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The Top 10 Gold Diggers of All Time

by DannyGallagher   February 25, 2009 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 21,507

Gold digging: it's the world's second oldest profession. Take a dude with a ton of cash and a trophy spouse looking to make some big bucks in exchange for their hand in marriage and...well, you know the rest of that story. These are the gold diggers who said "I do" and meant it…after they took the witness stand.

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By Danny Gallagher

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10. Rachel Hunter

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It never ceases to amaze me. Rock stars always get the highest caliber of modern beauty and the uglier and homelier they look, the hotter their catches are bound to be. Two hundred years from now, an aging lump of gelatinous flesh in a wheelchair will pound out a couple of guitar riffs with his fat stubs, get millions of dollars in royalties for it, along with a woman so beautiful she can make true Gods cry blood.

That's not far off from aging rocker Rod Stewart, who took supermodel Rachel Hunter's oh-so-dainty hand in marriage before separating after 16 years, which is roughly considered to be a radioactive half-life in Hollywood. The divorce netted her $66 million and that's with a pre-nup. I'm sure that's one dollar for every ear-aching time she had to sit through "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?"

9. Darva Conger

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Most money-grubbing hotties try to keep their private affairs out of the public spotlight in order to lessen the image of impropriety. Darva broke that rule when she sold her soul and herself on national television for the first and only episode of the doomed Fox reality game show Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? She won the hand of so-called "millionaire" Rick Rockwell out of 50 other bull market brides, but the marriage fell apart before she even had a chance to get her hands down his pants … and into his wallet. She publicly denounced her former husband and the show for exploiting and humiliating her and she dealt with her grief the way any other normal, level-headed American woman would – by posing naked in Playboy for an actual $1.8 million.

8. Jerry Hall

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Mick Jagger is another aging rocker who scored the trophy wife but wishes in the end that he had aimed for the "certificate of participation" wife instead. But in Jerry's defense, Mick did bring it on himself and I don't just mean by the fact that he agreed to marry her. Mick had been married for 20 years to the model and actress best known for playing the role of Mick Jagger's wife when he fathered a child with another woman. The subsequent divorce turned Jagger into a scrambling street fighting man who tried every tactic in the book, even going so far as to claim their Hindu wedding wasn't legal. None of them worked and it cost him just under $50 million. Now who's under whose thumb?

7. Ivana Trump

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It's one thing to marry someone for the money. It's another to marry them for their money, their businesses, their corporate offices, and every ounce of power and prestige that surrounds their name. Ivana married Donald Trump for everything that comes with having that goofy last name: his lavish homes that even he can't count, a spot on his company's board of directors, and the royal throne on the New York City social scene for years to come. Oh, and for love too. When they finally divorced because Donald couldn't keep "Trump Tower" from extending beyond Ivana Avenue, she took home a measly sum of $20 million and then became a sugar momma herself when she married her 35-year-old boyfriend. It's the circle...the circle of life.

6. Marilyn Monroe

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It was hard to include the blonde babe to beat out all other blonde babes on this list because her motives didn't seem money-related until later in her short life.  She made it on her own with an iconic movie career, but her ability to attract the popular and powerful with her tractor beam-strength looks led to a string of tawdry affairs and failed marriages before her untimely and unsolved death in 1962. Then again, if you saw a picture of her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller, the very thought of them together could give you a cataract.

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