Behind Every Powerful Man is a Strong WomanBy Yuri S.
It is said that behind every great man is a great woman, which is indeed true. Here we want to look into the lives of the most powerful women behind successful men. Power couples have taken the world by storm, but many of these women are more than just doting wives.
With beauty and brains, these women have a presence wherever they go. Many have amazing backstories and incredible careers with remarkable accomplishments. Let’s look at the wealthiest and most powerful men and the amazing women who stand beside them.
Malia Andelin (Sumner Redstone)
Malia Andelin worked in her twenties as a flight attendant for Viacom; the job was already an accomplishment for her as she had dreamed about it since childhood. It was not long until she met her soon-to-be husband, Sumner Redstone, a prolific businessman who owned the National Amusements company.
The company is a parent company for the biggest television networks, such as Viacom, MTV Networks, BET, CBS Corporation, and many more. Unfortunately, their relationship ended in August 2020 when Redstone passed away at the age of 97. After his death, Malia took the company’s wheel and managed the legacy left by her husband.
Baxter Packer (James Packer)
Packer was always a determined woman who knew what she wanted. Maybe that is why she successfully developed an amazing career as a model and singer, with her first song to coming out in 2001. Her career already took her far, but she soon met James Packer.
They were happily married and even had three beautiful children together. Motherhood changed her life and made her see the world differently. She separated from her husband after six years, but she is now enjoying a beautiful career and the time spent with her children.
Laurene Jobs (Steve Jobs)
In 1989, Laurene met the late Apple co-founder, the technological revolutionary Steve Jobs, in a speech of his at Stanford Business School. They never left each other’s side until the unfortunate death of Jobs in 2011. Laurene was devastated but moved forward with her projects that helped thousands of people to a better life.
She founded a company that pushes for environmental, immigration, and educational reforms. She is also a very big influence in foundations that assist students in need to get funds and financial aid to continue a better education. In honor of her husband, she now helps people in their pursuing educational opportunities to give them a chance for success
Dasha Alexandrovna Zhukova (Roman Abramovich)
People may think that being a socialite and a fashion influencer is already enough for one person, but Dasha Alexandrovna Zhukova was just starting. Her marriage with Roman Abramovich, the corporate founder and notorious businessman, lasted for ten years. The Russian billionaire, most commonly known as the owner of Chelsea Football Club, is the father of her two children.
Even though they separated in 2018, Zhukova has a career of her own and is still influenced by the art world. Abramovich isn’t the only powerful man she’s married, as she is now wed to Stavros Niarchos III, heir to a shipping fortune.
Jerry Hall (Rupert Murdoch)
Rupert Murdoch has a net worth of $18 billion, all of it by working in media. He was the one that founded News Corp, a dominant and hugely influential business and the reason why he is on the charts of the richest people in the world, a man now in his nineties.
In 2016, he got married to Jerry Hall, the former spouse of Mick Jagger. Well known for her career in acting and modeling, she was a star in the making from an early age. Now she does not perform too much and happily supports one of the most powerful men ever.
Claire Elise Boucher aka Grimes (Elon Musk)
Claire Elise Boucher is a Canadian personality well known for her music career under the “Grimes” stage name. Yet, if you are not the biggest fan of music, you probably know her from the technology entrepreneur mogul Elon Musk.
They started a relationship in 2018, and two years later, on January 8, 2020, she announced her pregnancy with Elon’s first child. The child was born in May of 2020 and got the most radically distinctive name someone can get: X Æ A-12. The couple announced their split in 2021.
Kristy Hinze (Jim Clark)
The wife of Silicon Graphics and Netscape founder Jim Clark had a career even before their marriage. Being an actress, model, and event host was a busy life. She can also be proud of her appearances on the front pages of Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated magazine, and many more.
It was one of the most controversial relationships, but they both showed everyone that a perfect couple exists. Married since 2009, she is now the mother of two beautiful daughters. She seems to be living the best life with a spouse who is 25 years older than her.
Priscilla Chan (Mark Zuckerberg)
When speaking about role models for girls, people like Priscilla Chan come to mind. Beauty and brains come in the same package; who would not love to introduce her to their parents? Unfortunately, the one who already put the ring on her is Mark Zuckerberg.
She is not your basic pediatrician but also a philanthropist and businesswoman. She founded a political action organization, along with her husband, that focuses on health and education. Of course, they named it the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. They are the definition of a power couple.
Kirsty Roper Bertarelli (Ernesto Bertarelli)
The year is 1998, and the most beautiful woman in the country is crowned: she is none other than Kristy Roper Bertarelli. She is an already successful singer, model, and musician known for co-writing the hit “Black Coffee” for the popular group All Saints.
With so many accomplishments, she was a successful woman. Still, after she married the love of her life, businessman Ernesto Bertarelli, she started her family with her first child born soon after. Now she is a mother of three and enjoys life in Switzerland. She likes the cold and chilly weather with her family around.
Heather Ann Rosbeck (Bill Wrigley)
Being in the spotlight as an actress, Rosbeck was a woman that didn’t need any more money and fame but just happened to find it with the man she married. While she hasn’t had an acting role since 2001, she now seems content with her family life.
She was able to accumulate a fortune already, with a career helped by her astonishing looks. It also helped that she married the business mogul Bill Wrigley, the heir to Wrigley Company. The huge company is one that everyone knows, with Rosbeck now closely linked with it.
