Sunday, February 28, 2021

Robert De Niro’s Ex (Grace Hightower) is Coming for His $500M Fortune

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Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower attend the screening of “The Fourth Estate” – 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 28, 2018 in New York City.
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*Robert De Niro and his estranged wife, Grace Hightower, are currently battling it out over his $500 million fortune as their divorce case rolls on in a Manhattan court.

According to Page Six, lawyers for both sides argued in court Thursday over the wording of the prenup that Grace signed in 2004, which limits her to a $6 million apartment, $500,000 cash and $1 million a year in alimony. She’s also entitled to half the value of a second apartment, the report states.

However, Grace also wants half of the earnings De Niro has made since 2004, when the couple married for the second time.

Robert and Grace first tied the knot in 1997, but divorced in 1999.

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In addition to his film career, De Niro reportedly has large stakes in several businesses, including the Nobu sushi chain, The Greenwich Hotel in New York City and Canal Productions.

“Mr. De Niro has made $300 million since 2004 via 35 businesses, and 38 movies,” his attorney told the judge. With a hint of anger in his voice, he added, “His total income is more than $500 million. He gets it all.”

Earlier this year, a source close to the actor said, “This could be resolved very privately and quietly behind closed doors,” but Grace is allegedly dragging the proceedings out and pushing it into the public eye.

“She is seeking essentially every piece of paper of De Niro’s receipts for meals on movie sets, wardrobe, payroll records of every employee at Nobu, credit card charges. This all goes back 15 years,” his attorney said.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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