The world’s richest men are equally paired with successful women, many of which make them achieve more in life and business. When a woman is standing by his side, there’s nothing a determined man cannot achieve. These are the love stories that built Wall Street and Silicon Valley and made rich men. In this blog, we’ll examine the wives of the world’s wealthiest men.
Lucinda Southworth is the wife of Larry Page, founder of Google and CEO of Alphabet Inc. She’s a scientist and researcher with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University. Lucinda tied the knot with Page on a private Caribbean island on December 8th, 2007. Since Lucinda was very active in charity, the duo founded the Carl Victor Page Memorial Foundation, which donated $15 million to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa.
Apart from her research work, Lucinda Southworth works with charity organizations, including McLain Associations for Children and the Stepping Stones International Organization for mentally and physically disabled kids.
Andrea Hissom is married to her heartthrob, Steve Wynn, chairman of Mirage Resorts and owner of Wynn Resorts. Andrea is originally British and started as a social worker, which changed when she met Wynn. There was some scandal during their courtship in 2008, which was expected for several reasons. Andrea was engaged to a real estate mogul 21 years her senior, who was still in his first marriage. Ten years later, she still stood by Wynn when he faced allegations of sexual misconduct.
Andrea Hissom is the great-niece of Ben Novack, who developed the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. She definitely is no novice in the hospitality business.
Helene Mercier is the wife of a French businessman, Bernard Arnault, CEO and chairman of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE. While Bernard has carved a name for himself in business, Helene is a successful pianist who studied music at the Julliard School of Music in New York. Helene Mercier has recorded music with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and now works with the New Japan Philharmonic.
Her enduring passion for music is one of the reasons she fell for Bernard Arnault – he seduced her while he played one day, and they got married in September 1991.
Fabiana is the third woman to be married to Bernie Ecclestone, former CEO of Formula One. Bernie is obviously twice her age and half her height, but didn’t they say the third time is the charm? Car racing brought Fabiana and Bernie together because she worked for an International Publicity company focused on promoting the Brazilian Grand Pix.
After Fabiana became vice president of marketing for the racing company, the duo met through the World Motor Sport Council. They started dating in 2009 when the team went on a cruise trip in Croatia. Fabiana’s background in law helps her handle Formula One’s legalities.
Salma Hayek is an accomplished actress married to Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering. The couple tied the knot in the famed Venice opera house Teatro La Fenice in 2009. Salma Hayek is an activist who condemns gender-based violence and discrimination against immigrants.
Despite her success in the movie industry, Salma started her charity, the Salma Hayek Foundation, to support organizations that help battered women. After she had her daughter, she started to rescue disadvantaged children in Mexico from drugs, violence, and illiteracy.
Nita Dalal is the wife of Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and MD of Reliance Industries. Nita was a schoolteacher when she met and married Ambani, but she currently manages the Reliance Foundation. The Ambani family is one of the wealthiest in India, with an estimated net worth of $40 billion.
Nita was the first Indian woman to join the International Olympian Committee. She also led an ‘Education for All Initiative, which helped 70,000 underprivileged children to get an education. Nita is the founder and CEO of Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai. She is also co-owner of the Mumbai Indian cricket team. It’s no surprise that she was listed as The Most Influential Women Business Leader in Asia by Forbes.
Dasha Zhukova secretly wedded Roman Abramovich, CEO of Millhouse Capital, in 2008. Dasha, who was born in Moscow, evolved into a powerful businesswoman and philanthropist. She established the Garage Museum of Contemporary to promote contemporary Russian arts and culture. Dasha also doubles as editor-in-chief of Garage Magazine and Pop, its fashion zine.
Dasha is the co-founder of the fashion line Kova & T and a founding member of Culture Shed, a rising performance arts center in New York. Unfortunately, Dasha and Roman Abramovich got divorced in 2017.
Julie Chen is a famous news host and producer for CBS who married Les Moonves, the ex-president of the CBS network. Julie was dating him while she was still married to Nancy Wiesenfeld. She stood by Moonves when the board forced him to step down due to allegations of sexual misconduct at CBS.
Julie Chen used to moderate The Talk, a popular TV chat show. Now, she is a host of the TV reality show Big Brother.
Astrid Menks is the wife of Warren Buffet, the octogenarian billionaire and CEO OF Berkshire Hathaway. Astrid was his live-in companion while he and Susan were married until she died in 2004. Susan Thompson introduced Astrid to Warren, while the latter worked as a restaurant hostess.
Astrid and Warren were married in 2006, and they lead a quiet lifestyle. Astrid does her charity work and is involved at the local zoo.
Susan Dell is the heartthrob of Michael Dell, founder, and chairman of Dell Computers. She has been the chairman and co-founder of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation since 1999. Their non-profit foundation has committed $1.3 billion over the years to improve the lives of families riddled with urban poverty in India, South Africa, and the United States.