Lucy Southworth (Larry Page)
Talking about women that impressed others with their beauty is common, but there are exceptions to this rule related to influential people. It does not mean that the woman is not beautiful, but rather that she created a name for herself more through academic accomplishment.
We are talking of Lucy Southworth—everything about her screams smart, from her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Oxford University to an incredible PhD in biomedical informatics. She sure is a smart woman and a model too. Her marriage with Larry Page was also a smart choice.
Salma Hayek (François-Henri Pinault)
This woman had some big dreams and delivered them, using all her skill to create a name for herself. The model/actress starred in films that took Hollywood by storm. From “Desperado,” “Wild West,” and “Dogma” to her Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the TV series ”Ugly Betty.” The biggest critics appreciated her talent.
In her relationship with French businessman François-Henri Pinault, she tied the knot in 2009, becoming a fulfilled wife together with being an influential woman. She already has a child with the luxury retail owner who created brands known by everyone, such as Puma and Gucci.
Flavia Sampaio (Eike Batista)
Indeed, everyone sometimes overlooks the women of powerful men, but she stood out from her husband in this case. Flavia Sampaio is the founder of Institute Consciousness, the biggest NGO in Brazil created to help children.
Also a lawyer, member of Sampaio, Morisson & Boquimpani Advogados Associados, this woman has one of the biggest influences in the country when it comes to business. Yet her husband is not too far behind, as Eike Batista is the wealthiest man in the country, and together they are the definition of a power couple. They are not married yet but have a child together.
Miranda Kerr (Evan Spiegel)
Women know everything about beauty, and sometimes they choose to use this knowledge to turn a good profit. Miranda Kerr is the founder of KORA Organics, a natural brand that offers many skincare products. Of course, she made a big name for the company as she is also a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Everyone knows of her relationship with Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom; paparazzi were crazy at that time to just take a pic of these two. Unfortunately, they separated paths after three years, but Miranda continues to be a successful businesswoman.
Nita Ambani (Mukesh Ambani)
Women excel at business and, it seems, take care of sports sometimes. Nita Ambani is the co-owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team in India. Whoever said that women do not like sports was dead wrong. Not only that, but she is the academic leader and chairperson for Dhirubhai Ambani International School.
Being married to the most influential person in India, Mukesh Ambani, the multi-billionaire that controls the petroleum industry, is an advantage. Their romantic life started back in 1985 when the two met. She was just a school teacher back then.
Anne Wojcicki (Sergey Brin)
Sometimes a woman does not even need to marry someone to become one of the most influential people on the planet. Anne Wojcicki is an incredible woman with a doctorate in biology, now a top biologist by profession and a biotech analyst. She got her degree from Yale University.
She was married to Sergey Brin for almost eight years, but things did not work out. After the divorce, she started 23andMe. Being the company’s CEO, she made a name for herself and that was without needing her ex-husband’s help.
Kate Greer (Jack Dorsey)
From models to lawyers, women have shown that they excel in any industry you put in front of them. Heading to the artistic field, we find designer Kate Greer. Not only is she a great worker in her amazing career, but she also cofounded Cheerie Lane, a popcorn company. You really can say she made her ideas pop.
Yet from 2013, she is always seen walking down the red carpet with Jack Dorsey at every tech event. He is the founder of Twitter. We can say that his wife really influenced the company’s logo with her design skills. It is truly a perfect match.
Irina Viner (Alisher Usmanov)
The business industry is hard to handle, and plenty of fields takes a strong personality to succeed. Here, we talk about the gymnastic superstar Irina Viner, the best coach Russia has seen so far. In 2015, she got the attention she deserved, as the award of the Olympic Order was given to her.
She is married to the wealthiest man in the country, but she doesn’t need the money, if we are honest about it. Alisher Usmanov met her in his youth, as they both were interested in athletics. So, it is young love in their case.
Lisa Najeeb Halaby (King Hussein)
In our times, we are not accustomed to queens and kings anymore, but here we have a brilliantly modern version. Queen Noor of Jordan has shown that the chess game rule is accurate; the queen has more influence than the king. After the unfortunate passing of her husband in 1999, she is still going strong in both ruling and writing.
As an ambassador to the UN, she influences the beliefs about her country and continues to write as one of her hobbies. Coming from a military family, she knows how to take care of things and thrive under stress.
Stephanie Seymour (Peter Brant)
There is always plenty of drama in the life of any celebrity, and we love finding out about their love lives. For those that love gossip and rumor, they have enjoyed following the career of Stephanie Seymour.
The former actress and model Stephanie Seymour is one of the most controversial models and women that ever got on the cover of Vogue. She had a rocky love life, from John Casablancas to Axl Rose, but she finally found her other half when she met Peter Brant. Their relationship may have had a few problems, but they are still together and going strong.
Melania Trump (Donald Trump)
The position of “First Lady” is something not many women get to experience. But as majestic and amazing it may seem, it is not all dreams and joy. Melania Trump is the wife of Donald Trump, the President of the USA until just recently. A former businesswoman and model, she had to adapt to the responsibilities of the White House quickly.
Melania already had her skincare line and jewelry company before the governmental position of honor. Still, once the responsibilities arrived, she had to take a step back and take a strong place next to her husband. Despite plenty of rumors and gossip, she always supported Donald.
