July 28, 2021

What are the most expensive divorces in history?

Until now, the divorce between Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, and MacKenzie Scott was considered the most expensive of all time. The now ex-couple Bill and Melinda Gates could soon take their place. They must agree on a fortune estimated at 146 billion dollars to share.

The news broke on Twitter on Monday, May 3: Bill and Melinda Gates are about to divorce after 27 years of marriage. “After careful consideration and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple announced. in a joint press release. If the news may seem anecdotal to many, it is not in the light of the fortune of the co-founder of Microsoft. The 65-year-old billionaire is according to the latest Forbes ranking the fourth richest man in the world with a fortune estimated at 130 billion dollars (108 billion euros). He ranks behind the top three: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault.

“If Bill and Melinda decided to split the fortune equally, Melinda would be worth $ 65.25 billion, which would be more than MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos,” writes Forbes. However, nothing yet indicates that the fortune will be scrupulously divided into two equal parts since the lawyers of the two parties can agree on agreements. While waiting to learn more about the terms of what will be perhaps the most expensive divorce of all time, Forbes has identified other separations in which the calculator is welcome.

1st – Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos / € 32 billion

A divorce worth more than 30 billion euros. In 2019, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and his wife MacKenzie Scott decide to end their union after 25 years of marriage. Under an agreement finalized with her ex-husband, MacKenzie Scott receives approximately 19.7 million Amazon.com shares, or a 4% stake in the company. Which makes her one of the richest women on the planet.

1st – Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos / € 32 billion

2nd – Bill and Sue Gross / € 1.1 billion

Not all divorces go as smoothly as Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott’s. Bill and Sue Gross will not say otherwise. Failure to agree, the creator of the Pimco fund, specialist in investments in bonds for individuals, had to sign a check for more than 1.1 billion to his ex-wife at the time of separation.

2e - Bill et Sue Gross / 1,1 milliard d’euros

2nd – Bill and Sue Gross / € 1.1 billion

3rd – Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall / € 813 million

Same sanction for the oil magnate Harold Hamma in 2015. The billionaire has also declared that his check for nearly a billion dollars to his ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall had helped put his divorce “in the rearview mirror”.

3e - Harold Hamm et Sue Ann Arnall / 813 millions d’euros

3rd – Harold Hamm and Sue Ann Arnall / € 813 million

4e – Steve et Elaine Wynn / 710 millions d’euros

“I had a big role to play in our businesses, but he was the risk taker and the visionary,” Elaine Wynn said in 2016 of American casino entrepreneur Steve Wynn. After two marriages and two divorces, the two billionaires have finally managed to tune their violins with some difficulty.

4e - Steve et Elaine Wynn / 710 millions d’euros

4e – Steve et Elaine Wynn / 710 millions d’euros

5th – Roy and Patricia Disney / 500 million euros

Filing for a divorce at the age of 70 is not common, and yet it is what Roy and Patricia Disney did. After 52 years of marriage, the couple decided to seal their disunity in 2007. His ex-wife then recovers half of the fortune of Walt Disney’s nephew. The latter died in 2009 and his ex-wife Patricia three years later.

5e - Roy et Patricia Disney / 500 millions d’euros

5th – Roy and Patricia Disney / 500 million euros

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