Marrying for love is all well and good, but for many people, marrying for money can be a fast ticket out of poverty or simply a step into luxury. The women on this list have found their way into the company of some very rich men. In the process, they’ve improved their bank balances, if not necessarily their quality of life. From the famous to the unknown, from happy unions to nightmare relationships, here is our list of the wives and companions of some of the world’s top billionaire.
Salma Hayek – Wife of Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO and Chairman of Kering & Groupe Artemis
Thanks to her husband’s job, Salma Hayek can afford to go shopping even for islands. Since 2009, she’s been married to fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault, who is CEO of Kering, the fashion conglomerate that owns brands like Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga.
Pinault is worth approximately $28 billion as of 2018.
He is also CEO of Groupe Artemis, a holding company that owns Christie’s auction house.
The couple has one child, daughter Valentina.
Melania Trump – Wife of Donald Trump, Real Estate Developer – President of the United States of America
Slovenian model Melania Knavs met the then-recently-separated Donald Trump at a party thrown by a mutual associate in 1998. After divorce attorneys finalized the billionaire developer’s split from Marla Maples, Melania and Trump wed in 2005.
Trump is worth $3.5 billion as of March 2018, according to estimates from Forbes.
Melania gave birth to the couple’s son Baron in 2006.
Donald and Melania became the First Family when Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016.
Priscilla Chan – Wife of Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook
Pediatrician Priscilla Chan met Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg when they were both undergraduates at Harvard. The Massachusetts native is fluent in three languages. Chan and Zuckerberg married in 2012 and have two children together.
Thanks to Facebook, Zuckerberg is worth a whopping $72.5 billion.
Chan is an active philanthropist; her charity causes include healthcare and education.
Nikita Kahn – Wife of Larry Ellison, Co-founder and former CEO of Oracle Corporation
Ukrainian model Nikita Kahn dated Larry Ellison, founder of the computer company Oracle, from 2010 to around 2016. Ellison came up with the idea for Oracle while working as a private consultant for the CIA.
Forbes estimates Ellison’s net worth at $62.4 billion, making him the eighth-richest person in the world.
Ellison opened a restaurant named after Kahn in 2013 called Nikita Malibu.
Ellison was accused of insider trading after selling $900 million worth of Oracle stocks shortly before the company announced quarterly revenue loss.
Diane von Fürstenberg – Wife of Barry Diller, Chairman of InterActiveCorp, Former CEO of Fox Broadcasting and USA Network
Designer Diane von Fürstenberg is famous in her own right, having popularized the casual “wrap dress” in the ’70s. In 2001, she married Barry Diller, a media executive who capitalized on the business plan of cable television by inventing the made-for-TV movie.
Diller has a net worth of about $3.3 billion as of March 2018.
von Fürstenberg, who was born Diane Halfin, was previously married to German aristocrat Prince Egon von Fürstenberg.
Oleksandra Nikolayenko – Wife of Phil Ruffin, American Businessman
Ukrainian model Oleksandra Nikolayenko won several beauty pageant titles before meeting her husband Phil Ruffin. Ruffin’s billions in earnings come from his various stakes in industries ranging from greyhound racing to real estate.
Phil Ruffin is worth approximately $2.7 billion as of 2018.
Ruffin is a friend of Donald Trump and owns half of the Trump International Las Vegas hotel.
The couple, who are 47 years apart in age, have two children.
Lucinda Southworth – Wife of Larry Page, Co-founder of Google Inc., CEO of Alphabet Inc & PageRank
Lucinda Southworth is a research scientist with an educational pedigree that includes Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, she married Google founder Larry Page, who is worth approximately $51 billion as of 2018.
In his time at Google, Larry Page was paid an annual salary of $1, a move that allowed him to avoid 35% Federal income taxes and instead pay just 15% tax on his gains from company stock.
Page left Google in 2015 to start the conglomerate company Alphabet, Inc.
Melinda Gates – Wife of Bill Gates, Co-Founder and Technology Advisor of Microsoft
Melinda Gates made a life-changing decision when she decided to major in computer science at Duke University. Her degree led to a job at Microsoft, where she met the company’s founder (and her future husband), Bill Gates. The couple married in Hawaii in 1994.
