The Billionaire Wives Club: The Women of The Rich & Powerful

Money, power and of course, glory, are extremely attractive when it comes to picking a mate, and it comes as no surprise that some of the wealthiest men have the most beautiful wives. Women themselves have illustrious careers to call their own. Who says you can’t have it all?

Malia Andelin

Malia Andelin was a flight attendant on one of the jets of Viacom. Where she likely caught the eye of Sumner Redstone, owner of the National Amusements chain which, in turn, owns CBS Corporation, Viacom, MTV Networks, BET and Paramount Pictures. Redstone is 89 while Andelin is in her late twenties.

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Erica Baxter Packer

She is a singer/model from Australia and the second wife of James Packer, one of the richest men in Australia. She released a single, Dreams, in 2001 and went on to achieve those dreams in 2001 when she started dating Packer. They divorced after six years of marriage.

Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computers and one of the greatest technological minds of the 20th century. She is the founder of the Emerson Collective, a company that advocates for education, immigration, and environmental reform. She also works with programs that assist financially disadvantaged students to enroll in college.

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Dasha Alexandrovna Zhukova

She is a Russian socialite and fashion designer. She is the founder of the IRIS Foundation, an organization that vastly promotes contemporary culture. She also served as an editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine called Pop. She is the partner of Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, with whom she has two kids.

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Rupert Murdoch

The 85-year-old billionaire media tycoon Rupert married 60-year-old Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger ex, in early 2016. The Australian-American businessman has a net worth of 12 billion USD, which makes him the 77th richest person in the world. Nice choice, Jerry!

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Talulah Riley

Talulah Riley, also known as, is an actress from England, best known for roles in Pride and Prejudice, The Boat That Rocked and Inception. She has married to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk – founder and owner of Paypal and SpaceX. The two divorced in November this year.

Kristy Hinze

She is a model, actress and a television host who has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret. Her marriage to Netscape and Silicon Graphics founder Jim Clark was met with widespread criticism due to their 36 year age gap but had their first child in 2011.

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Priscilla Chan

Chan is an American philanthropist and pediatrician, having donated over $1.6 billion to charities. Along with her husband, they started the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic and political action company that focuses on health and education. She is wife to Mark Zuckerberg – CEO and co-founder of Facebook.

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Kirsty Roper Bertarelli

She is a singer, songwriter and winner of the Miss UK beauty pageant in 1988.  She helped write the song entitled “Black Coffee,” a hit song by All Saints that was released in 2000. She is married to Ernesto Bertarelli, a Swiss-born businessman and former owner of Serono, a giant in the biotech firm.

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Heather Ann Rosbeck

Heather Ann Rosbeck was an actress with roles in There’s Something About Mary, The Contender and Shallow Hal. She is married to Bill Wrigley, the next-in-line heir of the giant chewing gum firm that bears his family name.

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Lucy Southworth

Lucy Southworth is married to Larry Page, one of the richest men in the world known, and co-founder of Google. She breaks the string of models and air hostesses as the first doctorate-holding wife. She is a University of Pennsylvania, Oxford University and Stanford University graduate.

Salma Hayek

She is a Mexican actress married to Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR – a retail empire that includes Puma, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. She first broke into the Hollywood scene with Desperado, Dogma and Wild, Wild West and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest performance in Ugly Betty.

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Aleksandra Nikolic Melnichenko

She is a Serbian model is married to the Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko. She has worked with several top fashion designers in Paris, Milan and Rome and was also part of Models, a pop group from the Yugoslavia.

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Flavia Sampaio

Flavia Sampaio is the girlfriend of Eike Batista, the richest man in Brazil. She is a lawyer, part of the Sampaio, Morrison, and Boquimpani Advogados Associados, and specializes in both tax and environmental law. She also runs an NGO called Institute Consciousness.

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 Kate Greer

Kate Greer is a designer, often spotted at the exclusive event, and girlfriend to Jack Dorsey, CEO and founder of Twitter and owner and founder of Square.

Miranda Kerr

She is an Australian model, one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, in fact, the first Australian Victoria’s Secret model. She also has her own brand of organic skincare products, KORA Organics. She is engaged to Snapchat co-founder/CEO Evan Spiegel.

Nita Ambani

Nita Ambani is the co-owner of the Mumbai Indians, an Indian cricket team. She is also the chairperson for the Dhirubhai Ambani International School – one of the best educational institutions in Mumbai. She doesn’t overshadow her husband, though. Mukesh Ambani is the richest man in India.

