Just imagine – being able to go anywhere at any time, eat luxurious foods, drive fast cars, and see the world. Well, that’s what money can “buy” and for some people, they can definitely afford to do those things and so much more. Sure, Bill Gates didn’t just sit around all day and get rich. He has dedicated his life to his work and made billions along the way. There are other multi-millionaires and -billionaires in the world like him. While we may not be able to fully comprehend just what kind of life they lead, we are pretty sure that just like us regular folk, they also need someone who supports them. Continue reading to find out more about the spouses of the 1% – the people supporting the world’s multi-millionaires and –billionaires.
Passionate about anti-bullying campaigns, novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Bezos married the world’s wealthiest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, in 1993. They were once the world’s wealthiest couple, with their combined net worth being at just under $114 billion. However, the pair got divorced in April 2019, and MacKenzie walked away with a divorce settlement worth $35 billion. This made her the world’s third-wealthiest woman.
American philanthropist Melinda Gates was once the general manager at Microsoft. Together with her husband, they founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It aims to relieve poverty and enhances global healthcare. Her husband is Microsoft Corporation founder Bill Gates, whose net worth is a whopping $103.7 billion and is the world’s second wealthiest man.
Canadian concert pianist Hélène Mercier has been honoured with the Order of Arts and Letters, which is a French decoration for people that have contributed to France’s influence of arts. She and French business magnate Bernard Arnault have been married since 1991. Together with her art collector husband, the couple has a $95.6 billion net worth.
Before meeting Warren Buffet, Astrid Menks was a manager at a Nebraskan French café. Menks met Buffet through his first wife, Susan. Even before Susan’s death, Menks and the American business magnate, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and philanthropist Buffet already had an affair for almost 30 years. The pair got married in 2006 and their combined net worth is estimated at $85.4 billion.
Priscilla Chan is married to Mark Zuckerberg, the well-known co-founder of Facebook. However, the pediatrician and philanthropist is also an amazingly successful person on her own. Together with her husband, the pair has established the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and it donates 99% of their Facebook shares (valued at an impressive $55 billion!). Married since 2012, the pair’s combined net worth is $67.4 billion.
Indian engineer, businessman, and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani is married to the elegant Nita Ambani. RIL is India’s most valuable company and included in the Fortune Global 500 list. Aside from being the founder and chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, Nita is also the Reliance Industries executive director. The couple got married in 1985 and has a $58.4 billion total net worth.
Lucinda Southworth is married to Google co-founder Larry Page, but she is also successful in her own right. She went to Stanford University, where she got a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics, and is now a research scientist. The couple has been married since 2007 and in 2013, they donated $15 million to efforts against the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Their combined net worth is estimated to be around $54 billion.
The other Google co-founder is Sergey Brin, but his marriage only lasted until 2015. Anne Wojcicki, his ex-wife, stood behind him and provided him support for eight years. However, she has managed to make a name for herself as well. Wojcicki co-founded the well-known personal genomics company 23andMe, where she also holds the CEO position. When they were together, the pair had an estimated $40 billion net worth.
Meet the first husband with a billionaire wife on the list! Jean-Pierre Meyers serves as the Tethys SCA CEO and holds a board position in L’Oréal. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, his wife since 1984, is the L’Oréal empire French heiress and has written Bible commentaries. She is also an activist dedicated to making Jewish-Christian relations better. When her mother passed in 2017, Françoise became the world’s wealthiest woman and her current net worth is estimated at $53.2 billion.
Julia Flesher is married to David Koch, the other Koch Industries co-owner. The pair has been married since 1996 but are still madly in love. While she is currently a housewife, she once worked as dress designer Adolfo Dominguez’s assistant. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas. With a $51.8 billion net worth, this pair is definitely living the high life.
American philanthropist Connie Snyder is a University of Oregon trustee, an advocate for children, and a co-founder of the Ballmer Group, which provides support to families in America struggling with poverty. She has been together with her lucky husband, Steve Ballmer, for 29 years. He currently owns the basketball team Los Angeles Clippers and used to be the CEO of Microsoft. A philanthropist, Ballmer has donated over $100 million dollars to different organizations since 2014 and the couple has a combined net worth of $45.3 billion.
Israeli-American philanthropist Miriam Adelson got her medical degree from the Sackler Medical School of Tel Aviv University and eventually became an emergency room chief internist. She met Sheldon Adelson, her current husband, while she was studying drug addiction at the Rockefeller University, and the tied the knot in 1991. The pair opened the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Research Clinic, which is located in Las Vegas. Sheldon Adelson is an American business magnate who founded the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The couple has amassed $33.5 billion together.
