Robert De Niro’s Soon-to-Be Ex-Wife Grace Hightower Reportedly Wants Half of His Estimated $500M Fortune
Robert De Niro's ex-wife wants half of his estimated $500 million fortune, and it led to some interesting revelation during their divorce hearing.
Divorce is never easy, especially when there are millions of Dollars involved, and Robert De Niro is in the process of discovering from his ex-wife, Grace Hightower, just how difficult it can be.
During their hearing at a Manhattan courthouse, Hightower claimed she is entitled to half of her husband's wealth, which, according to her, is $500 million.
De Niro's counsel, Caroline Krauss-Browne, stated in the course of the hearing that the pre-nuptial agreement the couple signed before their marriage in 2004, gives the actor's wife a $6 million apartment.
The agreement also guarantees that she is entitled to $500, 000 cash, $1 million each year for alimony, and half of the money they'll get for their residence.
These terms got countered by Allan Mantel, Hightower's lawyer. According to him, his client believes she is entitled to half of what her husband is currently worth.
The mother-of-two revealed that since they got married, the "Raging Bull" actor made about $250-300 million from his movies and businesses. The businesses mentioned included the Nobu restaurant chain, Greenwich Hotel, Tribeca Hill, and Alan Productions.
Hightower equally intimated that the father-of-two kept hidden from her the exact amount made since they got married, and Mantel informed the court that the pre-nuptial agreement stated, "You are going to be my fifty percent partner."
He also said that's what his client wants — equal partnership. The court documents also showed that Hightower earns about $15, 000 annually, and Mantel said his client brought the iconic actor goodwill.
Judge Matthew Cooper, who heard the case stepped in every time things got heated, and he informed them that it is better they both win than one wins and the other loses.
Cooper also said that he does not want to be the one who makes the final decision and asked the soon-to-be ex-couple to go for meditation as their pre-nuptial agreement provides for it.
De Niro and his soon-to-be ex-wife separated last November, and by December, he filed for divorce. This is their second marriage to each other; they got married in '97 and got divorced in '99, and their twice-marriage produced two children — Elliot, 21, and Helen, 7.
The Oscar-winning actor wants sole custody of Helen, and so far, he has refused to comment on the divorce proceedings.