If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’d know that music super-producer Timbaland is going through a nasty divorce. Timbaland has an estimated net worth of $80 million dollars, and his estranged wife is seeing to it that she gets every last penny that she believes she deserves. The producer has been married to Monique Mosley for five years, but the couple has technically been together for almost a decade. In that time frame, the couple had a daughter together, and Timbaland took on the role of a father to Monique’s ten year old child from a previous relationship. Get this, she has not only asked for child support for their daughter, but she demands that he pay child support for her eldest child which is not biologically his. That’s not all, Monique has also humbly requested that Timbaland forks over cheddar for private school, life insurance, alimony, vacations, summer camp, and other expenses. Oh and lastly, she wants money while the divorce proceedings are pending. It looks like things are going to get messy, and it makes me wonder…is it cheaper to keep her? Check out a few celebs who lost a fortune due to a pesky divorce.
Jocelyn Wildenstein & Alec Wildenstein
Jocelyn Wildenstein holds the title of earning the most from a divorce settlement. The New York socialite reportedly received $2.5 billion dollars in her settlement and $100 million per year for 13 years after her 1999 divorce.
Mel Gibson & Robyn Moore Gibson
After 31 years of marriage, Mel Gibson lost half of his $850 million dollar fortune when he had to reportedly shell over $425 million to ex-wife Robyn.
Michael Jordan & Juanita Jordan
Married for eighteen years, but when they split in 2007, Juanita walked away with an estimated $168 million.
Neil Diamond & Marcia Murphey
Diamond and Murphey split after 25 years of marriage. He said she was worth every penny. All $150 million dollars worth of pennies.
Garth Brooks & Sandy Mahl
When the couple divorced in 2000, Sandy reportedly walked away with a cool $125 million.
Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren
After Tiger Woods’ numerous escapades of infidelity made national news, Elin filed for divorce and received an estimated $100 million dollars.
Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving
After only four years of marriage, Amy walked away with an estimated $100 million of Steven’s fortune.
Madonna & Guy Ritchie
Madonna filed for divorce, citing that Ritchie had “unreasonable behavior”. His bad boy behavior led to a nice pay out. Ritchie reportedly received somewhere between $76-$92 million of Madonna’s fortune.
Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison
After divorcing in 2004, Melissa received somewhere around $85 million dollars. According to Forbes, she also negotiated to get a portion of Ford’s future earnings from films he made while they were married. Ouch!
Kevin Costner & Cindy Silva
As Costner’s acting career skyrocketed, the couple’s marriage plummeted. After a 16 year marriage, Silva walked away with an estimated $80 million dollars.
Money sure can’t buy you happiness, but after a horrible marriage, draining your spouse’s fortune can sure be a way to stick it to them! Check out these statistics according to the Enrichment Journal of Divorce Rates:
Remember pre-nuptial agreements are a viable option, especially if you’re on marriage number two and above!