There have been a number of highly publicized romances that have caused the world to wonder whether or not the women were truly in love or they were just after the man’s money. Gold digger types have been a huge theme in the celebrity world but they have also been depicted in television, film and music. The marriage between Anna Nicole Smith to J. Howard Marshall is a huge example of how people have interpreted a relationship with a much older man to a young hottie. Smith always maintained that they had a truly loving marriage and that she wasn’t out to get his millions but even after her death, the world still sees that relationship as purely financial. A similar situation played out on the small screen when Gretchen Rossi first appeared as the newest cast member of The Real Housewives of Orange County since her fiancé, Jeff Beitzel, looked more like her father than her romantic partner.
Regardless of what these women have said about their millionaire and billionaire partners, it’s still difficult to believe that these relationships would have ever happened if the men were working at Burger King or the local grocery store. Hollywood is filled with odd couples that don’t seem very likely and even business moguls from around the world seem to be able to reign in some of the most beautiful women. Whether you are a champion for love or you see these women for what they really are, check out our list of the 15 people who attract hot women because they’re filthy rich.
15. Larry King
There aren’t many local journalists that can boast going on to have career like Larry King. While people may not be generally aware of how successful and wealthy Larry King has become over the years, his net worth is over $140 million and climbing. He had an incredibly long run on CNN with Larry King Live and went on to host Larry King Now, as well as Politicking with Larry King. He has interviewed people from all over the world and has a respected status in the world of news and celebrity. However, he definitely isn’t thought of as a looker by any means and cannot be compared to his fellow anchor personalities like Anderson Cooper. Yet, that didn’t hinder him from being married a whopping eight times, with the latest being to the beautiful blonde, Shawn King.
14. Hugh Hefner
Being surrounded by hot young women isn’t exactly a new concept for Hugh Hefner since that’s what he’s been known for ever since the start of the first Playboy magazine. Yet, it’s a tad different now that he is a 91-year-old senior citizen and still seems to revel in the attention of much younger women. At one point in his life, he traveled the world and the red carpet with a variable harem of women that he claimed were all his “girlfriends.” The public became so obsessed with the notion of an elderly man garnering the affection of so many young women that the reality series, The Girls Next Door, was one of the hottest shows on television. Nowadays, he seems to be relaxing a bit more, with his 30-year-old bride, Crystal Hefner.
13. Bernie Ecclestone
At 86-years-old, Bernie Ecclestone, made headlines in January 2017 when he was photographed on a skiing vacation with his 37-year-old wife, Fabiana Flosi. Ecclestone had made a career as a competitor and manager of drivers and ran the Brabham team for fifteen years. Nowadays, he is thought of as a British business magnate as the chief executive of the Formula One Group. While he made his millions years ago, his current wife isn’t the only example of how he is able to attract young and beautiful women. His first wife, Slavica, was known as a supermodel beauty and they were married from 1985 to 2009. Ecclestone didn’t stay single long since he married his current wife in 2012. Ecclestone married his Brazilian girlfriend in a low-key ceremony at his Swiss chalet, which was far more intimate than the former extravagance he had for his daughter’s wedding, which was reportedly around $12 million.
12. Scottie Pippen
In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about the drama surrounding Scottie Pippen’s marriage to Larsa Younan. It was alleged that she had a sexual relationship with the rap star, Future, and there have been grumblings in the past few years about their financial situation. The two have been together for over 18 years but that isn’t saying much about whether or not she truly loved him because that was during a time when he was at the height of his professional basketball career. Larsa is obviously a very beautiful woman but no one has ever thought of Scottie Pippen as a truly handsome man. Also, other aspects about Larsa have made people begin to give her the side-eye as to whether or not she was just after his bank account. From being best friends with the Kardashians to her own reach for fame on The Real Housewives of Miami, it seems like the way to hold onto her is to keep your bank account in the millions.
11. Tommy Mottola
Tommy Mottola was the head of Sony Music Entertainment for around 15 years and solidified himself as a music mogul with an incredible amount of power and cash flow. In his love life, he is probably best known for marrying Mariah Carey since she was quite vocal about his controlling ways and how she felt stifled in the marriage. With him being twenty years her senior, many people wondered whether or not she fell in love with him because of his millionaire status and power in the music industry. Once they divorced, Mottola went on to marry Spanish singing sensation, Thalia, who is two years younger than Mariah Carey. The two were married in 2000 and there hasn’t been much said about their personal lives besides the awkward looking couple they make whenever they appear together on the red carpet.
10. Jay Z
Unlike other rap artists that have had their fifteen minutes of fame and were virtually forgotten, Jay Z has been able to transform into a hugely successful businessman. From his Rocawear clothing line to Roc-A-Fella Records, Jay Z was already considered a huge mogul when he first became romantically linked to Beyonce. Beyonce was starting a solo career after being known solely as the frontwoman in the girl-group, Destiny’s Child, and collaborating with Jay Z was a huge boost for her career. Beyonce is thought of as one of the hottest women in the music industry but Jay Z isn’t exactly thought of as classically handsome. While he may be extremely intelligent in business and charismatic on stage, there’s no question that he wouldn’t be anywhere near her league if it weren’t for his millionaire status.
9. Elon Musk
Elon Musk is thought of as a huge force to be reckoned with as an entrepreneur and innovator and has an estimated net worth of over $10 billion. He married his first wife, Justine Wilson, and the two had five children together but ultimately divorced. At the time, the Tesla and SpaceX projects weren’t what they are today but she still left with $2 million in cash, a monthly alimony payment of $80,000 and child support for 17 years. That’s not including the free Tesla roadster, of course, she definitely got a car out of the deal. With an arrangement like that, it’s no wonder that Musk would have a huge dollar sign over his head for attractive women to come flocking to him. Yet, it was the 22-year-old virgin, Talulah Riley that wound up stealing his heart. The two were married, divorced and then married again so it hasn’t been without its difficulties.
