Shriver could win up to $200 million in settlement

Ameena Schelling Freelance Writer
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Maria Shriver could be adding $200 million to her existing Kennedy millions, according to a recent article by The Washington Post.

Under California’s 50-50 community property laws, Shriver, who married former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger 25 years ago with no prenup, is eligible to receive as much as half of the movie star’s estimated $400 million estate. (Lady Gaga reportedly struggles with weight, drugs and lupus)

The couple separated in May, one week before the Los Angeles Times revealed that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child 14 years earlier with the couple’s then-married housekeeper Mildred Baena, and the former California first lady filed for divorce on July 1 citing irreconcilable differences.

Shriver already has a considerable share of the Kennedy family fortune, which has been kept largely secret by the family but was estimated by Forbes in 1990 to have approached $850 million. She also was earning a seven-figure salary as a newscaster before her husband became governor.

Schwarzenegger is required to respond to the filing within two weeks, but it’s as yet unclear whether he’s eligible to receive any of Shriver’s fortune.