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Anne Wojcicki

She comes in as the second doctorate-holding wife, again to a Google co-founder – Sergey Brin. Anne Wojcicki is a biotech analyst and biologist with degrees from Sanford and Yale. CEO and co-founder of 23andMe. They, however, divorced in 2015.

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Irina Viner

Irina Viner is best known as a top-notch gymnastics coach that earned her the 2015 Olympic Order for her contributions to global sports. She is also head trainer for Russia’s rhythmic gymnastics team. She is married to business magnate and Russia’s wealthiest man Alisher Usmanov.

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Queen Noor of Jordan

Queen Noor, whose real name is Lisa Najeeb Halaby, is King Hussein’s widow. She’s currently a UN ambassador with two published books, detailing her hard family history of wealth acquisition.

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Stephanie Seymour

Stephanie Seymour is a former supermodel and actor, with a number of appearances on the covers of Vogue and Sports Illustrated. She’s also featured in two of Guns N’ Roses videos – Don’t Cry and November Rain. She is married to billionaire real estate mogul, art collector, and writer Peter Brant.

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Melania Trump

The widely iconic businesswoman and former model is married to the president-elect of the US, Donald Trump. Besides the Trump agenda, Melania has her own her watch and jewelry collection on QVC, a skin care product that she once promoted on her husband’s popular show The Celebrity Apprentice.

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Eloise Broady

Eloise Broady is an American model and actress. She is also a former Playboy Playmate and wife to John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patrón Spirits Company.

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Andrea Hissom

Andrea Hissom married to Steve Wynn, who divorced his former wife of 45 to wed her at the luxurious Wynn Casino in attendance of Donald Trump, Clint Eastwood as his best man and Celine Dion. Steve Wynn is an art collector and casino mogul with a net worth of $2.9 billion.

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Nikita Kahn

Nikita Kahn is a Ukrainian actress and is the girlfriend to Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corporation and fifth richest man in the world. She is an accomplished actress best known for her role in the film Catch 44, where she starred beside Nikki Reed and Bruce Willis.

Jade Foret

Jade Foret is a blue eyed 90s born Belgian model married to French businessman and General and Managing Partner of Lagardère SCA of the Lagardère Group, Arnaud Lagardère.

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Fabiana Flosi

Brazilian-born Fabiana Flosi, is the stunning wife of billionaire CEO of the Formula One Group, Bernie Ecclestone, 81. She is 50 years younger to Bernie.

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Claudia Barilla

Arguably the most down-to-earth trophy wife on the list, she is widely renown for wearing converse despite her billionaire status. She is the director of the One Drop Foundation, a charity organization that helps at-risk youths all around the world; youths involved in circus acts. The model and mother of two is the wife of the Canadian businessman and poker player Guy Laliberte.

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Nicole Schuetz

Nicole Schuetz is the founder and CEO of Sutro Energy Group and is married to billionaire philanthropist and founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom.

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Katsia Zingarevich

Katsia is a fashion model from Belarus who is most best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She is married to Anton Zingarevich, Russian businessman and former owner of the Reading Football Club.

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Princess Ameerah

Princess Ameera is a Saudi Arabian princess and philanthropist. She married Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal but the marriage lasted for only 5 years and ended in 2013. She assumed the role of Vice Chairperson of Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundation and is a member of the board of trustees at Silatech.

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Susan Dell

Susan Dell is the vice-president of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, an organization that provides funding for education and health care to underprivileged children worldwide. She is married to Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Computers, one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world.

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Alison Gelb

Alison Pincus is the vibrant co-founder of the home décor website One Kings Lane, a company that offers sales and discounts on high-end furnishings to their 10 million+ subscribers. She is married to Zynga Inc. CEO and Farmville developer Mark Pincus. Since, 2007, she has been married to CEO of Zynga Inc. and Farmville developer Mark Pincus. Mark Pincus has an estimated worth of $1.1 billion. The couple has three children together.

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Oleksandra Nikolayenko

Oleksandra is a former Ms. Ukraine Universe model married to a press-shy billionaire and investor Phil Ruffin, 81-year-old, a successful American businessman. He has made it big in Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Casinos and greyhound racing tracks.

