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They may each be cozy with an extremely wealthy man, but these 20 beautiful wives and girlfriends have their own success stories to tell, too. For instance, one of them is a published author, two of them have Ph.D.s and various others are making their own marks in the world of business. It just goes to show that some women really can have it all.
20. Flavio Briatore and Elisabetta Gregoraci
Fraudster, alleged tax dodger and former Formula One manager Flavio Briatore now owns the Billionaire Club and is personally worth $150 million. Back in the day the unlikely playboy had a penchant for supermodels, but he found domestic bliss in 2008 when he wedded Elisabetta Gregoraci, a model 30 years his junior.
19. Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen
In 2011 Forbes estimated that CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves made $1.2 billion in that year alone. He has been married to talk show host and Big Brother presenter Julie Chen since 2004, and the pair have a son together. Moonves left his previous wife Nancy Wiesenfeld – whom he’d been married to for 26 years – for Chen.
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18. Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze
Jim Clark is the computer scientist who founded Netscape and accrued a $1.83 billion fortune by investing in a few of Silicon Valley’s most successful ventures. Wife Kristy Hinze, meanwhile, is an Australian model with a resume that features Vogue Australia, Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated. Notwithstanding a 36-year age gap, the two married on the Virgin Gordo island in 2009.
17. Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr has a successful modeling career, her own beauty line and now a billionaire toyboy to boot. Indeed, Snapchat developer Evan Spiegel is, at just 25 years old and with an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion, the planet’s youngest billionaire. The couple first hooked up in summer 2015.
16. John Paul and Eloise DeJoria
Self-made billionaire John Paul DeJoria’s rags-to-riches tale is well known, and today the tequila tycoon is the proud possessor of a $2.9 billion fortune. DeJoria met model Eloise Broady – who was an April 1988 PlayBoy Playmate – in the early 1990s, and the couple were wedded in 1993. They’re still going strong, too.
15. Mark and Tiffany Stewart Cuban
Shark Tank judge and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made his $3 billion fortune mostly in dot-com companies. He also told Rolling Stone that being a billionaire is “amazing;” yet despite his no doubt glamorous lifestyle, Cuban met his wife Tiffany – then an ad salesperson – at the gym. The couple’s 2002 wedding was similarly understated.
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14. Bernie Ecclestone and Fabiana Flosi
In 2009 Fabiana Flosi was Formula One’s Brazilian vice president of marketing when she met F1 head honcho Bernie Ecclestone. The pair dated for three years before tying the knot in 2012, even though there is an obvious 46-year age difference between them. Ecclestone and his family are today worth $3.9 billion.
13. Donald and Melania Trump
In 2005 real estate tycoon and TV star Donald Trump married his third wife, Slovenian model Melania, with the reception involving plenty of lobster and Cristal not to mention Billy Joel. And even with presidential hopeful Trump being worth around $4.5 billion, Mrs. Trump has her own business in the shape of her caviar beauty line, which includes a moisturizer costing $150.
12. Silvio Berlusconi and Francesca Pascale
What with his colorful history involving tax fraud, political corruption and a sex scandal, some might say that Silvio Berlusconi isn’t boyfriend material. Still, it seems that Francesca Pascale disagrees, as the couple have been an item since 2012. The former Italian prime minister and media tycoon is worth $7.4 billion, while Pascale is an ex-shop girl 49 years his junior.
11. Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova
Roman Abramovich made his $7.9 billion fortune in oil. And in 2009 he married current wife Dasha Zhukova, who was rich even before she met her famous other half. These days, Abramovich is known as the owner of the U.K.’s Chelsea Football Club, while Zhukova heads up Garage magazine and works in art.
10. Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek
Hollywood actress Salma Hayek is rumored to be worth $85 million – a more than respectable figure. However, it’s nothing compared to the fortune of her husband François-Henri Pinault’s family, which is thought to amount to $12.5 billion. Pinault himself is CEO of Kering, and the wealthy couple spent a staggering $3.5 million tying the knot in 2009.
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9. Elon Musk and Talulah Riley
In 2002 Elon Musk made $165 million when eBay obtained PayPal. He then went into the business of electric cars and space rockets and today has a $12.9 billion fortune. Musk’s marriage to actress Talulah Riley is, though, another story. They wedded in 2010, divorced in 2012, remarried in 2013 and have already filed for divorce and reconciled in 2015.
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8. Carl and Gail Icahn
The creator of Icahn Capital Management, Carl Icahn is worth $20.9 billion. As for his love life, well the ruthless businessman left his first wife in 1993 for his then-assistant Gail Golden. The new pair then married six years later, and these days the current Mrs. Icahn heads the luxury travel company Gutsy, which arranges trips for female vacationers hoping to see the world without their other halves.
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7. George Soros and Tamiko Bolton
George Soros is the man who famously made $1 billion in 1992 when he “broke the Bank of England.” The 85-year-old investor has now amassed around $24.5 billion and, furthermore, is on to his third wife, 44-year-old Tamiko Bolton. Bolton married Soros in 2013 and currently manages her own internet yoga company.
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6. Sergey Brin and Amanda Rosenberg
The Google empire was rocked in 2013 when it was discovered that co-founder Sergey Brin had been having an affair with a young employee, Google Glass cheerleader Amanda Rosenberg. Brin and former wife Anne Wojcicki divorced in May 2015, though it’s not known how much of his $31.9 billion fortune he had to give up.
5. Larry Page and Lucy Southworth
Google CEO Larry Page is worth a princely $32.4 billion, yet his wife Lucy Southworth still has something he doesn’t – a Ph.D. In fact, Southworth earned her biomedical informatics doctorate from Stanford, the same university from which Page dropped out to concentrate on Google. The pair tied the knot in 2007 on Richard Branson’s exclusive Necker Island.
4. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
In July 2015 Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and Priscilla Chan would soon have an heir to their $39.6 billion fortune. The Facebook co-founder and CEO met pediatrician Chan at a Harvard frat party, and the pair updated their relationship status to “married” in 2012 after holding an unannounced ceremony at their Silicon Valley home.
3. David and Julia Koch
He’s the executive vice president of Koch Industries and, with a net worth of $40.5 billion, the wealthiest person in New York City. That said, on his first date with then-fashion assistant Julia Fisher, David Koch failed to impress. The two met again months later, however, and decided to give it another shot. They married in 1996.
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2. Larry Ellison and Nikita Kahn
Ukrainian model Nikita Kahn is the latest beauty to be dating Larry Ellison, one of the richest men in the world. Ellison and Kahn have not yet married, but Ellison did name a Malibu eating spot in her honor. Ellison of course struck it rich with his database, Oracle, and now the 71-year-old is worth an estimated $45.6 billion.
1. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos met while both were working at an investment firm, and the pair married in 1993 after a whirlwind office romance. At the time, Mrs. Bezos was a Princeton graduate working on her first novel, while Mr. Bezos was developing a business plan for an online bookstore. She has since penned two literary titles, and he’s made $46.2 billion as the head of Amazon.