5 of the world's most expensive divorces

5 of the world's most expensive divorces

In the largest divorce settlement in British legal history, hedge fund manager Chris Hohn has been ordered to pay his estranged wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn 337 million pounds (S$689.4 million).

Mr Hohn, 48, and his US-born wife, 49, run the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, one of the top private charities in the world. They were feuding over a forture of more than US$1.3 billion (S$1.7 billion), judges say.

However, that amount, eye-watering as it seems, pales in comparison to other big-money split-ups. Here's a list of what are thought to be the world's most expensive divorces:

1. Dmitry Rybolovlev and Elena Rybolovleva

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, 48, who earned his fortune in fertiliser and has an estimated net worth of US$8.8 billion, divorced his wife Elena Rybolovleva, 47, after 24 years of marriage. In May this year, a Swiss court awarded her US$4.8 billion in divorce settlement. It was described as the most expensive divorce in history by one of Ms Rybolovleva's lawyers.

Most painfully of all, the tycoon passed up the chance to end the battle at a much more comfortable sum of US$1 billion a year before that, when Ms Rybolovleva decided to settle for that amount.

2. Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein

When Ms Jocelyn Wildenstein, a New York socialite known for her many cosmetic surgery procedures, divorced art dealer Alec Wildenstein in 1999, she received a US$2.5 billion settlement, plus an annual US$100 million for the next 13 years, according to reports from American and British tabloids.

Ms Wildenstein came to be known as the Bride of Wildenstein due to her multiple facelifts that left her face looking bizarre, no doubt financed by the hefty sum she won in the split.

Mr Wildenstein, an heir of arguably the richest family in the art world, died of cancer in 2008, aged 67.


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