Don't Feel Bad for $70M-Richer Ritchie

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2008 7:46 AM CST
By attending the premiere of Ritchie's "Rock n Rolla," Madonna assured publicity for the movie, writes Liz Smith in the New York Post.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan, file)
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(Newser) – Guy Ritchie should have known what he was getting into when he married Madonna, writes Liz Smith in the New York Post. “She was the most famous woman in the world. Did he think that would change?” But Ritchie doesn’t need our pity. As for reports that he gets none of her fortune, "please!” The director will snag about $70 million, says Smith. "Once you taste the really high life, you hold on if you can."

Ritchie cast Madonna as the “rich bitch” in all three projects they worked on, writes Smith, who wonders if he was trying convey "that he was not her creature, and in fact, she danced to his tune." Sure, "Madonna is no day at the beach," but she's vulnerable. "Did she offer the side of herself she keeps so close, only to have it ignored, taken for granted, mocked?" Perhaps, Smith suggests, Madonna should write a book: “How To Stay Married to an Extremely Famous Woman—One Easy Step—You Are Married to an Extremely Famous Woman, Deal With It!