Sure, we’re all infatuated by celebrities because they live a life that most of us could only dream of. While the lifestyles of the rich and famous are easily something to envy, stars arguably face their fair share of struggles too. Dating is tough on all of us, and even celebs have a hard time trying to find potential partners for a number of reasons. For starters, celebs never know if someone is genuinely interested in them or if they’re just after their money and a shot at being in the limelight. When you’re a celebrity, the dating pool drastically shrinks and their options are limited when it comes to finding a suitable mate. More recently, some famous faces have been going above and beyond to find a love connection with people who believe that money is no object. After all, when you have millions of dollars sitting in the bank there’s only one kind of person who would trump that sort of cash flow – a billionaire. Much like all of us, even extremely wealthy men and women seem to find celebrities irresistible…and what’s more attractive than a significant other who's business-minded and super successful? Celebs and their rich AF better halves have totally become a hot trend. Here are 15 stars who romanced actual billionaires.
Rihanna dominated the headlines in 2009 when her relationship with fellow singer Chris Brown became the subject of controversy. Brown had infamously assaulted his pop star girlfriend and in the following years RiRi shocked everyone when she agreed to give him a second chance. Of course, Rihanna and Chris Brown have long since parted ways, and it's pretty safe to say that she's upgraded when it comes to her taste in men. These days, the Barbadian beauty has been romancing billionaire Hassan Jameel; the heir to the largest Toyota distributor in Saudi Arabia. While Rihanna is one of the biggest celebrities in the world, there's no denying that Jameel is an affluent figure in his own right. On top of being worth over $1.5 billion he also is the owner of an entire Spanish soccer team. While neither party has confirmed the relationship, the new lovebirds have been photographed canoodling on lavish vacations and playing kissy-face out by the pool on numerous occasions. We're glad that Rihanna has finally given her love life a much needed reboot...and we can't wait to see what’s to come of this super rich couple in the future.
14 Miranda Kerr
Of course, Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr romanced actor Orlando Bloom from 2007 until their divorce in 2013, but we’re pretty sure that she didn’t waste any time hopping right back into the dating pool. After a rumored fling with Justin Bieber, Kerr hit the jackpot in 2015 when she began dating Evan Spiegel; the co-founder and CEO of Snapchat. Naturally, everyone has used the popular social media app at one point or another and the entrepreneur’s bank account is super full because of it. The businessman is worth an estimated $4 billion and his funds will likely continue to flourish at the rate he’s going. The couple became engaged in July of 2015 after Spiegel presented Miranda with a flashy 2.5 carat round diamond said to be worth $55,000. They exchanged their “I do’s” this year and they appear to be super happy and in love. Ironically, Miranda seems to have a thing for billionaire beaus, because prior to linking up with Evan she was rumored to be seeing Malaysian financer Jho Low in 2014. The wealthy suitor allegedly spent millions of dollars on expensive jewelry in order to woo the model. Needless to say, their relationship wasn’t built to last and Miranda moved on to bigger and better billionaires.
13 Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has had her fair share of super public celebrity romances, but the public took a special fascination to her relationship with billionaire James Packer. Following the impending finalization of her divorce from Nick Cannon in 2016, the songbird announced her engagement to her new filthy rich beau. Carey was presented with a stunning $10 million diamond ring and of course, she said yes to his proposal. While many had never heard of Packer until he began dating Carey, he was already a well-established Australian businessman and investor long before linking up with the superstar. With an estimated net worth of $4.7 billion, it’s safe to say that he was quite the catch, and Mariah would have to agree. Before fans and followers of Carey even got a chance to get excited about the idea of wedding bells in her near future, she and Packer parted ways in October of last years. Many media outlets cited that Mariah’s “extravagant spending” was a major factor that led to the relationship’s demise - which is pretty shocking considering the diva’s personal net worth is far from shabby. Either way, Mariah Carey was one of the lucky women to actually bag a billionaire…at least for a little while, anyway.
