How Much Could Robert De Niro’s Divorce Really Cost Him?

To say that Robert De Niro is a legendary screen star is putting it mildly when you consider his many iconic roles from over 55 years in the film industry.

From a young godfather to his memorable portrayals of a taxi driver to a raging bull and a psychologically challenged soldier in The Deer Hunter, all among many stellar performances.

Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro | John Lamparski/WireImage

Divorce and division

With this type of success, actors like Robert are often worth a considerable amount of money and in De Niro’s case, his true net worth is subject to debate along with the language of his prenuptial agreement.

Among recent headlines of his impending divorce, estranged wife Grace Hightower claims he’s worth $500 million and wants her common-law half of these marital assets. This makes us wonder how much Robert De Niro’s highly publicized divorce could really cost the award-winning actor.

Despite the fact a prenup was put into place back in 2004 limiting Hightower to possession of their $6 million dollar apartment, payment of $500,000 in cash and a $1 million annual alimony payout, Grace wants more.

If lawyers are able to successfully argue De Niro’s net worth at the time of their marriage has grown significantly with a billion-dollar business venture and Hightower deserves a part of this increase, a huge, multi-million dollar settlement could pay out for the 64-year-old socialite and philanthropist.

Skyrocketing settlements

For the sake of argument, what are some of the most expensive divisions to hit divorce courts or more importantly some comparable cases after celebrity couples have called it quits. One of the biggest settlements could come from one of the richest men in the world, an American entrepreneur and frontman of The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos.

His pending divorce could cost him half of his estimated $137 billion in assets giving his ex-wife Mackenzie $68.5 billion after nearly a quarter-century of marriage.

When Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his wife Anna Torv called it quits after thirty-two years of marriage, she reportedly received $110 million in cash and $1.7 billion in assets. This was back in 1999 when the much older Murdoch went on to marry 31-year-old Wendi Deng just seventeen days after the split with Anna and he would later file for divorce from Deng in 2013.

Closer to home in Hollywood, Mel Gibson reportedly settled for $425 million with his ex-wife Robyn Moore back in 2009 since their prenuptial agreement entitled her to half of the actor’s assets. This was in the shadow of Gibson’s DUI conviction followed by a drunken anti-semitic rant which didn’t paint a pretty picture in the courtroom for the Mad Max and Braveheart star.

More money in the mix

For many celebrities who are becoming more seasoned (which is a really nice way of saying they’re getting old), continuing to find work in Hollywood is sometimes complicated and often difficult. Fortunately for the seventy-five-year-old actor, he’s not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon and continues to be a box office draw.

According to IMDb, Bob’s been pretty busy lately following up on his recent 2015 position as The Intern underneath Anne Hathaway’s watchful eye including:

  • The War With Grandpa movie released in 2019
  • A film entitled The Comeback Trail is currently in pre-production
  • A project starring De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz is in the works
  • A piece in post-production will include Robert De Niro along with Meryl Streep, Sharon Stone, and director Martin Scorsese
  • Another pair of projects in the works include The Irishman and Joker

With big Hollywood names like Streep, Stone, and Scorsese on the ticket, box office sales have the potential of skyrocketing and could garner Oscar attention. Along with almost everything Marvel-related turning to gold, even though De Niro isn’t cast as the title character of the Joker (given to Joaquin Phoenix), being part of the Batman franchise could come along with a paycheck of epic proportions.

For the future ex-Mrs. De Niro, the more time she spends legally married to Robert, the larger her future settlement could become if her lawyers have their way in court.

While it’s sad to see a twenty-two-year marriage come to an end, over “irreconcilable differences,” as it often occurs in Hollywood separations, couples will reconcile with an enormous settlement being put into place by a judge.