American model and actress Jerry Hall appeared in productions like the 1989 Batman, the TV show The Detectives, and different theatre shows. She got hitched to Australian-born American media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who established News Corporation in 2016. Their combined net worth is estimated to be around $21.3 billion and the couple lives a lavish yet quiet life away from the spotlight.
Businesswoman Mellody Hobson is married to George Lucas, the famous creator of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises. A former chairwoman of DreamWorks Animation, Hobson is a co-CEO of Ariel Investments. The power couple got married in 2013 and is regarded as important 20th-century New Hollywood movement figures. Over the span of their successful careers, they have gained an amazing $6.2 billion.
American author, educator, and businessman Stedman Graham established Athletes Against Drugs in 1985, and it has since awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships. He is the only one on the list that hasn’t been married, but he has been together with his partner, Oprah Winfrey (yes, THE Oprah), for 33 years. The pair has decided that a spiritual union was better for them than a legal one. Oprah has a whopping $2.6 billion net worth, and Graham’s respectable net worth is $10 million.
Yes, we know Beyoncé is a superstar, but her husband, Jay-Z, actually makes more money (we’ll let you make your own opinions on this one). They have been married since 2008 and have became two of the biggest music stars. Their combined net worth is $1.4 billion, and Jay-Z contributed $1 billion. However, Beyoncé’s fortune of $440 million is nothing to scoff at.
It is quite possible that you have already heard of Jessica Seinfeld seeing as she is married to Jerry Seinfeld, the American comedy legend who starred on his self-titled sitcom. An author and philanthropist, Jessica has written four cookbooks and founded GOOD+ Foundation, which provides struggling families in New York City with essential items. She once worked for Tommy Hilfiger in public relations, so she is quite capable of looking after herself. The couple, who has enjoyed lovely years of marriage since 1999, has a $950 million net worth, which is mostly thanks to Jerry.
In 2014, Miranda Kerr met her now husband Evan Spiegel. She is a Victoria’s Secret angel and an established supermodel, while he is the CEO of Snapchat, which is a mobile messaging app with overwhelming popularity. Spiegel has an estimated $3.4 billion net worth and Kerr has over $45 million. They have become an influential (and very rich) power couple.
Charlene Wittstock is a former Olympic swimmer who now wears a tiara instead of her Olympic medals. In 2010, her engagement to Prince Albert was announced, they got married, and she became Charlene, Princess of Monaco. Aside from a royal title, she inherited her husband’s fortune of $1 billion as well. Together, the couple enjoys their luxurious lifestyle, lavish wealth, and impressive palace.
Melania Trump, who used to be Melania Knauss, is married to Donald Trump the current President of the United States and a business tycoon. He’s the first president who is a billionaire, with his net worth estimated to be $3.7 billion. Before they got married, Melania focused on her career as a model, but she has since evolved to first lady. Her net worth is $50 million and she signed a prenuptial agreement with her husband that guarantees him ownership of his assets if their marriage fails.
Retired American actress Kate Capshaw and her husband, Steven Spielberg, have been married since 1991. Spielberg is an extremely successful filmmaker who is the all-time highest-grossing director. He is worth an incredible $3.6 billion. Fittingly, the two met when Capshaw was cast in Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Almost three decades later, they are still married!
Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is best known for inventing the wrap dress, which did not only launch her career but also made her into a fashion icon. Her net worth is $1.2 billion and has amassed even more through marriage. In 2001, she tied the knot with Barry Diller, who has an estimated $4 billion net worth. His fortune comes from having founded InterActiveCorp, being the Expedia Group senior executive, and having created Fox and USA Broadcasting.
Before Meghan Markle met Prince Harry in July 2016, her net worth was approximately $5 million, having been an actress and lifestyle blogger. After becoming Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the American retired from acting and started focusing on being a British royal family member. The family’s total fortune is estimated to be $88 billion. Her husband’s $40 million net worth is also an amazing amount of money.
Entrepreneur and investor Alexis Ohanian has a net worth of $9 million, having made his fortune being the executive chairman and co-founder of the social news website Reddit. This may be a hefty amount of money, but it shies when compared with the net worth of Serena Williams, his wife. The record-breaking tennis player has made over $180 million throughout her playing career of 23 years.
Amal Alamuddin is a qualified professor and lawyer with a $10 million net worth. Her wealth increased and her life changed when she tied the knot with George Clooney in 2014. He is an American actor, producer, director, and filmmaker who has two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe awards to his name. His success has helped him amass a fortune of half a billion dollars!
