In psychology there is such a wonderful term "Michelangelo effect". It can be explained by a simple example: there was Vasya, an unremarkable type, and so he met Masha, who found something in him, they got married, and Vasya became a man. He suddenly woke up a sense of humor, business went uphill, a good company started up, where he is reputed to be an intelligent and respected person. And what actually happened, where did such changes come from? The reason is Masha, who, as a sculptor, sculpted a masterpiece from a piece of clay (hence the artistic term). Both win. Masha has an enviable husband, and Vasya's life has turned 180 degrees. All this once again confirms someone's golden words that behind every successful man there is a wise woman. But let men not be offended, because sometimes (according to our observations,extremely rare) it works the other way too.
Where would Bill Clinton be now if not for his wife Hillary? Without her, he would not have become, in life, not only the president of America, but even the governor of Arkansas (in 1978 he became the youngest governor in the history of the country). Hillary in the 70s introduced him to all the right people, gave him a powerful PR, and then forced him to run for president. But Hillary, as a smart woman, did not put herself on the altar of her husband and did something all the time: she worked as a lawyer, defended the rights of children, was engaged in health care and almost became president herself. Family friends say they only trust each other and no one else. Even after this disgusting story with Monica Lewinsky. After all, who in a situation when it comes to the presidency of the United States (for Bill or for Hillary) can be unsettled by such a trifle,how is oral sex? The couple played this card smartly - and made a political career for Hillary on it. It seems that no one will be surprised if Hillary becomes president of the United States sooner or later. And that, not so bad - a family row.
For many years, Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sherry was also the main brain center of the family. She is a producer of her husband and in general one of the largest music managers in Great Britain, a business shark, and Ozzy is her best project, which also gave her two healthy (this is important, given Ozzy's hectic lifestyle) children - a son and a daughter. But, probably heading into business, Sharon forgot about the family - Ozzy, in gratitude for a successful career, decided to go to the left. Bottom line: the spouse threw the musician out of the door for having a relationship with a hairdresser and was even going to file for divorce. However, in the end, she changed her anger to mercy and took the unfaithful Ozzy back.
Someone makes a career for their husbands, and someone makes an image. Presenting your chosen one in a favorable light is also not an easy task. And Dasha Zhukova by her example only confirms this. Since 2007, Roman Abramovich is not just a billionaire, politician and football fan, but also a secular character. Whether he likes it or not, the tenth question is for the sake of Dasha, who had already given Abramovich two children, he was ready to smile for the cameras and go to parties, which, by the way, he does with obvious pleasure after parting with his wife in 2017. And Zhukova is now "responsible" for the image of another billionaire - Stavros Niarhos, who became her second husband. And the changes are evident again - before the beginning of the relationship with Dasha, Stavros was known as a playboy who replaced a whole army of star girlfriends. But the romance with Zhukova turned the frivolous handsome bon vivant into a serious person,an exemplary spouse and future father (as it became known, very soon Dasha and Stavros will become parents).
A businessman can be super successful, but only his office staff and business partners will know about him. And when there is money and power, it is logical to spend some of it on personal fame. And this requires a secular woman - not a housewife. She will introduce you to fashionable bohemians and other influential people, your photos with her will flash in all magazines, and someone will receive a million dollar fee for your joint picture in panties. Vyacheslav Doronin was an exemplary businessman and family man (his marriage with his wife Ekaterina lasted 21 years), until fate (or the right people) brought him together at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 with Naomi Campbell. They said a lot of bad things about her, but she could offer Doronin something else besides her beauty - Naomi created a reputation for him in the USA and Great Britain. As a result, the couple still broke up,but the acquired secular reputation remains with Doronin to this day.
Stephen Webster is a great jeweler, but like any artist he needs support. Remember the same Salvador Dali, who is not known who he would have become if not for his wife, muse and support Gala. Stephen was also lucky to have a Russian wife - Asya Webster made a star from an ordinary jeweler, introduced her to the mighty of this world, in particular, in Russia, where she has a million acquaintances and girlfriends who immediately fell in love with the outrageous rings, bracelets and earrings of the talented master. Without Asya's approval, not a single piece of jewelry made by her husband comes out.
No one disputes that David Beckham is a great football player, but not all of his colleagues become such superstars in show business as he is. Because they don't have such a strong-willed wife at hand as Victoria Beckham. She moved him from boring England to America, and what's the difference that football is a third-rate game there - the main thing is that now David is friends with all the Hollywood elite, earns millions on advertising contracts and has become the most stylish dad (he and Victoria have four children) in Hollywood.
Actor Hugh Jackman is also one of those lucky ones for whom the second half has become a pass to a happy life. Hugh and Deborah-Lee Furness met on the set of the Australian TV series Corelli back in 1995. The then unknown young actor was struck by the beauty of the famous Australian actress Deborah and four months later made her a marriage proposal. Deborra, who, by the way, is thirteen years older than her husband, agreed without hesitation. From the very moment the lovers officially registered their union, Hugh's career went uphill, either thanks to the fame of his wife, or her efforts, or in aggregate. Today the whole world knows him, and he claims that he owes absolutely everything to his beloved wife. Alas, despite the outward idyll,Rumors about Jackman's gay orientation have been happily picked up and developed by journalists for quite some time now. But the spouses are in no hurry to pay attention to idle gossip - they have been happy together for more than twenty years, they are raising two adopted children, and Deborah is ready to punch her husband's way into the world of cinema and great fame.
