They say that money can't buy happiness. But for the wives of the world's billionaires, it seems there's almost nothing they can't do. Let's take a look at the lucky women behind these top paid husbands.
Warren Buffett & Astrid Menks
Nothing about Warren Buffett's love life was ever ordinary. But that's fine. In fact, according to his daughter, we could all learn a thing or two from him: "More people should have unconventional marriages," Susan Buffett assured.
And she might have just been on to something... Ever since crossing paths with this powerhouse lady at a bar back in the '70s, Warren and Astrid have been attached at the hip. "She loves him and takes care of him," the billionaire's daughter explained. "[Even] if Warren didn't have a cent, she'd be with him."
Bill & Melinda Gates
With a $137 billion fortune - according to Forbes - and an entire empire under his belt, Bill Gates has quite the impressive background. But that doesn't mean it's always been that way. In fact, it took 2 different rejections before the Microsoft founder managed to secure a date with his future Mrs.
"You're not spontaneous enough for me," Melinda recalled of her hesitance. Sure enough, after finally giving Bill a shot, she and he went on to enjoy 27 blissful years together. But while the couple has since split, from her philanthropic endeavors to her global impact, Melinda has done just fine on her own.
Michael & Susan Dell
Back in the '80s, Michael Dell was just a 22-year-old college kid selling laptops out of his dorm room. But that was exactly what caught Susan Lieberman's eye. The hard-working golden girl saw something special in the ambitious entrepreneur. And well, she wasn't wrong.
Decades later, and the now-married duo have gone on to become one of the world's top pioneers in the tech-world. From helping her husband grow his Dell empire to founding the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Susan is living proof that hard work and determination go a long way.
Bernie Ecclestone & Fabiana Flosi
Welcoming a fourth child at age 89 might sound unimaginable to some - but not when your name is Bernie Ecclestone. The former Formula 1 chief has always been one to live life in the fast lane, and his recent relationship with this 44-year-old beauty was no exception.
Fabiana Flosi is a Brazilian model who first crossed paths with the billionaire on a yacht around Europe - as every good love story begins. In fact, fast forward to today, and the couple is still happier than ever. With their very own son, Ace, and big plans for the future, these two are living proof that age is just a number. No?
Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos
Sure, the name "Jeff Bezos" and Amazon are practically synonymous. But how many people know that MacKenzie Bezos, too, played a large role in building the e-commerce empire? The former research associate actually gave Jeff the push he needed to follow through with his groundbreaking idea.
Not only did she help with negotiating early contracts, but the loyal wife was with Bezos every step of the way. "Watching... somebody that you love, have an adventure - what is better than that, being part of that?" she recalled. Unfortunately, the two have since called it quits, but their mark in the online world is timeless.
Michael Bloomberg & Diana Taylor
Consider this a friendly warning: don't call Diana Taylor "the girlfriend." The truth? Even she doesn't know how to define her long-term (and slightly confusing) relationship with NYC's former mayor. "Nobody's come up with the language around what we are," she explained. But perhaps with good reason...
After all, the former Wall Street exec is so much more than a billionaire's partner. "I define myself first and foremost as I've had a... successful career," Taylor assured. And her friends will back her up on that one: "Her famous boyfriend may be the least interesting thing about her," Vogue editor - and pal - Anna Wintour added.
Barry Diller & Diane von Furstenberg
What could a woman who literally has it all still crave in her life? The answer's actually quite simple: romance. As DVF will happily remind us - and well, has on endless occasions - "love is life." Lucky for her, Barry Diller has gone on to provide just that (in addition to his Forbes' estimated $5.5 billion fortune, of course.)
Despite keeping the media mogul in the friendzone for endless years, the fashion icon eventually "ran out of excuses" - leading to perhaps the most generous birthday gift yet: "I will marry you for your birthday," she recalls telling Diller on his 59th. And so, that's exactly what they did - and they've been happily married ever since.
Larry Page & Lucinda Southworth
He may be the brains behind Google, but Mrs. Larry Page has also made her mark in the world. After studying Eukaryotic organisms at Oxford, the esteemed scientist went on to land a Ph.D. at Stanford. Fast forward to today, though, and it's only been up from there.
