Settlement Amount: $184 Million
In 2003, Maya Polsky, wife of Michael Polsky, filed for divorce and wound up settling for $184 million. Polsky, the founder, president and CEO of Invenergy LLC, had an estimated $368 million in cash and assets with his wife prior to the divorce, and she got half.
The couple, who married in 1975 in Ukraine, moved to the U.S. in 1976 with little assets and only $500 in cash. Polsky made his fortune by starting various energy companies, including SkyGen Energy (which he sold in 2000 for $450 million) and Invenergy, which is a Chicago-based wind energy company.