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The Untold Truth Of The World’s Wealthiest Wives

It’s obvious from the insane popularity of
Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise that people are totally obsessed with the lives of wealthy
wives. “I’m an enigma, wrapped in a riddle — and
cash” But the richest of the rich don’t have time
for reality TV. They’ve got things to do: like run a multi-million
dollar company, solve global poverty, and remind the President to put his hand over
his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Here’s a look at the boss-ladies behind the
cash. Melinda Gates She’s best known as the wife of Microsoft
founder Bill Gates. Although her hubby is worth a whopping $87.2
billion, the couple has worked tirelessly to fight global poverty. In 2012, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation
pledged $560 million toward providing contraceptives for women in third world countries. She explained on the Ted stage, quote, “we
used to have consensus in the United States around contraceptives…” “We got back to that global consensus and
actually raised $2.6 billion around exactly this issue. For women.” But did you know that Bill was originally
Melinda’s boss? Apparently, Bill caught up with her in the
company parking lot and asked her out: “He said well would you go out with me like
two weeks from friday night and I was like ‘Two weeks from Friday night? Who knows their calendar that far out?'” Needless to say, he revamped his strategy,
and the two went on a date. Seven years later, they tied the knot. Dasha Zhukova Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who’s
now worth $8.9 billion, met Dasha Zhukova, the daughter of a Russian oligarch at her
dad’s New Year’s Eve party in 2005, when she was just 25. At the time, she was dating a tennis star,
and Abramovich was married to his second wife. But the stars aligned, and Dasha and Roman
went on to have two children together, secretly marrying in 2008. Zhukova is the founder of Garage magazine,
which was recently acquired by VICE media. In her mid thirties, she’s now a major media
mogul in her own right. And, speaking of media… Priscilla Chan Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and founder of
Facebook, met Priscilla Chan in the line for the bathroom at a Harvard frat party. She told NBC: “I thought he was this interesting guy who
really wasn’t that studious.” “On our first date he told me he’d rather
go on a date with me rather than finish his take home midterm. And the Type A first-child in my was appalled. The two dated for nine years before getting
hitched in 2012. Zuckerberg announced the nuptials through
a Facebook life event, of course, leading many to wonder just who landed the founder
of Facebook, who was worth $62.7 billion? Chan, the daughter of Chinese immigrants,
graduated from medical school at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a pediatrician, and speaks three languages:
English, Cantonese, and Spanish. But you know who really has it all? Mackenzie Bezos As an aspiring writer, Mackenzie Bezos was
looking for a day job in the early nineties at a hedge fund in New York City — and Jeff
Bezos interviewed her. She landed the gig, but was interested in
more than a work relationship, saying, “My office was next door to his, and all day long
I listened to that fabulous laugh. How could you not fall in love with that laugh?” “Ha. Ha. Ha.” After dating for three months, the two married
in 1993, and the couple moved to Seattle, where Jeff founded a little startup company
called Today, according to Forbes, Jeff is worth
$80 billion. Together, the two are parents to four children,
and Mackenzie is the author of two novels. When asked if she thought Amazon was destroying
the publishing industry, she told Vogue, “Not at all. I think Amazon has been great for readers.” Not a surprise, considering she has her cake
— and eats it too, telling Charlie Rose: “He wanted sell books over the internet. At the start it was exactly that.” Jerry Hall Model Jerry Hall is best known as the former
partner of Mick Jagger and mother to their four children. After years of Jagger’s rumored infidelity,
the pair split in 1999. In 2015, Hall began dating business magnate
Rupert Murdoch, worth an estimated $13 billion. A year later, they were married. It was Murdoch’s third marriage at the age
of 84, and Hall was 59. But it wasn’t a marriage for money — Hall’s
divorce settlement from Jagger reportedly clocked in at $40 million. “I do sometimes pinch myself still because
I’ve led such a wonderful life.” But not every marriage ends happily ever after… Laurene Powell After Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, his widow
Laurene became one of the four richest women and fifty wealthiest people on earth, with
$14.1 billion in assets and shares. Laurene met Steve when she was pursuing her
MBA degree at Stanford, when Jobs had come for a speaking engagement. Like Jobs, she was a vegetarian and former
investment banker. After a year of dating, the two were married
in a Buddhist ceremony at Yosemite National Park. According to Forbes, Laurene’s total net worth
is just over $20 billion dollars, thanks to her work with Emerson Collective and College
Track. In September 2015, she made a $50 million
donation to XQ: The Super School Project, which showcases a competition to redevelop
high school curriculum. It’s clear she puts her money where her mouth
is. “Truly seeing an individual and listening
to them and believing in them changes their lives.” Lucy Southworth In 2007, Google co-founder Larry Page, who’s
worth $44 billion, married research scientist Doctor Lucy Southworth. The pair met at Stanford University, where
Lucy was studying to get her Ph.D. in biomedical informatics. The two married on Necker Island in the Caribbean,
an island owned by British mogul Richard Branson. Since their wedding, the couple have welcomed
two children, and Lucy remains very involved in the family’s philanthropic work. In 2014, Larry announced on his Google+ page
that he and Lucy had donated $15 million to fight Ebola through a series of nonprofits. Melania Trump A former model who would one day become the
first lady, Melania Knaudrss met Donald Trump in 1998 at the Kit Kat Club in New York — when
she was 26, and he was 52. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Donald
and Melania. They split up in 1998, and again in 2000. Melania later said they were apart for a few
months, suggesting that the reason they broke up was because Trump was weighing a presidential
run. In 2004, Trump proposed with a $1.5 million
dollar ring at the Met Costume Gala, and they were married in 2005 in Palm Beach. Though Donald Trump is the least wealthiest
person on this list, worth about $3.5 billion dollars, he was elected as the 45th President
of the United States. These days, Melania has adapted to her husband’s
lifestyle. For instance, like Trump, she doesn’t drink
alcohol, and she promises that White House life won’t change her, telling CBS: “I’m very strong and I’m tough and confident
and I believe in myself and I will do what’s right to what feels to my heart.” Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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