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Mackenzie Bezos

Mackenzie Bezos is a best-selling novelist with a National Book Award under her belt for her book The Testing of Luther Albright. She is married to billionaire industrialist and founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos.

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Lauren Sanchez

Jeff Bezos and his new girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have had a bit of a rocky start to their relationship, filled with affair rumors and certain texting scandals. However, according to several sources, this has only brought them closer together. Bezos is currently in the middle of divorce proceedings with his now ex-wife, Mackenzie. It’s believed that their split could result in the most expensive divorce of all time, as Bezos is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $133 billion.

Tamiko Bolton

George Soros is a legend in the hedge fund world, especially when he bet against the British pound and was dubbed “The Man Who Broke The Bank Of England.” Allegedly, Soros met Tamiko Bolton at a dinner party back in 2008, before he proposed to her in 2012. Tamiko and George then tied the knot in 2013. The nearly 40-year age gap and a scandal involving a legal battle against a former partner of George’s may have got everyone talking, but the couple are as strong as ever.

Julie Chen

Back in 2004, Julie Chen and Les Moonves started a whirlwind romance. Moonves, who was chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, had not even finalized his divorce with his ex-wife when he began seeing Chen, who was a reporter on CBS’ The Early Show. In 2004, he asked the court to grant an early divorce and married Julie Chen just 13 days later, in Mexico. Recent allegations may have dented Leslie Moonves’ net worth, but it hasn’t ruined his relationship with the reporter and Big Brother host.

Diane von Furstenberg

Now this is what you call a power couple! Diane von Furstenberg is a former princess of Germany, successful fashion designer, and one of the Top 100 most powerful women in the world according to both Forbes and Time Magazine. Her husband, Barry Diller, is the man behind the Fox Broadcasting Company, along with being the Chairman and Senior Executive of both IAC and Expedia, Inc. He is currently worth $3.7 billion, but Diane von Furstenberg is worth over a billion herself too!

Princess Charlene of Monaco

As you can probably tell by her name, Charlene is part of the Royal Family of Monaco. The former Olympic swimmer met Albert II, Prince of Monaco, back in 2000 but the pair didn’t go public until 2006. There have been rumors and accusations that Princess Charlene of Monaco had cold feet before the couple tied the knot in 2011, but the palace vehemently denied the claims. Albert II has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, making him one of the wealthiest royals in the world.

Kirsty Bertarelli

When you think of the richest women in the UK, chances are you might think of the Queen or J.K. Rowling. However, the richest woman in Britain is actually Kirsty Bertarelli – a little-known singer-songwriter, Miss UK winner, and Miss World runner-up. The majority of her wealth actually comes from her husband, Ernesto Bertarelli, who is worth around $7.9 billion thanks to inheriting the biotech and pharmaceuticals company, Serono. The pair got married back in 2000 and live in Switzerland with their three children.

Melinda Gates

There are very few people on this planet who don’t know about the Gates family. Melinda Gates started working at Microsoft shortly after she finished college and was dating Bill, the CEO of the company, just a few months later. Back in 1994, the pair got married in Hawaii, and they have been inseparable ever since. Along with their work on Microsoft, they’re also known for their work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which has donated tens of billions of dollars to charitable projects.

Ricky Anne Loew-Beer

Ricky Anne Loew-Beer, now known as Ricky Lauren, met her now billionaire husband at a doctor’s office where she was working as a receptionist. Just six months later Ricky and Ralph Lauren tied the knot in 1964. The pair have spent five and a half decades together, and have had three children; two of whom have become entrepreneurs in their own right. The fashion designer may have stepped down as CEO of the Ralph Lauren Corporation in 2015, but he is still worth an impressive $6.9 billion.

Kate Capshaw

Back in 1984, when filming Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, actress Kate Capshaw found herself getting closer and closer to the director, Steven Spielberg. Around six years later, in October 1991, the pair got married. Kate Capshaw has gone on to become a successful actress on her own merit, and Spielberg, of course, is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. With an impressive net worth of $3.7 billion, he has more than enough to support the seven children they have had together and from previous relationships.

Yekaterina Domankova

You may not have heard of either of Yekaterina Domankova or her husband Anton Zingarevich, but that doesn’t mean they’re not super rich. Anton Zingarevich is a Russian businessman, who is also the son of Boris Zingarevich – a Russian multi-billionaire. He met Yekaterina Domankova, a Victoria’s Secret Model from Belarus, back in 2008, and the pair got married a year later. Anton is the current owner of Reading Football Club, who play soccer in the English Championship. He and Yekaterina Domankova have one child together.

