Back in August, we wrote about the impending divorce case of self-made oil baron Harold Hamm. At that time, commentators were saying that the Oklahoma fracking tycoon's divorce could be one of the most expensive split-ups in history. This was being said because, according to Hamm's wife, his business has increased its wealth by $17 billion since the couple was married 25 years ago. Depending on the way Oklahoma property division was to be applied in the case, a lot was potentially at stake.
In Oklahoma, money which is earned by the efforts of one party can be subject to division, while property gained because of economic circumstances outside that individual's control is deemed separate. With Hamm's reputation as a self-made man, it was a hard sell to argue that he accidentally came into his wealth.