Did you know that there are over 2,000 billionaires in the world? Yes, almost all of them are men. But it doesn’t mean that all their wives are sitting together in their mansions, sipping on white wine. Although, if there was a show called The Real Housewives of Silicon Valley, we would obviously watch it. I mean, who are we kidding…
But anyway, the point is that the wives (and ex-wives) of the world’s richest men are a lot busier than you may think. They actually do important things.
Priscilla Chan is married to Mark Zuckerberg. You know, the founder of Facebook. She’s a smart cookie herself, being a Harvard graduate turned pediatrician. Chan helped her hubby set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in 2015, which pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares, which is valued at $45 billion.
If you’re curious to know, Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth is more than $50 billion. And if you ask me, that kind of money is too abstract even to understand! So how did the two meet? At Harvard (big surprise). They got married in 2012 at their own home with a modest ceremony. In 2015, Mark and Priscilla had a baby girl.
Miranda Kerr is a former Victoria Secret supermodel, and she earned a lot of dough from her modeling career. Kerr has an estimated net worth of $45 million. But this model and businesswoman has a wealthy husband, too.
Kerr married Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel in 2017. Spiegel has a fortune of around $3.4 billion. Kerr (who used to be with Orlando Bloom) said her and Spiegel were friends for a long time before they began dating. The two have a child together.
Salma Hayek, the Oscar-nominated actress, is married to Francois-Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering. Kering owns brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent – to give you an idea of what kind of money we’re talking about here.
Pinault’s current net worth is estimated at $17.3 billion. Hayek’s net worth is a rather “measly” $85 million compared to his. The two have a daughter together, but Pinault was in the headlines for fathering a child outside of their marriage.
Mackenzie Bezos is the infamous ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. They were married from 1993 to 2019, splitting earlier this year. And as you can image, divorcing a billionaire will land you a fair amount in the bank. They reached a $35 billion divorce settlement!
This settlement made Mackenzie the third richest woman in the world. Mackenzie is an author, by the way. During their marriage, Bezos and Mackenzie had the time to have four kids while he launched one of the most successful websites in the world, which has an $84 billion fortune.
Ukrainian actress Nikita Kahn is the 5th wife of Larry Ellison, who is currently the 8th richest person in the world as the co-founder of the Oracle Corporation. Kahn herself is a philanthropist and film producer. She made the 2017 documentary, ‘The Last Animals.’
Ellison is worth more than $50 billion, and it looks like Kahn uses her hubby’s well-off means to support her passion for animal rescue, like fundraising for the California Wildlife Center.
Before his passing, Steve Jobs was up there as one of the richest men in the world. His widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, ended up becoming the richest woman in technology and is worth an estimated $19 billion.
She met Jobs at the Stanford Business School, where she went to one of his guest lectures. Laurene is now the founder of the Emerson Collective foundation that advocates for policies of education, social justice, immigration reform, and environmental conservation.
Dell’s last name probably sounds familiar to you, and that’s because she’s married to Dell Computers founder and CEO. And obviously, she took his last name! She and Michael Dell have a net worth of $20 billion.
Susan is the vice-president of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which provides funding for education and healthcare to underprivileged kids around the world. Don’t you just love when money is put to good work?
Alison Geld became Alison Pincus after marrying Mark Pincus, the CEO of Zynga Inc. Pincus’ net worth is about $1.1 billion. Zynga is a social game developer that’s responsible for all those games you or your kids or grandkids play on their phones and iPads.
Alison founded her own home decor website called One Kings Lane, which offers high-end furnishings to millions of subscribers. Her company alone is worth $440 million. Along with her hubby’s cash flow, she’s set for life.
Supermodel Elle MacPherson’s is now married for the second time to Jeffrey Soffer, a billionaire real-estate developer in Miami. Soffer is the son of Donald Soffer, who is the founder of Florida real estate empire Turnberry Associates, and has a net worth of $1 billion.
MacPherson is known for her record-setting five cover appearances on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was one of the reigning supermodels in the ’90s. She’s now 55 years old.
Actress Jami Gertz is best known for her roles in true ’80s movies, like ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘The Lost Boys.’ But she might be better known now as Antony Ressler’s wife. She’s been married to Ressler since 1989.
Ressler is the co-founder of a $40 billion private equity firm, Apollo Management. Ressler’s personal net worth is $2.6 billion. One of his business ventures is being one of the majority owners of the Atlanta Hawks.
Lucinda Southworth married Larry Page, the founder of Google, in 2007, basically setting herself for life. Southworth has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, but once she married Page, she helped establish the Carl Victor Page Memorial Foundation.
One of the biggest donations made by the couple was a $15 million contribution which went to help fight the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Again, another power couple that aims for good!
Julie Chen started her career as a news anchor, and she had no idea she would end up marrying the president and CEO of CBS, Les Moonves. Moonves’ net worth is over $300 million, but Chen already was a breadwinner of her own.
