Mel Gibson Loses Half His $850M Fortune
...to his ex, as part of divorce
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2011 12:03 AM CST
Mel Gibson is shown in a Los Angeles courtroom to settle a long-running custody dispute with girlfriend, Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva over their young daughter earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool)

(Newser) – In what's believed to be the largest Hollywood divorce settlement in history, Mel Gibson is having to cough up $425 million—half of his estimated fortune—to ex-wife Robyn Denise Moore. The two, married 31 years and parents to seven children, didn't have a prenuptial agreement, so Moore is entitled to half his wealth under California law. Moore, a former dental nurse, is also entitled to half of any future residuals from films Gibson, 55, worked on while the two were married, reports People. The settlement was finalized by a judge last week. Gibson earned $600 million alone from his The Passion of the Christ. He also made money from real estate, including a Fiji island he bought for $15 million.

Moore, 55, filed for divorce from Gibson in 2009 after he began a highly publicized, crazed affair with Oksana Grigorieva. Moore and Gibson met in the late 1970s when they were both tenants in a house in Australia. Of all their children, only a 12-year-old son is a minor and subject to a custody arrangement. The actor recently agreed to pay $750,000 to Grigorieva, mother of his toddler daughter, after the two broke up in an ugly split that involved leaked phone recordings of a ranting, racist Gibson screaming at Grigorieva.

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BenArnold4u
Jan 26, 2012 7:46 PM CST
I love this man, I don't think he's racist at all. Sometimes to make a point, in our rage, we say whatever it takes, and are total idiots. That's part of being human. Anybody who isn't racist, but also isn't human, please disagree with me. I have plenty of racist, bigotist friends, and prejudices from all ranges of the rainbow, but I don't hate them for it, that would make me just as much a racist and bigot as they are, and I know they'll change, especially when bowing before God and Jesus at the end of our lives and realize that Jesus is Jewish and God is black (Morgan Freeman is God! If you're not racist, but don't believe, please disagree with me). But Mel Gibson is not one of these, he IS human, but he's not racist and not a bigot. And after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have grilled him enough to atone him for his idiocy that I'm sure will reappear from time to time, especially if ever he does a sequel to "Christ the Passion" which I hear is already in the works as a prequel to 2024, if we survive 2012. So to all you racists out there, Mel Gibson is not one of you, he's not yours, he is ours!!! And to all you Australians right now saying Mel is an American, don't worry, we'll straighten him up soon enough so that you can start saying he's Australian again. We know you have enough stars under your belt and don't need him anymore, but don't ever give up on Mel, you all know none of the other actors can hold a candle to Mel. In spite of all "accusations of homophobia, antisemitism, racism, and misogyny; he has apologized repeatedly for the statements and denied that they represent his real opinions." quote taken from "Wikipedia" yet another God in the universe :0)2 seconds ago · Like
thetruth3010
Dec 29, 2011 1:23 PM CST
reading the article on Mel G. divorce just goes to show you where the world is heading. Money..Money..Money... is this not partial of why the world is in the state that it is. Seem like that's all we care about now. Who cares about the amount of money one person gets from another... I wonder how we would feel about if our personal info was always reported on.
Count-Spatula
Dec 28, 2011 7:48 PM CST
Yeah, half. but he lost ALL of his pride in that drunk driving arrest.