Eloise Broady (John Paul DeJoria)
Eloise Broady comes from the United States, a former actress and model who had quite a life story to be told. Adored for her beauty and grace, it was no surprise that she caught the attention of the billionaire and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria.
They’ve had a beautiful love life since 1993. The relationship stayed strong, and now they invest in charities such as: Help Clifford Help Kids, The Austin Recovery Center, Helping Hands, The Austin Children’s Shelter, and more. They sure like to enjoy their wealth and also help those in need.
Andrea Hissom (Steve Wynn)
You can call it luck or just pure love, but when a woman bags one of the most influential people in the casino industry, there is something that she truly did right. Andrea Hissom is the wife of art collector, casino mogul, or to say it more humbly, the CEO of Wynn Resorts.
Even if she was able to marry him only after an official divorce, they sure wanted everyone to see them together —and, so, what other way to be the center of attention than attending immense events with the most select participants present.
Nikita Kahn (Larry Ellison)
It is nothing unusual when a new star appears and amazes everyone with her role. This happened in “Catch 44,” when Ukrainian beauty Nikita Kahn left everyone speechless with her performance. Being cast with some big names sure was helpful to her career in acting.
Now she is dating Larry Ellison, none other than the Oracle Corporation co-founder and named on the world’s wealthiest men lists. He had a long and not great love life with no less than four wives, but maybe this time will be it. Who knows what the future holds for these two?
Jade Foret (Arnaud Lagardère)
It is no wonder why love is so hard to find. Sometimes it is maybe in another country, so you just have to find it. Some lucky ones out there find it easily, but for others it can take a little more work.
It is in this kind of situation that Jade Foret found herself, a world-renowned Belgian model that found true love in French billionaire Arnaud Lagardère. With an impressive combination of businesses and influence, he surely is the one to fear. They have had a beautiful relationship ever since 2013. Maybe the legends are true, and Paris is the “city of love.”
Fabiana Flosi (Bernie Ecclestone)
Fabiana Flosi not only got it right with her amazing looks and personality, but she also got it even better when she married Bernie Ecclestone, the multi-billionaire who notoriously ran Formula One for many years.
Being born in Brazil seem to have some big advantages, because of her stunning exotic looks. She now is a mother to Ecclestone’s fourth baby. He already had a lineage of his own, being a grandparent to five babies. It seems it might be quite difficult for her to be a mother and grandmother at the same time.
Claudia Barilla (Guy Laliberte)
When a woman is married to billionaire businessman Guy Laliberte, people tend to think that she has an astonishing and luxurious life. Not in the case of Claudia Barilla. She is famous for her model career and motherhood lifestyle. She never stops amazing people when she shows that you don`t have to seek out money but rather accomplishments.
Her poker-playing husband may have a fortune to his name that seems infinite, but that does not affect Claudia. She wears what she wants and goes where she wants. There is little to hate about the billionaires that wear Converse footwear just like the rest of us. Indeed, they are comfortable and stylish.
Nicole Schuetz (Kevin Systrom)
Who said that college is not the perfect place to find true love. In the case of businesswoman Nicole Schuetz, this is exactly how she met Kevin Systrom. Being already the CEO of Sutro Energy Group, her organization is helping promote clean energy technologies through investments in different projects.
Being married to an Instagram co-founder and billionaire sure is nice, but she already has a lot of work running her environment-friendly energy production company. It is not every day that we see someone of her status caring about the impact produced by power plants and the like.
Princess Ameerah (Khalifa bin Butti Al Muhairi)
It is not too common to hear that someone got over a divorce almost immediately. Rather than feel sorry for yourself, many people see it as an opportunity to move forward on to bigger and better things.
This is the way Princess Ameerah thinks too, since after her divorce, the philanthropist and vice-chairperson did not let herself lose precious time sobbing, and she moved on to billionaire Khalifa bin Butti Al Muhairi. This kind of woman knows what to expect from life, and not going forward is like a nightmare to her.
Susan Dell (Michael Dell)
If you are a tech enthusiast, you may be familiar with the Dell name. They are one of the biggest manufacturers of computers out there. Michael Dell is the founder and Chief Executive of this company, and Susan Dell is his wife. Susan and Michael got married in 1989, and they have four children.
They are also very well known for their charity. Especially, their work to support poor children to have access to healthcare and education is undeniable. This couple set up the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, where Susan serves as board chair.
Alison Gelb (Mark Pincus)
Alison Gelb Pincus is a businesswoman who co-founded One Kings Lane. It is a home decor firm with a great online presence. They provide luxurious furnishing-related services with a client base larger than ten million. Her husband is Mark Pincus, the co-founder of Farmville and Zynga Inc.
They lived seven years together and had three kids. However, and unfortunately, they are not together anymore, as Alison filed for divorce in 2017. The reason for the breakup, as she stated, is “irreconcilable differences.”
Oleksandra Nikolayenko (Phil Ruffin)
Oleksandra Nikolayenko-Ruffin is a former Miss Ukraine. She is married to Phil Ruffin, who is a billionaire investor. Though media-shy, Ruffin has many businesses, including real estate, greyhound racing tracks, and oil/gas industries.
