Expensive Divorces of the Elite
It was confirmed this week that diva Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon are headed for divorce. Many have taken to social media to make light of the separation, particularly because Mariah’s net worth is about $510 million and Nick’s is $20 million. While anybody would love to have Nick Cannon’s salary (he makes 70K per episode for hosting America’s Got Talent), it’s pebbles compared to other elites—and his wife! This brings us back to a crucial point: Sometimes living The Life Elite can have harsh realities. That is, if everything in your life costs a lot, odds are your divorce will cost a pretty penny, too.
Here are elite divorces that make most bank accounts weep.
#3 Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Madonna is, well, Madonna, and Guy Ritchie is the English filmmaker responsible for goodies such as Snatch and Sherlock Holmes. So it shouldn’t be a shock that their divorce cost between an estimated $76 and $92 million.
#2 Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving
Perhaps the most jaw-dropping part of this expensive divorce is that it occurred in 1989. So when you consider that Amy walked away with $100 million, you have to take the time into consideration. That’s a lot today. Back then? Forget about it.
#1 Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan
Michael Jordan’s divorce was a slam dunk—for Juanita that is! In 2007, the former Mrs. Most Famous Basketball Player Ever received a stunning $168 million. That’s a little more than eight times Nick Cannon’s net worth. (See how that comes full circle?)
Whether or not Nick Cannon will walk away with a chunk of Mimi’s wealth is unclear. She has clout and she’s not afraid to use it.