It would definitely be nice to have a seemingly unlimited amount of money to spend at your leisure. One way to make sure that you have set yourself up for life, financially speaking, is to marry a wealthy man (or woman) who is well-established in life. This person could be a celebrity who has made millions or a business mogul who is worth more than you could even imagine and by marrying or even just having a child with one of these people, you would never have to worry about money again. A gold digger is usually a young and attractive individual who will do whatever they can to be in a relationship with someone who is wealthy. A big indication that someone is a gold-digger is a huge age difference between the pair, while another is if one person is extremely successful while the other is exceptionally lazy.
The majority of the well-known gold diggers on this list were not so notorious before they shacked up with their loaded significant others. Many of these people have used their rich partners to help set them up financially in order to start a career of their own; while others have chosen to just relax and enjoy the money they are given. Some of these gold diggers are still married to their spouses, while others lasted for hardly any time at all. Regardless, these women (or men) have benefited from their relationships with these rich celebrities. Here are 20 celebrity gold diggers who were caught in their game.
20 Elin Nordegren
Elin Nordegren became well-known when her ex-husband and the professional golfer Tiger Woods was exposed for cheating on her with multiple women. She won over $100 million dollars during the divorce settlement in 2010, which is not bad for a woman who started out as a nanny. Since their infamous split, the Swedish-born model has dated a billionaire's son, a musician, another professional athlete, and the billionaire coal executive, Chris Cline.
Nordegren certainly has a type and this is rich, rich, and richer. She and Cline broke up in 2014 and then got back together in 2016. However, in 2017 it was reported that the blonde bombshell was dating Gwen Stefani's ex-husband and musician, Gavin Rossdale. $100 million is obviously not enough and Elin wants to make sure she can find a man who can provide for her for life.
19 Holly Madison (And The Rest Of The Girls Next Door)
Before Holly Madison was Hugh Hefner's "#1 Girl" and starring on a reality series with the rest of his girlfriends at the Playboy mansion, she was just Holly Sue Cullen from Oregon. She competed to become a Hawaiian Tropic model and was also a waitress at Hooters. After making a few appearances at the Playboy mansion, Hef asked her to move in and be his girlfriend.
Hugh was in his mid-eighties and Holly was in her early twenties. Her relationship with the magazine mogul led to her fame on television. The other girlfriends, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt, also used Hefner for his fame and fortune. Kendra went on to marry professional athlete Hank Baskett and Holly went on to marry a wealthy music festival production company founder by the name of Pasquale Rotella. It is safe to say these ladies are set for life.
18 Arlene Silver
Dick Van Dyke's second marriage to a woman who was half his age certainly caused people to whisper. The 46-year-age gap between the two does not seem to bother the now-46-year-old Arlene Silver and that is because she has nothing to lose and everything to gain from marrying a man pushing 90.
Van Dyke had hired Silver as a makeup artist and she worked for him for years before their relationship became romantic. With her husband's net worth of over $30 million, she could definitely benefit from him passing away sooner rather than later. Dick has previously said that marrying her was "one of the smartest moves [he] ever made" and it looks like it was one of Arlene Silver's smarter decisions in life as well.
17 Gabriel Aubry
Gabriel Aubry was a semi-successful model but that was nothing compared to the fame and fortune he saw after he started dating Halle Berry. Aubry was born in Montreal, Canada and is one of nine children, so needless to say, he was not well off throughout his childhood. Once he got a taste of fame and fortune, he was not going to give it up.
After he and Berry were together for three years before having a child in 2008, they began having issues in their relationship and separated in 2010. A nasty custody battle ensued and at one point. Halle's new boyfriend and eventual husband, Oliver Martinez, performed a citizen's arrest on Gabriel, which caused an explosive fight. Regardless, Aubry has made sure that he and his daughter are going to be taken care of comfortably by suing Berry to ensure that she pays him each month.
16 Courtney Love
Courtney Love was the notorious wife of the Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. The pair both struggled with substance abuse and Love later claimed that the couple had money issues as well. The singer never knew where his money went or why they had none.
The blonde bombshell has an ownership stake in Nirvana and continues to inherit money from her late husband to this day. She has an estimated net worth of over $150 million. Although she has tried to kickstart her own music career over the years, nothing will compare to the enormous impact that her husband had on the world. Many fans blame Courtney for contributing to Kurt's demise over the years. In 2014, she claimed to have lost $27 million of her money in lawsuits, including one between her and the rest of the living Nirvana members over the rights to some unreleased material.
15 Tracey Edmonds
Tracey Edmonds is practically a professional gold digger. She was introduced to the singer, Babyface in 1990 and the two later tied the knot. After 15 years, they divorced but that did not stop Edmonds from giving love a second chance. She met and married Eddie Murphy. However, 15 days after their wedding the couple announced that their wedding had never been official.
