Mel Gibson's divorce -- The actor/director may be splitting with his wife, but we wager that his sizable fortune and proven ability to withstand scandal will help him cope

By Chris Nashawaty
Updated April 17, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Divorce is deeply personal and private. Unless you’re Mel Gibson. But we suspect the Braveheart star will be just fine. Here’s why:

1 He’s Über-rich
And still will be, even if wife of 28 years Robyn Moore gets half of his $1 billion fortune. (Legal experts say she could.)

2 They’re Playing Nice
The couple — who have seven kids — vowed in a statement to ”maintain the privacy and integrity of our family.”

3 Studios Still Trust Him
Gibson hasn’t starred in a film since 2003. ”But in the right movie, the guy still gets $20 million,” says an agent.

4 Not That He Needs a Studio
Since 2004’s Passion of the Christ (which he directed, co-wrote, and produced) raked in $600 million-plus globally, he’s his own boss.

5 The DUI Was Way Worse!
He’s still working, even after his 2006 arrest (and infamous anti-Semitic tirade). If that didn’t hurt him, why would this?