In 2009, Australian actress and model Kristy Hinze wed James H. Clark, an entrepreneur and computer scientist who founded a number of successful Silicon Valley technology companies. His success made him a billionaire, and he is now worth more than $2.1 billion. The couple spends most of their time yachting. We wonder what that feels like.
Sofia Levander is married to Daniel Ek, the founder of Spotify, which is a music streaming service with over 180 million users. The self-made billionaire has an estimated net worth of $2 billion. The couple’s extravagant wedding made headlines as the marriage officiant was Chris Rock, the entertainment was Bruno Mars, and Mark Zuckerberg attended it.
While Melani Lowman-Walton’s net worth is unknown, her and husband Rob Walton’s combined net worth is estimated to be $45.4 billion. Rob Walton is an heir to the Walmart fortune, being the eldest son of Sam Walton, the Walmart founder. The pair actively takes part in philanthropic endeavors, and they even created the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation. It aims to provide grants to partners whose goal is to have a greater impact.
Cari Tuna Moskovitz
Dustin Moskovitz is one of the youngest self-made billionaires in the world and is currently worth $11.6 billion. He is a co-founder of Facebook and used to be the company’s VP of Engineering and CTO until 2008. He has gone on to co-found a different company called Asana, which builds software. Dustin and his wife Cari Tuna are the youngest pair to sign the Giving Pledge, which is a philanthropic campaign founded by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. The couple also founded their own philanthropic organization, Good Ventures. Cari oversees the operations of the foundation.
Dell Technologies Chairman and CEO Michael Dell tied the knot with Susan Dell in 1989. He has an estimated net worth of $32.3 billion. In 2016, he made a decision to merge Dell and EMC, which was financially speaking, a smart move. Together with Susan, they manage the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, their philanthropic foundation. They support various causes and have donated over $2 billion to philanthropic organizations.
Daniel Lubetzky married Michelle Lieberman, a successful practicing physician, in 2008. While Lubetzky was already a businessman before, in 2004, he founded and became the executive chairman of his very own company—KIND, which advocates for social change. KIND bars are not only a healthier snack option but are also a reminder to be empathetic and kind. Lubetzky is a genuine husband, a loving father, and a humble entrepreneur (who is worth $1.1 billion).
Kathleen Gawthrop, who is also known as Kathleen “Kit” Palmer, had been married to Arnold Palmer before he passed away in 2016. A beloved man and golfer, he had a great impact on the sports world. While he was worth over $1.4 billion, Kit remembers her husband for his character, not really his wealth.
Brazilian businessman Jorge Paulo Lemann’s estimated net worth is $24.6 billion. His investment company, 3G Capital, has made investments in big-name companies, including Kraft, Heinz, Anheuser Busch, Burger King, and others. He has multiple business ventures and business partners, but he makes time for his family. He and his wife, Susanna Lemann, keep their personal lives private and spend most of their time between St. Louis and Sao Paulo.
Jan Klatten is married to heiress Susanne Quandt Klatten, who owns percentages of Rolls-Royce, BMW, and a chemical company called Altana. She has a net worth of $19.1 billion, which makes her one of the world’s wealthiest women. She and Jan met while she was doing an internship with BMW and he was an engineer there. She quickly fell in love with him and they married in 1990. The couple share three children and spend most of their time in Munich.
Patricia Ann Quillin
Netflix co-founder, chairman, and CEO Reed Hastings is worth $3.3 billion, which shouldn’t come as a surprise really since Netflix is enormously successful. He is married to Patricia Ann Quillin, who enjoys the company’s success. The couple has two children, four shelter dogs, two goats, and multiple chickens. They volunteer their time and donate money to different philanthropic organizations, and obviously love to Netflix and chill.
Johnelle Hunt, who was married to the late Johnnie Bryan (J.B.) Hunt, has a net worth of $3 billion. In the 1960s, she helped her husband in building the trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport, which has become a transportation and logistics company that is based out of Arkansas. There are more than 24,000 employees working for the company and it makes a net income of around $686 million. She has two children and still lives in Arkansas.
Barbara Dalio is married to Ray Dalio, the founder of the largest hedge fund firm in the world, Bridgewater Associates. He was raised in a middle class family, but he is now worth over $18.4 billion. They married in 1976 and have been together since then, sharing four sons. They are active philanthropists and have dedicated most of their fortune through Dalio Philanthropies.
Tamiko Bolton grabbed headlines when she started dating billionaire George Soros, who is 41 years her senior. Many wondered whether age was really just a number. Despite their age difference, the pair has been married since 2013. They are enjoying their $8.3 billion fortune thanks to the success that Soros has being a hedge fund tycoon.
