When it comes to athletes, they have a short amount of time to make a lot of money. And with all of the pressure they are under, unfortunately, this can lead to trouble at home. And when that happens, the divorces which take place can turn nasty. Some examples of this include:
Greg Norman and Laura Andrassy - $105 Million Settlement
Shaquille O’Neal and Shaunie O’Neal - $100 Million Settlement, along with $20,000/month in alimony
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy - $168 Million Settlement
These are some staggering numbers, but more times than not, an athlete can lose up to 50% of their current income, along with any future royalties. In addition to this, there are other assets which can add up, leaving the athlete high and dry towards the end of their career and past their prime, where they can still make more money for their future.
However, this is not always the case, as there have been times where athletes have seemingly paid out just a small portion of their worth during a divorce. Within this article, there are fifteen cases where an athlete may have paid out a large amount, but in the bigger scheme of things, was much less than the 50% that most athletes end up paying out.
15 Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco
14 David Justice and Halle Berry
13 Dwyane Wade and Siohvaughn Funches
12 Randy Orton and Samantha Speno
11 Michael Strahan and Jean Muggli
10 Lance Armstrong and Kristin Armstrong
9 Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian
8 Hulk Hogan and Linda Claridge
7 Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra
6 Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
5 Jeff Gordon and Brooke Sealey
4 Nick Faldo and his 3 Ex-Wives
3 Landon Donovan and Bianca Kajlich
2 Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields
1 Greg Norman and Chris Evert
Back in 2008, longtime friends Greg Norman and Chris Evert married, after Norman had a nasty divorce in 2007. However, the wedding for Norman and Evert ended up with the same result of his first marriage, after only 15 months. Norman’s marriage to his first wife, Laura Andrassy lasted for 25 years and he paid out over $100 Million in his Settlement with her. With Evert, they mutually agreed that they needed to separate, which means they each paid for their own share of the divorce and no money was exchanged between the two. Only paying for lawyers is a very inexpensive way to get divorced, which is why it lands Norman on this list. It goes to show that sometimes marrying your best friend works and sometimes it doesn’t, but at least Norman didn’t have another big settlement to pay out.
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