After a few months, they decided to split. Edmonds is currently dating the former professional athlete, Deion Sanders, who also works as an analyst for CBS Sports and NFL. Tracey is also the executive producer of her boyfriend's television show. Over the years, she has amassed a net income of over $30 million dollars! All of her gold digging has definitely paid off because she will not have to worry about money again.
14 Oksana Grigorieva
Mel Gibson paid his ex-wife Robyn $425 million, half of his $850 million fortune, during their divorce settlement in 1997 after 26 years of marriage. Oksana Grigorieva was hoping to get at least a few million out of the American film star. The Russian pianist and singer-songwriter admitted to looking for a sugar daddy prior to meeting Mel. However, things did not exactly go according to plan.
After dating Gibson for a few months in 2009, Oksana gave birth to the couple's daughter, Lucia. After only a year, the pair began having trouble in their relationship. Grigorieva started claiming that Mel had physically assaulted her and even handed over recordings of him yelling at her to the press. He eventually offered her 15 million dollars, which she refused, and subsequently received a payout of only $750,000.
13 Crystal Harris
A 26-year-old Crystal Harris walked down the aisle in 2013 to greet her groom, who was around 86 years old at the time. Was it love? Most likely not because with a sixty year age difference, it is hard to rationalize their relationship. Crystal was the magazine mogul's third and final wife.
Hugh Hefner passed away in September of 2017 and surprisingly, Crystal was not included in his will. Harris most definitely assumed she would be inheriting millions upon her husband's passing but that was far from the case. She did acquire one property in California worth around seven million dollars and it is rumored that Hef left her another $5 million but that is still next to nothing compared to the $43 million fortune he left behind.
12 Blac Chyna
Blac Chyna is a former exotic dancer and music video vixen who has certainly garnered quite the reputation for herself over the years. The single mother-of-two first began popping up in music industry news when she starting dating the rapper, Tyga, after appearing in his music video for his song, "Rack City." The two had a son, King Cairo, less than a year later and got engaged shortly after welcoming the child.
The couple broke off their engagement after rumors broke that he was messing around with Kylie Jenner. Months after that, Blac Chyna was reported to be dating Jenner's half-brother, Rob Kardashian. Rob has gained fame through his family's television show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Chyna made sure that she and Rob were given their own spin-off reality show. The two went on to have a baby, get engaged, and split up all within the course of a year and now she is receiving child support from both men.
11 V. Stiviano
V. Stiviano is the infamous mistress of Donald Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and well-known businessman who got caught up in a discrimination scandal. She recorded the racist ranting that was later leaked to the press and although she claims that she was not the one to give the media the tapes, she still made the recordings and had up to 100 hours of footage, which led to Sterling’s demise.
However, this gold digger might have gotten herself in too deep because she was sued by Sterling's wife who was not going to stand for her antics. Rochelle Sterling claimed that her husband was targeted by the young woman because of his wealth and has bought V. a Ferrari, two Bentleys, a Range Rover, and a $1.8 million duplex, along with around $250,000 in cash. Stiviano was ordered by a judge to pay Sterling back $2.6 million in 2015.
10 Courtney Stodden
Courtney Stodden certainly had people shaking their heads in disbelief when she married the 51-year-old millionaire, Doug Hutchison at the ridiculously young age of 16. The 34-year age difference did not seem to faze Courtney’s family but it definitely had the public questioning the couple.
Her family obviously had to have been supportive of Stodden marrying for "love," a.k.a. money, because they were the ones who signed off on the marriage license and approved of their Vegas wedding in 2011. Courtney, unfortunately, had a miscarriage last year which led to some issues in their relationship; the two have broken up and gotten back together many times over the years. The two are currently in the process of divorcing, which should leave her with much more money than many other 23-year-olds.
9 Amber Rose
Amber Rose first starting dating the rapper Kanye West in 2008 and from there, her notoriety has skyrocketed. The two loved the attention they got from the media and were frequently spotted posing on red carpets and doing public appearances together. West later claimed that he wrote his song “Gold Digger” about her! Following their split, Amber found herself in a relationship with another rapper, Wiz Khalifa.
Amber married Wiz in August of 2013, and six months later they welcomed a son named Sebastian. The relationship did not last long though and just a year later, the couple filed for divorce. Her relationships have certainly given her a boost in life and have allowed her to launch a career of her own. Rose currently has a net worth of over $12 million dollars. She is now dating another rapper by the name of 21 Savage, so clearly she has a type.
8 Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora Lee Simmons was a well-known model before she met and married the founder of Def Jam records, Richard Simmons. The two had an 18-year age difference but were together for 10 years and had two daughters before they divorced in 2009. Kimora now gets $40,000 a month in alimony from the music executive.
