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An overview of billionaire divorces in the U.S.

Illinois residents may be interested to learn that Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, has separated from his wife. A representative for the couple confirmed that although the couple remains good friends, they have chosen to live apart. The couple has two children together. Brin has been romantically linked with another executive who works at Google, but he has not released any statement regarding those rumors.

With an estimated wealth of $22.8 billion, Brin has been named as the 14th wealthiest person in the United States. If he and his wife follow through with the divorce, Brin will be one of many divorced individuals on Forbes’ richest people in America list.

In June, Rupert Murdoch announced his divorce from his wife. Murdoch is 33rd on the list. Harold Hamm, sitting one slot above Murdoch, is also undergoing a divorce. Larry Ellison, the fifth richest person in America, divorced his fourth wife in September 2010. Alice Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune and the second richest woman in the world, has been divorced twice. In 1993, Michael Bloomberg divorced his wife of 17 years. Jacqueline Mars, ranked 36th on the list, divorced in 1984 and again in 1994.

High-asset divorces can be complicated. The more money that is involved, the more contentious things can get. A family law attorney with experience in high-asset divorce cases may be able to help make the process easier by negotiating with the other spouse in order to narrow the issues for trial. If the parties can agree on the division of some assets, child custody, child support or spousal support, it may help streamline the process and reduce the time needed for a trial.

Source: Huffington Post, “Sergey Brin, Google Co-Founder And Wife Ann Wojcicki Confirm Their Separation“, September 04, 2013