Love is a complicated game, and when it comes to Hollyweird, that game gets even more difficult and convoluted. When celebs enter into relationships, there are so many unique facets that come into play: money, image, career, conflicting schedules, compatibility and the list just goes on and on. It’s no secret that in Hollywood, some relationships are more or less business arrangements. Yes, there might be some love and affection involved, but people get into strategic relationships that might enhance their popularity, image and boost their career. It may sound extremely cynical, but this is the world we live in right now. In the following list, we talk about 9 couples in which one of the partners probably married for the overall financial benefit. You will see names like the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian, Tamar Braxton, Evelyn Lozada, everyone’s favorite male gold digger, Kevin Federline and the glamorous and extremely successful Salma Hayek. Enjoy the article and after reading it, perhaps you should ask yourself the same question – “Would you ever marry just for money?”
Tamar Braxton is the youngest sister of the talented Braxton family. Even though she has some decent talent herself, she is nowhere near as popular as her older sister Toni. But Tamar is one smart girl. She hooked up with a successful songwriter, music producer and record executive named Vince Herbert. He has worked with popular acts like Mindless Behavior, Destiny’s Child, Jojo and even Tamar’s sister, Tina. The two were married in 2008, and with his guidance, Tamar is gradually building a solid career for herself. If there was ever a course to be taught on strategic marrying, Tamar Braxton would be a highly sought after lecturer.
Philadelphia rapper Eve has enjoyed a lot of success in the rap industry. From her days as the lead female rapper in the Ruff Ryder crew, to having her own sitcom and a popular fashion brand for a while called Fetish. However these days, there is a new school of female rappers on the scene (Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj) and Eve is not even mentioned at all. But no worries, she made a very smart move in 2010 by dating millionaire British Entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper (of Gumball 3000 fame). The two were engaged in December of 2013, and they were officially married in June of this year. So it doesn’t really matter whether she is making moves in music or not, money is no problem at all!
For being a former stripper, Amber Rose has done really well for herself. Originally from South Philly, she started stripping for money at the young age of 15. Even then, she knew how much her attractive looks could earn her. She dated Kanye West from 2008 to 2010, and after they broke up, she began dating rapper Wiz Khalifa in 2011. The relationship moved fast and they got engaged in 2012 and married in July 2013. For a while, it looked like Wiz and Amber had the perfect relationship and their son Sebastian was born in February last year. However, it was all too good to be true, and Amber Rose filed for divorce in September citing irreconcilable differences. Reports are now surfacing that their split was due to Wiz’s infidelity and Amber Rose is expected to receive over a million dollars under their prenup deal. When all the dust settles, Ms. Rose will be living just fine.
Evelyn Lozada is another beautiful lady who really knows how to meet and hook-up with men who have lots of money. Her specialty is dating successful athletes, and her exes include some really big names in basketball and football. For a while, she was engaged to NBA star Antoine Walker, and they were actually together for 10 years. After that, she dated and married the flashy NFL wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco. They apparently hooked up over Twitter and ended up being married for just 3 months in 2012. She’s currently engaged to professional baseball player Carl Crawford – let’s see how long this new relationship lasts.
Kevin Federline is often referred to as the most famous “male gold digger” in recent times. The dancer and erstwhile rapper married Britney Spears in 2004. It was quite a surprise because no one expected Britney to end up with someone like Kevin. Their marriage lasted for 3 years, and they have two sons together. To his credit, Federline is always described as a really good father, and being that his ex-wife is worth over $200 million, he’s probably living a very good life himself.
Kimora Lee might just be one of the savviest businesswomen in the fashion industry today. She started modeling at a very young age, making excellent use of her God-given good looks. She met the founder of Def Jam and Phat Farm, Russell Simmons in NYC at the young age of 17, and the mogul just had to have her. They dated for 6 years and got married in 1998. Russell launched a fashion brand for her named Baby Phat, and she was well on her way to becoming an independent fashion mogul. She eventually divorced him in 2009. Next she married actor Djimon Honsou and they have a son together. She eventually broke up with him too and is reportedly now married to a high-powered Wall Street banker. You got to give it to her – she sure knows how to pick the wealthy ones.
Salma Hayak is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. Not only is the Mexican American actress attractive and gorgeous, but she also has the acting chops to back her beauty. She is already extremely wealthy but she pulled off the amazing feat of marrying someone even richer than her. She got engaged to the French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault in 2007, and gave birth to their daughter not long afterwards. The well-heeled couple was married on Valentine’s Day in 2009 and they are still together to this day. Needless to say, Salma could choose not to act in another movie for the rest of her life, and she‘d be just fine.
If you were a serious watcher of the Rachel Zoe show, then you are probably aware of her handsome young assistant named Jeremiah. On the show, he was trying so hard to find a place for himself in Rachel’s company. The problem was that his area of expertise was home décor and interior design, and Zoe’s company was mainly entrenched in the fashion world. But he doesn’t need to worry about struggling in his career anymore – he married designer and American Dream Builder host, Nate Berkus (who has a net worth of about $6 million). The two got married this past May and they recently announced that they have a baby on the way. We wish these two handsome gents the best of luck with their new family.
Okay, we know Kim Kardashian really doesn’t need anyone else’s money, because she is definitely a very wealthy woman in her own standing. However, the argument can be made that her marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries in 2011 was one elaborate publicity and money-earning operation. The wedding itself lasted only 72 days, but she apparently made a whopping $20 million from endorsement deals and TV airing rights. Say whatever you want about Kim, but she’s definitely one money-savvy lady!
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