in rehab for sex addiction – Elin Nordegren got a divorce and a reported $110 million.
During the divorce proceedings of Steven Spielberg and actress Amy Irving, a judge chose not to recognize the napkin Spielberg said contained his prenuptial agreement as legitimate. Irving was awarded $100 million.
The dissolving of a marriage is never an easy thing, especially when there are millions (or billions) of dollars involved. Oklahoma Oil magnate Harold Hamm’s and Sue Ann Hamm’s $995.5 million settlement is one of the largest in history – but if history is any guide, this ruling is not the last of its kind.