Any divorce can be stressful, but splitting ways can be especially challenging if you and your spouse share a significant number of assets. If you both own real estate, investment portfolios, retirement accounts and/or business ventures, you will need to work with someone who can help ensure your spouse does not cut you out of your fair share.
While high-asset divorces can be complex, it is possible to get through them with extra care and experience. When it comes to ending marriages like these, you need to pay attention to the details, such as timing as well as any existing financial agreements you may share with your husband or wife. Most importantly, you should know you are not alone. Here are three examples of noteworthy, high-net divorces.
1. Bill and Melinda Gates
After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates announced plans to separate in 2021. With a net worth of $146 billion, Bill is one of the richest people in the world. While this divorce is still ongoing, the settlement will undoubtedly be a significant amount.
2. Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos
Another noteworthy divorce involving high assets was between Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos in 2019. Previously having a net worth of $177 billion, Jeff left the divorce with around $121 billion. Mackenzie now has a partial stake in Amazon and a personal net worth of $53 billion.
3. Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy
In 2016, another wealthy couple, Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy, decided to part ways. After 17 years of marriage, the divorce settlement ended up being $168 million.
Without a doubt, this is probably one of the most stressful times of your life. With that said, knowing others have been in your shoes can help you know you can get through this.