These Are The Wives Of The World’s Richest Men
The wives of the world’s richest men are some of the most powerful and influential women in the world. They are often responsible for their husband’s success, and they play a major role in their family’s wealth and status. Many of these women come from wealthy families themselves, and they have used their own resources to help their husbands achieve even greater success. While the wives of the world’s richest men may have different backgrounds and interests, they all share one common trait: they are powerful women who have helped their husbands achieve great things. Here are their stories.
Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas
Billionaire and Napster co-founder and first president of Facebook, Sean Parker, has a net worth of about $3 billion married to his wife, Alexandra Lenas.
Alexandra is a musician and actress who has appeared in films such as “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and “The Island”. She’s also known as a successful singer and songwriter.
George Soros and Tamiko Bolton
Tamiko Bolton is the third wife of billionaire philanthropist George Soros. She is a Japanese-American businesswoman who works in the healthcare industry.
She is a licensed pharmacist and used to work as an education consultant during the beginnings of her career. Tamiko is nearly three decades younger than her husband. Now, she serves as a partner for Soros Fund Management and assists her husband in his business ventures.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
Michael Jordan, basketball legend and Charlotte Hornets owner, married Yvette Prieto. She is a Cuban-American model who has been featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Glamour.
The couple married in 2013 and increased her net worth, which is already at a healthy $5 million.
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson were dating for seven years before he finally married her. Mellody is a businesswoman and president of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based investment firm. She is also a financial contributor to ABC News.
Mellody has been influential in George’s life, helping him to focus on his health and wellbeing, as well as encouraging him to give away much of his fortune to charity. Through Hobson’s education at Princeton and post-collegiate advances, she became president at Ariel Investments; she also took on a vice-chair role at Starbucks.
Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki
Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki used to be a couple. Sergey is a computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who, together with Larry Page, co-founded Google.
Anne is a biotech entrepreneur and the CEO of the genetics company 23andMe. Sergey and Anne met in 2007 when she was working as a Google consultant.
Ma Huateng and Wang Dan-ting
Wang Dan-ting is married to Ma Huateng, aka Pony Ma, the CEO of Tencent Holdings in China. Tencent Holdings is one of the largest internet and technology companies in Asia. As of 2018, he is China’s richest man and the 14th wealthiest in the world, with a net worth of $51.1 billion, according to Forbes.
Wang, who keeps a low profile like her husband, is a gifted musician who plays the erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument. The couple lives a private life and not many photos of the wife have surfaced.
Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor
Diana Taylor is the longtime domestic partner of former New York City Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg. The couple has been together since 2000 and have no plans to marry. Taylor graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA.
She has also worked as a banking executive and is currently the New York State Comptroller. In this role, she is responsible for managing the state’s pension fund. Diana is also a philanthropist and serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. Taylor serves on several nonprofit and corporate boards, including the New York Women’s Foundation, YMCA of Greater New York, and Sotheby’s.
John McAfee and Janice Dyson
John McAfee, the creator of McAfee Antivirus software, married Janice Dyson in 2013. Janice is a former model and the ex-wife of billionaire entrepreneur, Craig McCaw. She has been featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan.
Janice is also an accomplished philanthropist. She’s had quite the influence over her husband in their lives as tech moguls. She even influenced the creation of a new company, Future Tense Central.
Bill Maher and Coco Johnsen
Model Coco Johnsen and TV host, Bill Maher, used to date while his career was on the rise. Coco has appeared in magazines such as Playboy, GQ, and Maxim.
She has also appeared in music videos for artists such as Eminem and Dr. Dre. After her relationship with Bill Maher ended, she sued him for $9 million, claiming that he had promised to marry her and failed to do so. The case was settled out of court.
Elon Musk and Grimes
Elon Musk and Grimes revealed that they were dating in May 2018, and then in May 2020 Grimes gave birth to their first child. Grimes is a Canadian musician and artist. She is best known for her experimental music and her visual art, which often features futuristic and dystopian themes. Grimes has said that she and Musk are “aligned philosophically”.
Grimes is an accomplished musician in her own right, having released five studio albums and won various awards. Elon Musk as Tesla magnate is worth $209 billion, while Grimes has a net worth of $3 million.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates is married to Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft. The couple married in 1994. Melinda joined Microsoft after graduating with an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. She is a former Microsoft employee who now focuses on her philanthropic work.
She is the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is the world’s largest private charitable foundation. The foundation works to improve global health and education. Melinda is also a board member of diploma in cardiology from Stanford University. Since 2014, the Gates have donated $28 billion to the foundation and established the Gates Cambridge Scholarships at Cambridge University.
