Who Are The World’s 10 Wealthiest Couples?

Seven out of 10 of the world's wealthiest couples live in the U.S. Find out who they are, and how they accumulated their fortunes.

Who Are The World’s 10 Wealthiest Couples? Photo (cc) by ToGa Wanderings

Seven out of 10 of the world’s wealthiest couples live in the U.S., according to the latest ranking from Wealth-X, which bills itself as “the global authority on wealth intelligence.”

At the top of the list are Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, who rank first with a combined net worth of $85.7 billion.

A Spanish couple take the No. 2 spot. Amancio Ortega Gaona and his wife, Flora Perez, have a combined net worth of $70.7 billion (in U.S. dollars). He is a retail tycoon, and she is currently vice president of the Amancio Ortega Foundation, Wealth-X reports.

Famed U.S. stock investor Warren Buffett and his wife, Astrid Menks, are third with a net worth of $65 billion.

A sampling of other notables on the list includes:

  • Chinese businessman Wang Jianlin and his wife, Lin Ning, at the No. 6 spot. They have a net worth of $40.7 billion.
  • Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a medical doctor, are the youngest couple on Wealth-X’s list this year. They are 31 and 30 years old, respectively, and have a net worth of $38.5 billion, good for the No. 9 spot.
  • James Walton — son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton — and his wife, Lynne, rank No. 10 with a combined net worth of $36.2 billion.

Six of the 10 couples on the list are self-made billionaires. The other four inherited their wealth.

Wealth-X’s complete list of the world’s wealthiest couples, released Wednesday:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates: $85.7 billion (self-made)
  • Amancio Ortega Gaona and Flora Perez: $70.7 billion (self-made)
  • Warren Buffett and Astrid Menks: $65 billion (self-made)
  • David and Julia Koch: $47.5 billion (inheritance)
  • Charles and Elizabeth Koch: $47.4 billion (inheritance)
  • Wang Jianlin and Lin Ning: $40.7 billion (self-made)
  • Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos: $39.8 billion (self-made)
  • Bernard Arnault and Helene Mercier: $37.8 billion (inheritance)
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan: $38.5 billion (self-made)
  • James and Lynne Walton: $36.2 billion (inheritance)

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Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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