Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Marry a Billionaire or even better yet, divorce one.

As my mother would tell me, it is just as easy to marry a rich man as it is to marry a poor man. To find out who is rich, check out  Forbes’ Billionaires list of top 10 of the most eligible bachelors including several who, at least for now, do seem to be taken.

Among Forbes' top 10 picks are three new, youngish billionaires, Drew Houston of Dropbox, Jan Koum of WhatsApp, and Jonathan Oringer of Shutterstock SSTK -2.68%, who still rents an apartment in the West Village and flies his own helicopter. While Koum has recently been snapped with an unnamed beauty tabloids say is his girlfriend and Houston has previously been linked to Dorm Room Fund’s CeCe Cheng, these self-made men have yet to wed.

Also on Forbes' list is a castle-dwelling, race car-driving royal, Albert von Thurn und Taxis, Twitter and Square’s tattooed co-founder, Jack Dorsey, who is reportedly dating yoga instructor Kate Greer, and dashing beer baron Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila, who has historically been linked to publishing heiress Amanda Hearst and Sports Illustrated model Julie Henderson.
They don’t include eligible divorcees like Elon Musk, whose fortune has more than tripled in the past twelve months. Worth $8.2 billion this year thanks to the rising stock of Tesla Motors, the electric carmaker he founded, Musk told FORBES in 2012 that he still believes in love: “Yeah, absolutely.”
Potential pursuants take heart – billionaires have fallen in love with women who aren’t models or heiresses. Natasha Bacigalupo was once a young Forbes reporter who met publishing billionaire Dirk Ziff while on assignment in the 1990s; she is now his wife. Today Mrs. Ziff is a billionaire’s wife, splitting time between Manhattan, Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard. Mark Zuckerberg met his spouse, Priscilla Chan, as a first-year at Harvard. Could you be next?
Read Forbes' list of the world’s 10 most eligible billionaire bachelors, in order of age.
Drew Houston
Net worth: $1.2 billion
Age: 30
Albert von Thurn und Taxis
Net worth: $1.6 billion
Age: 30
Eduardo Saverin
Net worth:  $4.1 billion
Age: 31
Robert Pera
Net worth: $2.7 billion
Age: 35
Yoshikazu Tanaka
Net worth: $1.6 billion
Age: 37
Jack Dorsey
Net worth: $2.2 billion
Age: 37
Jan Koum
Net worth: $6.8 billion
Age: 38
Jonathan Oringer
Net worth: $1.35 billion
Age: 39
Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila
Net worth: $11.1 billion
Age: 37

Nicolas Berggruen
Net worth: $2 billion
Age: 52

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