Rupert Murdoch's $100 million (and higher) divorce club

IMAGE: Rupert Murdoch, Mel Gibson and Michael Jordan
Rupert Murdoch, Mel Gibson and Michael Jordan are all in the $100 million breakup club.Today

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By Maria Elena Fernandez and Phil Helsel

After 14 years of marriage, Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from the woman who protected him from a pie thrower during a parliamentary hearing.

For being married to the media mogul and founder of News Corp. for 14 years, birthing him two daughters, and punching the pie smasher, Wendi Deng stands to make a hefty settlement — if Murdoch’s divorce from his second wife is an indicator.

Although no pricey split comes close to Murdoch’s billion-dollar payout to his second wife, Anna, plenty of other famous husbands have had to pay up big time when they split from their spouses.

Here’s a look at famous marriages that ended in payouts exceeding $100 million.

Rupert Murdoch and Anna Murdoch

Marriage: 32 years

Children: 3

Divorce: 1999

Cost: $1.2-1.7 billion

Mel Gibson and Robyn Gibson

Marriage: 31 years (separated for 5 of those)

Children: 7

Divorce: 2011

Cost: $425 million

Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan

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Marriage: 17 years

Children: 2

Divorce: 2006

Cost: $150-170 million

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt

Marriage: 32 years

Children: 4

Divorce: 2011

Cost: $130 million, but she filed a $770 million lawsuit this year for her share of his $2.1 billion sale of the Dodgers

Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl

Marriage: 15 years

Children: 3

Divorce: 2001

Cost: $125 million

Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

Marriage: 4 years

Children: 1

Divorce: 1989

Cost: $100 million

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

Marriage: 4 years

Children: 2

Divorce: 2010

Cost: $100 million