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10 Ultra-Expensive CEO Divorces (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/17/09 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 02:40 PM ET

The world's best CEOs are accustomed to expensive lifestyles, jaunts in private planes and perks galore. But there may be no better evidence of the lavish tastes of top-flight execs than a glimpse into a CEO's divorce proceedings.

Of course, executive divorces are notoriously expensive -- Rupert Murdoch, Jack Welch and Ted Turner have all shelled out tens of millions to settle divorce claims. Recently, Marie Douglas-David, the Sweedish countess who's divorcing former United Technologies CEO George David, said there was no way she could live on $43 million.

We've compiled a list of 10 of the most costly CEO divorces in recent memory. Who got the best divorce settlement? Who got shafted? View our slideshow and VOTE below:




Marie Douglas-David, More Than $100 Million
 
In her ongoing divorce from George David, the former CEO of United Technologies, Douglas-David argued in court that she actually could not live on $53,000 week. She asked a Connecticut court to throw out her postnuptial agreement with her ex-husband, who's worth an estimated $329 million.
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