Bill Gates is worth $91 billion as of March 2018, per Forbes.
Together, Bill and Melinda operate a charitable foundation that gives away hundreds of millions in grants to fund everything from agricultural research to disease control.
Claudia Barilla – Wife of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil
Claudia Barilla is a former model and is partnered with Quebecois entertainment tycoon Guy Laliberté. After being laid off from his job at a dam, Laliberté organized a group of talented Quebec street performers in an event called Cirque du Soleil. His efforts have paid dividends to the tune of about $1.4 billion as of January 2018.
Claude and Claudia have two children together.
The couple owns Montreal restaurant Orange Rouge.
Wendi Deng – Wife of Rupert Murdoch, Chairman & CEO of 21st Century Fox
Wendi Deng was born and raised in northeastern China and came to the United States on a student visa in the late ’80s. After earning an MBA from Yale, Deng took a job overseeing business finance for a Fox affiliate in L.A. It was through this job that Deng met and married Fox’s CEO, Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch.
Deng and Murdoch split in 2013 amid rumors of her growing relationship with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In 2018, the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials suspected Deng of being a spy for the Chinese government.
Kristy Hinze – Wife of James Clark, Founder of Silicon Graphics, Inc.
Australian model Kristy Hinze found fame on America’s Next Top Model before meeting billionaire husband James Clark. Clark made a fortune in Silicon Valley thanks to innovations in 3D computer graphics.
Clark is 36 years Hinze’s senior; the couple has two children together.
Hinze hosted the first two seasons of Project Runway Australia.
Clark has contributed time and money to charities like the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Katsia Damankova – Wife of Anton Zingarevich, Former Owner of Reading Football Club
Belarusian-born model Katsia Damankova has an impressive list of credits to her name, including runway shows for Victoria’s Secret. She is married to Anton Zingarevich, son of billionaire Russian oligarch Boris Zingarevich.
Anton has used his inherited wealth to purchase the English soccer team Reading F.C.
Katsia won Ford Models’ Supermodel of the World beauty pageant at age 16.
Tamiko Bolton – Wife of George Soros, Founder of Soros Fund & Open Society Foundations
Tamiko Bolton is a former health and fitness entrepreneur who married Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros in 2013. Soros began his career in London as an investment banker, eventually accumulating a fortune of about $8 billion.
Soros is also well-known for funding high-profile liberal social causes and backing American Democratic candidates.
Bolton was the target of a lawsuit by Soros’ ex-girlfriend regarding the ownership of his Upper East Side apartment.
Nita Ambani – Wife of Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries
A native of Mumbai, Nita Ambani is the wife of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani. As the son of a manufacturing tycoon, Mukesh used his connections to create one of the world’s largest petroleum refineries. His company Reliance Industries and his various stock investments have made Ambani an estimated $41 billion.
As of 2018, Mukesh is the richest Indian person in the world and the world’s 18th richest person overall.
Nita owns her hometown cricket team, the Mumbai Indians.
Elena Perminova – Wife of Alexander Lebedev, Part Owner of Novaya Gazeta, Owner of The London Evening Standard and The Independent.
Elena Perminova is a popular Siberian model who is married to Russian banker and media magnate Alexander Lebedev. Lebedev made a fortune in finance before acquiring half of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and a majority stock share in the English papers The London Evening Standard and The Independent.
Elena and Alexander met when he used his political influence to get her out of jail following her drug arrest.
Lebedev’s Novaya Gazeta is known for being critical of the establishment politics of Vladimir Putin.
Julie Chen – Wife of Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS Corporation
Julie Chen is a broadcast journalist and producer for CBS. She began dating her boss, CBS CEO Les Moonves, in 2004. They married that same year, just two weeks after divorce attorneys sanctioned his split from ex-wife Nancy Wiesenfeld.
Moonves has been CEO of CBS since 2003. He has a net worth of about $700 million as of 2018.
The couple has one child together, a son born in 2009.
