Welcome to a list of some of the richest women in the world, who have made their money from everything you could think of, from oil and chemical engineering to property, music, technology and savvy investments. Or… Who have simply married a billionaire? So who are these women, where does their fortune come from and who are their partners in life? The interesting life trajectories, the relationships and the net worth of these power couples are definitely worth staying around for!
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.
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.
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 an $84 billion fortune.
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.
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.
When it comes down to it, Russian businessmen just really, really, really love to marry supermodels – or supermodels really like to marry Russian businessmen. Either way, Katsia Zingarevich and Anton Zingarevich are the perfect example of this match made in Victoria’s Secret heaven. Yep, this VS model and former ‘Supermodel of the World’ is married to the former owner of Reading Football Club in 2009. The pair have since welcomed their first child into the world and are still happily married. Yay!
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.
This Danish model, Amalie Wichmann, has been seen with one of America’s wealthiest men, James Goldstein. Goldstein is known as an “NBA superfan,” which is where we’ve see the pair hanging with each other mostly. James claims he doesn’t believe in marriage, in fact he’s never been married. But he sure does believe in dating models, as the photo of these two together would prove he at least believes in that. Do you, Jimmy.
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 heartthrob 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.
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!
When you think of Janet Jackson, you probably don’t think of her husband – but it seems he is just as successful as she is. While Wissam Al Mana doesn’t spend his time singing and dancing along to legendary tunes, he has still made a name for himself as a successful (and rich) businessman. The couple tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed their son into the world in January 2017. Unfortunately, the hugely successful couple have since separated.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Marie Besnier Beauvalot
Marie Besnier Beauvalot is a French billionaire, who is curiously the heiress of the dairy company Lactalis. She and her other siblings are major shareholders of Lactalis, which is currently worth $2.5 billion. The three siblings inherited the dairy company from their father, and now own 100% of it. They are also the makers of Président brie cheese, which is what made the company the most popular. In addition to that, Marie and her siblings also own 84% of the company Parmalat.
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!
Although Flavia Sampaio’s husband may be a household name – this strong and independent female boss definitely works just as hard! This lawyer, businesswoman, and founder of an impressive non-profit organization is married to Eike Batista. As the former richest man in Brazil, Batista is known and admired across the world (although maybe not recently). He has since been sent to prison for money laundering, while Flavia supports from the sidelines. Unfortunately, this means their funds are dwindling slightly…
It’s fair to say that the course of love doth never run smooth, but Julie Chen’s relationship with Les Moonves didn’t exactly start off on the right foot – considering the CBS president was married at the time. Oops. Nevertheless, it seems as though he loved the talk show host enough to divorce his wife, and they have been married ever since. The pair tied the knot in 2004 and welcomed their first child into the world just four years later.
Queen Noor of Jordan
It’s no secret that King Hussein of Jordan had a real thing for the ladies during his lifetime – and by the 1980s, he was already onto his third marriage. However, the real deal turned up in 1978, when he married Noor Al-Hussein. The couple was married until his devastating death in 1999, making Queen Noor the Queen Dowager. Nevertheless, Queen Noor has since used her inheritance and her status to make a difference in the world.
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!
Anne Dias Griffin
If you’re into your finances, you may have heard of the Griffin family – because they really are a team. Although Kenneth Griffin is a big name in the world of hedge fund management (y’know, whatever the heck that is), his wife Anne Dias Griffin is not too far behind him. In fact, Anne has worked within major banks across the world and knows the business inside and out. After all, two heads are better than one, right?
No matter where you go in the world, being married to the ‘richest man’ in that country will always be impressive – and Nita Ambani has that honor in her home country of India. Yep, this lady is married to Mukesh Ambani, whose family owns one of the largest textile and fabric companies in the whole world. Impressive, huh? However, Nita tries not to live under the shadow of her husband and can often be found helping charities and those in need.
Tiffany Stewart Cuban
If you’re keeping up with the (sometimes boring) world of politics, you’ll know that Mark Cuban has a bit of a ‘thing’ going on with Donald Trump. In short, they kinda hate each other. So, we have to wonder whether Melania and Tiffany Stewart Cuban hate each other as well. This adorable couple first met in the gym and have now been together for 16 years – which means there is still hope for the sweaty messes amongst us.
Okay, although this may be another story of a married man cheating on his wife – these two did end up together, so it kinda cancels out the bad with the good, right? We’re not sure. Nevertheless, Gail Golden-Icahn first met the capital manager Carl Icahn while working as his assistant. Soon, their late nights turned into something more (wit-woo). The pair have been married since 1999, and Gail is now a major part of Icahn Enterprises.
Dr. Precious Makgosi
Although she may be married to the richest man in South Africa, Dr. Precious Makgosi has a reason to be proud of her own achievements. As the wife of the mining legend, Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe, Dr. Precious is able to spend her life with her husband and his $2 billion net worth, as well as their three children. However, Dr. Precious doesn’t think about the money, as she is too busy saving the world with her women’s health clinic and fashion company. As you do.
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.
Joseph Hardy, one of the richest men in the world, has been married no less than four times, to women ranging widely in age. He is a business entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of 84 Lumber Company and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. His third wife, Kristin Georgi, was only 22 years old and worked at the nail salon in Hardy’s resort. The two married in August of 2007, and promptly divorced only 9 months later due to “irreconcilable differences.”
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.