8. Steve Wynn
There aren’t many people that can boast the same kind of success that Steve Wynn has had throughout his career. As a businessman, real estate mogul and art collector, Wynn has turned himself into a billionaire through all of his endeavors. He is best known for his involvement in the casino and hotel mergers and expansions in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, with his biggest success coming from the Mirage Resorts merger with MGM Grand. It should come as no surprise that the beautiful women of Las Vegas had been drooling over him for years but he met his current wife while vacationing in the French Riviera. This caused a bit of a media frenzy since he was still married at the time but he ultimately got his way when he divorced his first wife and married Andrea Hissom in a star-studded ceremony that reportedly cost over $1 million.
7. Richard Lugner
Richard Lugner is an Austrian billionaire that has made a name for himself for proving that even the most famous and beautiful women around the world can be bought off. Some of the stars he was able to pay to be his “date” were Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson and, of course, Kim Kardashian. After marrying four times, he vowed that he would never marry again but then he wed for the fifth time to a former Playboy model, Cathy Schmitz. At just 25-years-old, Lugner thought that he had finally found the love of his life. Yet, this fifth marriage wound up in divorce after under two years. While the divorce was said to be amicable, people definitely looked at Cathy Schmitz like she was just a gold digger trying to get the most out of this billionaire senior citizen.
6. Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein is thought of as one of the most powerful men in Hollywood as the co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company and famed successes in films like Pulp Fiction and The Producers. As an incredibly wealthy Academy Award-winning producer, it should come as no surprise that beautiful women have been throwing themselves at him for years. His first marriage came to an end in 2004 and he spent about three years mingling as a single man in Hollywood. He ultimately remarried to the supermodel, Georgina Chapman, in 2007. The pair look quite strange whenever they walk the red carpet together since she is seen as a gorgeous brunette beauty and he is often described as oafish and still quite large, even though he’s lost weight in recent years.
5. Jim Clark
Jim Clark is the perfect example of how kids should focus on their schooling if they want to bag a beautiful wife. As a computer scientist and entrepreneur, Clark has founded a number of technology companies and has been a leader in his field. From Netscape to the WebMD merger, Clark may not have an instantly recognizable name but he has a bigger bankroll than some of the biggest A-list stars in Hollywood. Clark married the Australian beauty, Kristy Hinze, in 2009. Hinze had an accomplished career on her own as a model and television personality and she even appeared in such highly acclaimed publications like Sports Illustrated and the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. Yet, there’s no question that her most successful endeavor was when she walked down the aisle with Jim Clark.
4. Howard Stern
When it comes to naming some of Hollywood’s most successful and wealthy individuals, it’s easy to forget some of the names that started off in radio because of the decline in the music industry in regard to revenue. Yet, Howard Stern has been able to consistently make a pretty penny over the years due to the popularity of The Howard Stern Show, as well as the syndication rights that led to his Siriusxm Radio show. He’s always been surrounded by beautiful women willing to do anything to get onto his show or even to be noticed by him, so it’s not a surprise that he would ultimately marry a blonde-haired actress and model. Beth Ostrosky Stern married Howard Stern in 2008 and the pair seem to be going on strong. Stern has started to branch out to become more than just a radio host but seeing him on America’s Got Talent is just another reminder of how odd he and his wife look as a couple.
3. Olivier Sarkozy
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were once the ultra adorable actresses from Full House but evolved as they grew into far more than just former child actors. They made an incredible amount of money through straight-to-video films and some clothing endeavors but did it quietly behind the scenes. They also grew to be extremely beautiful and started to garner a reputation for being fashionistas. Yet, when Mary-Kate was first photographed with the hugely wealthy financier, Olivier Sarkozy, people began to wonder whether she had used up all her money and needed a sugar daddy to maintain her lifestyle. The two looked very oddly paired and Olivier looked like her father rather than her lover. Nonetheless, the two were married in November of 2015 and photos emerged of the two as a happy blended family.
2. Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore is a bit of a controversial figure in the financial world because many of his endeavors were riddled with scandals. During the early part of his career as an Italian businessman, there were fraud charges that followed him throughout the 1980s. Yet, he managed to flee in order to start up again in the U.S. and the Virgin Islands. He was said to obtain a small fortune through his role managing in Formula One, even though there was a scandal involving fixing the races. His net worth is estimated at around $150 million and he is constantly photographed with some of the most beautiful women of the world. From supermodels to bikini-clad beauties, it’s hard to see what these women could see in a man that has such a scandalized past, as well as an overweight and aged look.
1. François-Henri Pinault
It’s hard to say exactly how François-Henri Pinault was able to build up his fortune but his skills as a successful French businessman has allowed him to continually accumulate his wealth with each new endeavor. From Kering as the chairman and CEO to Puma to Volcom, Pinault definitely has a mind for business and has been able to create a net worth for his family at around $15 billion. Salma Hayek is considered an ageless beauty in Hollywood and back in 2009, she could have had her pick of any leading man on the big screen or TV. Yet, she set her sights on Pinault and the two were ultimately married. Seeing the couple together makes for a bit of an odd look since she is still seen as an exotic and stunning beauty and he isn’t exactly Antonio Banderas but to any other aging actress, she hit the jackpot in this marriage.