From founding her own charitable organization to helping West Africa overcome the Ebola pandemic, Lucinda Southworth is noteworthy in her own right. That's right. And thanks to her husband, her endless acclaim and accomplishments are now just 1 click away.
Steve Wynn & Lucinda Southworth
Last name ringing a bell? We're probably not the only ones who spent several late nights gambling away at one of Wynn's casinos. But when it comes to the founder of Wynn Resorts, what happens in Vegas certainly doesn't stay in Vegas. And with good reason.
Not only has the multi-billionaire secured his very own empire, but Steve Wynn is also linked to one of Britain's most recognizable faces: this successful socialite - 21 years his junior - is also the great-niece of one of the Fontainebleau hotel's founders. Talk about worlds colliding.
François-Henri Pinault & Salma Hayek
Ever wonder how this Hollywood actress came to come paths with a French businessman? Perhaps we'll never know. "It's such an... amazing story, but it is mine," Salma Hayek confessed of keeping her romance low-key. What we can tell ya, though, is that since tying the knot in 2009, these two have been living the good life.
From his success as chairman of luxury group Kering (and the estimated $49+ billion it called for, according to Forbes), to her award-winning roles, François and Salma might just be the power couple we never saw coming. And we can't wait to see what the future has in store for these two - that is, if they let us tag along.
Richard & Kathy Hilton
Did anyone really think the Hilton name wouldn't be making an appearance on our roundup? Contrary to their daughter's documented endeavors, Richard and Kathy Hilton aren't living a simple life at all. In fact, the Hollywood socialites are living large. Very large.
From his title as an heir of the Hilton empire to her recent reign as a reality star, Mr. and Mrs. Hilton have secured quite the net worth over the years - according to CelebrityNetWorth, about $350 million. Sure, that might not be as much as Bill Gates - but how many of us have hundreds of millions lying around in the bank? Thought so.
Roman Abramovich & Dasha Zhukova
When Roman Abramovich crossed paths with this Russian socialite at her father's New Year's soiree, the art world had no idea what was coming. Scratch that - nobody did. Not only did the power couple go on to found their very own museum of art (yes, really), but there was seemingly no task too large for these two.
Owning a Premier League football club? Check. Founding a globally renowned fashion label? Roman and Dasha have made their dreams a reality - all while raking in the millions. And while they're no longer together today, neither seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Robert Kraft & Myra Hiatt
Sure, he knows a thing or two about scoring touchdowns. But we're here to talk about Robert Kraft's time off those New England fields. The Patriots billionaire might have tasted his fair share of victories over the years, but it's his romance with his college sweetheart that sees him as a real winner.
After meeting at Columbia, it was love at first sight for these former students. Unfortunately, 1 marriage, 1 family, and 48 blissful years later, and their love story reached a tragic end after Myra passed away from cancer. But from her charitable endeavors to her unwavering support, the NFL's leading lady will never be forgotten.
Les Moonves & Julie Chen
Granted, Julie Chen and Les Moonves's romance is ridden by scandal - but we can't say they don't love each other. Despite the endless misconduct allegations that plagued this former CBS executive, Chen has stuck by her man's side. And from the looks of it? She'll continue to do so.
"I have known my husband... since the late '90s," Chen explained. "Leslie is a good man and a loving father... I fully support [him]." But the truth is that Julie Chen is so much more than just a devoted wife. From successful news anchor to producer to everything in between, this boss lady is literally impossible to miss.
Steve Jobs & Laurene Powell
Whether one's #teamandroid or #teamapple, let's face it: the name "Steve Jobs" is admired by all. And we can understand why. When 25-year-old Laurene Powell met the Apple co-founder back in 1988, he was just another entrepreneur with a dream. Since then, he's managed to turn that same dream into a reality.
"One profound learning I took from him was that we don't have to accept the world that we're born into as something that is fixed… we can actually change [it]," she reflected of her late husband. Despite the billionaire's untimely passing in 2011, Laurene has gone on to keep his memory alive - one philanthropic venture at a time.