One of the interesting things about this couple is they have a huge age gap. They got married when Oleksandra was 27 years and Phil Ruffin was 72. Another interesting fact about this couple is that they were introduced by Donald Trump, the former US President. Although they have a huge age difference, they are still happily married with two kids.
Mackenzie Bezos (Jeff Bezos)
You may not identify Mackenzie Bezos, but it would be very odd if you don’t know Jeff Bezos. Being one of the world’s richest men and the founder of Amazon, everyone knows this guy. But Mackenzie Bezos doesn’t need to be identified by her ex-spouse. Mackenzie is also an award-winning writer and author.
They got separated in 2019 after decades of intimate relationship, because of unknown reasons. But it turned out to be a fortunate event for Mackenzie, as she got $38 billion as a divorce settlement in 2020. This makes her the third-wealthiest woman in the world.
Lauren Sanchez (Jeff Bezos)
Lauren Wendy Sanchez is an American news anchor, actress, and entertainment reporter. Well, if this doesn’t excite you, then let us disclose another thing about her: this lucky woman is rumored to be the new girlfriend of Jeff Bezos. Several sources revealed about their relationship, but it’s still unconfirmed.
Even with the divorce of Jeff and Mackenzie being the costliest in history, at a $38 billion settlement fee, Bezos is still one of the richest individuals in the world, and it certainly didn’t take a long time for him to find someone else worthy enough to be his partner.
Tamiko Bolton (George Soros)
Tamiko Bolton is the wife of George Soros, the legendary hedge fund businessman. He is known worldwide for the single-day gain of $1 billion. Because of his accomplishments, he is also known as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England.” Soros and Tamika met at a dinner party in 2008. However, they got married five years later in 2013.
The union of Tamiko Bolton and George Soros is a different type of one. George is 40 years older than her. They received a lot of criticism because of the age differences. But their marriage turned out to be successful, and they are still together.
Julie Chen (Leslie Moonves)
Julie Chen is a TV personality and a news anchor and producer. On the other hand, Leslie Moonves is the former CEO of the CBS News network. These two got into a relationship in 2003 while Leslie was married to another woman.
However, when their relationship became public knowledge, Leslie divorced his former spouse. Because of the work allegations against Leslie, he lost a portion of his net worth and got into many other issues. Despite being in such a situation, he married Chen, and they are still together and have a son together.
Diane von Furstenberg (Barry Diller)
Diane von Furstenberg is a Belgian fashion designer. Still, she is better known for being on the lists of the top 100 most powerful women in the world curated by Time Magazine and Forbes. Another identity of this legendary fashion icon is she is the creator of the wrap dress. She was once also a princess of Germany!
Barry Diller, the husband of Diane, is the founder of Fox, a popular broadcasting company. He is also connected to Expedia and IAC, the media company. The net worth of Barry Diller is around $4.3 billion. And being a legendary fashion designer, Diane is also a billionaire woman with a net worth of around $1.2 billion.
Princess Charlene of Monaco (Prince Albert II)
Charlene Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer, became Monaco’s princess by marrying Prince Albert II, the Prince of Monaco. They met each other in 2001, but their relationship was hidden for almost five years. The media revealed this in 2006.
After almost a decade of relationship, they married in 2011. They have traversed their marriage successfully, although Charlene was rumored to have had cold feet before embarking on this most special event in life. The Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, became one of the richest royals of the world, with a huge net worth of around a billion dollars.
Kirsty Bertarelli (Ernesto Bertarelli)
If you ask someone who is the richest woman in Britain, most people will think of J.K. Rowling, the billionaire author. But the reality is different. The richest woman in England is Kirsty Bertarelli. She was the runner-up of Miss World and Miss UK 1988.
Kirsty made a good sum of money with her work. However, the major portion of her net worth comes from her husband, Ernesto Bertarelli. The net worth of this guy is around $7.9 billion. They have been married for more than two decades. They have three children and live in Switzerland.
Melinda Gates (Bill Gates)
The list of powerful women will remain incomplete without the name of Melinda Gates. Melinda Gates was Bill Gates’s wife. He is someone who had been the richest man globally for a long time. Melinda started working at Microsoft after completing college. And it took only a few months for her to start dating the boss himself.
Melinda and Bill Gates got married in Hawaii in 1994, after dating for several years. They have been together for 27 long years, and they have been engaged in philanthropic work from the beginning with their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Unfortunately, this couple separated, heading in different directions, in 2021. The divorce earned Melinda Gates a huge fortune of $6.1 billion.
Ricky Anne Loew-Beer (Ralph Lauren)
Ricky Anne Loew-Beer is an author, photographer, and artist. However, when she was young she worked as a receptionist at a doctor’s office. And that’s the place where she met her to-be husband, Ralph Lauren.
They got married in 1964 and are still together. They have had a successful union for more than five decades. Their kids are also successful in their respective fields. Ralph Lauren is a fashion mogul and the former CEO of the Ralph Lauren Corporation. Although he stepped down in 2015, he is worth more than $7 billion.
Kate Capshaw (Steven Spielberg)
Kathleen Sue Spielberg, also known as Kate Capshaw, got married to Steven Spielberg in 1991. Steven Spielberg is a popular Hollywood director with several successful films in his repertoire. These two met during the filming of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in 1984.
