It’s said that behind every great man, there is a great woman. And some of the richest men in the world prove no exception to that adage: behind them, there are often women that are highly accomplished in their own rights. And whether they’ve had careers in healthcare, fashion or even as a concert pianist, these 20 women can all claim to have one thing in common: that is, being the powerhouses to billionaire spouses.
20. Flora Pérez Marcote
Amancio Ortega, the secretive co-founder of fashion group Inditex, met second wife Flora Pérez Marcote when she was one of his employees. That proved no barrier to love, though – and neither did the fact that Ortega was already married at the time. Perez Marcote eventually wed Europe’s richest businessman, who has a net worth of $67 billion, in 2001; she’s now on Inditex’s board of directors.