Andrea Hissom – Wife of Steve Wynn, Former CEO of Mirage Resorts & Wynn Resorts
Andrea Hissom is the ex-wife of English financial advisor David Hissom and the current wife of Las Vegas casino and resort owner Steve Wynn. Wynn’s various holdings have pulled in a fortune of about $3.6 billion as of 2018.
Wynn stepped down from his post as finance chair of the Republican National Committee amid allegations of harassment by several women in 2018.
Hissom has two sons from her prior marriage, one of whom is singer Nick Hissom.
Mackenzie Bezos – Wife of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
Although Mackenzie Bezos earned her B.A. from Princeton in English, she went into finance after graduating in 1992. She met her husband, future Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos when he interviewed her for a job at New York brokerage firm D.E. Shaw.
Bezos is worth an incomprehensible $129 billion as of 2018, making him the richest person in modern history.
Jeff and Mackenzie have four children together.
Fabiana Flosi – Wife of Bernie Ecclestone, Chairman Emeritus of Formula One Group
In 2012, billionaire Bernie Ecclestone married Fabiana Flosi, a Brazilian racing executive 46 years his junior. Ecclestone had humble beginnings as a fisherman’s son but eventually became CEO of Formula One, the corporation that sponsors the prestigious global car races known as “Grands Prix.”
Ecclestone’s net worth was estimated at $3.5 billion as of 2018.
He made a profit of about $4.8 million on an initial investment of $120K in the English racing team Brabham.
In 2010, the couple was assaulted and robbed of about £200K ($280K).
Princess Ameera Al-Taweel – Wife of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, Chairman & CEO of Kingdom Holding Company
Ameera al-Taweel was born in Saudia Arabia and educated in the United States. She married Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal in 2008, although they divorced in 2013.
As the grandson of Ibn Saud, the first king of Saudi Arabia, Al-Waleed receives an annuity of $180K.
Al-Waleed made his first millions from construction projects during Saudi Arabia’s oil boom; he grew his fortune to approximately $18.7 billion by investing in the banking and entertainment sectors.
Al-Taweel met Al-Waleed when she interviewed him for a school assignment at age 18.
Anne Wojcicki – Wife of Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google & President of Alphabet
Anne Wojcicki is an entrepreneur who founded the popular genetic home-testing service 23andMe. In 2007, she married Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who has a net worth of about $49.5 billion as of early 2018.
The couple met when Sergey founded Google in Anne’s sister’s garage.
Brin and Wojcicki separated in 2013; divorce attorneys finalized their split in 2015.
Wojcicki’s own company 23andMe was valued at approximately $1.5 billion in 2017.
Talulah Riley – Wife of Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, Co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc., Co-founder, and CEO of Neuralink
Talulah Riley is an English actress who made an appearance 2010’s Inception. Riley started dating space age entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2008 and married him in 2010. Although the couple divorced in 2012, they married again in 2013; unfortunately, the second marriage also ended in a visit to divorce attorneys three years later.
Musk has made about $20 billion through his electric car company Tesla Inc. and aerospace company SpaceX.
Musk has five children with his first wife, writer Justine Musk.
Alexandra Lenas – Wife of Sean Parker, Managing Partner at The Founders Fund, Co-founder of Plaxo, Napster, Airtime, and Causes, Former President of Facebook
Many artists are doomed to lives of bankruptcy and frustration. That won’t be the case for singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas, who married billionaire Sean Parker in 2013. Parker co-founded Napster and was an early advisor to Mark Zuckerberg, serving as president of Facebook in its early days.
Parker was played by Justin Timberlake in David Fincher’s 2010 movie The Social Network.
According to Forbes, he is worth an estimated $2.6 billion as of March 2018.
Laurene Powell Jobs – Wife of Steve Jobs, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc, CEO of Pixar
Laurene Powell snuck into a lecture given by Steve Jobs when she was an MBA student at Stanford. After she started a conversation with the young entrepreneur, the two hit it off and were married just over a year later.
Jobs founded Apple. Inc and changed modern personal computing, earning him approximately $10.2 billion at the time of his 2011 death.
Laurene made a significant investment in Washington, DC-area sports when she bought a 20% share of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and the Capital Arena in 2017.