$850 Million Man Mel Gibson Now Worth Half That After Divorce Is Finalized

Wife of 28 years reaps a settlement reputed to be the biggest in Hollywood history

By Claudia Rosenbaum, Jefferson Reid Dec 24, 2011 1:42 AMTags
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Talk about some holiday cheer!

We now know what Mel Gibson's ex-wife Robyn is getting for Christmas: half of Mel's net worth of $850 million. That's the estimated take in a divorce settlement finalized today, per People.

Mad Mel now has more than 400 million reasons to be even madder, but he has only himself to blame since he and his wife of 28 years (and seven children) had no prenuptial agreement.

According to E! News reports and court documents, before Mel and Robyn Gibson's divorce was finalized, the couple had spent the last two and half years ironing out a divorce agreement. Robyn filed for divorced in April 2009 citing irreconcilable differences.

Gibson split with Robyn after announcing he was having a baby with Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson's baby Lucia with Oksana was born Oct. 30, 2009, but that couple split a short time later as documented in Gibson's infamous telephone rants. Gibson has since worked out a custody deal with Oksana.

In June, Robyn Gibson's attorney Laura Wasser told Judge Mark Juhas the divorce issues had been settled and was planning to go to court Aug. 30 to file the final judgment (but the final judgment was not filed until Dec. 23). Robyn has asked that her maiden name of Moore be legally restored, but there's clearly much more than restoring her good name involved here.

Believed to be by far the largest divorce settlement in Hollywood history, Mel's payout dwarfs even Steven Spielberg's estimated $100 million-plus disbursement to Amy Irving in 1989.