These Ladies Are Married To Billionaires, But They Are Far From Being Trophy Wives
We often get stuck in stereotypes, that we miss to see just how ordinary super-rich people are. We are so caught into stereotypes that we believe how the wives of billionaires are all supermodels who spend days gossiping, going to the hairdressers, and searching for the next best party.
However, the truth is far from these beliefs. So, we have decided to bust this myth once for all and show you how the wives of the most popular billionaires look like and what they do in their free time. Read on and be ready for some massive shocks.
30. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
As of August 2019, Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth was around $68.2 billion. This makes him the fifth richest person alive. As you probably know, Mark is the founder of the world’s most popular social platform – Facebook. Just recently, Facebook acquired Instagram and WhatsApp. Mark met Priscilla, his wife, when they were still students.
Priscilla always supported his work, and passionately believed in his success. They got married on May 19, 2012. Their wedding ceremony was very modest, and she even picked her wedding dress off-the-rack. Priscilla got her degree in medicine and plans to be a pediatrician.
29. Warren Buffett and Astrid Menks
In 2018, Buffer’s net worth was astonishing $88 billion. This made him the third-richest person in the world. This sum shouldn’t come as a surprise since he is one of the most successful investors globally. He met his wife, Astrid, while she was working as a waitress.
That was in the 1970s. There is a 16 years gas between Buffet and Astrid. When they first met, Warren was married to Susan Buffett, but they lived separately. They remained married until Susan’s death in 2004. Two years later, he and Astrid got married.
28. Bill and Melinda Gates
This couple is on the mission to change the world. Ever since Bill retired, they are spending every moment together, working on educating people, and providing necessities. Gates has a net worth of $107.1 billion. He also continually gives his wealth to various projects.
Bill and Melinda met at the end of the 1980s at a conference organized by Microsoft. At the time, she was a company employee. They married in 1994, and they have three children together. The famous couple founded the world’s largest charitable fund together.
27. Larry Page and Lucinda Southworth
Larry Page is one of the founders of Google. His net worth in 2019 was over $30 billion. Since he is always in the spotlight, not much is known about his partner and wife, Lucinda.
However, we do know that she is seven years younger than him and that they got married after only a couple of months of dating. She is a doctoral student at Stanford, and she did medical work in South Africa. Also, she studied at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania.
26. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos
Jeff Bezos is known as the founder of Amazon. With his net worth of more than $60 billion, he is one oft he top five richest men alive. He met his wife in 1992. They dated for only one year before they decided to get married. They have four children together.
Mackenzie has a job of her own. She is a best-selling novelist who won the National Book Award for The Testing of Luther Albright. Also, she has a degree from Princeton. Together, the famous couple donated $15 million to the school’s neuroscience program. Sadly, the couple divorced in 2019. MacKenzie got a $38 billion divorce settlement in Amazon stocks.
25. Richard and Joan Branson
The founder of the Virgin group is passionate about saving the planet, especially the ocean. He is known for loving the balance between private and business life. Moreover, he is known as a wealthy man with his total net worth of more than $5 billion.
Known for his unusual hobbies, it comes as no surprise that he met his wife in an antique store. At the time, she was married, but he was determined to win her heart. After one year, she left her husband and married Richard. They have two children together and one happy marriage.
24. Amancio Ortega and Flora Pérez Marcote
Amancio Ortega is one of the richest men alive. His net worth is around $70 billion. He is mostly known as the founder of fashion brand Zara. However, what people usually don’t know is that he owns multi-brands, including Massimo, Dutti, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius, Bershka, Oysho, Uterque, and Lefties.
Amancio is happily married to Flora Pérez Marcote. The two worked together. Flora worked as his secretary, and in 2001 they were married. Nowadays, they spend their days traveling and managing three multi-brand companies. He was married before Flora. That marriage lasted for twenty years.
23. Stefan and Carolyn Persson
Stefan is best known as the chairman of the board of directors at H&M. On top of that, he is known as one of the richest men alive, with a total net worth of almost $20 billion.
Interestingly, both Stefan and his spouse Carolyn prefer to have a low key life. They avoid having their name in the news, so little is known about this down-to-earth couple. However, we do know that they have three children.
22. Bernard Arnault and Hélène Mercier
Bernard Arnault is the owner of various brands. Just some of the names are Dior, Givenchy, Sephora, Dom Perignon, and so on. Altogether, these brands and many more brought his net worth of an astonishing $30 billion.
Bernard and his wife, Hélène Mercier, connected through music. Hélène is a professional pianist, and Bernard loves classical compositions. They married in 1991, and they have five children. Bernard has two children from his first marriage and three children with Hélène.
