There is a common misconception that the wives of wealthy men don’t have careers of their own. In some instances, this is true but for the wives of some of the wealthiest men on the planet, most of them have their own successful professions. Some of them are entrepreneurs like their husbands, models, and even the founders of popular cosmetics brands.
Life does not stop just because you are wealthy, and these accomplished ladies are showing that off. Keep scrolling to find out all about these ladies and their own careers.
Jami Gertz and Tony Ressler
Jami Gertz has one of those faces that is very familiar. That’s because she is a longtime actress, who has made her fame through the HBO show Entourage and movies like Twister. However, she has not been acting much in the last three years or so.
That’s because she and her billionaire husband, Tony Ressler decided to buy the NBA team, the Atlanta Hawks. As a co-owner, she has taken on a lot of the business’ responsibilities, such as representing the team at drafts for the last three years. Her husband has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion.
Elle Macpherson and Jeffrey Soffer
Model Elle Macpherson has been gracing the covers of Sports Illustrated since she first began modelling in 1987. She was married to billionaire Jeffrey Soffer for 8 years before the two called it quits in 2017. Soffer is the heir to about $1 billion from his father, Donald Soffer.
From her modelling years, Macpherson is worth somewhere in the ballpark of $95 million. Since ending the marriage, Macpherson has gone on to date ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield, who is infamous in his own right for certain medical studies.
Yekaterina Domankova and Anton Zingarevich
Yekaterina Domankova started out modelling with the Ford Agency, and landed a role as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. During her time modelling, she met Anton Zingarevich, the son of Boris Zingarevich.
His father is worth around a billion dollars, and some of this money was used to purchase FC Reading in the United Kingdom. Domankova is now the mother to their child, and spends her time supporting them. She no longer models professionally, but she does run a popular Instagram account.
Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel
Australian model Miranda Kerr worked as a Victoria’s Secret Angel for many years, before deciding to leave the company and work on some passion projects. Namely, her organic beauty line called KORA Organics.
During this time, she also divorced actor husband, Orlando Bloom and met the CEO of Snapchat Evan Spiegel. It was love at first sight. The two married in 2017, and live very luxuriously with his estimated wealth of $9.7 billion.
Jade Foret and Arnaud Lagardere
Belgian model Jade Foret rose to fame as something of a model prodigy. Her height at the age of 12 brought her to the notice of major fashion houses, and at 13 she was invited to walk in one of Armani’s fashion shows.
By 2010, French businessman Arnaud Lagardere had taken notice of her. The two had their relationship announced by the tabloids, when they were caught in a compromising situation. They quickly married, and now have three children.
Andrea Hissom and Steve Wynn
Steve Wynn knew he had met the love of his life, when he first laid eyes on Andrea Hissom. Wynn made his money through his casino chain of the same name.
Hissom and Wynn got married in 2011 and continue to lead the high life in Las Vegas. He is worth an estimated $3 billion. Hissom does not work, and continues to jet around the world.
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
Mexican actress Salma Hayek is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. She rose to fame starring in films like Desperado and Frida. She is also known for her marriage to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault who owns Kering.
His business interests are worth around $44 billion, which is a tidy sum of money. Hayek and him lead a very lavish life.
Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana
Janet Jackson has been wowing audiences with her beautiful voice, and creative costumes for decades. In fact, it’s estimated that she is worth around $200 million in her own right. However, in 2012 she fell in love with Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana, who is also nine years her junior.
After a whirlwind romance, the two tied the knot and it appeared to be happily ever after. Sadly, the marriage came to an end in 2017 and Al Mana may have had to relinquish a portion of his $1 billion to Jackson. Luckily, for Jackson she married for love and not money so it shouldn’t matter.
Joan Dangerfield and Kirk Kerkorian
Joan Dangerfield’s surname ties her to her first husband, Rodney Dangerfield. While Dangerfield was wealthy, he was not a billionaire. After Rodney’s passing in 2004, Joan met billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. The two began dating, and quickly got engaged. Unfortunately, for Joan, Kerkorian would pass away before the two could walk down the aisle.
As they were unmarried, she did not receive a portion of his $4 billion. Instead, a quarter of his estate returned to his native country, Armenia, and a variety of charities within the country. Joan continues to work as an entrepreneur, and invest in businesses within the movie industry.
