Celebrities are just as likely to marry for the wrong reasons as regular folks are. Some celebrity unions have been suspected to have happened because of a big pay-day, a business deal, or because of an effort to enhance both careers. Here we will reveal a number of celebrity relationships that have been thought to have been a matrimony made in money.
The former model who married Beatles singer, Sir Paul McCartney. What makes Heather a bit money hungry is the fact that she was not satisfied with the $50 million settlement she received when they divorced, in 2006.
Although K-Fed and Britney Spears had children, many think that the backup dancer jumped on the romantic opportunity he saw open with Spears because he quickly serrated from his then wife. They married within three months.
Anna Nicole Smith
The stunning, late starlet was almost made more famous for her gold digging ways; she was working as a stripper in Texas when she met and married an old tycoon, J. Howard Marshall, who was 63 years her senior. Howard died soon after their union. Because she was not in Howard’s will, Anna Nicole spent the rest of her life fighting for his $1.6 billion estate.
He is the man that married Elton John, quit his job in advertising and now is living off of John’s $320 million fortune. Skeptics are well, skeptical about this marriage.
Although the marriage between Kim K. and Kris Humphries lasted just 72 days, it has been reported that Kim made over $20 million in TV deals and endorsements. For the love of money?
Some believe that his matrimony had business deal written all over it. As Tamar Braxton wants to kickstart her solo career, it is no coincidence that she married an influential producer.
The actress made famous for her creepy role in Carrie, seemed to be dating on-again-off-again beau Steven Spielberg especially when her career had taken a plummet. They married for four years before splitting; Irving leaving with a $100 million settlement.
Although Janet certainly has money of her own, many have pondered the marriage between the pop-star and billionaire retail director, Al Mana. Mana happens to be 9 years her junior and they have always managed to be secretive.
When gold digging backfires! Oksana became pregnant with Mel — total catastrophe. She ended up exposing Mel for his abusive behavior, and suing him for $750,000 as she left the relationship.
When Cannon married Mariah Carey, many of her longtime fans came to her defense and warned that Cannon was trying to get her money. The marriage ended up lasting much longer than most thought, 7 years.
Taylor wound up getting married eight times in her lifetime. And one thing each one of her husbands had in common? Well, they were all fairly wealthy and sure to shower the starlet in diamonds and jewels. No matter how the relationship ended, Taylor always kept the jewelry.
Famous in his own right, but not quite making as much as his future wife, Jessica Simpson. When Nick announced their engagement plenty of eyebrows raised, questioning whether he was marrying Jessica to stay relevant in Hollywood, or just trying to make more money.
Kimora Lee Simmons
As a young and rising model, Kimora Lee met Russell Simmons when she was the ripe age of 18; Russell was in his thirties. Despite a marriage that turned out to be a fairly long lasting one, the public had their opinions and thought Russell was Kimora’s backup plan.
Although the couple is fairly private and likes to stay out of the public frenzy, it doesn’t mean people aren’t going to talk. Hayek married the billionaire businessman, Francois Henri Pinault in 2009. Some have made assumptions that they married for money and status, over love.
Jennifer Aniston is certainly a Hollywood A-lister who married what many have labeled the “broke actor.” Theroux did not become a household name until he began dating Aniston. Today, as a married (then later divorced) couple, many still ponder the likelihood that Theroux married for the wrong reasons.
Yolanda has been married to a wealthy man before, yet now she is going through another divorce with husband, David Foster Wallace. This will be the second time the former model, Yolanda, walks out on a marriage with a big sum of cash.
So, not exactly walking down the aisle any time soon, but definitely shacking up with a billionaire. Bethenny is worth about $60 million herself, however, her rich boyfriend grew close rather quickly after her split from former husband, Jason.
She was young when she said “yes” to Kobe Bryant, and few have been shy in reporting the fact that she refused to sign a prenup, and is only still in the marriage because of lavish gifts.
She was previously married to Tiger Woods; that famously ended badly, yet she fared well and was able to leave with $110 million. Now, she is dating a coal billionaire. We’re noticing a slight pattern.
Previously linked to Sandra Bullock, Jesse James is now with Alexis Dejoria (the heiress to the Paul Mitchell fortune). James has carved out his bad boy persona, and is always doing up.
Married to Anne Hathaway, Follieri was the master of ripping people off. His next victim? Girlfriend, Anne Hathaway. He ended up embezzling $50 million and is now in prison.
Like every good gold digger, they come with an array of problems. McDermott ended up with an alcohol problem and cheated on Tori Spelling multiple times.
Married at sixteen years young, to Doug Hutchinson (the 51 year old millionaire), Courtney need help on reality television shows to mend their relationship.
The beautiful model got together with the owner of the L.A. Clippers, Donald Sterling (81 years old). He ended up being married the whole time, and their breakup was one that made headline news.
Evelyn married Chad Johnson, and all seemed to be going well until she found out his bank account wasn’t quite what she thought it was. She left him after just weeks.
Hunter was a famous model, who married one of the most popular rock stars in the world — Rod Stewart. They ended up getting a divorce, and Hunter left with a hefty $65 million.
Hugh Hefner married Crystal, who was 60 years younger. The playboy millionaire has been married twice before.
Edmonds has been linked to a number of wealthy men in Hollywood; Deion Sanders, Eddie Murphy and Babyface. It has been estimated that between all her affairs she has accumulated $30 million.
Married to Larry King of Larry King Live, Southwick is 26 years younger than Larry.
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York announced their engagement in 1986. Only five years later there was trouble in paradise, and the couple divorced in 1991.
Married to Dick Van Dyke, Arlene Silver was only 40 years old to his 86. Silver was a makeup artist and the two married in 2012.
The handsome young man, 24 years her junior, married Ivana Trump in 2008. The wedding apparently cost $3 million dollars.
Married to Jessica Simpson, Johnson was unemployed when he met the popstar. The marriage was he second for Simpson. Johnson still has no job.
Ivana married Donald Trump just one year after they met, until it was reported that Donald was having an affair with a beauty queen. The settlement apparently granted Ivana $20 million dollars, a $14 million family estate, $5 million housing allowance and $350 annual alimony. Whoa!
The gorgeous male model certainly was not making millions when he married Halle Berry. The couple is now divorced, and Aubry is without a job and is receiving $16,000 in child support.
Claus von Bulow
Sunny Crawford was apparently worth $75 million at her time of death. And Claus went to great lengths to get all she was worth; murder. He was charged with first degree murder, although eventually acquitted after only 5 years in jail.
Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart (the 18th Duchess of Alba) married Alfonso Diaz in 2011. Her net worth is a whopping 4.7 billion. Diez quit his job once he married the royal heiress.
He was originally a Swiss investment banker, looking to squeeze out the pretty pennies of wealthy women. He went after the BMW heiress, Suzanna Klatten, and a number of other wealthy victims.
Although he never quite got Courtney Kardashian to walk down the aisle with him, Disick was notorious for clinging on to the Kardashian clan.
Love has no shame as she even shared she only dates “really, really rich men.” The first being drug-addicted rock star, Kurt Cobain.