Larry Ellison and Nikita Kahn
Nikita Kahn is the longtime girlfriend of Larry Ellison, the co-founder of the Oracle Corporation. Larry is the fifth-richest man in the world, with a net worth of $59.5 billion. Nikita is a model and actress who has appeared in films such as “Iron Man 2” and “Entourage”. She is also an environmentalist and philanthropist.
In 2010, she founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s first ever vegan-sushi restaurant in Hollywood. The proceeds from the restaurant go towards the organization’s efforts to protect dolphins and whales. Her philanthropy goes to animals, such as fundraising to rescue orphans for the California Wildlife Center. She is a staunch supporter of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Rhino Rescue Center.
Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez
Lauren Sánchez is the spouse of Amazon’s head honcho, Jeff Bezos. Lauren is a former news anchor and host of the television show, “So You Think You Can Dance”. She is also a helicopter pilot and has her own production company.
In 2018, Lauren and Jeff donated $33 million to Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. The donation helped 1,000 Dreamers attend college. She is an entrepreneur in her own right, founding Black Ops Aviation in 2016, the first female-owned aerial film and production company.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Priscilla Chan is married to Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. The couple married in 2012, and they have two children together. Priscilla is a pediatrician and philanthropist. She is the co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equality.
She is also a board member of the Waterford School District and a trustee of Stanford University. Together they have pledged nearly $4.6 billion to charities, including a sizable donation of $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital, where Chan worked.
Rob Walton and Melani A. Lowman
Melani A. Lowman is the third wife of Rob Walton, the chairman of Walmart. The pair married in 2005, and they have three children together. Melani is a former former athletic trainer and basketball coach. She is now a stay-at-home mom and philanthropist.
Melani is actively involved in her husband’s company, Walmart, and she sits on the board of directors. She is also a member of the Walmart Foundation board of directors. She also sits on the boards of the Arizona Science Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall
Jerry Hall is married to newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch, the managing director of News Corp Australia. The pair married in 2016, and they have four children together.
Jerry is a former model and actress who has appeared in films such as “Theian” and “Batman Forever”. She has also performed in theater on the West End in London. She was also famously married to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger from 1990 to 1999.
Amancio Ortega and Flora Pérez
Flora Pérez is the wife of Spanish fashion billionaire Amancio Ortega, the co-founder of Zara. They married in 2001. Flora is a retired seamstress who now works as a philanthropist.
She is a major contributor to the Amancio Ortega Foundation, which supports education and health care initiatives. Today she is vice president of the Amancio Ortega Foundation board, whose funds are dedicated to social welfare projects and support organizations such as Cáritas and Proyecto Hombre.
Michael Dell and Susan Dell
Susan Dell is married to Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell Computers. The pair met while they were both students at the University of Texas, and they married in 1989.
Susan is a philanthropist and the founder of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which supports education, health care, and families in need. She is also an active supporter of her husband’s company, and she sits on the Dell board of directors. Susan is also a competitive athlete who has participated in marathons, triathlons, and cycling races.
Warren Buffet and Astrid Menks
Astrid Menks is the wife of octogenarian billionaire Warren Buffet, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. The couple met in 1977 and married in 2006.
Astrid is a former flight attendant who hails from Latvia. She is Warren’s second wife, and she is more than 30 years his junior. Astrid is involved in her own charity work and contributes to the local zoo.
Les Moonves and Julie Chen
Julie Chen, a news anchor and producer for CBS television, married Les Moonves — the former president of CBS — in 2004. The couple have two children together.
Julie began her career as a news intern and quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the most well-known faces in television news. In addition to her work on CBS, she also hosts the reality TV show “Big Brother”.
Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova
Dasha Zhukova married Roman Abramovich, the CEO of Millhouse Capital, in a secret 2008 ceremony. The pair have two children together.
Dasha is a Russian businesswoman and the founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She is also the co-founder of the fashion label Kova & T.
Mukesh Ambani and Nita Dalai
Nita Dalal is married to Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani. She met Ambani when she was a schoolteacher and married him in 1985.
She is also a successful businesswoman, and she sits on the board of several major companies, including Reliance Industries. The family is among the richest in India, with an estimated fortune of $40 billion. She was listed as “the most influential women business leader” in Asia by Forbes.
Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek is a well-known actress married to Francois-Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering. The pair met in 2006 and married in 2009. Salma is originally from Mexico, and she moved to Hollywood in the early 1990s to pursue her acting career.
