'Follow The Spouses' - Who's Running The Show?

‘Follow The Spouses’ – Who’s Running The Show?

Introduction

The information that follows is abridged from a January 9, 2019 article at Alot.com.The author, Saray Miller is a 23-year-old college student. A search for Saray returned sparse data, the bulk of which is a growing portfolio on the pop culture site, Alot,  run by Inuvo, which was set for acquisition by ConversionPoint Technologies, Inc. However, the deal fell through due to ConversionPoint’s failure to get the money required for the deal. (Read more about collapse.) The publication is based upon an Artificial Intelligence foundation. Worth noting:

‘Acquisition offers retailers and brands an end-to-end, AI powered, eCommerce platform with unprecedented insight into consumer behavior for stronger ROI and online sales.’

That was the goal before the deal fell through.

It is AI-powered, based in Arkansas and located on President Clinton Avenue. The business maneuverings leading up to the collapse are curious, given the excuse offered by ConversionPoint and subsequent stock-juggling in the aftermath.

Alot is advertising driven with timely content, and features something for everyone. Miller’s article is found in the Living section and is presented from the viewpoint of one star-struck and fascinated by those in the 1%. The pop-culture piece is initially light-hearted and bedazzled by a few red-carpet images, and is a reminder of how the 1% utilize non-profits and other charitable foundations to manage their wealth.

It is a reflex, at this time in The Great Awakening and the Q-Anon phenomenon, to believe there is always more than meets the eye. The article seems it was custom-tailored for those (read, us) having researched Hollywood and the Royals, our First Lady, the immersion of vast wealth in charities and philanthropy, Bio-sciences, Organ Harvesting, Ebola research. Human-Trafficking, Social Media and Commerce, Mass-Media,  AI, mega-industrialists and magnates in mass retail, patented cosmetics, couture, Victoria’s Secret Angels, Disney, retired supermodels and hedge-fund behemoths … the web of involvement they have with each other and influence they wield over our leaders and our lives. Something for everyone. The net worth listed should be viewed as approximate.

Read between the lines.

Abridged

Bezos

MacKenzie Tuttle Bezos is a novelist and philanthropist who’s passionate about anti-bullying campaigns. She married Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the richest man in the world, in 1993. They were the richest couple in the world with a combined net worth of just under $114 billion. The pair divorced in April of 2019, and Tuttle walked away with a $35 billion divorce settlement, which made her the third-richest woman in the world.

Gates

Melinda Gates is an American philanthropist and former general manager at Microsoft. She co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which enhances global healthcare and aims to relieve poverty. Her husband, Bill Gates, is the founder of the Microsoft Corporation and has a net worth of $103.7 billion, making him the second-richest man in the world.

Mercier

Hélène Mercier is a Canadian concert pianist and has been awarded the Order of Arts and Letters, a French decoration for those who have contributed to the influence of arts in France. She’s been married to Bernard Arnault, a French business magnate and art collector, since 1991. Together, the pair has a net worth of $95.6 billion dollars.

Menks-Buffet

Astrid Menks started out as a manager at a French Cafe in Nebraska before she met Warren Buffet, the American business magnate, philanthropist, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Menks and Buffet met through Buffet’s first wife, Susan, and had an almost 30-year affair before Susan’s death. The pair were married in 2006 and has a combined net worth of $85.4 billion.

Marcote-Ortega

Flora Marcote used to work at her husband’s company, the Inditex fashion group, and currently holds a board position. Her husband, Amancio Ortega, established the fashion group responsible for Zara clothing after learning to make clothes by hand. Together, he and his wife of 18 years have amassed a fortune of $67.7 billion.

Chan-Zuckerberg

Priscilla Chan is the wife of  Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook. Priscilla Chan is a pediatrician and philanthropist. Together the couple created the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which donates 99% of the couple’s Facebook shares (est. $55 billion). Chan and Zuckerberg were married in 2012 and have a combined net worth of $67.4 billion.

Ambani

Nita Ambani is the wife of Mukesh Ambani, an Indian businessman, engineer, and chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). RIL is a Fortune Global 500 company and India’s most valuable company. Nita is the chairperson and founder of the Reliance Foundation and  Executive Director of Reliance Industries. They have been married since 1985 with a net worth of $58.4 billion.

Southworth-Page

Lucinda Southworth’s husband is Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, but Southworth is a successful person on her own. She has her Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University and is currently a research scientist. The pair, who married in 2007, has donated $15 million to relief efforts against the Ebola virus outbreak in 2013. Together, the couple has a net worth of $54 billion.

Bettencourt-Meyers

Jean-Pierre Meyers is the CEO at Tethys SCA and is on the board of L’Oréal. His wife since 1984, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, is the French heiress to the L’Oréal empire, has authored Bible commentaries, and is an activist dedicated to bettering Jewish-Christian relations. Françoise became the richest woman in the world when her mother died in 2017, and currently has a net worth of $53.2 billion.