Amancio Ortega, without receiving a full-fledged education, for a long time was forced to work as an ordinary messenger at a garment factory, from where he was later fired. The loss of his only job plunged the Spaniard into a deep depression, from which he was pulled out by Rosalia, the wife of the future billionaire. She, also not possessing much knowledge, offered her husband to sew clothes to order, the couple opened a joint production at home. True, this way of earning money was at first under threat - one after another, large clients refused from already completed orders. But the resourceful Rosalia was not at a loss here either: the Spaniard persuaded her husband to sell jerseys on her own. So they had a Zorba shop in 1975, Amancio was then 40 years old. And in 2012, the Bloomberg agency recognized Ortega as the richest man in Europe - his holding owns the textile brands Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Pull & Bear, ZarHome, Stradivarius.
Family for the good
The wives of big businessmen and politicians often start doing charity work - throwing parties, collecting donations and heading various foundations. They do this not only because they are very kind and have access to a lot of money. Charity wife - ten points in favor of the husband, who is usually listed as the founder, co-chair and sponsor of the foundation. Charity is important for the image, but painstaking. Any mistake of an accountant - and you are accused of money laundering, after which you go to jail. Realizing this, a rich man will never entrust such a matter to an outsider. Only to the wife, who no longer idles in her ten-bedroom palace, but brings tangible benefits to society and her husband.
Billionaire developer and co-founder of Google Sergey Brin helped his ex-wife Anna Wojcicki open a business, investing about four million dollars in it. Anna's company 23andMe is engaged in research of the human genome (saliva is taken as a material for research), revealing a predisposition to various diseases. Several years ago, Sergei also wanted to be examined, and he was found to have genes associated with the development of Parkinson's disease. After that, Brin transferred a large sum to the Michael Fox Foundation, which is engaged in clinical research of this problem. Good advertisement for your wife's business or a good deed? Rather, the second.
Computer tycoons are generally willing to give away the billions they earn for good deeds. Bill Gates is beyond competition here. Rumor has it that it was Melinda's wife who hooked him up for charity. Bill blows the dust off her and almost prays for his chosen one, with whom they have been married for 25 years. And it's understandable why - she cares so much about his business and reputation that in a restaurant or other public place, when she sees the paparazzi, she covers her husband with her back so that he gets fewer camera flashes and the attention of onlookers. Bill himself came up with an interesting rule: he is sure that a woman's intelligence directly depends on the height of her heels. The lower, the smarter. His observations of his beloved wife led him to this conclusion: from their first meetings (they met in 1987) she wore (and still wears) flat-soled shoes, like moccasins,and no one doubted her mental abilities during this time. They have three children, but there is a funny clause in their marriage contract - Bill pledged to pay his wife $ 10 million for each child. They now have the world's largest private philanthropic foundation, which invests in healthcare and education.
The wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, top model Carla Bruni, regularly donates money to charity, which she receives for her work in magazines and films. Ms Bruni-Sarkozy has become the face of the Tommy Hilfiger brand, which donates money to the Breast Health Institute Foundation, cares for an organization that provides nutrition to the homeless, and works with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
To each according to his merits
Billionaire Alisher Usmanov and Honored Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach Irina Viner have a long marriage, in which everyone built their careers as they could and wanted. Both have achieved incredible success. Officially, they did not help each other, but they were always on the same wavelength (in particular, because of the sport: Usmanov is a master of sports in fencing). For the sake of preserving the family and good relations, they decided to live separately and meet several times a week - they believe that it is better to communicate for a short time, but productively, than to die of boredom in each other's company, like many married couples with experience.
The long union of restaurateur Andrei Dellos and antiquarian Evgenia Metropol'skaya is an excellent example when everyone can do their own thing without interfering, but only morally supporting each other. They admit that they miss each other in a day. And this, after 20 years of marriage, is worth a lot!
Family psychologists unanimously say that it is contraindicated for a wife and husband to work together. If you do not part with your beloved 24 hours a day, he will soon turn into enemy number one.
But there are exceptions to any rule. For some, teamwork becomes the key to a happy life and prosperity for the family budget. For example, for Max and Lyubov Azria, who together founded the BCBG fashion house. The name and the logo were invented by Lyubov (nee Matsievskaya) - this is an abbreviation for the French bon chic, bon genre - "excellent style, excellent position." They have both been at the helm of the BCBG Max Azria for 30 years. And although Max's name appears in the brand name, Lyubov's contribution to the family business should not be underestimated. The husband gave his wife complete freedom in business and will never reread her.
Director Michel Hazanavicius, about whom the whole world is now talking, invited his wife Berenice Bejo to the main role in the film "The Artist", which became the main film premiere of 2012. She has been acting in films for a long time, but she sat for a long time without laurels, until her husband suddenly made her famous. It turns out that no matter who helps someone in a married couple, the main thing is that both go to the same goal - a happy marriage and material well-being.
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