Kate Capshaw played the role of a nightclub singer in this movie. After dating for around six years, they decided to marry in 1990. After being married to Steven and working on several other films, Kate became one of the big names in Hollywood.
Yekaterina Domankova (Anton Zingarevich)
Yekaterina Domankova is a supermodel from Belarus and is pretty well known for being a model for Victoria’s Secret. She is also known as Katisha. She married Anton Zingarevich, a Russian business tycoon with a net worth around $750 million.
However, Anton Zingarevich is mainly known for being the former owner of the Reading Football Club in the English Championship. Anton left the board of the club in 2014. Yekaterina Domankova and Anton met in 2008, and they got married just one year later in 2009. They also had one child together.
Penny Knight (Phil Knight)
Penny Knight is the wife of Phil Knight, the owner of the biggest shoe brand in the world, Nike. Before founding Nike, Phil was working as a lecturer at Portland State University. They got married in 1968. Later Phil Knight founded Nike, and this company made him a “Shoe Dog,” a term often used to describe the success of Phil, and the title of his memoir.
The estimated net worth of Phil Knight is around $30 billion, making him one of the most successful and inspiring businessmen in the world. And even after 53 years of union, they are still together. They have three kids, and unfortunately one of their sons died of a heart attack while scuba driving.
Hope Dworaczyk (Robert F. Smith)
Hope Dworaczyk became an instant hit after appearing in Playboy magazine. She also earned the status of Playmate of the Month and Playmate of the Year a couple of times. Apart from being a popular model, she is also into TV reality shows and acting.
Robert F. Smith is the husband of Hope Dworaczyk, and they got married in 2015. Robert F. Smith is a successful investor, businessman, chemical engineer, and philanthropist. The estimated current net worth of Robert is around $7 billion. The couple has two kids together.
Julia Koch (David Koch)
Julia Flesher is an American philanthropist and socialite. She is also one of the richest women in the world. Julia didn’t need to work hard for her fortune. Instead, she was lucky enough to inherit from her husband who died in 2019. Her husband David Koch also inherited most of his worth from his rich family.
According to sources, Julia’s fortune is around $50 billion, with which she’s earned a place on the list of the richest people. Julia Flesher and David Koch married in 1996 and had three children together. Unfortunately, David Koch was diagnosed with prostate cancer and passed away when he was 79 years old in 2019.
Flora Pérez (Amancio Ortega)
Flora Perez is the current wife of Amancio Ortega. After being separated from his ex-wife, Amancio Ortega married Flora Perez. Amancio Ortega is a Spanish fashion mogul and founder of Inditex Fashion Group. You may know about their popular retail chain, ZARA clothing.
The net worth of Amancio Ortega is around $73.2 billion, making him one of the wealthiest men in the world. Not much information about this billionaire couple is available on the internet as they live a very private life.
Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe (Patrice Motsepe)
Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe is the wife of Patrice Motsepe. You might not know about Patrice Motsepe, but he is a big name in the South African mining industry. When they met, he was practicing law while she was into medicine. They bound the knot in 1989 and are still together with three children.
Moloi-Motsepe, together with her husband, formed several charity organizations. They are also known for organizing Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week in Cape Town and Soweto. The combined net worth of this couple is more than $2.1 billion, earning them a place as one of the top wealthiest families of South Africa.
Helene Mercier-Arnault (Bernard Arnault)
Helene Mercier, also known as Helene Mercier-Arnault, is the wife of French billionaire Bernard Arnault. He is the owner of the LVMH Group and many other things, including Louis Vuitton and other brands. He is the richest guy in France and one of the richest men globally, with an estimated net worth of more than $110 billion.
Helene Mercier and Bernard Arnault married in 1991, right after Arnault got off from his previous marriage. Although the prior marriage of Arnault was not successful, the union of Helene and Bernard Arnault turned out very well. Apart from growing their net worth, they have also grown three children.
Aleksandra Melnichenko (Andrey Melnichenko)
Aleksandra Melnichenko is a Serbian citizen, former singer, model, and wife of Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian billionaire businessman, social investor, and philanthropist. Her husband is worth a whopping $14.7 billion, making him one of the richest men in Russia.
Reports show that the couple met in Southern France in 2003 and married two years later. The wedding was held on the French Riviera, and American singers Christina Aguilera and late music legend Whitney Houston also performed there. Aleksandra has two lovely children with Melnichenko.
Padma Lakshmi (Theodore J. Forstmann)
Padma Lakshmi is an Indian American, popular TV show host, actress, and model. She was the wife of billionaire Theodore J. Forstmann, whom she married back in 2009. He later died of brain cancer in 2011. Padma is known to many people as a host from the cooking competition show “Top Chef.” In 2009, she got a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Reality Host” for her work on the show.
She is also the author of five bestselling books, and according to reports, she is currently worth the sum of $40 million. Books she has written include many top sellers, showing her incredible talent.
Elle Macpherson (Jeffrey Soffer)
Elle Macpherson is an Australian actress, model, and popular TV host. She was once the wife of billionaire Jeffrey Soffer, who doubles as the heir to real estate businessman Donald Soffer. In 2009, Macpherson began dating Soffer. However, the couple’s marriage went sour, and they had to break up back in March 2012.
They later resolved their issues, after which they started dating again towards the end of 2012 and got remarried in 2013. Things, unfortunately, didn’t work out for the couple on their second attempt at love. Instead, they ended up getting divorced shortly after getting married again to each other.
