We introduce the richest people in the world and the spouses who stand by them.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.