(Reuters) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney was ordered on Monday to pay his estranged wife Heather Mills 24.3 million pounds ($48.7 million) after an acrimonious divorce battle.
Here are some other reported big divorce settlements:
* Multi-millionaire businessman John Charman lost an appeal against his ex-wife’s record-breaking 48 million pound ($97 million) settlement in May 2007. He had offered her 20 million. It was the highest sum ever awarded by a British divorce court.
* Basketball great Michael Jordan paid an estimated $168 million to his wife of nearly 18 years, Chicago bank officer Juanita Vanoy, when they divorced in November 2007.
* Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond settled an estimated $150 million to onetime TV production assistant Marcia Murphey, whom he married in 1969 before his breakthrough album, “Touching You, Touching Me,” went gold. They divorced in 1996. Diamond later said Murphey, his second wife, was “worth every penny.”
* Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg’s first marriage, to actress Amy Irving, ended in 1989 with his ex-spouse awarded roughly half of the filmmaker’s fortune, about $100 million.
* Actor Harrison Ford paid an estimated $85 million to his second wife, Melissa Mathison.
* Screen star Kevin Costner had an estimated $80 million settlement obtained by his first spouse, Cindy Silva, whose 16-year marriage to the actor spanned his peak earning years.
* When Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman parted in 2001 it was reported that, in dividing up their reputed fortune of $350 million, Kidman got $4.3 million, a five-bedroom mansion in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles and a house in Sydney, Australia. Cruise kept the couple’s $10.5 million estate in Telluride, Colorado, as well as his three planes.
Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit
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