Sarah is also an accomplished athlete that has participated in marathons, triathlons, and cycling competitions. For more than 10 years, she has held female records in significant cycling races in Hawaii. Sarah’s keen eye for fashion prompted her to begin her fashion label, including Phi, in 2004.
Flora Perez is married to Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortega, who co-founded Zara. Before they married in 2001, the duo kept a very professional relationship while Flora worked as a brand store manager in Ortega’s company.
Even though Flora is 18 years younger than her husband, she is Vice President of the Amancio Ortega Foundation. She allocates funds to social welfare and support organizations like Caritas and Proyecto Hombre.
Melanie Lowman is the wife of Rob Walton, the chairman of Walmart. The lovebirds tied the knot in 2005 and shared a passion for racing vintage sports cars. Melanie was a former athletic trainer and basketball coach.
Now, she presides over the Arizona Science Center and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. Melanie Lowman also manages the Walton Family Foundation, which donated $1 million to building the Phoenix Center. Melanie donated $1 million to her alma mater, Dickson State University, and the school’s activities center was rechristened the Lowman-Walton Concourse.
Jerry Hall is the wife of Rupert Murdoch, the MD of News Corp Australia and a wealthy newspaper magnate. She exchanged vows with Murdoch in March 2016, seven days before his 85th birthday.
Jerry has worked as a career model before, featuring in movies like Urban Cowboy and Batman. The former Mrs. Mick Jagger has performed in a theater on the West End in London. She now owns her country and western outfit.
Connie Snyder is married to Steve Ballmer, the past CEO of Microsoft and current Los Angeles Clippers owner. Since Connie became a co-founder of the Balmer Group, she has advocated for underprivileged children and supports efforts to eradicate childhood poverty, college access, and unemployment.
Her passion for child welfare led to the formation of Partners for Our Children in 2006. The foundation works hard to provide aid to vulnerable children and families in Washington State.
Priscilla Chan is married to Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The Silicon Valley duo married in May 2012, a day after Facebook’s stock market launch. Priscilla is a trained pediatrician passionate about education, healthcare, and child welfare.
She started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to advocate for human potential and equality. With this initiative, Priscilla and Mark have committed $4.6 billion to charities and donated a whopping $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital.
Did you know Lauren Sanchez is the current partner of Jeff Bezos, the man who started Amazon? They made their relationship public in January 2019, after Jeff Bezos separated from his wife, MacKenzie.
But Lauren Sanchez is not your regular media personality. She won a communications scholarship to attend the University of Southern California. Lauren became a news anchor and helicopter pilot over the years. Her entrepreneurial prowess led her to establish Black Ops Aviation, the first female-owned aerial film, and production company.
Nikita Kahn has been dating Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp, for a long time. The Ukrainian-born woman is a successful film producer and philanthropist. Thanks to Larry, among the top 10 wealthiest men in the world, Nikita can pursue her dreams to the fullest.
She graduated with an MBA from the Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. Nikita loves animals and has funded animal documentary projects like The Last Animals, where she doubled as executive producer. Her donations go to wildlife recovery centers like the California Wildlife Center and San Diego Zoo.
Melinda Gates was married to Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft. She joined Microsoft after getting her MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Melinda worked as general manager of information products and coordinated the distribution of Publisher and Expedia.
She left Microsoft, however, after marrying Gates to focus on raising a family. Now, she sits on the board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through their foundation, Melinda has launched projects to improve healthcare and eliminate extreme poverty. Bill and Melinda have donated $28 billion to the Foundation, as well as scholarships for students to study at Cambridge.
Claire Boucher, AKA Grimes, has been dating Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, since May 2018. Two years after they started dating, the couple welcomed their first child. Elon Musk is worth an intimidating $209 billion, while Grimes is a talented musician with a net worth of $3 million.
Grimes has released five studio albums and won several awards. Her relationship with Elon Musk remains one of the strangest celebrity relationships ever.
Coco Johnsen is the longtime partner of Bill Maher, one of the world’s famous TV hosts. The ebony model began dating Maher when he was starting in the TV business. For many, Bill is more than just a TV host, and his opinions are held very highly.
Coco has been a massive supporter of Bill Maher, even when he almost got canceled for some of his remarks. The man is worth $140 million, while Coco Johnsen is estimated at $5 million.
Janice Dyson and John McAfee, founder of McAfee Antivirus software, have a powerful love story. McAfee saved her from a damaging lifestyle and helped her reunite with her son. They tied the knot in 2013 and remained a significant influence in each other’s lives as tech moguls.
Janice inspired the development of a new company called Future Tense Central.
Diana Taylor is the longstanding partner of Michael Bloomberg, former NYC mayor, and businessman. Due to her husband’s position, Diana Taylor was the de facto First Lady of New York City for a long time.