Paola Rossi (Giovanni Ferrero)
Not much is known about Paola Rossi, but we know that she is the wife of Italian businessman Giovanni Ferrero and has two sons together with him. Her husband took over his family’s confectionery business, Ferrero Group, after the unfortunate death of his older brother Pietro Ferrero in 2011.
The Ferrero Group is the world’s second-biggest chocolate manufacturer and confectionery company. It produces chocolate and a variety of confectionery products. The company’s popular products include Nutella, Raffaello, Kinder Surprise, and many others.
Connie Snyder (Steve Ballmer)
Connie Snyder is the wife of billionaire businessman Steve Ballmer. Aside from being a wife, she is also a philanthropist and an executive at the Ballmer Group, which she co-founded with her husband. The organization aims solely to support low-income families in the United States.
Snyder’s husband is the owner of the basketball team LA Clippers and former CEO of Microsoft. She once worked there, before heading on to other popular tech companies and making a name for herself in marketing and public relations, and more. According to some reports, Snyder has a net worth of over $2 million, while her husband’s net worth is said to be sitting at around $70 billion.
Lily Safra (Edmond Safra)
Lily Safra is of Brazilian-Monegasque descent and is a billionaire, socialite, and philanthropist. Most of her wealth was attained through her four marriages and is currently worth $1.3 billion. Her last husband was Edmond Safra, an affluent Lebanese Jewish banker popularly known for starting the Republic National Bank of New York.
Edmond married Lily in 1976 against the wishes of his family, who disapproved of their relationship, but later died in a fire in 1999. His death attracted broad interest nationally, back then, but was eventually determined in court to be an incident of arson.
Melanie Craft (Larry Ellison)
Melanie Craft is an author and novelist, previously married to American billionaire and Oracle Corporation CEO Larry Ellison. She earned a degree in anthropology at Oberlin College and another in archaeology from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. However, she did not pursue a career in her fields of study.
Craft and Ellison got married back in 2003 and had the former CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc. as their official wedding photographer. The couple sadly divorced in 2010 but served together on the board of Ellison Medical Foundation, an organization Ellison founded in 1997. They aid biomedical research. Craft has authored three books, and she’s currently working on her fourth.
Anne Dias Griffin (Kenneth Griffin)
Anne is a Harvard MBA graduate and founder of Aragon Global Management. She married billionaire hedge fund businessman Kenneth Griffin in 2003 and had three children with him. However, the couple later divorced in 2015 and neither has remarried since.
Currently, Anne serves as a trustee of New York’s Whitney Museum and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she is known to be an avid supporter of art, a passion she shares with her ex-husband, evidenced by a $19 million donation they made to the Art Institute of Chicago when they were still together.
Kathy Hilton (Richard Hilton)
Kathy Hilton is a businesswoman, actress, socialite, philanthropist, and the wife of businessman Richard Hilton. Her husband is the founder of Hilton & Hyland—a successful real estate firm that upscales homes in Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, Malibu, and other high-class areas. The couple met when Kathy was 15, and had four children together, including their popularly known daughter, Paris Hilton.
Paris Hilton’s acting career began in the early 2000s when she rose to fame on the reality TV show “The Simple Life” with Nicole Richie. She later ventured into fashion, setting up a line of party dresses in stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, and including Saks Fifth Avenue.
Janet Hill (Steve Wozniak)
Janet Hill is the fifth wife of millionaire Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. She met Wozniak at Apple, where she once worked as an Apple education development executive, and she was a long-time friend of his before they began dating. They eventually got married back in August of 2008.
Before getting married to Janet, Steve was initially a husband to Alice Robertson, Candice Clark, and Suzanne Mulkern. He also briefly dated famous comedian Kathy Griffin. He is still happily married to Janet and lives with her in Los Gatos, California.
Wendi Deng (Rupert Murdoch)
When Wendi Deng graduated with a business administration degree from Yale University, she was introduced to well-known Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch. The Chinese-born entrepreneur was employed in Hong Kong as vice president of a popular TV channel, which Murdoch had bought in 1993, when the two first met and fell in love with each other in 1997.
Deng married Murdoch in 1999. She has worked in various industries, including television, as a MySpace advisor, as an internet investor in China, and in the film production industry. Unfortunately, the couple went through with a divorce filing in 2013.
Usha Mittal (Lakshmi Mittal)
Despite being married to Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steel corporation, Usha Mittal holds her own. Despite being only 21 years old, the two have been doing well since then, and Usha has even been entrusted with the task of operating ArcelorMittal in the absence of the company’s management board because of her 15 years of expertise running a steel mill in Indonesia.
Despite her many accomplishments, her most significant contribution is now as the founder of the Usha Mittal Institute of Science and Technology in Mumbai. The well-known institution plays a significant role in promoting women’s education across India.
Tina Munim (Anil Ambani)
Tina Munim, a famous former Bollywood actress, shot to stardom in the 1978 film “Des Pardes” (Home & Abroad), in which she played a woman who travels between two countries. She is married to industrialist Anil Ambani, who was previously regarded as the sixth-richest person in the world.
Even though Munim has left the Bollywood scene after appearing in more than 30 films, she continues to be involved in the arts as an active member of the Harmony and Art Foundation, which she founded. She also serves on the board of directors of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, where she serves as chairwoman.
