The question a lot of people ask when they look at a billionaire wife, is ‘were they married before he was rich and famous?’ Cynical it might be, but Mackenzie Bezos certainly passes the test with flying colors. The pair met at university, in Princeton, and have been married since 1993. Between then and now, Jeff Bezos found time to have four kids, launch one of the most successful websites in the cybersphere, Amazon, and rack up a $84 billion fortune.
It’s Mr. and Mrs. Facebook! Here’s another couple who have been together since before Mark Zuckerberg was a name anyone recognized. In fact, they also met at college, this time at Harvard! They are now proud parents, unsurprisingly using social media plenty to keep everyone up to date on their parenting style! Priscilla has said she was never surprised by her husband’s success, and has stood by him since the start.
While Billionaire wives are often looked at with suspicion, that can’t be said for this one, it’s none other than Salma Hayek, the Hollywood superstar! With a glittering acting career of her own, we would be happy to guess that she married Francois-Henri Pinault for more than just his status as the CEO of Kering. They have a daughter together, and somewhat scandalously, Pinault hit the headlines for fathering another kid outside of the marriage.
Sometimes it takes more than once to get it right, and Steve Wynn is on wife number 3! Luckily, he has enough money for all these divorce settlements he keeps racking up, the last one cost him $741 million! Hopefully this marriage will stay the course, as the Las Vegas King has been married to Andrea since 2011, and they are happily living the life, running their casinos and hotels which make Vegas so famous.
Carolyn Persson is the other half of Stefan Persson, who sits in the top spot of the Borad of Directors for fashion superhouse H&M. This job comes with quite the salary, and he’s worth around $20 billion. Despite that figure, the couple have a quiet lifestyle, and stay away from flashy purchases or media attention. They have three kids together, and live what most people would call a lavish lifestyle, but amongst the rich and famous, is practically boring!
Bernie Ecclestone is best known for his work with racing, being the chief of the Formula One Group, which helped him amass his huge fortune. He has been married twice before, but at the age of 86 he decided to try for a last shot at love with Fabiana Flosi, who is a shocking 47 years younger than him. Some people might be cynical about the pair, especially as age isn’t the only noticeable difference between them.
At 86 years old, George Soros is one of the biggest philanthropists in the world, recently giving $18 billion to Open Society Foundations. This left him with a net worth of around $8 billion, and in 2013, he married a new bride to share it with! In a wedding which lasted a whole weekend, the couple celebrated their five year relationship with a huge party, and Tamiko became his wife, despite a 40 year age gap. Wow!
Susan and Michael Dell are the couple behind the computer company, and they live happily with their four kids in Texas. They spend their time working on charitable causes, and have even created their own foundation for needy families and sick kids. They have a fortune which is more than $20 billion, so they aren’t short of money for living comfortably either. Unlike some flashier couples, they live a fairly quiet life.
Anne Wojcicki was one half of the Google wives, as she was married to Sergey Brin from 2007-2015. Unfortunately, the pair couldn’t make it work, and there were rumors that his relationship with Amanda Rosenberg might have begun before his separation with his wife began. Either way, Anne took her divorce settlement from his $30 billion fortune, and continued with her own life and business, which includes her company 23andMe.
The Brant family always had money, and Peter was no different, working hard at Brant-Allen Industries, and wooing and winning the heart and hand of supermodel, Stephanie Seymour. Despite them having their ups and downs (Stephanie even filed for divorce back in 2009) the couple clearly can’t live without one another, as they are still together until this day. Either that, or Peter realized how much that divorce would cost him!
Princess Charlene of Monaco
An incredible couple, Prince Albert is actually the son of Grace Kelly, the Hollywood icon, and Charlene was an Olympic swimmer, before she found her prince, tying the knot in 2011! The couple are insanely wealthy, with an estimated fortune which has long since hit the billion dollar work. They have twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, who are heirs to their huge fortune, and to the Monaco throne.
Laurene Powell Jobs
With shares in both Apple Inc, and the Walt Disney Company, Laurene Powell Jobs is the richest woman in technology, according to the Forbes rich lists in 2016. She is of course, the widow of the late Steve Jobs, and when he died in 2011, she inherited everything. The couple had three children together, and Laurene is the founder of the Emerson Collective, a philanthropic and political business institution.
Don’t let Rupert Murdoch’s marriage to Jerry Hall make you forget about his third wife of more than 14 years, Wendi Deng. The age gap was enough to raise an eyebrow or two, with 38 years between the pair. This age gap is what the couple cites as the reason they broke up. Wendi did well from the divorce, collecting her settlement and heading off to Hong Kong to work at Star TV, starting her life over again.
This has to be one of the strangest billionaire relationships out there, with the twosome being a threesome until quite recently. Astrid Menks met Warren Buffet in the seventies, while she was working as a waitress, and the pair have been living together ever since. But they could only tie the knot in 2006, after Warren’s wife Susan died. Until then, the threesome even sent out joint Xmas cards, signed “Warren, Suie, and Astrid.”
Lucinda (Lucy) Southworth is just as brainy as she is beautiful, and is working towards a doctorate in biomedical informatics from Stanford, where she and her husband Larry Page both went to study. They have two children together, and have been together for far longer than the success of Google. Fun fact, Lucy’s sister is Carrie Southworth, the American actress best known for her role on General Hospital!