After her divorce, she began dating the actor Djimon Hounsou and had a child with him in 2009. Following that failed relationship, she found herself a new wealthy husband by the name of Tim Leissner just a few years later in 2014. Leissner is a Goldman Sachs banker and a multi-millionaire with a net worth of around $28 million. Kimora and Tim welcomed a son who they named Wolfe in 2015.
7 Heather Mills
Heather Mills was a former model who tragically lost her leg in a car accident with a police motorcycle but according to her former representative, Michele Elyzabeth, she is a pathological liar who was only married to Paul McCartney for the money. After McCartney's beloved wife Linda passed away from breast cancer, Heather, who was 26 years younger than the Beatles musician, jumped at the chance to be in a relationship with the millionaire bachelor.
The two were only married for six years before they announced their divorce. Mills reportedly requested over $250 million in the settlement and was furious when she was only paid $50 million. However, one could argue that she made out quite well for herself, scoring $50 million in six years.
6 Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith married J. Howard Marshall when she was 26 and he was 89 years old. There is no way that anyone can justify that as love, no matter how hard she might have tried to spin it. The cocktail waitress met the oil tycoon, who was 63 years older her, while working at a club in Texas.
Smith was likely thinking that Marshall was old and would likely pass away within a few years so she would inherit his fortune. She was right about one thing; he did pass away just a little over a year of marriage but she was wrong about receiving the majority of his money. Marshall left next to nothing for his new bride in his will. After years of battling it out in court, she never saw the end of it or any of the money because she passed away unexpectedly after overdosing in 2007.
5 Vanessa Bryant
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have been together since she was 17 and he was 20 but it hard to fathom why she would still be with him now if it were not for the $320 million in his bank account. The NBA player is disliked by teammates and has even been charged with a terrible crime but Vanessa has remained by his side through it all.
It seems that Bryant made up for getting with a 19-year-old girl in a hotel room by buying Vanessa a big diamond ring because the couple remains united to this day. Kobe claimed that the encounter between him and the hotel employee was "consensual" but that still means he cheated on his wife. There must be something good in it for her Vanessa to have stayed all this time.
4 Evelyn Lozada
Evelyn Lozada’s was infamously married to Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, for just a few weeks. It was reported that the television personality left a relationship that she had been in for nearly a decade to be with Chad but once she realized he did not have much money, she demanded a divorce. What about for richer or for poorer? Or did they skip that part of their wedding vows?
Lozada also claimed domestic abuse as another reason her marriage would not work. She accused him of head-butting her and cited that her marriage was “irretrievably broken.” Needless to say, this was a case of gold digging gone wrong because she did not end up with any money and was exposed for only being interested in the athlete for his money.
3 Kevin Federline
Kevin Federline is one of the other few male celebrities that have made it onto this list of gold diggers. Can you even call him a celebrity? The only reason anyone knows who he is because he was married to Britney Spears for a few years.
Federline worked as Spears' backup dancer, which is how they met. He was also a pizza delivery guy and had a baby on the way with another woman when he somehow managed to woo the pop star. He was so broke that she even had to pay for her own engagement ring. They ended up getting divorced in 2007 after having two kids. He still receives around $250,000 a year from Britney and lives the high life at her expense.
2 Rachel Hunter
Rod Stewart was an enormously popular, chart-topping singer back in the day and Rachel Hunter was a young, beautiful supermodel who was known for her appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. When Rod was 45, he met 21-year-old Rachel and the two wed in the winter of 1990. A marriage between an older rock star and a model that was 24 years his junior was not uncommon in the entertainment industry but also not likely to last long.
The marriage surprisingly lasted for 16 years, although the two separated in 1999, which would mean they only had around nine good years together, if that. Stewart had his supermodel wife sign a prenuptial agreement but she still made out with around $66 million in their divorce settlement.
1 Amy Irving
Amy Irving and Steven Spielberg's relationship is an interesting one. The actress, who was known for her role in Carrie and the award-winning film director had an on-again-off-again relationship. He apparently found out she was cheating on him and they broke up after dating for four years. She went on to date the singer Willie Nelson but eventually, Steven ended up taking her back regardless.
Amy and Steven were married in 1995 but it only lasted for four years before they decided to divorce. Spielberg reportedly had a prenuptial agreement that he thought would protect his fortune of nearly a half a billion dollars but unfortunately, it was written on a napkin, and it was not considered to be legitimate. Irving ended up getting $100 million in the divorce.
Sources: businessinsider.com, capitaxtra.com, cnn.com, dailymail.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, people.com, usmagazine.com, thenetworthportal.com, newsweek.com, people.com