Jackie and David Siegel
Jackie Siegel may be more infamous, then famous. The Netflix documentary titled The Queen of Versailles details the Siegel’s luxurious life at their Floridian mansion. The Siegel’s appear to be very much in love judging by the documentary, but Jackie doesn’t exactly have a profession of her own, other than being a homemaker.
Her husband David is worth around a billion dollars, from his time share company Westgate Resorts Ltd. This is what affords them their lavish lifestyle, and care for David’s 12 children from his three marriages. He has two ex-wives which also claim alimony from him, along with child support.
Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch
Long before Jerry Hall met media mogul Rupert Murdoch, she was known for gracing runways and posing for Vogue covers. As a model, she worked for all of the major fashion houses in the 1970s, and even had a common-law marriage with Mick Jagger.
In 2016, she and Rupert Murdoch met. It was a modern day love story, and the two ended up getting married. Murdoch is worth a cool $20 billion, which must make for a very comfortable life.
Flavia Sampaio and Eike Batista
The beautiful Flavia Sampaio used to be seen out and about with her billionaire boyfriend Eike Batista. He had made his money from oil and gas ventures. Everything seemed to be going well, until he managed to lose all $35 billion of his fortune virtually overnight.
Due to some shady dealings Batista found himself in a huge amount of debt, and allegations of illegal business practices. He is now in prison, and has a sentence of thirty years.
Ricki Lander and Robert Kraft
Ricki Lander has worked as an actress for many years, and had recurring roles on the television shows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Ugly Betty. In 2012, she met Robert Kraft, one of the wealthiest men in the world.
He is worth about $7 billion. The couple dated until 2018, when their romance was unexpectedly called off. That same year, Lander would have her first child, and Kraft denied that it was a product of their relationship.
Oleksandra Nikolayenko and Phill Ruffin
Oleksandra Nikolayenko spent her early 20s working in the fashion world, and participating in beauty pageants. At the age of 27, she was introduced by a mutual acquaintance to the 72-year old Phil Ruffin, an American businessman.
The two appeared to hit it off, and were wed in 2008. Since their wedding, they have had two children and Nikolayenko continues to work in the world of pageants. She is the chairman for the Miss Ukraine Universe competition.
Tina and Anil Ambani
The Ambani name is considered a part of Bollywood royalty in India. Tina Ambani was a Bollywood actress for many years before she met her husband Anil. After leaving the Bollywood scene, she tried out a few new professions but they didn’t stick.
When Anil asked her to marry him, she said, “Yes!.” Anil used to be one of the wealthiest men in the world but in February he was forced to declare bankruptcy in the United Kingdom.
Anne Dias and Kenneth Griffin
When Anne Dias met Kenneth Griffin it seemed like the two had met their match. Anne Dias had been working as a businesswoman for many years, and amassed a fortune of $500 million. Kenneth Griffin, as part owner of a hedge fund is worth an estimated $21 billion.
Together, they both had a large fortune, but in 2015 their marriage came to an end. Anne Dias continues to work, and invest in business ventures which allows her to lead a very comfortable life.
Diane Von Furstenberg and Barry Diller
Designer Diane Von Furstenberg gained the famous last name when she married the German prince with it. That marriage didn’t last, but her iconic name has. Now, she is married to Barry Diller, an American media mogul that owns Fox Productions Network and USA Broadcasting.
He’s worth around $5 billion, and Diane is worth about $1.2 billion herself. She is a real powerhouse, and continues to design and do philanthropic work.
Irina Viner and Alisher Usmanov
Irina Viner’s Russian oligarch husband Alisher Usmanov may be worth $12 billion, but she is very accomplished as well. She began life as a gymnast, and worked her way through the ranks.
Now, she is Russia’s head coach and in that capacity, she ensures that Russian gymnasts win as many medals as possible. Usmanov is always by her side, and when she received the Olympic Order Award he was right there with her.
Penny and Phil Knight
Penny and Phil Knight are one of the longest married couples on this list. Phil is one of the creators of the sporting brand Nike, and Penny has been along with him for this wild ride.
The two lovebirds tied the knot in 1968, when Phil was employed by Portland State University. From there, he went on to found Nike and it is estimated that he is worth close to $50 billion. Penny keeps herself busy by chairing a variety of charities and philanthropy committees.
