#1: Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy: $168 million

Michael+Jordan in Junior Middleweight Championship: Oscar De La Hoya v Floyd Mayweather
Hall of fame NBA player Michael Jordan looks on during the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya during their WBC super welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 5, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather defeated De La Hoya by split decision. (Getty Images)more pics »Length of Marriage: 17 years
Children: Three
Filed for Divorce: December 29, 2006
Amount of Settlement: $168 million
Michael Jordan and Lisa Vanoy.
The Skinny: Michael Jordan was used to setting records on the court, but in 2007 he set one off the court: the most expensive celebrity divorce ever, after agreeing to a divorce settlement with ex-wife Juanita Vanoy to the tune of $168 million. Married in 1989, their marriage had been troubled for years. Juanita had filed for divorce once already in January of 2002, and there were rumors of Jordan's infidelity with two seperate women: Karla Knafel and Lisa Micelli. However, in the closing days of 2007 the couple had appeared to be making an effort to reconcile, before they announced they were amicably ending their marriage. Already making big dollars when they met on a blind date in 1984, Jordan and Vanoy signed a prenuptial a year after their marriage that entilted her to half his fortune. Which means all told, Vanoy didn't recieve everything she could have -- the $168 million payout (she also got a seven-acre Chicago estate and custody of the three children) represents only a third of Jordan's total assets.
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