#5: Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva: $80 million


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Length of Marriage: 16 years
Children: Three
Filed for Divorce: 1994
Amount of Settlement: $80 million
Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva. The Skinny: Kevin Costner was still a college student and Delta Chi fraternity member when he met and married fellow student Cindy Silva in 1978. Costner, who had a few small movies roles to his credit, took a job as a marketing executive after college, while taking acting classes at night. After breaking big with movies such as Field of Dreams and Bull Durham, and winning a Best Director Oscar in 1991 for Dances with Wolves, Costner was pulling down serious paychecks, earning $51 million dollars in 1991 alone. You could argue Silva got out just in time -- when the marriage dissolved in 1994, she was awarded $80 million, while Costner went on to star in a series of big budget dissapointments, including the infamous Waterworld and The Postman, sending his career into a steady decline from which it has never recovered.
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