• Many of the wealthiest people on earth are married to people who are very successful in their own right.
• The world’s top billionaires are married to an award-winning novelist, a pediatrician, and a powerful philanthropist, among others.
• Uber-wealthy billionaires meet their spouses the same way anyone else does — through work, friends, and at social functions.
When it comes to love, the uber-wealthy are no different than the rest of us.
But there’s nothing ordinary about the spouses and partners of some of the world’s wealthiest people. Melinda Gates and Dr. Priscilla Chan both run powerhouse philanthropic organizations. MacKenzie Bezos is a published author who has racked up awards and critical acclaim. Hélène Mercier-Arnault is an accomplished concert pianist.
Here’s a look at the significant others of some of the wealthiest people in the US:
Melinda Gates has been married to Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates for 23 years. Her now husband first asked her out at a company picnic — he was the CEO and she was a product manager.
Today, they run a namesake philanthropic giant with an endowment of $40.3 billion. The Gateses are worth $90.1 billion, according to Forbes.
Dr. Priscilla Chan first met her future husband Mark Zuckerberg while in line for the bathroom at a Harvard University frat party. Later, when she found out he slacked off on his take-home midterm to take her on their first date, she told “Today” host Savannah Guthrie, “the type-A first child in me was appalled.”