Amancio Ortega & Flora Pérez
Ever wonder who's responsible for our Zara shopping sprees? We're looking right at him. Back in 1975, Amancio Ortega opened up his first clothing store with one thing on his mind: to sell high-fashion pieces at low-prices. Little did he know he was on to something...
Fast forward to today, and the billionaire has managed to grow his innovative idea into a global empire. With over 2,000 Zara chains worldwide, Ortega and his wife Flora are certainly living large. Not only are they Spain's wealthiest couple, but Pérez has since grown her own business/charitable ventures. Consider us impressed.
Mark & Tiffany Cuban
A Squatty Potty? Heat-free hair rollers? No matter how wild the idea, leave it to Mark Cuban to get it done. The Shark Tank mastermind has been blessing us with invention after invention for years now. And it's earned him quite the payout - about $4.5 billion, to be exact (as Forbes put it).
But there's one person who's been along for the ride, long before Cuban began to hijack our tv screens: Tiffany Stewart. The advertising executive has been by the mogul's side ever since crossing paths at a gym back in '97. From proud parent to their 3 kids to her philanthropic endeavors, we'd learn her name.
Rupert Murdoch & Jerry Hall
A 59-year-old former supermodel tying the knot to an 84-year-old billionaire might be noteworthy enough. But Jerry Hall's marriage to this media tycoon actually isn't the first time her love life caught our attention. The Texan beauty was once married to Mick Jagger, but has since created her own legacy in Hollywood.
From becoming one of the most sought-after models in the world to breaking into the acting world, the blonde beauty has certainly made her mark. And we're sure Mr. Murdoch would back us on that one. "Feel like the luckiest and happiest man in the world," he gushed of his latest Mrs.
Bernard Arnault & Hélène Mercier
Bernard Arnault knows a thing or two about living large: as CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton, the leading luxury products group, Arnault's raked in quite a fortune over the years. Oh, and did we mention he recently held the title for the World's Richest Person? No big deal or anything...
But with a reign like that, it's no surprise his wife is just as impressive: not only is Hélène Mercier said to have begun her professional music career at just 6-years-old, but it's since led her to theaters all over the world - including a coveted spot at the Library of Congress. A harmonious pairing, if you ask us...
Gelila Bekele & Tyler Perry
Getting to catch Prince live in concert is remarkable enough. But leaving that same concert with the love of your life? Only so many of us could be so lucky. But for Tyler Perry, that's exactly what happened. After stumbling across this humanitarian activist at a concert back in 2007, nothing's been the same.
"There's no other person on this planet that I would want to be involved with or have a child with because she's amazing," the billionaire director gushed of his long-time girlfriend back in 2017. And while the two are no longer together today, Miss Bekele has continued to make Hollywood proud.
Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan
Ever wonder what it's like being married to the billionaire behind Facebook? Sure, it has its perks (118 billion of them $$$.) But the truth is that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan might just be as humble as they come. Don't quote us on that one though...
Ever since meeting in the bathroom line at a Harvard party, these college sweethearts have gone on to raise quite the empire together. But their kids wouldn't know any better: "First of all, we don't give them everything... they have chores," Chan assured of keeping her family grounded.
Elon Musk & Talulah Riley
For a guy gung ho on sending humanity to Mars and inventing flying cars, would we expect his love life to be any less intriguing? Sure enough, the Tesla billionaire's former marriage to Talulah Riley was exactly as unique as expected. But we won't be the judge of that one. Keep scrolling...
Not only was Musk smitten by the Hollywood actress, but even she picked up on his lack of… game? "I remember thinking that this guy probably didn't get to talk to young actresses a lot and that he seemed quite nervous," Riley confessed. Whatever the case may have been, the two went on to marry twice before calling it quits for good.
Phil & Penny Knight
Like every good love story, Phil Knight was working as a professor at Portland State University when he fell in love with his bright-eyed student. But her fairytale romance with this billionaire isn't the only thing that puts Penny ahead of the class.