Although Kate and Jack are not married, the other half of Mr Dorsey has been in the picture for many years, so has earned her place on this list. Jack is the founder of both Twitter and Square Inc, and is not shy about saying that his companies are all the babies he needs right now, so maybe that’s why they are putting off tying the knot! Kate is plenty busy herself, working with CampInteractive, a company which helps kids learn about technology.
If you’re the wealthiest man in France, you really can marry whoever you want, and who cares what the world says! Arnauld Lagardere did just that when he married Jade Foret, a swimwear model who was in her twenties. The 56 year old business billionaire even put out a video to let everyone know how in love the two are, which was a strange thing for anyone to do, let alone a businessman! Well, as long as you’re both happy, we suppose!
Sometimes it’s a true second time lucky, and when Bernard Arnault met pianist Helene Mercier, that’s exactly what happened. They had three children of their own, as well as raising two from his first marriage together, and have been married since 1991. In 2016, their fortune was clocked to be around $30 billion, mainly from his incredible fashion brands which include Dior, Givenchy, and Krug, as well as alcohol brands like Dom Perignon and Moet.
Poor Elon Musk, although not in the traditional sense of the word! Despite being one of the richest men on the planet, he can’t seem to find love that lasts. His first divorce was back in 2008, and soon after that he met this beautiful woman, Talulah Riley. They got married in 2010, and he hoped it was forever. A divorce followed soon after, and then they tried all over again, with ANOTHER marriage to one another. Sadly, (perhaps inevitably) they are now divorced.
Princess Ameera Al-Taweel
Life is full of ups and downs, but this Princess has gone through more than your average! When she was younger, her parents got divorced and she lived with her grandparents, until one day she went on a school assignment to interview Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was 28 years older than her. She ended up marrying him, and taking a royal title, but they got divorced in 2013. Perhaps the age gap was too big an obstacle, or it wasn’t love after all. The royal couple had almost $18 billion in their bank accounts, so it wasn’t money trouble!
You never know what will happen when you start a new job, as for Melinda Gates it changed her whole life! She was working at Microsoft, when she met the big man himself, Bill Gates, and now the pair have been married for more than twenty years. They spend a lot of time travelling and giving back to those less privileged, and have even promised to give away more than half of their fortune to charity. Wow.
Erica Baxter Packer
Once upon a time, an aspiring model and actress met a businessman who had made his fortune in hotels and resorts, becoming the 8th richest man in Australia. They started an on again off again relationship, with ended in a $15 million wedding, and three kids. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it work, and they divorced. The End. Is that how the fairytale goes? It certainly is what happened to Erica Baxter and James Packer, anyway!
Richard Branson is the owner and founder of the Virgin group, which includes music, media, aeroplanes and even bridalwear! But did you know that when he met his wife Joan, she was married to someone else? In fact, it took a whole year since he met her at an antiques store, before she would leave her husband for Richard. They seem happy though, and now have two children together to complete their family.
James Clark is not just an entrepreneur, but also a computer scientist, having made billions throughout his career. He has been married an amazing four times! This time seems to be working a treat, as he met and married the model Kristy Hinze, and is now sharing his life, and his bank account with her! She is enjoying life as a wife and mother, and the pair seem to be proving that age is nothing but a number.
If you follow the rich lists, you’ll recognize Larry Ellison, who is the head of the Oracle Corporation, and sits as one of the top 5 richest people in the United States. He has been married five times, most recently to Nikita Kahn. He seems to be well and truly smitten with his latest bride, even naming one of his restaurants after her! She is originally from the Ukraine, and worked as a model, although she hardly needs to work now with a $55 billion fortune!
Elizabeth Malia Andelin
Oh Summer Redstone, we hope you know what you’re doing! This billionaire was 82 years old when he married his wife Elizabeth, who he met and started dating when she was still in her twenties. They found love after she was working as part of the crew on his private jet, and she now works with him on charitable efforts, no doubt enjoying the fortune he has created with companies like MTV and CBS.
While David Koch has a net worth of around $40 billion, you won’t have heard of him unless you know a lot about the business world. He made his money in oil, chemical production, and creating artificial materials and plastics. He has been married to Julia for twenty years, and the pair are the picture of elegance, spending most of their time looking after their family and their philanthropic interests.
It’s not often that you can snag a husband who is not just a billionaire, but also so easy on the eyes! Miranda Kerr used to be married to Hollywood heart throb Orlando Bloom, and has more recently married Evan Spiegel, also known as the founder of Snapchat! They got married recently, and are still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship, but we wish them the best of luck. Miranda has a child from her marriage to Bloom, too.
You probably don’t need introducing to Michael Bloomberg, the famous politician, former mayor, and businessman. While he was married once before, he has been in a relationship with Diana Taylor since 2000. They have a fortune of $40 billion in the bank, but are not officially married. He has said publicly that he doesn’t see the point in making it official, so they are happily living together committed to their relationship instead. We wonder whether his accountant gave him that advice!
We do hate a cliché, but sometimes there’s a reason why it exists! Yes, Amancio Ortega married his own secretary back in 2001, and they seem happy enough as a result! The huge fashion entrepreneur owns Inditex, which has underneath its umbrella, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Berksha, Stradivarius, as well as others. Altogether, that’s a $70 billion fortune, so a lot better than answering phones and emails!