What’s better than one powerful entrepreneurial billionaire? Two powerful people. Today, there are more powerful billionaire couples moving up the list of the richest people on the planet. These powerful couples show the world that sometimes, it takes two to find ultimate success. The couples here have found rewards in many different industries and come from diverse and surprising backgrounds. Here are 10 of the most influential and successful entrepreneurial couples in the world.
1. Bill and Melinda Gates
Bill Gates found success and wealth as a co-founder of the tech giant Microsoft in 1976. His work brought the personal computer to millions of households around the world. One of Microsoft’s employees, Melinda French, met Bill and married him in 1994. Together, the couple created the Gates Foundation, which focuses on providing educational opportunities and poverty relief to children around the world. This foundation has been a driving force in the way philanthropic organizations work in today’s setting.
2. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Mark Zuckerberg is best known as the creator of the hugely successful Facebook website. Zuckerberg amassed a huge fortune from the site at a young age. While studying at Harvard, he met his wife, Priscilla Chan. Together the couple has created a philanthropic foundation called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help provide more health and education to people around the world.
3. Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos
Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos earned their fortune from leading the retailer giant, Amazon. Bezos, one of the big investors of the site, has earned a top spot on the list of the world’s richest people. His wife Mackenzie, a successful novelist, met Bezos while working for him at an investment group. The pair married in 1993 and have worked together to help fund cancer research, anti-bullying projects, and space exploration.
4. Barack and Michelle Obama
The former first couple, Barack and Michelle Obama, are also highly successful entrepreneurs in their own right. While the Obamas are mostly known for their political experience, Barack and Michelle have also done very well financially with an empire built on book sales, speaking fees, and entertainment. The couple has been married since 1992 and has worked together to create additional helpful organizations for the world. Today, the Obamas support initiatives to end hunger, poverty, and sedentary lifestyles.
5. Cher Wang and Wenchi Chan
Another highly successful couple to keep an eye on is the power duo of Cher Wang and Wenchi Chan. Wang comes from a powerful Taiwanese family in the tech industry, and she is the CEO of telecommunications giant HTC. Her husband, Chan, is another big name in technology as the CEO of silicon chip manufacturer VIA Technologies. The couple has a huge amount of influence in China and other parts of Asia as this market grows and their empire expands.
6. Bill and Hillary Clinton
Next is another powerful political couple who has successfully made the transition to financial powerhouse, the Clintons. Bill’s former presidency helped lay down some of the steps for success that the Clintons have reached over the past few decades. Hillary’s turn as a senator and presidential candidate has also helped the Clintons continue to be a top-earning couple. Political activism, books sales, media appearances, and more have contributed to the Clinton’s earning potential.
7. Chris and Crystal Sacca
Venture capitalist Chris Sacca and his wife Crystal are another example of a powerful couple with a strong sense for business. While Chris has been busy expanding the empire as an angel investor, Chris Sacca wife Crystal has worked as a successful advertising professional and author. The couple has focused their life on finding top success and raising their three children together.
8. Jin Sook and Do Won Chang
If you’ve been shopping at a mall within the last decade, you’ve probably come across one of the top apparel retailers inside, Forever 21. The store was founded by super entrepreneurial couple, Jin Sook and Do Won Chang. The couple, who are now estimated to be worth $4 billion, opened their store in Los Angeles shortly after immigrating to the United States from their native South Korea.
9. Stan and Ann Walton Kroenke
Another couple who consistently earns skyrocketing income in the billions is Stan and Ann Walton Kroenke. Ann is the daughter of Bud Walton, one of the founders of Walmart. Her massive fortune is impressive on its own, but with her husband Stan, it’s even more mind-blowing. Stan is a top name in sports, owning several professional teams including the Los Angeles Rams.
10. Michael and Marion Ilitch
Most people have never heard of the last entry on the list, the Ilitch family. Marion and her late husband Michael have been a huge force of business and influence, while still remaining in their hometown city of Detroit. Michael was best known as the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers.
These rich and powerful couples have influenced more people and decision makers than almost anyone on the planet. Through their work in business, philanthropy, and politics, these couples have helped create change.