Angelina Jolie vs. Brad Pitt: How has their net worth been impacted by divorce?
As expected, the most famous couple in Hollywood also had the most insane divorce case. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie first met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. The relationship had already begun with a decent amount of controversy when their relationship was revealed immediately after Pitt’s separation with Jennifer Aniston.
After eleven years together, the couple announced they were filing for divorce in 2016. With Brad Pitt’s estimated net worth of $300 million and Angelina Jolie’s $160 million net worth, this divorce will be nothing but complicated.
Why is it taking so long?
The suspected reason for such a drawn-out separation is the stars’ six children, five of which are still minors. Due to Angelina Jolie’s desire for sole custody – and Brad Pitt’s refusal – the divorce case could possibly go on until their children are no longer minors.
Looking at the probable costs this split would require shows how badly this may affect the celebrities’ individual net worth. The attorneys hired by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt charge between $1,000 to $1,500 per hour. If these attorneys are working a full workweek exclusively on Jolie & Pitt, their minimum weekly charge of $40,000. Yikes!
Another major factor in the divorce bill is the private judge who was hired by the two stars. A private judge charges around $1,000 an hour and roughly $10,000 a day. A multiple-day trial plus additional fees for document review (another $10,000) will end up as a ridiculously insane bill.
Don’t forget the houses
The French Chateau Miraval residence must also be noted. The two purchased the castle & vineyard in 2008 before they were married. The French chateau cost Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie $67 million! Due to its location being outside the U.S., separating this lavish castle is going to be fairly difficult depending on whose name is on the title.
It’s already been estimated the two have spent over $1 million in divorce fees since the two split in 2016. Recently, Jolie had sold a painting by Winston Churchill which was gifted to her by Brad Pitt in 2011.
Churchill’s “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” ended up being auctioned at a whopping $11.6 million. Many speculated Jolie sold the gifted painting as a way to fund her ever growing divorce fees. The $11.6 million will most likely aid Angelina Jolie’s net worth from declining.
Where’s the prenup?
Depending on whether Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had ever filed a prenuptial agreement, the most expensive assets to be split would be the pair’s movie royalties.
Due to the actors’ fame, they’re able to request royalties from the films they star in. A film’s royalties would be a percentage of profit incurred from DVD sales and other revenue made from the film’s release. If the film was created during their marriage, the two would have to split the royalties equally.
Additionally, Pitt & Jolie have both created films aside from acting. Pitt has produced numerous films such as 12 Years a Slave, Beautiful Boy, World War Z, and many more. Jolie has directed a handful of films including By the Sea, A Place in Time, and Unbroken just to name a few. The two will also have to split the profits from each of these films.
Changing net worth
Despite the immense charges and total cost of the divorce, Angelina Jolie’s net worth has only risen since 2016. In the year the couple announced their separation, Angelina Jolie’s net worth was estimated around $120 million. As of 2021, it has risen to nearly $160 million. It’s clear that Jolie’s numerous film projects will keep her net worth safe from decline.
Pitt also seems to have no financial issues to worry about. In 2016, his net worth was estimated at $300,000 and has remained around this number as of 2021. It seems that the outrageous divorce fees are actually no trouble to the two millionaires at all.
Without a compromise, the two may be battling for separation for as long as they were actually together, eleven years total. With an ongoing battle over property, royalties, and custody over five children, it’s clear this divorce case is gonna take a few more years to settle. However, it seems like the two will never have to worry about going broke with their massive million-dollar net worths.