Many people know Salma Hayek as an actress, but not a lot know that she married a billionaire and that they have been together for more than 10 years. Her husband is Francois-Henri Pinault, the chairman and CEO of Kering, which is an international group that includes Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and other luxurious brands. While Hayek has made over $115 million from her Hollywood career, Pinault is estimated to be worth $30.7 billion.
We have the first real celebrity on our list. The legendary basketball player Michael Jordan has been married twice, and his current wife is Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model. They tied the knot on Christmas in 2011 and lovely couple are parents to beautiful twin daughters. With their combined net worth estimated to be $1.9 billion, the pair is living the good life.
Lynne McNabb Walton
It pays off to be the son of Sam Walton—literally. The third child of the co-founder of Walmart, Jim Walton has inherited a massive fortune. He is married to Lynne McNabb Walton and they have four children together. Jim serves on Walmart’s Strategic Planning and Finance committee and also holds a position on the board of directors. As of October 2019, his net worth was estimated to be $51.6 billion and he was ranked 10th richest American by Forbes.
Ricky Lauren has been married to fashion designer and businessman Ralph Lauren since 1964. Ralph was a sales assistant at a tie company when they met and got married. He went on to start his namesake company, where he currently serves as Executive Chairman, and has a current net worth of $6.3 billion. When the pair is not spending time together , Ricky works as a psychotherapist, studies photography, and writes.
In 1964, the sportswear company Nike was founded by Phil Knight, a businessman and philanthropist. He is no longer the company’s chairman or CEO, but he still enjoys the fortune he has amassed. He and his wife, Penny Knight, tied the knot in 1968, and they have been together ever since. The pair lives in La Quinta, California and enjoys his $35.9 billion.
Many fast food companies are wildly successful, and Chick-fil-A is not an exception. In 1946, the company was founded by S. Truett Cathy and is now worth a small fortune. After Cathy’s passing in 2014, his sons Bubba and Dan Cathy became the company’s Executive Vice President and CEO. Dan, the CEO, married Rhonda Palmer and has a net worth of $5.7 billion. The couple lives on a farm in Atlanta with their two sons, Ross and Andrew.
Jane Lauder has a net worth of $4.3 billion thanks to her grandmother Estee Lauder. Jane joined the company Estee Lauder in 1996 and currently heads the Clinique branch. She and her husband, Kevin Warsh, married in 2002 after they met at Stanford. Warsh is a former U.S. Federal Reserve System governor and he recently took part in a forum which offers policy advice about economic issues. The pair resides in Manhattan.
Elizabeth Morey Blecharczyk
Elizabeth Morey Blecharczyk is married to Nathan Blecharczyk, who co-founded the popular home rental company Airbnb and has a net worth of $4.2 billion. The couple now has two children together. He is the Chief Strategy Officer at his company while she is a neonatologist. The young pair lives in San Francisco, California, and they are dedicated to their family and philanthropy.
Bobby Murphy may have co-founded the well-known social media app Snapchat, but he keeps his private life super private. At just 31 years old, he is worth $3.6 billion. He met his wife, Kelsey Bateman, at Stanford University and the couple is very private (we couldn’t find a good photo of her!). While her career path has not been revealed, we can assume that she’s successful—especially after getting a degree at such a prestigious school as Stanford.
Marilyn Hawrys Simons
Marilyn Hawrys Simons is married to hedge fund billionaire James Simons, whose net worth is $21.6 billion, due to Renaissance Technologies. Marilyn and her husband met and fell for each other at Stony Brook University and they have been married since 1977. Even though they share a massive financial fortune, Marilyn is still really humble and in 1994, she became The Simons Foundation president. She is passionate about funding science and math research and gives plenty of her focus and time to philanthropic endeavors.
Flora Pérez Marcote
Flora Marcote once worked at the Inditex fashion group, her husband’s company, and currently holds a position on the board. Her husband, Amancio Ortega, started the fashion group that includes Zara clothing after he learned to make clothes by hand. The couple has been married for 18 years and has amassed a whopping $67.7 billion.
The elusive and intelligent Liz Koch is the wife of Charles Koch, who co-owns Koch Industries. She rarely grants interviews, but it is a known fact that she is charitable and loves helping. She helped create a new makerspace at Wichita State University worth $3.75 million. It provides design space and high-tech equipment for inventors. The couple has been enjoying 47 lovely years of marriage and together lead comfortable and private lives with their $51.8 billion fortune and.