Jane Skinner (Rodger Goodell)
Jane Skinner, the daughter of former White House Chief of Staff Sam Skinner, who served in the George H.W. Bush administration, began her professional life as a political correspondent, not surprising given her father’s background. The Northwestern University alumna continued her career as a news reporter, eventually landing a position as the anchor for Fox News Live, airing at 2 pm. ET, Monday through Friday.
Skinner confirmed her departure from the anchor post in 2010 to spend more time with her family. Skinner is married to NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell, and the couple lives in Westchester, New York, with their twin daughters.
Astrid Menks (Warren Buffett)
Astrid Menks, a Latvian-born woman who is the second wife of well-known businessman and philanthropist Warren Buffett, has a fascinating relationship with the billionaire tycoon. Menks worked part-time at a local cafe when she met her future husband. Buffett frequently visited the cafe with his ex-wife, Susie, sometimes appearing there as a performer. Buffett was a regular visitor to the diner.
Menks and Buffett then embarked on a 40-year romance, known to Buffett’s spouse Susie, who was spotted out with Menks herself on several occasions. Menks and Buffett were married in 2006, two years after Susie’s death. They have two children.
Diana Taylor (Michael Bloomberg)
Diana Taylor is the girlfriend of Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire and former mayor of New York City. The Greenwich, Connecticut, resident earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University.
Bloomberg and Taylor first met in 2000 while seated next to one another at a Citizens Budget Commission session. Taylor is an outspoken supporter of women’s health, having served on the boards of the International Women’s Health Coalition, the YMCA of Greater New York, and the New York Women’s Foundation, to mention a few.
Jenny Gillespie (Andrew Mason)
Jenny Gillespie is the wife of Andrew Mason, the Chairman (former) and co-founder of Groupon, and the mother of his two children. Mason is estimated to have a combined net worth of approximately $200 million as of March of this year. Gillespie, a vocalist, and multi-talented artist has produced a slew of iconic records, all of which have become classics themselves.
As a side project, Gillespie formed the music label Narooma Records, which focuses on neglected female performers worldwide. The singer splits her time and energy between the arts and raising her two kids, now in their early teens.
Rubina Bajwa (Gurbaksh Chahal)
Rubina Bajwa is engaged to Gurbaksh Chahal, a famous internet entrepreneur who had become a wealthy man at the age of 18 after creating a lucrative online advertisement company, two years before they met.
Rubina Bajwa was born and brought up in a Punjabi family in the Canadian city of Vancouver, and she has gone on to have a thriving career as an actor in Punjabi films. In 2018, the actress received the Punjabi Film Awards’ Best Debut Female Actress Award for her performance.
Jill Biden (Joe Biden)
Originally known as Jill Jacobs, Jill Biden dated Joe Biden on a blind setup by Joe’s brother, Frank. They married in 2007. The gentlemanly behavior of Joe left an impression on Jill, who had previously been married and was already divorced.
Joe and Jill got married in 1977, and Jill took on the role of mother to Joe’s two sons, who survived a car accident that claimed the lives of his former wife and their infant daughter. Jill Biden became the First Lady of the United States in January 2021, after serving a full eight years as the country’s Second Lady.
Michelle Obama (Barack Obama)
A genuinely remarkable lady in her own right, Michelle Obama encountered former President Barack Obama when working in advertising at a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm Sidley & Austin. The two went on their first date to see Spike Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing,” and the rest, as they say, is history. In October of 1992, the Obamas married.
The former First Lady attended Princeton University for her undergraduate studies and graduated from Harvard Law School. Michelle Obama is a prominent author, podcast host, and creator of The Girls Opportunity Alliance, an organization dedicated to empowering teenage girls worldwide through literacy.
Joan Templeman (Richard Branson)
Templeman, who was first married to rock band Nazareth’s keyboardist Ronnie Leahy, met Branson in 1976, leading to her initial marriage’s divorce. Often referred to as “Lady Branson,” Joan Templeman married the very popular Richard Branson, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist, in 1989, at their 74-acre private island in the British Virgin Islands, called Necker Island.
Richard Branson founded Virgin Records in 1972. Then he established Virgin Atlantic Airways. Virgin Galactic, a space tourism business, launched in 2004. Joan and Richard had their first baby, but, unfortunately, he was born premature and passed away. Then Joan gave birth to their eldest daughter Holly in 1982, followed by their son Sam in 1985. They have four grandchildren now.
Patricia Ann Quillin (Reed Hastings)
Patricia Ann Quillin was born in 1965 in New York and is now widely known worldwide, since she is no less than the wife of the co-founder, Chairman, and co-CEO of the very popular streaming site, Netflix—Reed Hastings. The couple is now based in Santa Cruz, California, and they have two kids together.
Quillin and Hastings are very active philanthropists, with massive funds from Netflix being donated to colleges and universities with black students, to minimize racial discrimination, just what George Floyd experienced and that which led to his death in 2020.
Linda Fuller (Millard Fuller)
Linda Fuller is not just the wife of the late Millard Fuller, CEO of the world-recognized NGO Habitat for Humanity, but she is its rightful co-founder. Habitat for Humanity is an international NGO that provides housing assistance and develops communities in needy and far-flung areas. She was born in Alabama to her modest parents and married Millard, who became a millionaire at age 29.
