Succesful Individuals And The Partners That Supported Them
- Take A Look At The Individuals Behind The Headlines And Who Supported Their Partner's Success
- We Attribute Success To The Individual And Often Forget The People That Supported Them From The Start
"Behind Every Successful Man, There Is A Strong Woman"
No one ever makes it on their own...even if they tell you they did.
At some point during their rise the succesful individuals we see today needed others to give them their first chance or the courage it takes to carry on.
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely place at times and the burdens that come with it can be overwhelming.
It is no coincidence that some of the most succesful entrepreneurs have strong support networks typically from the partners who have stayed strong for them through the thick and the thin.
Bill And Melinda Gates
It's not easy building one the biggest technology companies of all time but one thing is for certain...it's going to take up a lot of your time.
Billionaire Bill Gates was known for being a workaholic during his time at Microsoft where he was always the last one out of the office.
He wouldn't take holidays and even worked on the weekends...the guy was relentless. He was so focused on his craft that when he asked out his co-worker and future wife, Melinda French, he arranged it for "two weeks from Friday". (She mentioned that he has become more spontaneous over the years).
Philip And Tina Green
Philip Green is a UK entrepreneur best known for owning Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Burton through his company, Arcadia.
The billionaire has been involved in the fashion industry since the 1980s.
His domination of the UK high street during the 1990s and 2000s led to him gaining a reputation of notoriety in the media especially when he transferred his business interests over to his wife Cristina who was a resident in the tax haven of Monaco at the time.
Jo Malone And Husband Gary
The Founder of luxury scented candle maker Jo Malone didn't get to where she is today the easy way.
At the early age of 11-years-old, the multi-millionairess had to learn very quickly how to be the breadwinner of the household. Her father had left their family and her mother had become seriously ill so it was up to Jo to look after her mother and her sister.
She founded Jo Malone in 1983 and sold it to Estee Lauder in 1999 in a multi-million pound deal.
Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson
Everyone loves Tom Hanks.
Whether you know him as the voice of a loveable Sheriff called Woody in Toy Story or for his Oscar winning performance as Forrest Gump, he is one of the most famous names out of Hollywood who is known throughout the world.
However, unlike so many of his colleagues in the movie industry he and his partner Rita have managed to keep their marriage strong throughout the actor's success.
Don And Doris Fisher
The Gap was founded in 1969 in San Francisco by husband and wife Don and Doris Fisher.
They had seen a "gap" (pardon the pun) in the market for a store that specialised in men's Levi jeans which could cater to all sizes. They also started to sell records and tapes to appeal to the youth market they were targeting.
The growth of the company was unbelievable as within 3 years they were operating with 25 stores and by 1975 they had gone public.
Meryl Streep And Don Gummer
She is best known for her phenomenal acting ability which has seen her accumulate the most nominations for Oscars in the prestigious award ceremony's history.
However aside from her remarkable performances as Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady or as Zofia Zawistowski in Sophie's Choice, Streep has also achieved something that is not common amongst her Hollywood counterparts.
She's managed to be marry someone for more than a year!
Oprah And Fiancé Stedman Graham
Oprah has had a tough time when it comes to her love life.
The 66-year-old became a household name during the 90s following the tremendous success of her day time talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show.
However before her success Winfrey had experienced a number of relationships during her 20s that had left her in a state of depression and a drug addict.
Hugh Jackman And Deborra Lee Furness
Aussie heart-throb Hugh Jackman is consistently voted near the top of the "Sexiest Males" charts in all the women's magazines. The Hollywood star's ripped physique (from his role as X-Men character Wolverine) and his cheeky "aussie" sense of humour makes him a favourite with the opposite sex.
Despite his charm and good-looks the 52-year-old is quite a private person when it comes to his family which includes his wife Deborra, whom he married in 1996 and their two children, Oscar and Ava.
Forever21 Founders Do Won And Jin Sook Chang
Building a succesful business from scratch is always an impressive achievement. Doing it with your partner and supporting each other during the tough times whilst raising a family is just showing off.
That is the story of Do Won and Jin Sook Chang who founded the fashion retailer Forever21 back in 1984 in Los Angeles.
At the company's peak in 2015 the couple were worth nearly $6 billion as they were operating out of 600 stores with 30,000 employees.
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan
Mark Zuckerberg is the Harvard student who in 2004 changed the way we use the internet.
After creating Facebook from his dorm room and subsequently dropping out of college in order to take advantage of the site's immediate success, Zuckerberg moved to California to see how far his idea could take him.
He's now worth over $100 billion so safe to say it took him a long way.
He met his future wife Priscilla whilst in college in 2003 just before he started Facebook.
Building It Together
Family support is one of those things that cane easily be taken fore-granted. You don't notice it until it's gone.
Finding the right partner and building a future someone who supports you at your worst moments can be one of the most powerful ingredients to a successful life as these couples have shown.
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