21. Michael and Susan Dell
Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, and one of the wealthiest people at the moment, with a total net worth of $36 billion. Michael and his wife Susan are often seen together, talking about global trends and where their company is heading.
They meet on a blind date. Susan was a professional athlete who participated in an international triathlon championship. She can run, cycle, and swim at astonishing fast speed. She conquered Dell’s heart at their first meeting. Today, a famous couple has four children.
20. Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor
Michael Bloomberg is best known as the former mayor of New York. In addition, he is also an entrepreneur and a politician. His total worth is estimated to be more than $40 billion.
Bloomberg was married, and he divorced his first wife to be in a civil partnership with Diana. They have been publicly together since 2000. They share what it seems a harmonic union, and they stated many times that they don’t see the point of getting married officially.
19. David and Julia Koch
David Koch supervises every significant investment, trade, or oil production. His total net worth is estimated to be over $40 billion. He is happily married to Julia.
They have been together for twenty years already. They have three children. Julia is seen next to David on rare occasions. She spends the majority of her time with her family. Alongside this, she spends a lot of her free time in the Koch’s charitable fund.
18. Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek
Francois Henri Pinault is a French businessman, with a fantastic worth of $7 billion. He is one of the French public persona, who donated $113 million to Notre Dame reconstruction. He is CEO and chairman of luxury fashion brand Kering.
Kering owns brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen. Henri is married to famous actresses, Selma Hayek. Selma was 39 when the two decided to get married. No one knows how the two met. Selma once said that their first meeting was such a romantic story that she prefers to keep it to herself.
17. Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich
Everyone heard about Roman Abramovich. After all, he is one of the richest men in the world. He also owns the world ‘s most expensive yacht. His net worth is estimated to more than $7 billion. Roman’s wealth comes from stakes in steel giant Evraz. He also holds a considerable part of the soccer team, Chelsea. Roman is married to Dasha Zhukova.
She was born in Moscow, but she studied in the States. She is an entrepreneur, magazine editor, and fashion designer. Recently she opened a contemporary art museum. However, she divorced Roman in 2017 after nine years of marriage and re-married to Stavros Niarchos II.
16. Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour
Peter M. Brant is an American industrialist, with a total net worth of $800 million. To younger generations, he is known through his son, 24-year-old socialite son Peter Brant Jr., who attacked a Port Authority cop at JFK airport and got away with it.
Junior is Peter’s son with a supermodel, Stephanie Seymour. The couple had a few rough years, but they recently reconciled. Seymour is a former supermodel. She appeared on Vogue cover, and she is often seen in various movies and television shows.
15. Carlos Slim Helu and Queen Noor of Jordan
Carlos Slim Helu is a telecom giant, proclaimed to be the richest man in the world. At the time, his worth is estimated to be around $62.3 billion. Despite his enormous wealth, he lives an ordinary life. He spends the last 40 years living in the same house. He is dating Queen Noor of Jordan, the widow of King Hussein.
She is Princeton-educated, and she is passionate about education. She spent her life to educating the world on Islam and Arab relations. Noor is also a book author, and she served as an ambassador to the United Nations.
14. Mukesh and Nita Ambani
In January of 2018, Mukesh Ambani was named the 18th-wealthiest man in the world. To understand better what this means, let’s just say that he has more money than the Founder of Alibaba Group. Mukesh is an industrial mogul. In 2019, his net worth was estimated at around $16.4 billion.
He is married to Nita Ambani, who is passionate about cricket. She is the co-owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team. She is also active in fundraising for the blind, promoting education.
13. Eike Batista and Flavia Sampaio
Eike Batista is one of the richest men in Brazil. Eike is a serial entrepreneur involved in the mining and oil and gas industry. In 2012, he was officially the richest man in Brazil and the seventh wealthiest person in the world.
He is married to Flavia Sampaio, a lawyer passionate about social work. A few years ago, Batista lost almosts all of his fortunes, and in 2015 police seized his possession, including cash.
12. Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki
Sergey Brin gets a monthly salary of $1, but that doesn’t stop him from being one of the richest men alive. Together with Larry Page, Sergey founded Google. His wealth is estimated at around $53.8 billion. Famous Google co-founder is married to Anne Wojcicki.
She is a biotech analyst with degrees from Yale and Stanford. She is also the founder of 23andMe, a service that provides rapid genetic testing.
11. Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr
Evan Spiegel is the Snapchat founder, with a total net worth of $2.5 billion. Evan did so much in his late-20s. He founded one of the world’s most-used apps and married Victoria’s Secret angel Miranda Kerr.