12 Salma Hayek
Beautiful, talented, rich, and super famous…let’s face it; Salma Hayek could really have any man she wanted. But the Hollywood starlet set her sights on one man in particular, and in 2007 she finally confirmed her romance with French billionaire François-Henri Pinault. The couple announced their engagement and her subsequent pregnancy that same year and just like that, Salma Hayek was officially off the market and ready to add “wife of a billionaire” to her long list of credentials. Pinault is the chairman and CEO of Kering, a French luxury goods company that owns the rights to some major names in fashion including Gucci, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent, to name a few. Presently, the businessman’s net worth is at a mind-blowing $19.5 billion, and that number isn’t going to decrease any time soon. The couple eventually married in 2009 and have been happily husband and wife ever since. What can we say? Salma definitely scored big time with this one!
11 Brandi Glanville
Let’s face it – if there’s anybody who’s been unlucky when it comes to finding a love that lasts it’s definitely Brandi Glanville. The one-time Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star basically became famous because of her former husband’s well-documented affair with singer LeAnn Rimes. Since Brandi re-entered the dating world, she has become notorious for her poor taste in men and her affinity for short-lived flings. Glanville even appeared on the first season of Famously Single to figure out why she was always attracted to the wrong kind of men. After years of kissing frogs, it looks like Brandi may have just found her prince charming in her new beau Donald Friese Jr. Glanville’s latest love interest, who often goes by the name “DJ,” is a hard-working man who is the Executive Vice President at his father’s mega-watt company. Oh yeah…did we mention that his father is worth over $1.2 billion, and he is set to take over the company and inherit a major chunk of change in the years to come? We think that Brandi finally stepped her game up when it comes to choosing potential suitors. Maybe this time she finally struck gold!
10 Jerry Hall
Famed supermodel and actress Jerry Hall is certainly no stranger to A-list relationships. Hall notoriously romanced Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger for over two decades, and their relationship brought on four children together. While they parted ways in 1999 due to Jagger’s longstanding infidelity, Jerry Hall wasn’t the kind of woman who would just throw in the towel and give up on love all together. In 2005 Hall starred in her own reality dating show on VH1, but her love life wouldn’t really prosper until ten years later when she linked up with high-power business man, Rupert Murdoch. With a twenty-five year age advantage over his future bride-to-be and a staggering net worth of $13.1 billion, the Australian mogul initially seemed like an odd suitor for someone like Hall, but somehow they managed to prove everyone wrong. The couple announced their engagement in January of 2016 and they tied the knot a mere two months later. We guess that opposites really do attract…but we’re pretty sure that Murdoch’s billionaire status is a major upside to this star-powered romance.
9 Amber Heard
What do you do when your marriage to a Hollywood A-lister ends in a highly publicized (and super messy) divorce? If you're Amber Heard, you go in with your life and find yourself someone who will surely make your ex green with envy. If there's one thing Amber is good at, it's scoring with incredibly rich and powerful men. Of course, the actress is probably best known for her tumultuous relationship with Johnny Depp, but following their disastrous split it's safe to say that Amber recovered quite nicely. While Depp was worth an impressive $400 million, Amber stepped her dating game when she began romancing Elon Musk. The Tesla Motors CEO and SpaceX billionaire has more money than most of us would even know what to do with, as his current net worth is an estimated $17.4 billion. Finally after months of speculation, the too hot twosome confirmed their relationship earlier this year on social media. Amber: if you have any tip on how to land a super rich boyfriend...we're all ears!
8 Elle Macpherson
Elle Macpherson has always been a head-turning beauty, and the gorgeous supermodel's good looks likely came in handy when it came to scoring a billionaire husband. Elle, who also goes by the name "The Body," first started dating wealthy hotel heir Jeffrey Soffer in early 2009. Soffer, the son of billionaire real estate developer Donald Soffer, has a personal net worth exceeding $1 billlion, but his family's combined net worth is valued at over $4.2 billion. Of course, he is set to inherit a large chunk of the family fortune at some point down the road – making him wealthy beyond belief. Although Macpherson and her rich lover parted ways in the first half of 2012 the pair rekindled their romance only a few months later following Soffer's treacherous helicopter accident. This time around, Elle and Jeffrey didn't waste any time and they got engaged in 2013. They tied the knot later that year in a scenic destination wedding in Fiji. While Elle surely lived a charmed life since walking down the aisle, she and Soffer surprisingly announced their split earlier this summer. While their love just wasn’t built to last, we’re pretty sure Macpherson won’t have any trouble rebounding with another well-off bachelor when the time is right.