Ricky Anne Loew-Beer and Ralph Lauren
Ricky Anne Loew-Beer may be married to one of the most iconic designers in the world – Ralph Lauren – but she is incredibly accomplished in her own right. After marrying Ralph Lauren in 1964, she developed a passion for photography which she began to learn.
She has also written books, and completed schooling in psychotherapy. She and her husband’s net worth sits around $6 billion, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her own interests.
Charlene Lynette Wittstock and Prince Albert II
Billionaire princes are hard to come by, but South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Lynette Wittstock managed to find one. She and Prince Albert II of Monaco began dating in 2000, and got married in 2011.
Since becoming a princess, Charlene has created her own foundation to aid in the fight against HIV. Prince Albert II has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, and his family owns a quarter of the small country of Monaco.
Ameera Al-Taweel and Khalifa bin Butti al Muhairi
Sometimes luck seems to smile on certain people, and for Ameera Al-Taweel she managed to fall in love with two billionaires. Her first husband was Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, whom she met while still in highschool. Reportedly, she interviewed him for the high school newspaper.
After 5 years together, the two parted and she met her current husband, Khalifa bin Butti al Muhairi. She is one of his two wives, with the first wife being a member of his family. He has a net worth of $2 billion.
Queen Noor of Jordan
Queen Noor of Jordan is no longer a reigning monarch, as her husband King Hussein has passed away. The two first met in 1978, when King Hussein was on a diplomatic mission in Washington D.C.
He was newly widowed, and the young Lisa Najeeb Halaby caught his eye. She moved back to Jordan with him, and took up the reins for the royal household. Now, she spends her time working to fight the effects of climate change around the world.
Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves
Julie Chen met her now husband through her broadcasting job at CBS. She started out as a news anchor, and slowly worked her way through the ranks. During this time, she met the CEO of CBS Productions, Leslie Moonves.
The two began dating, and tied the knot in 2004. Chen continues to work, and is the face of Big Brother which she hosts. Moonves is worth an estimated $800 million. That’s not too shabby, but certainly not the billions some of the people on this list have!
Malia Andelin and Sumner Redstone
Sumner Redstone is not a well-known name when it comes to billionaires. However, he is worth around $3 billion from his time with the Viacom Group. While flying on a private jet, he noticed the flight attendant serving him.
This would be his future bride Malia Andelin. That flight led to dates, and the two getting married in 2009. Andelin no longer works as a flight attendant, and insteads focuses her efforts on philanthropy.
Fabiana Flosi and Bernie Ecclestone
Not much is known about Fabiana Flosi, but she and Bernie Ecclestone have been together since 2009. The two appear to be very much in love, and are often spotted at Formula One events.
Ecclestone is the CEO of the Formula One Group, and worth an estimated $3.4 billion. Life has not been completely easy for Flosi though, as her mother was subject to a successful kidnapping attempt in 2016. Her mother was freed, with the help of the Sao Paulo police in Brazil.
Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin
One of the most accomplished couples on this list is Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin. Sergey Brin is one of the co-founders of Google, and is worth $74 billion. He met Anne Wojcicki and married her in 2007.
She works as a biotech analyst which is closely aligned with Brin’s latest venture – 23andMe. The two decided to part ways in 2017, but both continue to thrive in the high tech world.
Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie
Padma Lakshmi is a face most people will recognize. Not only did she work as a model for many years, but she has become the host of Taste Nation on Hulu.
Her very famous husband, Salman Rushdie is an acclaimed author who continues to produce novels full of allegories. The couple has been together since 2001, and Lakshmi continues to focus on her career.
Kate Greer and Jack Dorsey
Not every power couple on this list is married, but for Kate Greer and Jack Dorsey that doesn’t matter. Kate Greer is an artist and entrepreneur who has been working in Silicon Valley for awhile.
Jack Dorsey is one of the founders of social media platform Twitter. The two dated on and off from 2010 to 2014 before finally calling it quits.
Cathy Schmitz and Richard Lugner
Austrian model Cathy Schmitz is one of the more interesting people on this list. She started out with a degree in nursing, but then realized she would make more money as a model.
In 2014 she married the billionaire Richard Lugner for just two years before ending the marriage. Now she stars on reality shows like X-Diaries and Celebrity Big Brother.