Kerr and Evan were friends for years before they started dating. No, the famous couple has a child together, and they see in love and happier than ever.
10. Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas
Sean Parker is a true pioneer and business visionary. He helped co-found Napster, the music-sharing service. He was also the first establishing president leader of Facebook. In 2019, his net worth was estimated at $2.7 billion.
Sean Parker is married to Alexandra Lenas, and the couple seems so happy together. Alexandra even saved his life once when he accidentally triggered an allergy after eating some nuts.
9. Arnaud Lagardere and Jade Foret
Arnaud Lagardere is a French businessman who has a net worth of $2.4 billion. Arnaud serves either as chairman or as a president of one of the biggest companies, including France Telecom and FIMALAC.
He is married to a model Jade Foret. They have been enjoying their marriage since 2013. They have a daughter named Liva. Jade is half his age, but it doesn’t seem to bother them.
8. Guy Laliberte and Claudia Barilla
In 1984, Guy Laliberté, co-founded Cirque du Soleil, probably the most famous cirque in the world. Before this, he was a street performer. His net worth is around $1 billion, which is excellent considering that Guy is no industrial business.
He is married to model Claudia Barilla. Guy sold the majority of his stocks to the U.S. private equity firm and Chinese group. In 2017, Guy founded Luen Rouge, which develops and invests in projects in art, entertainment, and technology.
7. James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone
Petra Ecclestone is used to high-end life. After all, she is a daughter of a British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. In 2011 she married James Stunt, whose net worth is estimated at around $4 billion.
Stunt is an art dealer and a very successful one. Sadly, the marriage lasted for only six years. There were rumors about James having drug-related problems. The couple has a daughter and twin boys. After the divorce, she reverted to her maiden name.
6. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump
It’s not common for celebrity-couple to move into the White House. However, famous businessman Donal Trump and former model Melania did it. They went from celebrity level to presidential duo.
Trump’s estimated net worth is around $3 billion. That’s before his presidential term, of course. His wife Melania used to be a model before she said, ‘I do.’ She stated many times how she likes that her husband is ‘real,’ and Trump shares that he loves her beauty, kindness, and low-maintenance attitude.
5. Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal and Princess Ameera
Princess Ameera was initially married to her distant cousin Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal al Saud. The marriage lasted from 2008 until 2013. His worth now is estimated at $15.9 billion.
During her marriage with a powerful prince, Ameera didn’t wear any jewelry, but she kept her appearance classy and very modest. She is continuously learning, and she further her education. Now, she is married to Khalifa bin Butti al Muhairi.
4. Stephen Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
Stephen Spielberg is best known for directing some of the biggest movie hits ever. He signed Jaws, Jurassic Park, and the Extra-Terrestial. He is still active in the movie industry, and his rich and long career enabled him a net worth of astonishing $3.7 billion.
He even met the love of his life on a movie set. Kate met Steven on the set of 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, in which she starred. The two clicked, and in no time they were married. Ever since Indiana Jones, Kate is mostly seen on television.
3. Larry Ellison and Melanie Craft
Larry Ellison is co-founder of software company Oracle. This famous company kicked off in 1977 when the need for computer skyrocketed. As of 2019, Larry’s net worth is around $54 billion. He has been married four times in total. His last marriage was with Melanie Craft, a romance novelist.
Craft studied anthropology at Oberlin College and archaeology in Egypt. She even published a novel about a girl falling in love with a billionaire. She also serves on the board of the Ellison Medical Foundation.
2. Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng
Rupert Murdoch is a real media mogul, with a net worth of mind-blowing $19.3 billion. He first started his career in Australia, when he bought a couple of newspapers, only to expand to the United Kingdom afterward. His first marriage was in far 1956. All in, he married four times. However, his most noticeable marriage was with Chinese-born Wendi Deng.
Although she is known as the one who defended Rupert from a notorious pie attack, there is much more interesting about her. She worked as vice president of the company’s Star TV in Hong Kong. Furthermore, she worked on a strategy for MySpace China. Nowadays, she is busy investing in tech start-ups.
1. Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenburg
Barry Diller started building his empire in far 1995 when he first founded the internet and media conglomerate IAC. Famous IAC controls globally popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid, and Match.com; his worth so far is $2.3 billion. However, together with his wife’s wealth, they are extremely rich.
Barry is married to a famous fashion designer Diane Von Furstenburg. She is best known for her wrap dress. This Belgian-born designer expanded her empire thanks to a single warp-like dress. Her empire is nowadays expanded into 56 countries, and it includes jewelry, cosmetics, and luggage. Her wrap dress was even displayed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.