Being devout Christians, they searched for practical applications of Christ’s teachings. They started to build a no-interest, no-profit house in their Christian community, known as Koinonia Farm,which is located in Georgia. The whole Fuller family moved to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to test and prove Habitat for Humanity’s business model. After five years, they went back to the United States, and the expansion of their NGO spread like fire.
Alice Barry (Lorne Michaels)
Alice Barry married Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels in 1991. Alice worked with Lorne around that time as one of Michaels’s 20-plus assistants on the late-night show. Alice and her co-assistants were named “Lornettes,” as they were all identical.
But Alice’s personality is exceptional, as she outshone the other “Lornettes” and was married to Michaels that same year. He is 18 years her senior. Barry continues to work in the entertainment industry. The couple have three children, Sophie, Edward, and Henry Michaels, and the family resides in a mansion in the Hamptons in New York.
Sanni McCandless (Alex Honnold)
Sanni McCandless is the wife of Alex Honnold, a very successful and legendary professional rock climber commissioned by National Geographic to star in a documentary film of conquering the 3,000-foot wall of Yosemite. This documentary, “Free Solo,” became award-winning and was filmed just after Sanni and Alex met each other and had begun a romantic relationship.
Although Sanni was also an extreme outdoors person like her better half, she struggled hard while Free Solo was filming. When Alex completed Free Solo, Sanni was determined to find her own career. She is now a certified life coach who focuses on outdoor individuals. They first married in a family-only setting in Lake Tahoe due to the pandemic, but later on, carried it further with an impressive marriage ceremony in a grand desert-dream wedding.
Julia Carling (Rob Stringer)
Now the wife of the CEO of Universal Music Group, Rob Stringer, Julia Carling is a renowned journalist and TV presenter from the UK. Stringer is Julia’s second husband, her having married English rugby captain Will Carling in 1994, but then immediately divorcing in 1996, with Julia claiming that Will was having an affair with Princess Diana.
Julia is very much into Egyptian culture, so she studied Egyptology at Birbeck, University of London. She is also an author, with her book “Beauty Scoop: The Indispensable Guide to the Best Beauty Products on the Market” published in 2004 in partnership with Kate Shapland.
Yael Cohen (Scooter Braun)
Despite being born rich and already an heir to her parents’ big oil and mining business, Yael Cohen later on studied and lived in Canada and effortlessly made a name for herself, even if she had married a top-notch Hollywood agent Scooter Braun.
In 2009, after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Yael immediately became an active advocate against breast cancer. She effectively utilized social media to spread the cause and facilitate discussions on the early prevention of cancer. Braun and Cohen have three kids, and the family is residing in Los Angeles, California.
Meghan Markle (Prince Harry)
Rachel Meghan Markle is an American actress who became famous for her role as Rachel Zane in the legal series “Suits” and for her The Tig, a fashion blog dedicated to women, which prompted Meghan to engage in women’s issues and activities related to social justice.
She was first married to American producer Trevor Engelson and divorced in 2013. She married Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, in 2018, thus earning the title Duchess of Sussex, among others, which catapulted her to the spotlight. The couple has two kids, Archie and Lilibet, bearing the last name Mountbatten-Windsor. The family settled in California.
Anjali Pichai (Sundar Pichai)
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company, gives all the credit to his former schoolmate turned wife, Anjali Pichai, for why he became Google’s CEO. Even though she is a chemical engineer graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, where she met Sundar, Anjali supported Sundar’s move to migrate to the US. At the same time, she and the kids stayed in India.
She withstood the long-distance relationship, the financial struggles of their married life later on, and advised Sundar to stay with Google even when Twitter and Yahoo wanted him. They have two children, Kavya, a son, and Kiran, a daughter.
Helen Morris (Martin Scorsese)
Helen Morris is the fifth wife of the legendary director Martin Scorsese (they married in 1999). Though already the fifth wife, Helen could make a name for herself and be successful even outside of her marriage to Scorsese.
She was a book editor at the prominent Random House publishing company and a TV producer. Morris doesn’t like the attention and limelight very much, so she maintains a rather very private life. But she is constantly engaging in various charitable works to aid and help the needy.
Cathy Zhang (Jack Ma)
Cathy Zhang came from China and started with humble beginnings. She married a former teacher like herself, who would eventually become a man with a net worth of about $62 billion, no other than Jack Ma, the founder and former CEO of the monstrous online shop Alibaba. Zhang also worked as a general manager for Alibaba and accumulated $10 million to her name.
She is a woman who loves to indulge in luxurious clothing and jewelry. She and Jack Ma have three children. She is quite vocal that even though her husband is not good-looking, she is very proud to say that her husband can do many things that handsome men cannot do.
Pamela Kerr (Pierre Omidyar)
Pamela Kerr is a native of Hawaii who is very private in all aspects. She met her husband in the United States after she moved. Her husband is the infamous businessman Pierre Omidyar, founder and former Chairman of eBay, with a net worth of about $25 billion as of 2021.
In 2010, Omidyar made a public statement that he is donating a huge percentage of all his earnings during his lifetime to charitable institutions, just like what Warren Buffet and Bill Gates did. Pamela and Pierre have done so much for many institutions in need from that time on. The couple have three children, and they currently reside in Nevada.