How Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos found love: the billionaires behind Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft all made the first move when meeting their future wives

Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos

  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg met future wife Priscilla at a fraternity party – then pretended he was getting kicked out of Harvard University to help score a date
  • LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault wooed concert pianist Hélène Mercier by playing the piano for her – and his nerves were the all proof she needed he was real

Billion-dollar businesses to run and endless meetings to attend – the world’s wealthiest might always seem to have a lot on their plate. But as any billionaire will tell you, money won’t keep loneliness at bay, and even the most cloistered individuals have to let down their guard and find time to park their commitments when it comes to looking for someone to spend the rest of their lives with.

So perhaps it’s not so surprising that the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have fascinating meet-cute stories to tell about their equally accomplished wives. Let’s take a look at how some of these uber-richest billionaires crossed paths with their better halves.

Bill and Melinda Gates (1994 – present)

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, Bill and Melinda Gates look toward each other and smile while being interviewed in Kirkland, Wash. The George W. Bush Presidential Center is honoring the Gates with its annual award for those who work to improve the lives of others. Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush on Thursday, April 11, will present the Gates with the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates met his wife Melinda French at a business dinner soon after she was hired as the company’s product manager in 1987. Gates eventually tried to make a play for her – only she turned him down! Apparently, Melinda thought he wasn’t “spontaneous enough”. He then called an hour later and asked if that was spontaneous enough. Fast forward to 1994, and the philanthropic couple secretly wed in Hawaii, going on to have three kids.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan (2012 – present)

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

As if straight out of a romcom, Mark and Priscilla ran into each other in line for the restroom in 2003. They were at a party hosted by his fraternity at Harvard University. The Facebook CEO made his move by saying he was going to be kicked out soon. Mark did not get expelled, but he did score a date with the future paediatrician! After Priscilla finished med school in 2012, they privately tied the knot in their backyard. This power couple has since had two daughters.

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott (1993 – 2019)

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott

Like the Gateses, Jeff and MacKenzie came across one another at work. Their offices at the New York hedge fund D.E. Shaw were next to each other. The critically acclaimed novelist was captivated by his laughter, calling it “love at first listen”. Jeff and MacKenzie got married in 1993 and moved to Seattle the following year, starting Amazon from their garage. After 25 years together, they ended their marriage amicably in 2019. The couple share four children.

Elon and Justine Musk (2000 – 2008)

Elon and Justine Musk (2000 – 2008)

The often eccentric CEO of Tesla and SpaceX met his first wife while they were both attending Queen’s University in Canada. He invited Justine out for ice cream upon laying eyes on her in their dorm. When the future author chose to stay in and study instead, Elon surprised her with “two chocolate-chip ice cream cones”. Their whirlwind romance led them to the altar in 2000 and they went on to have a set of twins and a set of triplets together. When they divorced in 2008, she chose to keep his last name.

Bernard Arnault and Hélène Mercier (1991 – present)

Bernard Arnault and Hélène Mercier

In 1989, LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault got his second chance in love at a dinner party. He chanced upon Hélène Mercier, who is a renowned concert pianist. Not long after, Bernard tried to woo her by playing classical works on the piano. She realised that the French billionaire was serious about her because he was visibly nervous, according to accounts. Since marrying in 1991, the two are often spotted side-by-side at international fashion events. Bernard has two kids with his first wife, Anne Dewavrin, and three more with Hélène.

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