Rapper turned actress Eve has had a lengthy career in the entertainment industry, but these days this hard-working woman is sitting pretty alongside her billionaire husband. The Grammy award winning star fell hard for British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper and they officially became an item in 2010. Much like his lady love, Cooper has a lengthy list of accolades to his resume including race driver, creative director, professional skateboarder, and fashion designer. The wealthy businessman is also the founder of the Gumball 3000 Limited; a lifestyle brand that organizes car tours, concerts, and fashion events. Though they’re admittedly opposites in many ways, the powerful twosome felt an undeniable attraction and forged ahead with their relationship. With all of his successful business ventures, Cooper's net worth is an estimated $50 billion. Eve and Max got engaged in 2013 and got hitched the following year in a lavish ceremony in Spain. We’d say that Eve is doing pretty well for herself, wouldn’t you agree?
6 Elin Nordegren
Let’s face it, everyone felt for Elin Nordegren when it was revealed that her husband Tiger Woods was having numerous affairs. Multiple women (including adult film stars and escorts) came forward and confessed to having intimate relations with the professional golf player and it was a cheating scandal that undeniably rocked the nation. Elin’s world was flipped upside down in the blink of an eye, and Tiger’s dirty ways resulted in the couple’s divorce in 2010. We all hoped that Elin would find someone a whole lot better than her two-timing ex, and it’s safe to say that she did just that. The Swedish model fell for her one-time friend and neighbor, Chris Cline. What makes their romance unique is that Cline isn’t quite your average guy – he’s actually a bona-fide billionaire. He comes from a long line of coal miners and has continued to carry on the lucrative family business. With a net worth of $1.2 billion, Cline’s West Virginia based company, Foresight Energy, produces twenty million tons of coal annually. The pair had at least one thing in common, since they both owned exclusive oceanfront properties in North Palm Beach. The duo has been reportedly on and off for the past year, but we really think that Elin scored a hole in one this time around.
5 Jami Gertz
Actress Jami Gertz has been in the business for what seems like forever, but she's definitely not trying to be a Hollywood starlet in order to pay the bills. In fact, Gertz has had a substantial amount of money at her disposal since the late 80's when she began dating now-husband Tony Ressler. While the couple married in 1988, most of Jami's big screen and small screen success came long after snagging a beau who makes some seriously big bucks. The actress is probably best known for her roles in the movie Twister and on the more recent sitcom Still Standing, while her hubby is busy bringing in even bigger bucks as an established businessman. Ressler co-founded the private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Ares Management. The high-roller is worth an estimated $1.63 billion and even co-owns the Atlanta Hawks basketball team after dropping upwards of $730 million to make it happen. Even though Jami and Tony are certified billionaires, they don't let all of their money go to their heads. In fact, the couple was named "The Most Generous Celebrities" in the world in 2012 by The Giving Back Fund. Yup...these two are #goals for sure.
4 Jesse James
We already know what you’re thinking – most people probably assume that women are the ones seeking out rich men to date, but Jesse James can prove all of us wrong. The former reality star and owner of West Coast Choppers shot to fame when he became the host of Monster Garage on the Discovery Channel, and then his star-status reached new heights when he married squeaky-clean actress Sandra Bullock in 2005. The heavily tattooed star became the subject major controversy when it was revealed that he had been shamelessly cheating on Sandra with a bevy of women, and they divorced in 2010. After three failed marriages and an insanely public cheating scandal, you’d probably think that not many women would want anything to do with a guy like Jesse James, right? Wrong! Apparently professional drag racer Alexis DeJoria was willing to take a chance on James, and the couple tied the knot in 2013. Let’s not forget to mention one super important tidbit of information – Alexis is the daughter of John Paul DeJoria; the co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair care and The Patron Sprits Company. If you’re thinking “cha ching!” you totally aren’t alone. Of course, the new Mrs. James is one of the heirs to her father’s $3.2 billion fortune, and since both companies are super successful that number will only increase over time. We’re not entirely sure how Jesse James managed to pull this one off but we’ll give him credit, he totally lucked out this time around.
