Michael Jordan’s divorce in 2006 from his first wife, Juanita is one of the most expensive divorce settlements, as he forked out a generous $168 million, added with custody of their three children as well as their lavish seven acre Chicago mansion.
It was a dignified end to a seventeen year old marriage; no dirty linen was aired in public and neither was there any ugliness associated with the end of their marriage.
They had first met at a restaurant in Chicago, in 1984 and married in Las Vegas, in 1989. The story goes that Michael Jordan proposed to Juanita, who had been a model and former executive secretary for the American Bar Association, in 1987 at Chicago’s popular Nick’s Fish Market. The older Juanita despite saying ‘yes’ decided to wait for almost a year before discussing marriage again.
It was the first marriage for both of them. and they went on to have three kids; sons Jeffrey and Marcus and daughter Jasmine. Just after marriage Michael Jordan and Juanita signed a post nuptial agreement, which stated that she would be entitled to half his fortune in the event of a divorce.
There were reports in 2002 about trouble in their marital life; Juanita had even filed for divorce, but later withdrew the petition after the couple decided to reconcile and give their marriage another chance.
But in 2006 there were no more second chances and the couple’s lawyers announced that Michael Jordan and Juanita were mutually and amicably ending their marriage citing irreconcilable differences. Michael Jordan wanted to just get on with his life post his divorce and Juanita went on to be allegedly involved with a younger man, a banker.
In 2008, Michael Jordan met the much younger model Yvette Prieto at a nightclub in Miami. They got engaged in 2011 and married in 2013 in an extravagant ceremony that was attended by a number of famous faces like Usher and Tiger Woods.
Yvette gave birth to identical twin girls Victoria and Ysabel in 2014 and although Juanita has not yet commented on her ex-husband’s bundles of joy, she still maintains that the two are still in touch.