Although not all of these women's foundations can be classified as equally modest, their present riches makes whatever past they originated from look especially raggedy. Not to mention, a permanent rise in social status. All 10 of these women have in common what is known as, hypergamy. No it's not an incurable disease, exclusive to women, that causes extreme gold digging tendencies - although some might actually consider it up for debate. It's a term defined as: upgrading the social status through marriage. These fairy-tale maidens began their lives in one socio-economic class, then quickly found themselves elevated to a new one, through the union of marriage. A few have even gone on to build empires of their own, thanks to the matrimonial association. Whether they deliberately went shovel in hand, digging for gold or not, gold is exactly what they struck when they exchanged "I do's," with these accomplished big names. This list explores 10 women from humble beginnings, who completely transformed their lives through marriage.
10 Amber Rose - $5 million
9 Grace Hightower - $16 million
8 Anna Nicole Smith -$50 million
7 Heather Mills - $50 million
6 Kimora Lee Simmons - $50 million
5 Ivana Trump - $66 million
4 Vanessa Bryant - $75 million
3 Elin Nordegren - $100 million
2 Juanita Jordan - $170 million
1 Robyn Gibson - $425 million
Robyn Denise Moore was a dental nurse in Adelaide, Australia when she met fresh-faced actor Mel Gibson. The two were renting rooms in the same house in 1977, and were married by 1980. They remained happily married all the while Mel's acting career skyrocketed and together they had seven children. After 26 long years of marriage, the two finally called it quits in 2009, and Robyn received half of Mel's $850 million estate, in addition to being awarded half of any future film residuals earned by Mel.
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