Trophy wife: An informal term for a wife, usually young and attractive, who is regarded as a status symbol for the husband, who is often older or unattractive, but usually wealthy.
Being a trophy wife in 2017 is a lot different than it was in the Ancient times or even 30 years ago. These days, being a trophy wife doesn't mean you're an attractive female that is intended to be a s*xual slave for the victorious warrior, nor does it mean that you are only on the arm of the older guy with a big bank account because of his account balance.
In 2012, 91-year-old Hugh Hefner snagged himself his 3rd trophy wife, 30-year-old Crystal Harris. In 2007, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein wed the ultra glamorous Georgina Chapman, 24 years his junior. Then, you have the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his Slovenian-supermodel wife Melania.
For every Melania and Crystal, there are trophy wives that are successful in their own right or even more successful than their significant other! We've tracked down 15 of the hottest trophy wives. But, not just any trophy wives. The hottest trophy wives of BILLIONAIRES. These females are not only good-looking, but incredibly intelligent too! They've started their own million-dollar companies, given billions of dollars to charitable causes, or held doctoral degrees from prestigious universities! Without further ado, here are the 15 Hottest Wives of Billionaires:
15 Julia Flesher And David Koch
In 1991, Julia Flesher was a fashion assistant making $200 a week when she met one of the wealthiest men in the world, David Koch. Friends arranged for them to go out on a blind date. Was it love at first sight? No, not really. They actually didn't like each other at first. Several months went by when they ran into each other at a party. David didn't remember Julia and felt terrible about it. He asked Julia to attend a tennis match. She begrudgingly agreed.
Julia put up with David's playboy lifestyle and finally after several years, she gave him an ultimatum—marry her or it was over. David agreed to marry Julia. His friends were ecstatic as they said Julia reined him in and was great for David. In May 1996, David and Julia were married.
14 Lucy Southworth And Larry Page
Lucy Southworth is the definition of beauty and brains. This Stanford-educated blonde beauty married the co-founder of Google in 2007, Larry Page, after 2 years of dating. Lucy has a doctorate degree in biomedical informatics. She's not content with being anyone's arm candy. She is forging a career of her own as a research scientist.
Larry Page is the 12th richest man in the world. Larry and Lucy have 2 children together. They are supporters of dozens of charitable organizations and even donated $15 million for the efforts to fight the deadly Ebola virus in Africa.
13 Jade Foret And Arnaud Lagardere
The striking 5'11" brunette gave birth to the couple's first child in 2012. In 2013, they were married. They've since had 2 more children. Jade was around 21 when she married 50-year-old French billionaire Arnaud Lagardere. They created controversy when they both starred in a short film for the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir. People in his company threatened legal action and questioned his state of mind.
5 years have passed and Jade and Arnaud's marriage is still going strong. Age is just a number after all!
12 Yekaterina "Katsia" Damankova And Anton Zingarevich
Anton Zingarevich wasn't born with a silver spoon. It's pretty safe to say that he was born with a diamond-encrusted platinum spoon. Anton's father was famous Russian billionaire Boris Zingarevich. Anton grew up being educated in the world's finest boarding schools.
In 2008, Anton met his future wife, Victoria's Secret supermodel, Yekaterina "Katsia" Damankova. This gorgeous blonde lingerie model besotted the Russian oligarch and after a short courtship, Anton proposed. In 2009, after a whirlwind romance, Katsia and Anton were married. They have one child together. For the most part, they enjoy keeping out of the public spotlight.
11 Claudia Barilla And Guy Laliberte
Guy Laliberte is worth approximately $1.3 billion. He is the founder of Cirque du Soleil. He is also the first Canadian space tourist having visited the International Space Station in 2009. He published a coffee table book based on his experience in space with proceeds going to charity.
Guy and Claudia Barilla have 2 children together. Guy has a total of 5 children from his previous marriage. Claudia is a top Canadian fashion model. She was born and raised in Montreal. The charity she supports the most is called One Drop Foundation, a charity helping the youth that are most at risk.
10 Wendi Deng And Rupert Murdoch
Yale graduate Wendi Deng married billionaire Rupert Murdoch in 1999. He was her 2nd marriage and she was his 3rd marriage. Wendi is a statuesque, raven-haired beauty. She is very well-known in elite society circles; counting the First Daughter Ivanka Trump as one of her closest confidantes. Wendi and Rupert went on to have two children together.
However, sadly, with a 40+ year age gap between Wendi and her billionaire beau, it proved to be too much. Wendi and Rupert's marriage dissolved after 13 years. Wendi has since been linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rupert is rumored to be dating Mick Jagger's ex-wife, Jerry Hall.
9 Talulah Riley And Elon Musk
The CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of Paypal married the English rose Talulah Riley for the first time in 2010. Talulah Riley is an actress whose most noteworthy performance was in the 2010 Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster thriller Inception. Talulah and Elon are both extremely independent and passionate people. They've had a rather tumultuous relationship and have divorced and remarried several times.
While Elon is busy working on spaceships, rumors are rampant that he's also working on making his currently off-again marriage, on-again.
8 Steve Wynn And Andrea Hissom
In 2008, Steve Wynn was introduced to Andrea Hissom while vacationing in the Riviera with his wife. Steve was immediately smitten with the much younger Andrea. Steve couldn't get Andrea off his mind. He filed for divorce from his wife.