3 Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan quickly went from a rising young Hollywood starlet to a troubled has-been who has had a series of run-ins with the law. While she isn’t quite the A-list actress she once was in her teenage years, it doesn’t seem to stop Lohan from attracting some seriously loaded suitors. The Mean Girls star has had a long list of very public romances, but her relationship with younger Russian heir Egor Tarabasov captivated the attention of the press for a number of reasons. For starters, Egor was a trust-fund kid who has potential to be worth billions one day. While Lohan’s man said to have worked in high-end real estate, his father Dmitry was the real breadwinner of the family. Ultimately, Egor could inherit around $7 billion someday and Lindsay likely was attracted to his prominent stature and obvious wealth. The couple got engaged in 2016 but their love affair was anything but a fairytale. The mismatched lovers were photographed having a very physical altercation on a beach last year and the explosive event resulted in their breakup. Following their split, Lohan unleashed an onslaught of allegations against her former flame. Even though Lindsay didn’t bag a billionaire for keeps this time around, she hasn’t wasted any time re-entering the dating scene and has already been spotted with multiple wealthy bachelors.
2 Jeremy Meeks
You might not recognize the name Jeremy Meeks right away, but you’ll surely know him as one of his other commonly referred to monikers: “Hot Felon” or “Prison Bae.” That’s right; Meeks is just you’re run of the mill gang member turned overnight internet sensation after his mugshot made its rounds across the internet in 2014. Almost instantly, he gained notoriety as being the “world’s hottest felon” and subsequently parlayed his fame into a modeling career. Meeks has pretty much laid low over the years, until recently when he was spotted getting hot and heavy with billionaire heiress Chloe Green. Meeks’ new love interest is the daughter of Sir Phillip Green, the owner of a massive retail empire that includes brand names such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, and Burtons. The Green family is worth a hefty $5.1 billion and if Meeks plays his cards right he could be sitting pretty with some serious coins in his near future. There’s just one problem…Meeks is actually a married father of two and his relationship with the Topshop heiress was exposed as an affair earlier this year. After seeing pictures of her “Hot Felon” hubby kissing the wealthy woman, Meeks’ wife filed for divorce once and for all. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Meeks did what any gold-digging man would do in his position…he went right back into the arms of his loaded lover. We swear, we couldn’t have made this stuff up if we tried!
1 Janet Jackson
We’re pretty sure that the last thing Janet Jackson needs to worry about is money, but adding a few extra million (or billion) dollars to your bank account sure sounds nice, doesn’t it? The iconic entertainer is notorious for going against the grain and living by her own set of rules, and that’s exactly what she did when she linked up with Wissam Al Mana in 2010. Al Mana, known as one of the “richest retail investors of the Middle East,” has a hefty net worth of over $1 billion. The Qatari businessman built his fortune as the executive director of the Al Mana Retail Group and his impressive work ethic must have impressed the famed singer/actress. The couple got married in 2012 and Janet shocked pretty much everyone when she announced that she was expecting her first child with Al Mana…at the age of fifty years old. While the birth of a child is supposed to be a super happy time for any couple, Janet and her billionaire beau announced their plans to divorce only three months after their son Eissa’s arrival in 2017. The former flames are currently battling it out in court to divvy up their bountiful assets, but Miss Jackson is sure to get a handsome chunk of change when all is said and done. The star signed a prenup that would guarantee her $100 million if the couple’s marriage hit the five-year mark and another $100 million if she had a child. If all goes according to plan, Janet’s divorce payout could easily exceed her personal net worth of $175 million that took her a lifetime to acquire. What can we really say here other than the obvious: that’s the way love goes….
Sources: PageSix.com, DailyMail.co.uk, USMagazine.com, Eonline.com