Five of the Most Costly Sports Divorces
Celebs come in all forms. Football, basketball, baseball and even the infamous. No matter where the money is made it goes out with the divorce all the same
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Tying the knot in the public eye is not a bowl of cherries.
Getting divorced is never a fun event and even less so with the entire world watching. However, sometimes it is a price to pay for being a celebrity. Millions of fans are present via media options and the internet when the knot is tied. Even more are present for the divorce. Not only are fans there for the failure, the haters love it as well.
Not only does the sports arena permit an individual to earn the sun and the moon. Getting divorced in this same showground costs the same sun and moon. In order to appreciate just how much this really converts to, take a close up look at five of these. These are five of the most costly sports divorces in American history.
Kim Kardashian and NBA star Kris Humphries
After a whirlwind romance everyone viewed the wedding nuptials which cost millions of dollars on reality television. The final cost was reported in access of $10 million dollars. Exactly 72 days after saying “I do” the happy couple said “I don’t” and filed for divorce. The old standby of irreconcilable differences was used and the two called it quits after a little under three months of bliss..
There was a prenuptial agreement which possibly saved the day for the groom, NBA star Humphries. Countless teammates were capable of faring better at their personal irreconcilable differences if they had a similar prenuptial agreement in place before their “I dos”. Humphries gets to keep his paycheck and Kardashian was not worse for wear after the break up. Kim walked away with what she brought to the marriage.
The exact dollar figure of Kim and Kris’ different parting monies were not discussed. Though, what the bride and groom split from the televised affair is unknown. They do make one of the top spots for the five most costly splits.
Frank and Jamie Mc Court
Frank McCourt is a former real estate developer. With a career spanning a number of years, one of his coups was purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004. Five years later, in 2009 he and wife of 30 years separated. The separation ended in filing for divorce. This was certainly an ugly affair finally settled in 2011. Three years of bickering back and forth over who got what was extremely profitable for the attorneys involved. The couple was divvying up an enormous fortune.
Mrs. Frank McCourt walked away with $130 million in exchange for permitting Mr. to keep the baseball team and giving up any personal ownership in the Dodgers. It certainly didn’t help matters that Jamie McCourt was the CEO of the team business and fired by her husband one week after the separation. He was putting the cart before the horse in this one.
Jeff Gordon and Brooke Sealey
Racing cars for a living is a very lucrative job. Professional drivers are celebrities in their own right and the profits from winnings and endorsements are phenomenal. Jeff and spouse Brooke Sealey filed in court to end the marriage in 2002. Reasons in court documents stated the end was due to marital misconduct. This is not cited as a reason very often. She had the videotape to prove it. NASCAR does pay well and so did Jeff.
With over $100 million in career wins, Jeff was on his way to winning even more during this time period. In fact, he was a milestone in 2009 for the Cup series. Though the settlement terms were not disclosed the videotaped evidence of infidelity or rather "marital misconduct" certainly helped with Brooke’s negotiations and final take home pay.
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy
Michael has always been admired for his skills on the basketball court. He was a legendary player for the Chicago Bulls. After meeting Juanita Vanoy, the couple was married in 1989. The split took place by 2002. The couple even tried reconciliation in 2006. It simply did not work out. The papers were filed yet again in 2007.
Juanita walked away with $168 million dollars in the divorce settlement. Michael Jordan beat out Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Steven Spielberg for a wifey payday. They all got away from their spouses for much less.
Greg Norman and Laura Andrassy
Greg Norman, celebrated golfer also known as the Great White Shark divorced his wife of 25 years in 2006. No reason was provided for the marriage breakdown. The Mrs. didn’t need a reason since she was able to leave the marriage with $105 million. That works out to a great weekly or yearly paycheck for the time put in on this marriage.
This is SNL having a laugh at the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries divorce
Divorce is certainly nothing to sneeze at. People marry for a variety of reasons. This is true for celebrities and non celebrities alike. Individuals are in love and expect the union to last. This does not always happen for a variety of reasons. No matter what the cause of a breakup, the payout varies on a variety of factors.
It appears as if having tons of money and being famous makes up for everything, but it is not always the case. In fact, most celebrities admit they never run to the alter on a whim. Because there are tons of people after their fame and money they second guess such a serious life changing decision.
These are celebs who took the plunge and wanted to make the most of it. There are some married for less than three months while others were more than 25 years. It seems the payday is not affected by the length of time a couple remains married.
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