By 2010, Steve's divorce was finalized and he was free to remarry. He wasted no time in doing so. In 2011, after a short courtship, Steve and Andrea were married in an extravagant ceremony costing up to (maybe even more than) $1 million and included guests such as Celine Dion and Donald Trump.
Steve and Andrea reside in Nevada and are considered society's 'golden couple'. They own several hotels and casinos, including the world-famous Bellagio, The Mirage, and Treasure Island. He has developed many other properties along the famous Las Vegas strip too.
7 Kristy Hinze And James Clark
In March 2009, Victoria's Secret model Kristy Hinze married Silicon Valley billionaire James H. Clark. James is 36 years older than the Australian beauty and three times divorced. He has four children including daughter, Kathy, who is married to the co-founder of YouTube.
James is known for being the creator of Netscape. Kristy has appeared on America's Next Top Model and Project Runway Australia. She was also in the music video for Marc Anthony's "You Sang to Me." In 2015, Kristy became the first-ever winner of the Australian Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
James and Kristy have two daughters together and split their time between Australia and the United States.
6 Susan Lieberman And Michael Dell
Susan Lieberman was an outgoing collegiate athlete and Michael Dell was a computer geek. Mutual friends set Susan and Michael up on a blind date in 1988. This unlikely pair and total opposites were a match made in blind date heaven. They were married only one short year later!
Michael Dell is one of the richest men in the world. He started his entrepreneurial journey in high school selling newspaper subscriptions. He then transitioned into selling computers and computer upgrades. He is currently Chairman and CEO of the company he founded in 1984, Dell Technologies.
Susan runs Susan Dell Inc., a high-end fashion corporation. She designs elegant dresses fit for couture-loving clients with money to spend. It's not yet decided on how receptive the New York fashion streets will be to have a billionaire newcomer from Texas in their mix, but time will tell. Kudos to Susan Dell for wanting to make her own name.
5 George Soros And Tamiko Bolton
At the age of 83, billionaire investor married for the 3rd time. He married 41-year-old education consultant, Tamiko Bolton. It was Tamiko's 2nd marriage.
Between 1979 and 2011, George has given away over $11 billion to charitable causes. Tamiko is also heavily involved in philanthropic work, dedicating much of her time to supporting organizations like Planned Parenthood.
George and Tamiko are both involved in charities. In addition to backing and lending financial support to political candidates, they have given support to the survivors of Sarajevo and many universities and educational centers.
Tamiko has her MBA from the University of Miami and is the owner of a dietary supplement company.
4 AJ McCarron And Katherine Webb
Katherine Webb became somewhat of a household name in 2013 when she appeared in the stands of the BCS National Championship Game, cheering then-boyfriend Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. A sports commentator pointed her out of the crowd and made several comments about her stunning good looks. The comments made her an overnight star with people curious and wanting to know everything about her. Her popularity exploded. She even appeared in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.
AJ and Katherine married in 2014 and have one son together, Tripp McCarron. Katherine is heavily involved with her church and is enjoying being a full-time mom. She does continue to take on some modeling gigs. AJ was drafted in the 2014 NFL draft and currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.
3 Dasha Zhukova And Roman Abramovich
In 2008, Dasha Zhukova married Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Roman is a Russian billionaire who owns an investment firm as well as the Chelsea Football Club. He is worth nearly $10 billion. Roman counts President Vladimir Putin as one of his closest friends.
Dasha, a Russian businesswoman and founder of Garage magazine, met Roman while she was in a relationship with a famous tennis player and he was then still married to his 2nd wife. Rumors of an affair swirled and Roman's wife filed for divorce citing infidelity. The divorce settlement was a whooping $300 million. Shortly thereafter, Roman and Dasha, who is 15 years his junior, married in a secret ceremony. Roman and Dasha have 2 children together and currently reside in Russia.
2 Kirsty Roper And Ernesto Bertarelli
Ernesto Bertarelli inherited his grandfather's pharmaceutical company when his father died suddenly in 1998. He transitioned the company from being focused on the development of pharmaceuticals to biotechnology. It was a big gamble that paid off. The company went from being valued at around $800 million to over $2 billion. Ernesto sold the company in 2007 for over $13 billion and created the Bertarelli Foundation, which he co-chairs with his sister.
Ernesto Bertarelli spotted former Miss UK (1988) Kirsty Roper while on vacation during the summer of 1997. It was love at first sight. Ernesto and Kirsty dated for several years before tying the knot in 2000. They have 3 children and are big supporters of charitable causes such as marine preservation and science education.
1 Donald Trump And Melania Knauss
When you think of 'trophy wife', Melania Knauss-Trump might be one of the first names you'd think of. Melania is the stereotypical trophy wife.
In 2005, the President of the United States of America married his 3rd trophy wife, Melania Knauss. The stunning former model and the President have one son together, Barron.
The President and Melania met at a fashion event in 1996. He was attending with his girlfriend at the time. As soon as he saw Melania, he was head over heels in love with the Slovenian supermodel. He ditched his then girlfriend and aggressively pursued Melania. They dated for years before he proposed in 2004 with a stunning $1.5 million engagement ring. In 2005, the couple were married and in 2006, she gave birth to their son, Barron.
In 2017, Melania became the First Lady of the United States when Donald was sworn in as President. Currently Melania and Barron live at Trump Tower while Donald lives at the White House.