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Kim Kardashian and Kanye's pre-nup ahead of 'billion-dollar' divorce

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West appear to have already done the heavy lifting in their just-announced divorce - with Kim's old friend and bulldog lawyer Laura Wasser filing the official court documents after weeks of negotiating terms with the rapper's legal team.

Kim and Kanye have agreed to continue co-parenting their four children - North, seven; Saint, five; Chicago, two, and one-year-old Psalm - and are even believed to have come to an amicable arrangement to share joint custody, although it's yet to be seen whether Kanye moves back to LA from his ranch in Wyoming.

Seven years after their bafflingly lavish Sh657.8 million ($6 million) wedding (complete with two top-secret destinations, gold toilets and the world's first ever flower wall), the cultural phenomenon that is Kimye is no more.

Together, the couple were worth an estimated Sh230 billion ($2.1 billion) thanks to their pulling power - under Kanye's influence Kim became a Vogue cover star, and she in turn helped him turn his Yeezy line into a lusted-after collection thanks to the savvy move of gifting trainers to her friends and famous family.

 Kim Kardashian helped turn Kanye's Yeezy footwear into lusted-after wardrobe staples (Image: Kim Kardashian/Instagram)

So just how will the pair be splitting their enormous fortune? According to TMZ, thrice-married Kim had a prenup in place to protect her assets, which will kick in to ensure she gets her fair share in the divorce.

But it's their jaw-droppingly futuristic house in Calabasas that's likely to be the sticking point, as both parties will be reluctant to give it up after sinking so much of their time and energy turning it into the perfect living space.

The Sh4.3 billion ($40m) property - frequently mocked for looking like a sterile monastery - took seven years and Sh2 billion ($20m) worth of renovations to get it to Kimye's exact specifications, meaning the couple had to live with Kris Jenner while workers were perfecting every last inch.

It was even delayed an extra year after Kris complained their master bathroom was too small, but now the glammed up wetroom features its very own Sh3 million (£21,000) sink.

 Renovations at Kim and Kanye's mansion took seven years to complete (Image: Splash News)

Away from the house, both Kanye and Kim have their own businesses to ensure the money keeps rolling in through thick and thin.

Kanye's Yeezy empire, which he owns outright, is worth Sh138 billion ($1.26bn). Although he has a tie-in with Adidas, which makes, markets and distributes the iconic sneakers, Kanye still rakes in 11% of Yeezy's annual revenue - a tasty Sh138 billion ($1.3bn) in 2019.

However, Kanye's wealth isn't necessarily liquid. He famously tweeted in 2016 about being Sh5.8 billion ($53 million) in debt minutes before appearing on Saturday Night Live, and that same year publicly begged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for Sh109 billion ($1bn) to invest in his "ideas". But four years on, in October 2020, the self-made billionaire bragged about his bank balance and claimed to be "building schools of the future".

 Kim previously admitted the finished house was like a monastery (Image: Kim Kardashian/Instagram)

And Ye's not the only one with more than a pocketful of change, as estranged wife Kim is worth a cool Sh82 billion ($750m) alone.

Her enormous KKW Beauty brand, launched after the success of younger sister Kylie Jenner's cosmetics company, brought her Sh21 billion ($200m) in cash when she sold 20% of it to Coty, while she retains a 72% stake in the remainder.

She's also built up her balance from 13 years of Keeping Up With The Kardashians - coming to an end this year - and from all the endorsement gigs that come with it.

 Kim and Kanye are said to have agreed to joint custody of their four children (Image: Instagram)

While both Kim and Kanye's lawyers will have spent the last few months shoring up their respective clients' business dealings, there are still more than a few shared assets that will need to be negotiated over, including Sh553 million (£3.6m) worth of art, Sh394 million (£2.3m) of jewellery and, Sh33 million (£215,000) of livestock, according to Forbes.

They've also got to split up their Sh430 million (£2.8m) fleet of supercars and their Sh10 billion (£68m) property portfolio - including the Calabasas mansion and two ranches in Wyoming.

Whatever happens in the divorce court, one thing's for sure: Kim and Kanye's lawyers will be laughing all the way to the bank.

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