Demi and Ashton are now waging war over $10 million as their divorce drags on, with Demi claiming that she is entitled to a percentage of one of Ashton's investment funds that raked in $100 million. The huge sum also ties into the 50 percent of Ashton's earnings over the course of their marriage that Demi is gunning after, which could fall into the $60 million range. Demis is clearly taking Cupid's arrow and aiming it straight for his wallet!
Does she have a legitimate shot at all of this money, though?
Ashton revealed a few weeks ago that his A-grade fund for tech start-ups had reached that amount and more money was expected to come from outside investors. That definitely attracted Demi's attention and she now wants half of his 20 percent stake in the company, or $10 million in total.
Ashton reportedly set up A-Grade with two other people in 2010, but his lawyers told Demi that he had invested just $1 million into the fund and that it wasn't worth particularly much. The fund could be a major battle ground in their ongoing divorce battle, which has finally made its way to court. Sources report that the negotiations have remained "hostile" up to this point.
"Ashton and Demi are still not divorced, and no settlement has been agreed, even though they have been in negotiations for over a year," said a source to The New York Post. "Ashton made a lot of money after they married, but he doesn't believe he owes her as much as she is asking for."
Ashton is now reportedly worth $140 million himself and estimates from Forbes report that Ashton made $12-13 million in 2011, compared to $5 million for Demi. Ashton also now commands $24 million for a single season of Two and a Half Men, making him the highest-paid actor on television. Demi's career has slowed down significantly in recent years, although her net worth of $150 million is still slightly more than his.
However, when she divorced Bruce Willis in 2005, he cut her a check for $90 million. It's unlikely a judge would side with Demi on spousal support because she clearly doesn't need it, in addition to some of her more unreasonable demands such as asking Ashton to pay for repairs on her NYC apartment. It seems that Demi is finally acknowledging this and the pair are reportedly close to negotiating a financial settlement which would not include spousal support, but would still result in Demi walking away with a pretty penny.
Do you think Demi should get half of Ashton's money?
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