You may believe that the world’s wealthiest individuals may date whoever they like — but who they choose to remain with may surprise you. Numerous members are media figures, CEOs, and investors, and others have dedicated their lives to humanitarian causes that have shaped history.
1. Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat
In 2017, the entrepreneur of Kora Organics beauty care — and the first Australian Victoria’s Secret model — married the Snapchat co-founder.
Evan Spiegel, who at the age of 25 became one of the world’s youngest billionaires, met Kerr at a Louis Vuitton event at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The supermodel revealed that her favorite tune was “Spiegel am Spiegel” by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
2. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
In 2003, while standing in line for the bathroom at Mark Zuckerberg’s “going-away” party, Priscilla Chan met the “nerdy” sophomore. He’d created a fake website in the hope of being booted from Harvard.
Despite the less-than-romantic start, the two began dating. Zuckerberg was not expelled, although he did leave to work full-time at Facebook. Zuckerberg presently has a net worth of $100.8 billion.
3. Grimes and Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla
According to reports, Canadian singer Claire Boucher met Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter, connecting a joke about an AI-powered dystopia and an 18th-century French painting style. (Obviously.)
Grimes’ music is a diverse blend of influences, which The Wall Street Journal previously described as “the type of music you could imagine a gang of vampires listening to if they also happened to be on a cheerleading team.”
While the pair has periodically confounded the public by unfollowing and refollowing one another on social media, they had baby son X A-12 in 2020 — pronounced “X Ash A Twelve,” if you were wondering.
4. Nicole Systrom and Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram
Nicole Schuetz, founder of clean-energy investment business Sutro, married billionaire Kevin Systrom in an Instagram-worthy jazz-age Halloween masquerade in Napa.
Kevin Systrom, the founder of Instagram, is worth $2 billion. According to reports, the two met at Stanford and were engaged in 2014, when Schuetz launched her own business.
5. Lucinda Southworth and Larry Page, CEO of Google
Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, reserved an entire private island for his 2007 wedding to Lucinda Southworth – with fellow billionaire Sir Richard Branson serving as best man.
Southworth is a research scientist and philanthropist with a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford and degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford. In 2004, the pair established the charity Carl Victor Page Memorial Foundation and gave $15 million in 2018 to fight Ebola in West Africa.
6. Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
The world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos made headlines in 2019 following his $38 billion divorces from long-term wife Mackenzie Scott. Still, he has since been sighted with TV anchor and personality Lauren Sanchez.
Sanchez and the soon-to-retire Amazon CEO — estimated to be worth more than $186 billion — allegedly began dating in 2018 while separated from their prior marriages.
7. Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
This attorney and businesswoman is a prominent figure in the legal profession. However, she appears to appreciate her privacy. According to media sources, she married Google co-founder Sergey Brin in secret in 2018 and did not disclose the marriage until the following year.
Shanahan is the creator of the patent firm ClearAccessIP and a research fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, which develops legal technology. Additionally, she co-founded the Bia-Echo Foundation, which invests in social change initiatives such as criminal justice reform and female fertility extension.
8. Susan Dell and Michael Dell, CEO of Dell
In 1988, before Michael became a household celebrity, the Dells met on a blind date. That same year, he took his firm, Dell Computer Corporation, public, and the couple married in 1989.
Susan Dell comes from a long line of athletic and ambitious achievers, and she is no different. She has raced in marathons, triathlons, and cycling competitions over the world and launched three fashion brands, including the premium label Phi, which closed during the recession of 2009.
Susan and Michael Dell, who have four children together, also co-founded the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which assists poor children and families.
9. Wendy Schmidt and Eric Schmidt, ex CEO of Google
Since 1980, this interior designer and philanthropist have been married to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
The pair has been quite active in establishing organizations to carry out their humanitarian objectives. This comprises the Schmidt Family Foundation (whose mission is sustainability), the Schmidt Ocean Institute (whose mission is to enhance oceanographic science), and Schmidt Futures (which funds efforts to advance society through tech).
Wendy continues to serve as the Schmidt Family Foundation president and is an avid sailor. In 2010, she launched the oceans solutions organization 11th Hour Racing.
10. Connie Ballmer and Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft
Connie and Steve Ballmer married in 1990 and are the parents of three sons. While Steve has lately received recognition for his great charity endeavors, Connie describes herself as a “save-the-world person” in comparison to her husband.
“I require his assistance in catching up with me. It’s all brand new to him,” she told Forbes in 2014, following her husband’s departure from the top of Microsoft.
Connie co-founded Ballmer Group, an organization dedicated to advancing economic mobility for underprivileged American children and families. She is also a general partner and founding investor of Blue Meridian Partners. Additionally, she serves on the boards of directors of the Barack Obama Foundation, StriveTogether, and the Los Angeles Clippers Foundation.