She had an amazing career as a producer and talk-show host. You probably recognize Chen because you saw her as the host of ‘Big Brother.’ She was also the former co-host of ‘The Talk.’
Kate Greer is the ex-girlfriend of Jack Dorsey, the founder of both Twitter and Square Inc. The couple dated for four years before splitting up. Greer went on to date Peter Fenton, one of five partners at venture firm Benchmark, who’s also a big investor in Twitter.
Greer is no billionaire, but she started a popcorn company called Cheerie Lane Popcorn. She’s also the head of Camp Interactive, a company that helps kids learn about technology.
Melinda is married to Bill Gates, who the entire world knows is the co-founder of Microsoft. The two met while she was working at Microsoft as the general manager of information products. They got married in 1994.
Melinda is now co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their organization focuses on providing health care and reducing poverty. And they mean business! They donated $50 billion to the charity.
Former Australian fashion model Sonia Klein took the surname of Tudor Jones when she married hedge-fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones. While Sonia can enjoy living the life of the super-rich, she has her own interests, too.
Other than being known as Mrs. Tudor Jones, she is a well-known yogi (go figure). She’s been practicing yoga for a long time and is the founder of JOIS Yoga studios. Oh, and she used to be a model (also, go figure).
Kate Capshaw was an actress when she met director Steven Spielberg. In fact, she even starred in one of his movies, ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.’ They started dating shortly after they met on set.
They have seven children altogether, including kids from previous marriages. Spielberg’s net worth is currently at $3.7 billion. He’s up there as one of the richest directors in Hollywood.
Bernie Ecclestone is known for his work with racing since he’s the chief of Formula One Group – something that helped him amass his gigantic fortune. That fortune is worth nearly $4 billion, by the way.
And speaking of “by the ways,” Ecclestone is 86 years old. Fabiana is 47 years younger than him. Yup, it’s as cliché as it gets. The Brazilian stands to gain billions when Ecclestone passes. But who’s thinking about that…
Dasha Zhukova is the wife of Russian-Israeli billionaire businessman, investor, and politician, Roman Abramovich. He’s one of the richest men in the world. Zhukova is a magazine editor and fashion designer.
Dasha is also a huge art enthusiast and opened the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Mosco. It’s a nonprofit organization that supports advancing contemporary art. As it turns out, the couple split in 2017.
Since 2016, Jerry Hall has been married to Rupert Murdoch, the newspaper mogul. Eyebrows were raised when Hall and Murdoch were seen in public together at the Rugby World Cup in London in 2015.
People thought they were only together for publicity. But apparently, the two are really in love. You might know the former model for being the ex-wife of Mick Jagger. She was also in 1989’s ‘Batman.’
Bethenny Frankel is famous for being one of the stars of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City,’ who went through a very public divorce with her now ex-husband Jason Hoppy in 2013.
She later went on to date New York hedge fund billionaire, Warren Lichtenstein. But that ended, too, and now she’s dating real estate developer and film producer Paul Bernon. Bernon developed the movies ‘Drinking Buddies’ and ‘Best Kept Secret.’
Andrea Hissom married casino and hotel mogul Steve Wynn, but she had no idea that they would end up becoming the most charismatic power couple in Vegas. Together, the couple is worth an estimated $2.9 billion.
Hissom doesn’t have to worry about ever going broke. Her husband is responsible for the development of famous Vegas casinos, such as the Golden Nugget, the Bellagio, and Encore. So yeah, that’s set for life.
Diane Von Furstenberg has made a name for herself in the fashion industry, but did you know that she was once married to a prince? Her first marriage was to Prince Egon of Furstenberg, but it ended in 1972.
In 2001, she settled down with businessman and billionaire Barry Diller, whose net worth is $2.4 billion. Why? Because he’s the CEO of Expedia Inc. So it looks like Diane has expensive taste.
It seems like Russian businessmen really like to marry supermodels. Or is that supermodels really like to marry Russian businessmen? Either way, Katsia Zingarevich and Anton Zingarevich are a match made in Victoria’s Secret heaven.
The VS model and former “Supermodel of the World” is married to the former owner of the Reading Football Club. The two got married in 2009 and have since welcomed their first child.
Danish model Amalie Wichmann has been seen often with one of America’s richest men, James Goldstein, who’s known as an “NBA superfan.” But, James claims that he doesn’t believe in marriage.
Goldstein has actually never been married. But what does he believe in, you ask? He believes in dating young models. But then again, can you blame him? Or any of the others on this list for that matter…
Richard Branson founded and owns Virgin Group, which includes music, media, airplanes and even bridal wear of all things! And when he met his wife Joan, she was actually married to someone else.
Branson met her at an antique store, and it took a whole year before she would leave her husband for him. They do seem happy and have two children together. Branson’s net worth is estimated at $3.9 billion.
While she was working on a private jet crew, Malia Andelin met billionaire Sumner Redstone. Redstone is responsible for the media companies MTV, Viacom, CBS, and others. So, yeah, he’s rich. They got married when Redstone was 82 years old. He’s now 96 years old.
