They say that money makes the world go around and some of the world’s billionaires have succeeded in getting there with the help of their wives. After all, they say that behind every great man is a great woman. Here’s a list of 9 who might just stand up to the test.
Nr 1 – Princess Charlene of Monaco
Princess Charlene of Monaco, was formerly Charlene Lynette Wittstock, born and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Her family later moved to South Africa where she went on to represent the country in swimming.
She met Prince Albert of Monaco, in 2000, during an international swimming event where she won gold in the 200-metre backstroke.
The couple met again 2006 at the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. In 2007, she retired from competitive swimming, and a few months later she returned to Monaco.
In 2011, she and the Prince were married and despite giving birth to their twins in 2014, she is still radiantly youthful and as slim as the day they married.
Nr 2 – Wendi Deng
Wendi Deng is a successful business woman in her right. Born in China, she moved to America as a young girl and later attended Yale School of Management and obtained an MBA degree.
She was introduced to media mogul, Rupert Murdoch in 1997 and in June 1999, Murdoch divorced his second wife, and 17 days later, the 68 years old Australian-born American married Deng on his yacht .
Deng was instrumental in wealth with internet investments in China amounting to around $45 million. She also helped in high-speed internet and video access for Chinese business associations causing some to accuse her of being a Chinese spy.
The couple divorced 14 years later, after Murdoch suspected she had been unfaithful.
Nr 3 – Fabiana Flosi
Fabiana Flosi is the third wife of Formula One ‘Big Shot’ Bernie Ecclestone. She towers over him in height and is 45 years younger than her husband, but despite their differences, they seem to be very much in love.
Fabiana was briefly married before, and also had a long-term relationship with a doctor before falling under Bernie’s spell and before giving up a promising career for Bernie she was the Vice President of Marketing at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Their marriage at Bernie’s Swiss Chalet in 2012, was kept low profile and attended by just a handful of close friends.
Their friends believe she is good for Bernie, who seems to be a lot calmer when he is in her presence and the couple are obviously very happy together.
Nr 4 – Melanie Craft Ellison
Melanie Craft is an American author and novelist and successful in her own right. In 2003, after dating him for several years and despite being 25 years younger, she married American ‘Tech Giant’ and billionaire Larry Ellison, CEO to the Oracle Corporation.
Their wedding ceremony took place in a private location with family members and close friends in attendance, one whom was the late Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Inc. Steve was also the official photographer.
It was Ellison’s fourth marriage and like the others it finally ended in divorce in 2010. As part of the divorce settlement, Craft received a bit bite of Ellison’s wealth, including cars, mansions, and a luxury yacht.
Nr 5 – Andrea Hissom
Andrea Wynn, nee Hissom, is a British socialite who is married to American billionaire, real estate businessman and art collector, Steve Wynn.
She is 21 years her husband’s junior, and the couple met in the French Riviera in 2008. At the time, he was separated, but still married to his first wife Elaine who received the biggest divorce payout in US history with $741 million in stock in Wynn Resorts.
After presenting Hissom with a heart shaped, 10 carat diamond engagement ring, the couple were married shortly afterwards when Wynn spent $1 million on their wedding in 2011, which included Clint Eastwood as his best man, plus some of the world’s top celebrities on the guest list.
Despite several accusations against Wynn for sexual misconduct by previous employees, his marriage to Hissom seems to weathering the storm.
Nr 6 – Kristy Hinze
In 2009, after dating for nearly three years, Australian model and previous host for the popular tv show, Project Runway, Kristy Hinze, married tech billionaire Jim Clark, the internet pioneer and founder of Netscape. It’s the fourth marriage for 65 year old Jim, who is 36 years older than his new wife.
The couple met around the same time that Jim was divorcing his third wife, Nancy Rutter, to whom he had been married for 15 years who is said to have received a bundle of bounty in the divorce settlement.
Hinze and her older husband have two daughters and their opulent lifestyle includes, quality properties and a $70 million luxury super yacht that boasts a staff of 20 to take care of their needs and for the moment anyway, the forecast to their relationship looks like fair winds and blue skies.
Nr 7 – Malia Andelin
33 year old, Malia Andelin is married to 93-year-old billionaire, Sumner Redstone, owner of the National Amusements chain that owns CBS, Viacom, MTV, BET and Paramount Pictures.
Redstone was married twice before and since his divorce from his second wife in 2009, he has surrounded himself with younger women and rewarded some of them with gifts and cashworth millions of dollars.
He met Andelin when she was a flight attendant on his company jet and after winning her over with lavish trips, expensive gifts and even a ticket to the Oscars, she became his third wife despite their age difference of 60 years.
Renowned as a skinflint, and for buying his suits off the rack at discount stores, it would seem there’s no end to Redstone’s generosity when it comes to his female companions and Malia looks set to benefit by that.
Nr 8 – Hope Dworaczyk
After being crowned as Miss Teen Texas in 2000, American beauty, Hope Dworaczyk, moved to New York to pursue a modelling career and in April 2009, she was chosen as Playboy’s Playmate of the Month. A year later, the 5 foot 10 inches bombshell, became the 2010 Playmate Of The Year and Playboy’s first 3D centrefold.
In 2015, Hope married her longtime billionaire boyfriend, Tech Investor, founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners.
The wedding ceremony was an extravagant affair and took place in a secluded retreat on the top of a mountain on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The drive to the secluded retreat is considered so hazardous that over 100 trips were made by helicopter to transport all the necessities to the venue including the two singing stars John Legend and Seal who serenaded the guests.
The couple now have two young sons and seem to be enjoying married bliss.
Nr 9 – Eloise Broady
Eloise Lucille DeJoria née Broady is an American actress and former model. She is also the wife of haircare and alcohol mogul John Paul DeJoria.
She was first married at 15 in 1972, but that relationship ended before the year was over. Her second marriage also ended in divorce.
Following a modelling career, Eloise was chosen as Playboy’s Playmate for April 1988 and since then, has guest-starred in several films and TV series.
She met self-made billionaire, John Paul DeJoria on a blind date in Beverly Hills in early 1990 and they got married in grand style in Malibu, California in 1993.
They now live happily in Texas and Eloise is involved with numerous social causes.