Whatever the outcome, divorce doesn't deter the ultra rich from remarrying. While only 52 are currently divorced, one in five of the world's 793 billionaires has gone through a divorce at some point. They just get smarter about prenuptial agreements.
Sumner Redstone's second wife, Paula Fortunato, a schoolteacher 40 years his junior, signed a prenup reportedly giving her $1 million per year of marriage, which meant she would have gotten only $5 million in October when the pair divorced after five years. That's good news for the mogul, especially since he almost fell off our list of the world's billionaires in March, due in part to the stock market declines of CBS and Viacom.
As for Berlusconi and Lario, some experts say she should put up with the wandering eye, at least until she can count on better economic times and higher estate valuations. Already she is seeking a piece of a shrinking fortune: Berlusconi's net worth dropped by 30% in the past year, from $9.4 billion to $6.5 billion in March.
"I'm sure she'll do OK, but it won't be the same as being married to a billionaire who is one of the most powerful people in Europe," says Felder. But at least she won't have to worry about his wandering eye.