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Most successful people have their loved ones supporting them. The lives and marriages of the super-rich have always been the subject of gossip. Let's take a look at how the world's wealthiest billionaires met their spouses, and what happened to their married lives.
When 28-year-old actress Padma Lakshmi met the Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie in 1999, Salman was already 51. The age gap didn't stop them from falling for each other; they shared a high-profile love affair and exchanged vows in 2004. However, their marriage was nothing like a fairytale. 3 years later, Padma's diagnosis of endometriosis upended their life and contributed to the demise of their marriage.
Tom Hanks has everything: a successful career, a net worth of $350 million, and a lovely family. When Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks first met on the set of 'Bosom Buddies,' they were not into each other. It wasn't until they were paired together in 'Volunteers' that their relationship kindled. The couple still stands by each other after 30 years of marriage.
Mellody Hobson is known as the chairwoman of DreamWorks Animation. She has dated George Lucas, the famous director of Star Wars, since 2006. The couple walked down the aisle after 7 years of dating, which made quite a sensation in Hollywood. Together the successful couple has a net worth of $6.2 billion.
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Everyone knows Michael Jordan, the greatest and most valuable basketball player of all time. His legendary NBA career rewarded him with a net worth of $1.6 billion. He met his current wife Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model in 2007. They have been living happily together with their two children since they got married in 2013.
Coming up: How is Oprah Winfrey with her partner now?
Tiger Woods's outstanding record has brought him the title of the greatest golfer and a net worth of $800 million. Woods was at the height of his career when he met and married Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model and nanny. After 6 years of marriage, Elin eventually filed for divorce as Woods' affairs were exposed. Following their divorce, Elin's net worth figure now stands at $120 million.
We are all too familiar with the media personality Kim Kardashian. She and Kanye West's relationship always receives widespread media attention. Having a combined net worth of almost $2 billion, they held a lavish wedding in Italy to show off their high statuses and successful careers. They still live a luxurious life in their huge mansion with their four children.
MacKenzie Bezos was Jeff Bezos' firm supporter and first employee when he founded Amazon. Meanwhile, Jeff was always the first to read his novelist wife's new book. With a combined net worth of nearly $114 billion, they were undoubtedly the wealthiest couple in the world. However, their 25-year marriage came to an end in 2019. For the sake of their old days, Mackenzie only took $35 billion in the settlement, which was far less than what she could've gotten.
Beyoncé has every reason to write "My great-great-grandchildren already rich" in her song. The artist with the most Grammy nominations and her world-famous rapper husband Jay-Z together have a $1.4 billion net worth, and are the first billion-dollar couple in the music industry. However, their wedding was a private and low-key affair, attended only by family and close friends.
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Serena Williams, the record-breaking professional tennis player, caused a stir in the sporting world when she announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit. Although he is on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list, he certainly doesn't earn as much as his 23-time Grand Slam champion wife does, for she is worth more than $180 million.
We all know the queen of media Oprah Winfrey and her famous talk show. With a net worth of $2.6 billion, Oprah was the first African American billionaire in American history. Her partner Stedman Graham is an author and businessman who created Athletes Against Drugs. Although they've been together since 1986, they decided to have a spiritual union rather than a marriage.
Starting out as an obscure Mexican actress, Salma Hayek became a famous Hollywood star due to her role in the film Frida. With a net worth of $115 million, she was married to Francois-Henri Pinault in 2009, the CEO and chairman of Kering, a luxury group that includes brands such as Gucci and Alexander McQueen. After they got married, Salma became the company's "walking billboard."
Before marrying Bill Gates, Melinda Gates had a distinguished career at Microsoft and was known for her ability and efficiency. After they got married, she became a full-time housewife and devoted herself to charity work. With a net worth of $103.7 billion, they founded the world's largest foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with $28.8 billion in assets. According to their friends, Melinda is undoubtedly Bill's right-hand woman, helping him become a better decision-maker.
Famous for his sitcom 'The Bill Cosby Show,' the stand-up comedian Bill Cosby now has a net worth of $400 million. As his manager and wife, Camille Cosby avoids public life and is only active in Bill's business. The couple met on a blind date in college and tied the knot shortly after they began dating.
The Oscar-winning actor had once said that he would never get married, but George Clooney changed his mind when he met Amal Alamuddin. Working as a barrister and professor, Amal is also known for her outstanding fashion taste. Amal herself has a net worth of $10 million and is often called Britain's most beautiful lawyer. In 2014, they held their 4-day wedding celebration in Venice.
Best known for starring in his namesake sitcom, Jerry Seinfeld was ranked the highest-paid celebrity in America. Jerry and Jessica got married a year after Jessica's divorce with her ex-husband. Their $950 million net worth allows Jessica to concentrate on writing, and she has already published four cookbooks.
When Ricky Lauren and Ralph Lauren first met, they were both nobodies. Ricky was a dance teacher at that time, and Ralph was a sales assistant working for a tie company. During their 40-year marriage, Ricky has accompanied Ralph from obscurity to a notable fashion designer with a $6.3 billion net worth. Now Ricky is not only Ralph's muse but also an author and psychotherapist.
When Warren Buffett's first wife Susan left him, she introduced Astrid Menks to him. At that time, Astrid was still a cocktail waitress, while Buffett was already the billionaire magnate and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. The three kept in close contact for the next thirty years, and Astrid and Buffett got married after Susan passed away. With a total net worth of $85.4 billion, they are ranked third on the list of the top 10 richest couples.
As the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, Michael Dell, with a net worth of $32.3 billion, has been on the Forbes list several times. When the rising star met the avid sportswoman Susan Dell, they fell for each other instantly. After they were married, they founded the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, focusing on marginalized children. They have donated $2 billion to philanthropic organizations.
As the founder of Bridgewater Associates, Dalio is ranked as one of the highest-earning hedge funders around. Barbara Dalio has been supporting her husband with all his business ventures since they were married in 1976. With a shared net worth of $18.4 billion, the couple leads a happy life with their 4 children.
When Mel Gibson first met Robyn Moore, he was an unknown actor and Robyn was a dental nurse. When they tied the knot in 1980, he was already known for his action hero roles. However, their 30-year marriage came to an end in 2011 due to "irreconcilable differences." Robyn received a $425-million settlement, which is considered the highest in Hollywood history.
Thanks to his successful career, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has become the world's highest-paid actor. Lauren Hashian is a music producer who always avoids the spotlight. They have lived for more than 10 years and been through their ups and downs. Despite having a net worth of $87.5 million, they simply held a low-key seaside ceremony to exchange their vows in 2019. They now live a happy life together with their three daughters.
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