Imagine being married to a billionaire! The glitz, the glamour, the ritzy vacations... But while these women could just sit back and enjoy the spoils of their super-rich partners, they all have their own success stories to tell. And they’re accomplished, too. One is a published author, two have Ph.D.s, and many of the others are making their own marks in the world of business. So, who are the wives and girlfriends of some of the richest men alive? Let’s find out!
1. Nicole Shanahan
Married to: Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
Google regularly sparks privacy concerns, but Brin doesn’t appear to have any problems when it comes to his own! The internet entrepreneur managed to keep his marriage a secret for an entire year before word got out. You heard that right — one whole year! Their union may have been classified, but his wife, Nicole Shanahan, really is pure class. She’s also a respected name in Silicon Valley as the co-founder of ClearAccessIP. Dare we say, power couple?
2. Susan Dell
Married to: Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell
Like many billionaires, Michael Dell made his fortune in the world of computing. Yep, his eponymous company helped net him a staggering $52.3 billion fortune. But Dell doesn’t have to spend that alone, as he’s had wife Susan at his side since 1989 to help carry the load. Along with her husband, Susan helped to launch a foundation that assists families in impoverished urban communities.
3. Nita Ambani
Married to: Mukesh Ambani, founder of Reliance Industries
As the wife of the richest man in India, Nita Ambani has the kind of shoe collection that could rival Imelda Marcos! She doesn’t skimp, either, as there are apparently some Jimmy Choos in her stash. But there’s more to the wife of businessman Mukesh than luxury footwear. You see, Nita is also the chairwoman of one of her homeland’s most prestigious international schools.
4. Paola Rossi
Married to: Giovanni Ferrero, executive chairman of Ferrero
Who knew there was so much money to be made from hazelnut chocolate balls? Yes, it’s Giovanni Ferrero’s namesake company that’s responsible for such tasty treats as Tic Tacs, Nutella, and Ferrero Rocher. He’s built a stunning $35.3 billion fortune, too, since taking over the family business. And his wife Paola Rossi is doing pretty well in her own field. The mother of two is actually an official at the European Commission.