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Meet the Women Behind the World’s Richest Men

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Astrid Menks is the wife of octogenarian billionaire Warren Buffet, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Forbes puts his net worth at $88.3 billion. His former wife, Susan Thompson, introduced him to the restaurant hostess and Latvian immigrant. Astrid became his live-in companion while he and Susan were still married, until her death in 2004. The trio had an unconventional relationship and would send out Christmas cards together, signed “Warren, Susan, and Astrid,” according to The Daily Mail. Astrid and Warren married in 2006 on his 76th birthday. Astrid is involved in her own charity work and contributes to the local zoo.
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Phil Knight is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, and owner of the film production company Laika. He is currently worth nearly $40 billion. He and his wife Penny have partaken in many philanthropic endeavors together, including investing $500 million into a scientific research campus at the University of Oregon. They have also donated to the Marylhurst Knights Opportunity Scholarship Program at Marylhurst University.
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Jay-Z made history as the first hip-hop artist to reach the billionaire club, but there’s no way he could’ve achieved that status without the help of his wife, Beyoncé, who is worth $355 million in her own right. Beyoncé has made her mark over the years as an actress, producer, and of course, one of the most famous singers in American history. Together, she and Jay-Z have established their musical duo The Carters, and have helped each other’s respective music careers immensely. That’s what we call teamwork!
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Elon Musk and Grimes are perhaps one of the strangest celebrity couples around today. The two revealed that they were dating in May 2018, and then in May 2020 Grimes gave birth to their first child, named X AE A-XII. Of course, everyone knows Elon Musk as Tesla magnate who’s worth $209 billion, but Grimes, AKA Claire Boucher, is an accomplished musician in her own right, having released five studio albums and won various awards. She has a net worth $3 million.
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Yvette Prieto entered a marriage that certainly increased her net worth, which is already at a healthy $5 million. However, that pales in comparison to the basketball legend and Charlotte Hornets owner’s overall worth of about $2 billion.
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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson were dating for seven years before he finally popped the question. It seems that good things truly come to those who wait, as they’ve been going strong in their marriage since they exchanged vows in 2013. George Lucas’s success in the film industry is impressive, to say the least, but through Hobson’s education at Princeton and post-collegiate advances, she became president at Ariel Investments; she also took on a vice-chair role at Starbucks.
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Diana Taylor is the longtime domestic partner of former New York City Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg. Her former title was the “de facto First Lady of New York City.” The couple met at a Citizens Budget Commission event in 2000 and have been together ever since. Taylor graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA. She moved into the public sector as the assistant secretary to then-Governor George Pataki. Under Pataki, she served as the New York State Superintendent of Banks, spearheading the New York State Banking Department, and was the chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board. Taylor serves on several nonprofit and corporate boards, including the New York Women’s Foundation, YMCA of Greater New York, and Sotheby’s.
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Model Coco Johnsen and TV host, Bill Maher, used to date while his career was on the rise. Despite being more of a comedian than a host or reporter, his views on society were often taken very seriously. Needless to say, he was almost canceled for some edgy remarks if it hadn’t been for the support he received from Coco. His net worth today is $140 million, meanwhile hers is somewhere between $1-5 million.
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Connie Snyder is the wife of Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft and the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. They have been married since 1990. Connie works as an advocate for the well-being of children. She is the co-founder of the Ballmer Group, which supports efforts to improve childhood poverty, college access, and opportunity in the workforce. Her longstanding focus on the welfare system and foster care led to the creation of Partners for Our Children in 2006. The goal is to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Washington State.
Jerry Hall is married to newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch, the managing director of News Corp Australia. The former Mrs. Mick Jagger tied the knot with Murdoch, 25 years her senior, on March 4th, 2016, a week before Murdoch’s 85th birthday. Her daughter, Georgia May Jagger, was a bridesmaid. The cover model, who hails from Texas, has had a varied career, dabbling in acting appearances from Urban Cowboy to Tim Burton’s Batman. She has also performed in theater on the West End in London. Taking a musical cue from Mick, she now fronts her own country and western outfit.
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Melinda Gates & Bill Gates

Melinda French — now Melinda Gates — is married to Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft. Melinda joined Microsoft after graduating with an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. They started their courtship at the company. As general manager of information products, she contributed to several Microsoft products, such as Publisher and Expedia. However, she cut her Microsoft career short after marrying Gates in 1994 to raise her family. She is now co-chair and operator of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2000, the foundation’s goal is “to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty.” Since 2014, the Gates have donated $28 billion to the foundation and established the Gates Cambridge Scholarships at Cambridge University.

