Factors such as wealth, intelligence, power to control a country, state or kingdom and social influence determine the power of a person. The power of a person doubles when that person marries similarly powerful match. In the history of world, there have been many couples who ruled with their power. We will be seeing some of the greatest power couples in the world who are considered as evergreen powerful couples of all-time.
Check out the list of top ten most powerful couples ever in the world:
10. Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine
Henry II was the king of England and Eleanor was the beautiful queen of France for nearly 15 years already from her first marriage. Two powerful people from 11th century married and as a result were controlling most parts of Great Britain and France together. They are considered as the most powerful couple of their time. Henry II at age of 20 and Eleanor of Aquitaine at the age of 30 married on May 18th, 1152. Eleanor was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. On the other hand Henry was a powerful king of England. After thirteen years of their marriage, their relationship was estranged. Henry imprisoned the powerful Ramnulfid dynasty member Eleanor until Henry died on July 6th, 1189.
9. Nancy and Ronald Reagan
Nancy and Ronald Reagan both were actors. Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States and Nancy was the First Lady of the United States from Jan 20, 1981 to Jan 20, 1989 for eight years. Ronald Reagan married Nancy on March 4, 1952. Ronald Reagan helped the United States economy growth, GDP, inflation control and fought public sector labors. His presence was felt in other countries around the world like the USSR, Libya, Iran and Germany. He publicly declared that Soviet Union as an “evil empire”. Ronald Reagan escaped an assassination attempt. The couple as Hollywood actors and politicians were one of the most powerful couple of their time and will remain one of the most powerful couple in history.
8. Mao and Madame Mao
Mao and Madame Mao were the power couple leaders from China. Mao Zedong was a revolutionary and founding father of People’s Republic of China. He was comparable to Adolf Hitler for his style of dictatorship. On the positive note, he is credited for driving imperialism out of China, modernization of China, improving education, status of women and healthcare. The controversial figure is one of the most important individuals in modern world history. Jiang Qing also known as Madame Mao was a Chinese actress and political figure. Qing is responsible for the formation of the radical political alliance “Gang of Four” which was responsible for controlling majority of the Chinese political institutions and media propaganda. Qing married Mao and became the first lady, who together was controlling the superpower nation China.
7. Bill and Hillary Clinton
In 2016, this couple is one of the most powerful couple in the world. Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States and Hilary Clinton, a politician and well-known as the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States in the 2016 elections. She was responsible for advocating the U.S. military intervention in Libya as Secretary of State. During the presidential role of Bill Clinton, he passed the welfare reform and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, providing healthcare reforms for millions of children: Clinton remained active in the politics even after his term by campaigning for Democratic candidates like Obama and Clinton’s wife Hilary Clinton. He also teamed with George W. Bush to form the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Clinton married Hilary in on October 11, 1975 resulting in a powerful couple to this world.
6. Pierre Curie and Marie Curie
This couple is one of the strangest in this list, as they weren’t wealthy or they were neither politicians nor rulers. They are powerful for their intelligence and discoveries to the world. Pierre Curie and Marie Curie are Nobel Prize laureates. Marie Curie is the first woman to win Nobel Prize and is also the only woman to win two Nobel Prizes in two different sciences – Physics and Chemistry. Marie is from Poland and Pierre is from France. On July 26th, 1895, the scientists married. Both were known for their works in radioactivity. Marie Curie was better known for discovering two elements, polonium and radium whereas Pierre Curie was known for Curie’s law. They are powerful for their intelligence and discoveries.
5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. The powerful American statesman and political leader won a record four presidential elections. He is responsible for the mobilization of the U.S. economy during World War II. The dominant Democratic Party leader aided the development of the first nuclear bomb. Franklin Roosevelt married Eleanor Roosevelt on March 17th, 1905. Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political leader, activist and diplomat. As of result of their marriage, she became the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She is also the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt. She was ninth on Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. She is also the most admired women in the world. The couple were the greatest power couple from America.
4. Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon
Isabella I of Castile was the powerful queen of Spain and Ferdinand II of Aragon was the King of Sicily and King of Aragon. The couple together ruled major parts of current European countries like Spain, Tunisia, Italy, Malta, Gibraltar and many other countries. On October 19, 1469, the beautiful rulers married. They were in an agreement to rule together. After defeating France in a war, Ferdinand became King of Naples. He reunited Naples and Sicily to be known as the King of Navarre. He is famous for inaugurating the discovery of the New World, as Christopher Columbus’s first voyage was sponsored by him and his wife Isabella. After the first years of their marriage, Spain saw conquest of Nasrid dynasty of the Emirate of Granada which was the last Islamic al-Andalus entity on Iberian Peninsula. The couple is one of history’s most powerful ever.
3. Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine
Napoleon Bonaparte is the most celebrated and controversial political figure in human history. He was a French political and military leader. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French for about 10 years. Napoleon dominated the European and global affairs for a decade. He rose to prominence during the French Revolution and successfully led many campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars. He is one of the most respected military commanders in history and his skills are studied in military schools worldwide even today. Josephine is the first wife and first Empress of the French. Before becoming the Empress of France, she was the Queen Consort of Italy. This couple is powerful due to the leadership of Napoleon and the affection shared between them.
2. Julius Caesar of Rome and Cleopatra of Egypt
Cleopatra IV also known as just Cleopatra is the most famous pharaoh of Egypt. She is famous for her beauty, power, intelligence and leadership. Cleopatra is also known for her relationship with one of the greatest man in history – Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar was a great author of the Latin prose, political leader and military general. He played an important role in the demise of the Roman Republic and raise of Roman Empire. He met Cleopatra when he fled to Egypt in pursuit of his enemy Pompey. Their relationship is controversial as Julius Caesar killed Cleopatra’s husband and father to boost Cleopatra’s power over the throne and kingdom. Their union was expected to be a reason for political strength. Cleopatra married Caesar for her love and her younger brother to rule Egypt.
1. Melinda and Bill Gates
Melinda Gates and Bill Gates are the most powerful couple in the world and in history. Bill Gates is one of the richest men in history and as of 2016; his net worth was close to $90 billion. They both found the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 which is the largest private foundation in the world. In 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen co-founded one of the most powerful tech corporations in the world – Microsoft. The Harvard University dropout became Time magazine’s one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century, as well as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004. Bill Gates married Melinda Ann Gates in the year 1994. Both are a philanthropist and donate to charity in millions.
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