Taylor obtained an MBA from Columbia Business school and worked as assistant secretary to Governor George Pataki. She was once chairlady of the New York State Banking Board, presiding over the New York State Banking Department. Now, Diana Taylor serves on several nonprofit and corporate boards, such as the New York Women’s Foundation and Sotheby’s.
Wang Da-ting is the wife of Ma Huateng, AKA Pony Ma. Her husband is the CEO of Tencent Holdings, one of the largest IT companies in Asia. Forbes estimated Pony Ma’s net worth at $55.1 billion, making him the 14th wealthiest man in the world.
The couple met on OICQ, one of Tencent’s chatrooms, a while after it was launched in 1999. After months of chatting, they decided to meet in person and seal the deal. Wang Da-ting is a traditional musician gifted at playing the erhu, a Chinese instrument. She prefers to keep a low profile.
Anne Wojcicki is married to Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and one of the richest men in the world. Anne is a tech mogul herself, who co-founded 23andMe, having a net worth of $700 million.
Sadly, these techpreneurs split up some time ago. Yet, this doesn’t seem to affect their businesses because Brin remarried soon afterward, and Google is still one of the world’s wealthiest companies.
Mellody Hobson dated George Lucas for seven years before they got engaged. Since the duo exchanged vows in 2013, we’ve not seen a more blissful union. George Lucas has done well for himself in the film industry.
Thanks to a Princeton college education and post-collegiate improvements, Hobson became president at Ariel Investments. She is also a vice president at Starbucks.
Yvette Prieto indeed landed gold when she married Michael Jordan. The basketball legend and owner of Charlotte Hornets is one of the richest Americans with a net worth of $2 billion. Yvette was originally at $5 million but is doing much better now.
Tamiko Bolton is the third wife of George Soros, a billionaire, and philanthropist. Bolton started as a licensed pharmacist and later worked as an education consultant. Now, she is a partner for Soros Fund Management and helps her husband’s business.
It’s surprising to learn that George is over 40 years her senior, yet they work so well together.
Alexander Lenas is the wife of billionaire and Facebook co-founder Sean Parker. She is a talented actress, singer, and songwriter who appeared in Mr. Conscience in 2011. We can tell that Alexander is doing well in music because she has been featured on MTV.
Jay Z, Beyonce’s husband, is the first hip-hop artist to become a billionaire in America. Beyonce, with a net worth of $355 million, has made her mark in music, acting, and film production. Together, Jay Z and Beyonce are regarded as one of the most powerful couples in American history.
They founded a musical duo, The Carters, to help each other promote their music careers. Beyonce and Jay Z have a strong team spirit, which pays off well.
Julia is the wife of David Koch, founder of Koch Industries. Even though Koch is late, Julia continues to forward her husband’s agenda by running the Koch Foundation. Through the foundation, the Koch family donates funds to advances in science, medicine, education, and the arts.
She inherited a 42% stake at Koch industries after David passed away in 2019. Now, Julia Koch is valued at $44.9 billion.
Laurene Powell Job was the wife of the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. Their marriage began in 1991, and it was evident how Laurene contributed to Jobs’ success. Apart from inheriting her husband’s fortune, Laurene is the founder and CEO of Emerson Collective.
She also presides over the board at College Track, a nonprofit that helps underprivileged high school students get a college education. The heiress of Steve Jobs is worth $19 billion.
Kim Kardashian was the wife of Kanye West, one of the world’s most famous couples in American history. West is worth over $1.3 billion, which he mostly generated from Yeezy, his luxury footwear company.
Kim K is a force to reckon with in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle sectors, with a net worth of $900 million. She amassed wealth through her reality TV, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the Kardashian Kollection., and DASH. The KUWTK star has made quite a name for herself.
Brigitte is married to real estate mogul Donald Bren, owner of Irvine Company, valued at $17 billion. Brigitte works as an entertainment lawyer, and even though she’s 30 years younger, they have an enviable relationship.
She has practiced law in California for over 30 years and is often described as a very bright lawyer.
Penny Knight is the wife of Phil Knight, co-founder and past chairman of Nike. He also owns Laika, a film production outfit, and is worth $40 billion. Penny and her husband are extreme philanthropists who have invested $500 million into scientific research at the University of Oregon.
The Knights also funded the Marylhurst Knights Opportunity Scholarship Program at Marylhurst University.
Usha Mittal is the wife of Lakshmi Mittal, CEO of the world’s largest steel company with an estimated net worth of $18 billion. Lakshmi was the 3rd richest man in the world in 2005 and made the Forbes list of most influential people. Usha is a major force that contributed to Lakshmi’s success in steel manufacturing for over 10 years.
Usha Mittal is so resourceful in ArcelorMittal that the company granted her managerial oversight in case all the company directors are MIA.