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Dasha Zhukova married Roman Abramovich, the CEO of Millhouse Capital, in a secret 2008 ceremony. Zhukova was born in Moscow and is a philanthropist and businesswoman in her own right. She founded the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, supporting the advancement of contemporary art and culture in Russia and abroad. Also a magazine magnate, she is the editor-in-chief of Garage Magazine and the fashion zine Pop. She also co-founded the fashion label Kova & T. She is a founding member of the Culture Shed, a new performing arts center in New York. Sadly, Zhukova and Abramovich divorced in 2017.
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Nita Dalal is married to Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani. She met Ambani when she was a schoolteacher and married him in 1985. Nita is very involved in the family business, as the chairperson and founder of the Reliance Foundation. The family is among the richest in India, with an estimated fortune of $40 billion. She was listed as “the most influential women business leader” in Asia by Forbes. Nita was the first Indian woman to become a member of the International Olympic Committee. As the co-owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team, she led an “Education for All” initiative, helping 70,000 underprivileged children. Nita is the founder and chairperson of the Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai.
Salma Hayek is a well-known actress married to Francois-Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering. The couple’s 2009 nuptials were held in the famous Venice opera house Teatro La Fenice. Salma is highly active in raising awareness about violence against women and discrimination against immigrants. Her own charity, the Salma Hayek Foundation, supports organizations giving aid to and raising awareness for battered women. Since the birth of her daughter, it has branched out to work with disadvantaged children on the streets of Mexico who are coping with drugs, violence, and a lack of education.
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Fabiana Flosi is the third wife of Bernie Ecclestone, the former CEO of the Formula One Group. They say the third time is the charm, despite him being twice her age and half her height. Fabiana, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, had race car driving in common with Ecclestone. She worked for International Publicity, which promoted Brazilian Grand Prix. That led to her position as vice president of marketing for the racing company. They first met through the World Motor Sport Council. It was on a cruise trip around Croatia in 2009 that they began dating, and married in April 2012. Fabiana studied law, as well, and has helped Ecclestone with his Formula One legalities.
Hélène Mercier is married to French mogul Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE. His net worth is $72 billion, according to Forbes. Hélène is an accomplished pianist who entered the Vienna Academy of Music at 15 and continued her studies at the famed Juilliard School of Music in New York. She recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and plays with the New Japan Philharmonic. They met in 1990, when he seduced her with his own piano playing, and married on September 23rd, 1991.
Andrea Hissom is married to real estate mogul Steve Wynn, the owner of Wynn Resorts and former CEO and chairman of Mirage Resorts. The British socialite started her career as a social worker, but that quickly fell by the wayside when she tied the knot with Wynn on April 30th, 2011. Their courtship was not without scandal. She first met the billionaire, 21 years her senior, in the French Riviera in 2008, when he was still married to his first wife, Elaine. She’s stood by her man despite allegations of sexual misconduct in 2018. No stranger to the hospitality business, she is a great-niece of Ben Novack, the developer of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel.
Nikita Kahn is the longtime girlfriend of Larry Ellison, the co-founder of the Oracle Corporation. Born Iryna Osipova in Ukraine, she is a philanthropist and film producer. Her boyfriend — who is the eighth richest person in the world, according to Forbes — helped her in those pursuits. However, Nikita also has a head for business, graduating with an MBA from the Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. As an animal lover, she put money behind the 2017 documentary The Last Animals and was the executive producer. Her philanthropy goes to animals, such as fundraising to rescue orphans for the California Wildlife Center. She is a staunch supporter of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Rhino Rescue Center.
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Lauren Sánchez is the main squeeze of Amazon’s head honcho, Jeff Bezos. Their romance became official in January 2019 after Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, separated. The news anchor and helicopter pilot is said to be moving in with the mogul, according to People. Sánchez is no fluffy media personality. She made the dean’s list at El Camino College and went to the University of Southern California on a communications scholarship. She is an entrepreneur in her own right, founding Black Ops Aviation in 2016, the first female-owned aerial film and production company.

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Lucinda Southworth is married to Larry Page, founder of Google and Alphabet CEO. Lucinda has a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University. A scientist and researcher, she married Page on December 8th, 2007 on the secluded Caribbean island Necker, owned by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. Lucinda is very involved with charitable work. The couple founded the Carl Victor Page Memorial Foundation, and donated $15 million to help fight the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Lucinda actively works with her mother’s charitable organizations, the McLain Associations for Children and the Stepping Stones International Organization, which helps mentally and physically handicapped children.

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