Yes, the nearly $50 million Paul McCartney is paying ex-wife Heather Mills is a lot of money, but it’s no record-breaker as far as celebrity divorce settlements are concerned.
That crown still gets shared among basketball great Michael Jordan, musician Neil Diamond and box-office champ Steven Spielberg and their exes.
After nearly 18 years together, Juanita Jordan walked away from her marriage to the hoop star in 2006 with a $150 million parting gift, just like onetime TV production assistant Marcia Murphey received from Diamond – to whom she was married from 1969 (before he hit it big) to 1996.
Spielberg’s four-year marriage to actress Amy Irving ended in 1989 with his ex-spouse awarded roughly half of the filmmaker’s fortune, about $100 million, according to Forbes magazine.
Charles & Diana’s Settlement
On McCartney and Mills’s side of the Atlantic, Prince Charles’s settlement with ex-wife Princess Diana in their 1996 divorce was believed to be $32 million.
In terms of other high-priced settlements, the publication cites Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison (estimated $85 million, in 2004); Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva ($80 million, in 1994); McCartney and Mills; Titanic director James Cameron and actress Linda Hamilton (also $50 million, in 1999); Michael Douglas and first wife Diandra ($45 million, in 1998); Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall ($15 to $25 million); and Lionel Richie and his second wife, Diane ($20 million, in 2004).
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