Not all the wives of these billionaires married into money without having something to show for themselves. Kate Capshaw was an American actress when she met her now-husband, esteemed director Steven Spielberg. In fact, she was starring in one of his movies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The two met on-set and began dating shortly after. The couple has seven children altogether, including some from previous marriages.
Sonia Tudor Jones
When it comes to finance and business, the Jones name holds a lot of authority – mostly because Paul Jones is not only rich, but he is also super powerful. Luckily, this hedge fund manager has got a calm and collected wife on his arm to bring him back down to earth when things get too intense. Yep, Sonia Tudor Jones is a registered Yoga teacher and Yogi and has even founded her own Ashtanga school! As if that wasn’t enough, she was also a model.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Let’s be honest; we’ve all heard of Diane von Furstenberg. This fashion designer is one the biggest names in the world of fashion and has racked up an impressive net worth of around $300 million. Yet, things have got even better for Furstenberg over the past few years, as she has since married a billionaire named Barry Diller with a net worth of $2.4 billion. We think it’s safe to say she won’t be scrabbling around for retirement money anytime soon…
Gabrielle de Heinrich Sacconaghi
If you want a head start in life, it seems you just need to find yourself a hedge fund manager – because they are LOADED. This is exactly what Gabrielle de Heinrich Sacconaghi has done, as she has married the rich and famous billionaire, Louis Bacon Moore. However, Gabrielle is also pretty awesome herself. Although this Cambridge graduate does not need to work, she takes pride in her job as an art consultant for the fellow rich and famous faces in the world.
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.”
Let’s be honest, we all know who Mariah Carey is – after all, we belong together! While she may have made millions off her own back, it seems an unlikely relationship also added a few zeros to her bank balance. Yep, Mariah was discovered to have a brand new jewel on her finger in January 2016, after she announced her engagement to the resort billionaire, James Packer. Unfortunately, the pair broke off their engagement a few months later and parted ways.
Heather Ann Rosbeck
When you think of chewing gum, there’s a fair chance you think of the Wrigley’s brand. After the success of William L. Wrigley Jr, he has since passed on the baton to his great-grandson, Bill Wrigley. But who is the woman behind the billionaire? Her name is Heather Ann Rosbeck – a famous actress who has appeared in various movies such as There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal. Heather and Bill tied the knot in 2007 and have been happily married ever since.
Like many of the billionaires on this list, Sheikh Walid Juffali was once married to a famous calendar model. With a whopping $5.2 billion in his bank account, the Sheikh managed to find love with Christina Estrada – until they sadly got divorced. Although it was a pretty awful time for the both of them, it’s fair to say that Christina came out laughing throughout their divorce, as she walked away with a whopping $75 million from her ex-husband!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Considering her hubby is the elusive Roman Abramovich (AKA one of the most successful Russian billionaires in the business) it’s fair to say that Dasha Zhukova will never have to work a day in her life. Nevertheless, this Russian businesswoman likes to keep her own man on her toes and pay for dinner every so often. As the founder of Garage Magazine and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, this art collector definitely knows a thing or two about making and spending money.
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.
Jim Clark is a 68-year-old high-tech pioneer who made it big working in the Silicon Valley, and he just happens to be married to a stunning Australian model, Kristy Hinze. The couple was married back in 2009, and they have been happy ever since. They welcomed their first child in 2011, and are still going strong today. Clark’s 90-meter luxury superyacht may or may not have something to do with their ongoing happiness.
Let’s be honest, Cirque du Soleil is the coolest thing out there (it’s true) – but it seems the former CEO of the franchise has trumped his own work by dating the coolest woman out there. Yep, the 459th richest person in the world, Guy Laliberte, fell in love with Claudia Barilla a few years ago, and they have been loved up ever since. Although they are not married, the pair share their whole lives with each other… and they look super cute together.
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!
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.
When you think of the world of publishing, your eyes probably light up in dollar signs. Well, you’re not wrong, because those at the top of the publishing ladder can make big bucks – just like Alisher Usmanov. Although her husband has a net worth of around $15.1 billion, Irina Viner doesn’t just sit around spending his money. Instead, she is working hard in the gym, making sure the Russian gymnastics team are up to scratch and coached to perfection.
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!
If you’re the kind of person that takes pride in your hair (well, duh), you may have heard of John Paul DeJoria – the owner and founder of Paul Mitchell hair products. This self-made billionaire shares his wealth with his wonderful wife; Eloise Broady. As an actress and model, Eloise is most known for being Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in April 1988. Five years later, the couple tied the knot and have since donated more than $50,000 of their wealth to political campaigns.
Although Elisabetta Gregoraci made a name for herself in her own right, it’s fair to say that her marriage to the formula one manager, Flavio Briatore, has pushed her name even further into the limelight. The couple tied the knot in 2008 – y’know, after Fernando Alonso drove the bride to the wedding venue. No biggie. Unfortunately, the pair has since parted ways, but we can only imagine that Elisabetta will get some of his $200 million net worth.
It’s no secret that the Bertarelli family have a lot of money, but how much are they really worth? Well, it’s believed that Kirsty’s husband, Ernesto Bertarelli, is worth a whopping $9.1 billion! Luckily, it seems as though this former Miss UK isn’t just a pretty face, as Kirsty is also a signed recording artist. In fact, she co-wrote the All Saints hit, ‘Black Coffee.’ Sure, money is great and everything, but that song really is something to be proud of.
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!