Andelin was in her 20s when they started dating, and today, she works as his philanthropist. So it’s all about charity work for this wealthy wife! At least, for now.
David Koch has a net worth of $40 billion, which is enormous, but you probably wouldn’t know about him unless you know a lot about the business world. He and his brother made their money in oil, chemical production, and artificial materials and plastics.
He’s been married to Julia for over 20 years, and the two are the epitome of elegance, where they spend most of their time looking after their family and staying on top of their philanthropic interests.
You probably know who Michael Bloomberg is; the politician, former mayor, and businessman. He was married once before, but he’s been with Diana Taylor since 2000. Together, they have a fortune of $40 billion.
But they’re not officially married. Bloomberg has said publicly that he sees no point in making it official, as they live together and are happy in a committed relationship. Maybe his accountant gave him that advice!
If you’re looking for a cliché, this is it. Amancio Ortega married his secretary back in 2001, and they seem like a happy enough couple! Ortega is a huge fashion entrepreneur who owns Inditex.
Under the umbrella of Inditex are Zara, Massimo Dutti, Berksha, Stradivarius, and others. All of those ventures add up to a $70 billion fortune. Flora won’t be answering phone calls and emails anymore!
At the age of 86, George Soros is one of the world’s biggest philanthropists, recently donating $18 billion to Open Society Foundations. His net worth is left at around $8 billion.
In 2013, Soros married Tamiko Bolton to share his fortune with. Their wedding lasted a whole weekend, and so the couple celebrated their five-year relationship with an extravagant party, and Tamiko became his 40-year-younger wife.
Flavia Sampaio’s husband may be a household name, but this independent female boss definitely works hard! She’s a lawyer, businesswoman, and founder of a non-profit organization. Oh, and she’s married to Eike Batista.
Batista was the richest man in Brazil at one point and known and admired across the world. That is, up until he was sent to prison for money laundering. Flavia supports him from the sidelines, though.
Claudia Barilla used to be a swimsuit model before she married the French Canadian CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte. He has a net worth of $1.37 billion; ranked by Forbes as the 11th wealthiest Canadian.
Barilla runs the One Drop Foundation, which is a charity that helps out at-risk youths around the world and helps them make the right choices. How? Through the use of circus arts, of course.
It wouldn’t be fair to the integrity of this list to not include Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Who is also the future King of England.
While they’re in line for the throne, Middleton spends most of her time on philanthropy and building up political relations. One of her projects is raising awareness of children’s mental health. I’m a fan of that!
Charlene Wittstock used to be an Olympic swimmer in South Africa in the early 90s and represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She later went on to meet Prince Albert of Monaco (who is Grace Kelly’s son, by the way).
They met at a swimming tournament in 2006. They fell in love and married in 2011. Wittstock thus married one of the world’s richest royals. Prince Albert is worth $1 billion.
Jane Fonda is a part of Hollywood’s “royal family.” She came to fame in the ’60s, influenced the decade of the ’80s with all her aerobics videos, and is even still acting in shows and movies in her eighties.
Fonda is worth around $200 million on her own, but she’s had her share of rich husbands in her lifetime. One was Ted Turner, who she was married to from 1991 to 2001. Turner founded CNN and is worth $2.5 billion.
Anne Wojcicki is from a highly educated family, so it only makes sense that she would end up marrying Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google. But their marriage didn’t last.
We can only imagine that alimony considering his net worth is $29 billion. But then again, she’s not strapped for cash. Wojcicki is a biologist and the CEO of a human genetics company called 23andMe.
Everyone knows Mariah Carey, the five-time Grammy winner and diva. Well, after her marriage to Nick Cannon went down the drain, she started dating James Packer, getting engaged to him in 2014.
She even got a 35-carat ring worth $10 million. Packer, for those who don’t know, is an Australian billionaire businessman and casino mogul. But in the end, they called off the wedding in 2016.
Stephanie Seymour used to be one of the most famous supermodels back in the ’90s before she went on to marry billionaire Peter Brant in 1995. Brant is an industrialist and worth about $500 million.
In 2009, however, Seymour filed for divorce. But the two managed to reconcile and ended up dropping the divorce in 2010. They have two kids together.
Helene Mercier is a pianist who married Bernard Arnault in 1991. And for those who don’t know, Arnault is the owner of the brands Dior, Givenchy, Dom Perignon, and Moet. Their fortune is estimated at $30 billion.
The French businessman is the richest person in Europe, and he just pledged $226 million to help rebuild the 800-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after the massive blaze.
Emily Lerer is the wife of New York Entrepreneur Ben Lerer, and apparently, she wants to change the world. So with the help of her husband and his company, Lerer Ventures, she was able to start.
Emily launched a nonprofit called “Project Tutor,” which dedicates its work to providing tutoring services to inner-city children. Love it! best of luck, Lerers!