Penny Knight

Phil Knight, or Shoe Dog as he is often referred to, is the billionaire founder of the sports brand, Nike – with a jaw-dropping net worth of $34.4 billion! He actually met his wife Penny while he was working at Portland State University as a lecturer, and the two got married in 1968. Penny has stuck by Phil’s side through the growth of Nike, watching it grow into the multi-billion dollar company that it is today. The pair had two sons but unfortunately lost one in a scuba diving accident back in 2004.

Hope Dworaczyk

Hope Dworaczyk had become a star in her own right before she had even set eyes on her now husband, Robert F. Smith. She rose to fame after becoming Playmate of the Month in April 2009, then Playmate of the year in 2010. Robert F. Smith, an investor, and businessman, was probably counting his lucky stars when he managed to bag himself this Playboy model. The pair got married in 2015 and have since had two children together. Smith is worth an estimated $5 billion!

Julia Koch

David Koch was lucky enough to join a successful family business, Koch Industries, and has since amassed a personal net worth of around $51.5 billion. Not bad going, and it makes him the joint richest member of the Koch family along with his brother Charles. Back in 1996, David married his now-wife Julia Flesher, and the pair have started a family together. They now have three children who are likely to continue working in the family business.

Flora Marcote

With a net worth of $65.4 billion, there’s no denying that Flora Marcote’s husband is one of the richest men in the world. Amancio Ortega co-founded the retail brand Inditex, which is known for owning stores such as Zara, with his ex-wife back in 1975. The pair split in 1986 and Ortega went on to marry Flora Marcote in 2001. The couple are known for keeping their private lives very private, with very few photos of them together or even on their own.

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe

There is no denying that Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe is a successful businesswoman in her own right. Her company were the organizers of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in both Soweto and Cape Town, South Africa, and she is also the head of several charitable foundations. Her husband, who she married in 1989, is Patrice Motsepe; a well-known South African mining businessman. The pair are believed to be one of the wealthiest couples in the whole of South Africa, with a joint net worth of over $2.5 billion.

Helene Mercier-Arnault

Yet another couple who have built on their successes together. Helene Mercier-Arnault is a French-Canadian classical pianist, who has been nominated for (and won) plenty of awards. Her husband is Bernard Arnault who has a staggering net worth of $78.6 billion. He is one of the richest men in the world as he oversees a total of over 70 well-known brands, including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Sephora under his LVMH company. The couple have three children together, and Bernard has two from his previous marriage.

Aleksandra Melnichenko

Andrey Melnichenko is another Russian billionaire business owner, along with being a philanthropist and social investor. His $13.6 billion personal net worth makes him one of the richest men in Russia! His wife is Aleksandra Melnichenko, a former singer and model from Serbia. The pair met in the South of France back in 2003, before getting married two years later. It’s alleged that Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston performed at their wedding, which was on the Cote D’Azur. Aleksandra and Andrey Melnichenko have two children together.

Padma Lakshmi

There are many reasons why you might know the name Padma Lakshmi. She’s an author of bestselling cookery books, an actress, a model, and the host of US cooking competition Top Chef. She was also the wife of the Indian-British writer, Salman Rushdie, and the former billionaire Theodore J. Forstmann who passed away in 2011. Although she divorced Rushdie in 2007, she uncovered secrets about their relationship in a new book back in 2016 which described him as “jealous” and “uncaring.”

Talulah Riley

People were quite shocked when they heard that British actress, Talulah Riley, had married the billionaire businessman Elon Musk back in 2010. The pair had been dating since 2008 when she was 22, and he was 36. They were divorced in 2012, before remarrying a year later. Eventually, the on-off couple decided to call it quits for good in 2016. Musk was then allegedly dating Amber Heard for two years, before now seeing the singer known as Grimes who is 17 years younger than the Tesla and SpaceX owner.

Elle Macpherson

You’ve probably heard of model and TV hostess Elle Macpherson, but have you ever heard of her now ex, Jeffrey Soffer? The hotel-heir billionaire is the son of Donald Soffer who turned the Florida swampland into what is now known as Aventura. The pair started dating in 2009, before breaking up in March 2012 and then getting back together in November 2012. They were married in July 2013, but have since decided to go their separate ways. What a rollercoaster!

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