She has starred in some of the most popular films of all time, including “Desperado” and “Frida”. In addition to her work in film, Salma is also an active philanthropist, and she has worked with various charities to promote education and health care for women and girls.
Bernie Ecclestone and Fabiana Flosi
Fabiana Flosi is the third wife of Bernie Ecclestone, the former CEO of the Formula One Group. The pair met in 2009 and married in 2012.
Fabiana is a Brazilian businesswoman who has worked in the marketing and communications industry for over 20 years. She is also a passionate philanthropist, and she founded the Bernie Ecclestone Charitable Trust, which provides education and medical care to children in Brazil.
Bernard Arnault and Hélène Mercier
Hélène Mercier is married to French mogul Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE. The pair met in the early 1990s and married in 2000.
Hélène is a classically trained pianist who has performed all over the world. She is also a successful businesswoman, and she sits on the board of several major companies, including LVMH.
Larry Page and Lucinda Southworth
Lucinda Southworth is married to Larry Page, founder of Google and Alphabet CEO. The pair met at Stanford University, where they were both studying for their PhDs, and they married in 2007.
Lucinda is a British-born scientist who specializes in the development of vaccines for neglected tropical diseases. She has worked on several major projects, including the development of a vaccine for malaria. In addition to her work in the medical field, Lucinda is also an accomplished photographer.
Lakshmi Mittal and Usha Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal is worth an estimated $18 billion as the CEO of ArcelorMittal, the largest steel company in the world. In 2005 he was the third-richest person in the world, and has also made Forbes’ list of most powerful people in the world.
He married his wife Usha Mittal. Usha is the daughter of an Indian steel magnate and she has a degree in fashion design from Central Saint Martins. She is a highly regarded figure at ArcelorMittal.
Steve Ballmer and Connie Snyder
Connie Snyder is the wife of Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft and the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The pair married in 1990, and she works as an advocate for the well-being of children.
Connie is a former marketing executive who now focuses on her philanthropic work. She is the co-founder of the Ballmer Group, which is dedicated to improving economic mobility for low-income families. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Seattle Art Museum and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Connie serves on the board of trustees at the University of Oregon. In 2014, they donated $50 million to the University of Oregon.
Phil Knight and Penny Knight
Phil Knight is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, and owner of the film production company Laika and he married his wife Penny Knight. She is a former runner and the daughter of an Oregon state legislator.
As of 2018, she has a net worth of $26.6 billion. The couple have partaken in many philanthropic endeavors together, including investing $500 million into a scientific research campus at the University of Oregon. They have also donated to the Marylhurst Knights Opportunity Scholarship Program at Marylhurst University.
Donald Bren and Briggite Bren
Donald Bren is an American real estate investor and owner of the Irvine Company, currently worth $17 billion.
He married his wife Brigitte Bren who is an entertainment lawyer. She is actually 3 decades younger than him. She has nearly 30 years of experience practicing law in California.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are perhaps the most famous couple in the world right now. Kim is a reality TV star, social media influencer, and businesswoman. She has her own beauty line, KKW Beauty, which is worth $900 million.
Her own empire includes Keeping up With the Kardashians, the Kardashian Kollection, the Kardashian Beauty cosmetics line, and DASH. Kanye is a rapper, songwriter, and producer, on his own, Kanye is worth about $1.3 billion – most of which he earned through his lucrative footwear company Yeezy.
Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell Jobs
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs married Laurene Powell Jobs in 1991. Laurene is the founder and president of Emerson Collective, which is a social impact organization that advocates for policies concerning education and immigration reform, environmental conservation, and other social justice issues.
She also owns a majority stake in The Atlantic and sits on the boards of College Track, NewSchools Venture Fund, and Conservation International. As of 2018, she has a net worth of $20.4 billion.
David Koch and Julia Koch
David Koch has already passed away, but his widow Julia has kept his legacy alive and well as the president of the David H. Koch Foundation. The David H. Koch Foundation donates money to various efforts in science, medicine, education, public policy, and the arts.
Julia and their three children inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries. She is currently worth $44.9 billion.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Jay-Z made history as the first hip-hop artist to reach the billionaire club, and he has reached that feat thanks to his wife, Beyoncé. The famous couple has a combined net worth of over $1 billion.
Beyoncé is a successful singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She has won multiple Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her clothing line, Ivy Park, was valued at $100 million in 2016. Beyoncé has made her mark over the years as an actress, producer, and of course, one of the most famous singers in American history.