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How An Oil Tycoon Will Pay His $995M Divorce Settlement

Oil tycoon Harold Hamm has been ordered by an Oklahoma judge to pay his ex-wife $995.5 million in a divorce settlement.

By Katherine Biek | November 11, 2014

It's one of the largest divorce settlements in history. A judge has ordered Oklahoma oil tycoon Harold Hamm to pay his ex-wife Sue Ann Hamm $995.5 million. 

NBC explained how the massive settlement breaks down. 

"One word: installments. According to the filing, just over $322 million must be paid by the end of 2014. The remaining $650 million will be paid out on a monthly basis — at least $7 million a month."

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So what to do with all that money? ABC thought it would be fun to find out what one can get for $7 million. 

"How about 140 2015 BMW convertibles? Seventy Kentucky Derby contenders? Or a little getaway like this in the Hollywood Hills?"

The couple didn't have a prenuptial agreement. The settlement represents just a fraction of the Continental Resources CEO's wealth.

The New York Times reports Harold Hamm is the 24th richest man in the U.S. with his net worth of more than $18 billion. 

Forbes' Christopher Helman writes, "This is a very positive outcome for [Harold] ... who may have been somewhat concerned that an adverse ruling could have forced him to sell enough shares to dilute his stake below 50%."

USA Today says this divorce settlement ruling allows Harold Hamm to keep hold of his almost 70 percent stake in Continental Resources. 

Sue Ann Hamm is also getting some real estate in the settlement in addition to the cash.

She'll receive a home in Oklahoma that's valued at a little more than $4.6 million, a $17.5 million California ranch, and another home in Oklahoma that she and her ex-husband purchased the year after they were married. It's valued at $800,000. 

The couple's divorce settlement looks positively normal though, next to the roughly $4.5 billion a Russian oligarch was ordered to pay his ex in May.

The media speculated it was the most expensive divorce ever.

CNN reports trusts for the Hamms' two daughters won't be affected by the divorce settlement.

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