Koch

Liz Koch is the elusive and intelligent wife of Charles Koch, the co-owner of Koch Industries. Liz Koch rarely grants interviews … She helped create a new $3.75 million maker space at Wichita State University, which provides high-tech equipment and design space for inventors. They are worth $51.8 billion and have been married for 47 years.

Flesher -Koch (David Hamilton Koch, deceased 8/23/19)

Julia Flesher is the widow of the other co-owner of Koch Industries,  David Koch. The pair married in 1996 . Julia formerly worked as an assistant to the  designer, Adolfo Dominguez and has a degree from the University of Central Arkansas. The couple’s net worth is estimated at $51.8 billion.

Lowman-Walton

Although the net worth of Melani Lowman-Walton is unknown, the combined net worth of her and husband Rob Walton is an estimated $45.4 billion. Rob Walton, an heir to the fortune of Walmart, is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. The couple is actively involved in philanthropic endeavors, especially the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation—which strives to provide grants to partners that are aiming for a greater impact.

Snyder-Ballmer

Connie Snyder is an American philanthropist and  a trustee of the University of Oregon. She is also a children’s advocate and co-founded the Ballmer Group, which supports American families in poverty. Her husband of 29 years is Steve Ballmer, who was the CEO of Microsoft and the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. He is also a philanthropist and has donated more than $100 million to various organizations since 2014. Together, the couple has a net worth of $45.3 billion.

Wojcicki-Brin

Sergey Brin is the other co-founder of Google, but his marriage didn’t last past 2015. His ex-wife, Anne Wojcicki, stood behind him in support for eight years, and managed to build a name for herself. Wojcicki is the co-founder and CEO of 23andMe, the personal genomics company. Together, the couple had an estimated net worth of $40 billion.

Adelson

Miriam Adelson is an Israeli-American philanthropist and has a medical degree from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Medical School, and is the chief internist in an emergency room. She met her current husband, Sheldon Adelson, while studying drug addiction at Rockefeller University. The pair married in 1991 and went on to open the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Research Clinic in Las Vegas. Her husband is an American business magnate and founder of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Together, the couple enjoys a net worth of $33.5 billion.

Hayek-Pinault

Salma Hayek is best known for her career as an actress … Her husband of more than 10 years, Francois-Henri Pinault, is the CEO and chairman of Kering—an international group that includes Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and other luxurious brands … Hayek has made more than $115 million during her career in Hollywood, Pinault is worth $30.7 billion.

Lemann

Jorge Paulo Lemann has an estimated net worth of $24.6 billion. The Brazilian businessman’s investment company, 3G Capital, has invested in  Kraft, Heinz, Burger King, Anheuser-Busch, and more. He has multiple business partners and ventures. Wife Susanna Lemann and family spend the majority of their time between Sao Paulo and St. Louis.

Hall-Murdoch

Jerry Hall is an American Supermodel and actress and appeared in productions such as the 1989 Batman, the TV series The Detectives, and various theatre shows. In 2018 she married Rupert Murdoch, an Australian-born American media mogul who founded News Corporation. Their net worth is $21.3 billion.

[ It is worth noting that Jerry Hall was Mick Jagger’s common-law partner from 1990 to 1999, when the union was voided. They had four children together]

[Rupert Murdoch founded 21st Century Fox and many other multi-media groups not listed]

Quandt-Klatten

Jan Klatten is the husband of heiress Susanne Quandt Klatten. Susanne owns percentages of BMW, Rolls-Royce, and Altana, a chemical company. She is worth 19.1 billion dollars, making her one of the richest women in the world. She met Jan while working an internship with BMW while he was working as an engineer. They married in 1990, have three children, and spend the majority of their time in Munich.

Dalio

Barbara Dalio is the wife of Ray Dalio. Dalio is the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund firm, Bridgewater Associates. Although he grew up in a middle class family, he’s now worth more than $18.4 billion. He and Barbara have been married since 1976 and have four sons. They’re active philanthropists and have dedicated the majority of their wealth through Dalio Philanthropies.

Bolton-Soros

Tamiko Bolton made headlines when she began dating billionaire George Soros — . Regardless of their 41-year age difference, the couple has been  married since 2013. Their $8.3 billion fortune is thanks to Soros’ success as a hedge fund tycoon.

von Furstenberg – Diller

Diane von Furstenberg is a fashion designer best known for her invention of the wrap dress. She has a net worth of $1.2 billion and has expanded her wealth through marriage. In 2001, she wed Barry Diller—whose net worth is approximately $4 billion. He’s made his fortune as the founder of InterActiveCorp, the senior executive of Expedia Group, and the creator of Fox and USA Broadcasting.

