Gibson"s wife Robyn filed for divorce in Los Angeles court citing “irreconcilable differences". Since there is no pre-nuptial agreement signed ahead of their 1980 marriage, under Californian law she is entitled to half of her husband''s wealth. Robyn has roped in celebrity lawyer Laura Wasser whose clients include Angelina Jolie and Britney Spears.
Mel"s business empire, built up with the help of a friend from his Gallipoli filming days, Bruce Davey, includes the independent film and distribution company Icon Entertainment, which last year bought the Dendy cinema chain for 21 million dollars, reports the Daily Telegraph.
He added an ocean-view five-bedroom home of David Duchovny and Tea Leoni to his portfolio for USD 11.5 million to his Mailbu mansion. The price was a snip compared to the USD 23 million he made in March last year for the sale of a Malibu oceanfront property his trust had bought in 2005 for 22,673,226 dollars.
Two years ago he sold his 28-room Greenwich, Connecticut, mansion for USD 39.5 million. In May, 2007, Gibson bought a 160-plus-hectare ranch in Costa Rica for USD 25.8 million. In 2004, the couple bought Fiji''s white sand-fringed Mago Island for USD 15 million with part of the proceeds from Gibson''s controversial movie The Passion of the Christ