MADONNA’s divorce from GUY RITCHIE is set to be the most expensive in showbiz
history – dwarfing those of SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY and PHIL COLLINS.
The Material Girl hitmaker and her filmmaker husband have an estimated
combined fortune of $525 million (#284 million), the bulk of which belongs to
The couple also owns properties in New York, Los Angeles, London, and the
English county of Wiltshire.
And, although Madonna earned the majority of her wealth before she married
Ritchie in 2000, experts speculate she faces a costly settlement with the
Madonna and Ritchie are rumored not to have signed a pre-nuptial agreement
before they wed and it is believed the eventual figure could smash the $46
million (#25 million) singer-songwriter Collins paid to third wife Orianne
Cevey in August (08), and Beatles legend McCartney’s $45 million (#24.3
million) payment to Heather Mills.
Leading British divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag, of London-based Ayesha Vardag
Solicitors, says: “While clearly Madonna has been the bigger hitter, arguably
Guy Ritchie has had to take a back seat in his own career in order to back her
up and support the family emotionally during her demanding work.
“The law doesn’t discriminate between breadwinner and home maker – it doesn’t
in most circumstances matter who earned the money if they were married and
therefore a team. One way or another, this divorce should result in a huge
payout for Guy Ritchie if properly handled.
“While a lot of Madonna’s wealth will have been acquired before the marriage,
a sizeable amount of wealth will have been built up during the marriage as part
of their partnership, which will mean this is not just a case of meeting
“There will be a huge amount of forensic accounting work relating to what was
acquired when and how, and a lot of legal argument about how and indeed how
much to differentiate between marital property, which is up for sharing, and
non-marital property, which can to some extent be shut out, as the law on that
has become somewhat woolly lately.”