Hobson-Lucas

Mellody Hobson is a businesswoman, co-CEO of Ariel Investments, and the former chairwoman of DreamWorks Animation. Her husband is George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. The couple has been married since 2013 and is considered important figures of the 20th-century New Hollywood movement. Over the span of their  careers, the couple has amassed a $6.2 billion fortune.

Knauss-Trump

Melania Knauss Trump, First Lady of the United States, is married to business tycoon and President of the United States, Donald Trump. He’s the first billionaire president and has an estimated net worth of $3.7 billion. Before their marriage, Melania focused on her modeling career. She has a net worth of $50 million.

Capshaw-Spielberg

Retired American actress Kate Capshaw has been married to Steven Spielberg, since 1991. The filmmaker is the highest-grossing director of all time,  worth $3.6 billion… they met when Spielberg cast her in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and have been married for 28 years.

Kerr-Spiegel

Miranda Kerr met husband Evan Spiegel in 2014. She’s an established supermodel and Victoria’s Secret angel and he’s the CEO of Snapchat. Spiegel’s net worth is more than $3.4 billion and Kerr’s is more than $45 million.

Quillin-Hastings

Reed Hastings is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Netflix … net worth is $3.3 billion. His wife, Patricia Ann Quillin, enjoys the company’s success. When not working, they volunteer their time and money to various philanthropic organizations …

Hunt

Johnelle Hunt, widow of Johnnie Bryan (J.B.) Hunt, is worth $3 billion. She helped her husband build the trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport in the 1960s and it evolved into a transportation and logistics company based in Arkansas. They employ more than 24,000 and enjoy a net income of approximately $686 million. She still lives in Arkansas .

Graham-Winfrey

Stedman Graham is an American educator, author and businessman who created Athletes Against Drugs which has awarded more than $1.5 million  in scholarships since its founding in 1985. His “spiritual partner” of 33 years is Oprah Winfrey and her net worth is $2.6 billion, while Graham’s is $10 million.

Levander -Ek

Sofia Levander’s husband Daniel Ek is the founder of Spotify—a music streaming service with more than 180 million users. This self-made billionaire is worth an estimated $2 billion. Their wedding made headlines because Chris Rock was the marriage officiant, Bruno Mars was the entertainment, and Mark Zuckerberg was in attendance.

Hinze – Clark

In 2009, Australian model and actress Kristy Hinze married James H. Clark. This entrepreneur and computer scientist has founded several Silicon Valley technology companies . He has earned more than $2.1 billion.

Prieto-Jordan

Michael Jordan, the legendary basketball player, has been married twice. Yvette Prieto is his current wife and is a Cuban-American model. The couple married on Christmas, 2011 and have twin daughters. [The] couple’s combined net worth is $1.9 billion.

Knowles-Carter

Beyoncé Knowles and Sean Carter married in 2008. As two of the most successful American music stars, they have a combined $1.4 billion net worth.

Gawthrop -Palmer

Kathleen Gawthrop, better known as Kathleen “Kit” Palmer, was married to Arnold Palmer, who passed away in 2016. He was a beloved man and golfer who greatly impacted the sports world. He was worth more than $1.4 billion.

Lieberman-Lubetzky

Michelle Lieberman is a physician who married Daniel Lubetzky in 2008. Lubetzky has always been a businessman … in 2004, he became the founder and executive chairman of  KIND. KIND advocates social change. Net worth: $1.1 billion.

Charlene Wittstock – Prince Albert of Monaco

Former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock  announced her engagement to Prince Albert in 2010 and later became Charlene, Princess of Monaco. In addition to a royal title, she gained a Princess’ share of his  $1 billion fortune.

Seinfeld

Married to Jerry in 1999, Jessica Seinfeld is an author and philanthropist who has written four cookbooks and is the founder of GOOD+ Foundation, which provides essential items for families in need in New York City. She used to work in public relations for Tommy Hilfigerp … the couple’s net worth is $950 million.

Alamuddin-Clooney

Amal Alamuddin, a lawyer and professor, has a net worth of $10 million. She married George Clooney in 2014. The American actor, director, producer, and filmmaker has won three Golden Globe awards and two Academy Awards. He has a  net worth of $500 million.

Williams-Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian is an entrepreneur and investor worth $9 million. He made his fortune as co-founder and executive chairman of Reddit, the social news website. His wife Serena Williams’ fortune eclipses Ohanian’s. The record-breaking pro tennis player has earned more than $180 million. 

Markle – Windsor*

Before meeting Prince Harry in July of 2016, Meghan Markle was an American actress and lifestyle blogger with a net worth of approximately $5 million. After she assumed the title of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, she retired from acting and began focusing on her role as a member of the British royal family—whose total fortune is worth $88 billion. Her husband’s net worth is an estimated $40 million.

[*Note: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their retirement from the Royal Family and their desire to live independently, free from the duties and protocols of the Crown. It is not known at this time how this effective abdication will affect Harry’s net worth.]

Feature Image Credit: Wikipedia

 

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