Since tying the knot in 1968, the Nike co-founder and his college sweetheart have become known for their endless charitable ventures. So much so, that they ranked 4th nationally for philanthropic donations back in 2020. In the words of Nike, these two aren't just "doing it" - they're dominating.
George Lucas & Mellody
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas was busy facing heat for his role in the Star Wars empire. Not only was the director's first wife not happy with the fate of our favorite Jedi, but she had no problem making it known. "You don't get the Jedi story. You don't get the magic of Star Wars," Marcia Lucas shaded him.
Luckily, George Lucas' 2nd wife gets it: ever since crossing paths with businesswoman Mellody Hobson at a conference, it's been nothing but smooth sailing for the billionaire and his leading lady. That's right. Despite their 25-year age gap, it seems the force has certainly been with these lovebirds.
Evan Spiegel & Miranda Kerr
Whoever said opposites attract was clearly talking about these two: sure, Evan Spiegel might be "Type A" and Kerr, "Type Z," but when it comes to the Snapchat founder and this Australian supermodel? The truth is that the two couldn't be happier together.
After meeting at a dinner for Louis Vuitton back in 2015, it was practically love at first sight. As for today? They've morphed into one of the most influential power couples in Hollywood - and hey, it doesn't hurt that they're both easy on the eyes.
Kevin & Nicole Systrom
Ever wonder who the mastermind behind Instagram is? No, not Kim Kardashian (though we wouldn't blame ya for thinking so). Believe it or not, though, we've actually got photography enthusiast Kevin Systrom and his college sweetheart to thank for that one.
While Nicole Systrom might be known as the CEO of clean-energy startup Sutro, she's also 1/2 the brains behind the photo-sharing empire. After crossing paths with Kevin at Stanford back in the day, the innovator helped her entrepreneurial husband mold Instagram into the selfie platform we know and love today.
George Soros & Tamiko Bolton
George Soros has, no doubt, had his fair share of messy divorces over the years. But from the looks of the billionaire investor's marriage to 50-year-old Tamiko Bolton? The third time's the charm. And one glance at their 2013 wedding will happily back us up on that one.
From World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to several foreign leaders, their star-studded nuptials were clearly one for the books. But from his $8+ billion net worth, as Forbes put it, to her very own business ventures, including a dietary supplement company, we can see why these two have made quite the commotion.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud & Ameera
Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud might wear his heart on his sleeve - but he's just as vocal when it comes to his bank account. Not only did the Saudi royal invite Forbes to his palace back in 2009, but he then sued them for "underestimating" his wealth - which now sits at about $20 billion, according to CelebrityNetWorth.
Unfortunately, his romance with ex-wife Ameera Al-Taweel, too, faced a messy fate. But while the two divorced after 5 years of marriage, Ameera has since paved quite a path for herself. From advocating for women's rights to graduating magna cum laude, it seems her reign is just getting started...
Ralph Lauren & Ricky Anne Loew-Beer
Ever wonder who inspired those classic Polo shirts? We're looking right at her. Meet Ricky Anne Loew-Beer, otherwise known as Ralph Lauren's "Polo Persona" - as the fashion mogul proudly revealed himself. Safe to say, after stumbling into his doctor's office back in 1964, his life has never been the same.
Not only was it love at first sight for the then-college student and the receptionist who greeted him, but they've been going steady ever since. As for today? Ralph and Ricky are the epitome of true love - and perhaps the trendiest couple to ever do so. Who knows, maybe our soulmate is one trip to the eye doctor away...
Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw
Indiana Jones is great and all, but the film franchise has actually called for so much more than action-packed adventures: it's also the birthplace of this Hollywood love story. That's right. Back in 1984, Kate Capshaw was another aspiring actress when she stepped inside the Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom audition room.
And, well, the rest is now history. After being cast by the film's impressed director (psst, Steven Spielberg), it was practically love at first sight for these two. Since then, Kate and Steven have gone on to secure thriving careers in Hollywood - in addition to a combined $3.7+ billion net worth, according to Forbes.