#9: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills: $48.6 million

Heather+Mills in Year In Focus 06: Suddenly Splitsville
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Length of Marriage:
6 years
Children: One
Filed for Divorce: 2008
Amount of Settlement: $48.6 million
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
The Skinny: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills met at a Pride of Britain march, after Mills had spent years working as a charity campaigner and sometimes model (including posing nude for a German sex education manual). She became an anti-landmine advocate after losing a leg in 1993 in a police motorcycle accident. The two married in a lavish ceremony Castle Leslie in 2002. The marriage immediately became the focus of tabloid headlines, with rumors that Mills was dissatisfied with McCartney's age and lack of social life. In 2006 the two separated, and an increasingly rancorous divorce began, with accusations of drug use and abuse flying back and forth. Mills initially sought more than $250 million from McCartney, citing needs such as $25 million to buy a home in London, $6 million for a home in New York, $1 million per year for vacations, $250,000 for clothing, $80,000 for wine, and $60,000 for "equestrian activities." In the end, a judge awarded Mills $48.6 million, though he scolded Mills for being "inconsistent, inaccurate" and "less than candid."
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