Nuptial Name Dropping Aid Destination Weddings

Juanita Vanoy & Michael Jordan Following in the tradition of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Mickey Rooney, NBA superstar Michael Jordan and then-girlfriend Juanita Vanoy picked Sin City for their nuptials. The couple decided to get hitched at 3:30 A.M. on Sept. 2, 1989 at the Little White Chapel. Vanoy had spent much of the previous year deciding whether to file a paternity suit against Jordan when he finally agreed to get married — she already had a 10-month-old son by him. A year and a half later the pair signed a post-nuptial agreement. After 12 years of marriage, Juanita Jordan filed for divorce, but later withdrew it, and the couple is currently attempting reconciliation.

Melinda French & Bill Gates When Bill Gates and his fiancée, Melinda French, got married in 1994, he was only the second-richest man in the United States — at the time, he was worth only $7 billion. Last year Forbes' list of the world's billionaires pegged his fortune at a much more impressive $52.8 billion. (In 1994, Warren Buffett was first, with a fortune of more than $8 billion.) Still, it's more than enough for the Gates to get married in secluded splendor. They chose the Manele Bay Hotel in Lanai, Hawaii, as the site of their nuptials. Gates bought all 250 rooms at the hotel — including his own $1,300-a-night suite — to insure total privacy, booked all helicopter services on Maui to prevent photographers from renting them and even hired his own security team. The Gates were married on New Year's Day on the resort's golf course, and Willie Nelson later entertained guests. Three other members of the Forbes billionaires list were in attendance: Buffett, Gates' Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Gates' best man, Steve Ballmer, who is now CEO of Microsoft.

Ellen Barkin & Ronald Perelman In June 2000, billionaire Revlon CEO Ronald Perelman married for the fourth time — to actress Ellen Barkin in a traditional Jewish ceremony. Perelman walked to the Fifth Avenue Synagogue from his townhouse a block away. Barkin, recently divorced from actor Gabriel Byrne, wore a floral suit. The 45 guests included director Penny Marshall and Trudie Styler, wife of rock musician Sting, as well as Byrne. Patricia Duff, Perelman's third wife, sent him a wedding day message via her divorce lawyer. "Ms. Duff hopes Ms. Barkin never experiences the pain and suffering she has suffered," said Duff's attorney. Considering how poorly Revlon stock has performed this year, Perelman better he doesn't have to pay more alimony in the future.

Wendi Deng & Rupert Murdoch News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch doesn't waste time. Just 17 days after his divorce from Anna, his second wife, the 68-year-old media titan married 32 year-old Wendi Deng, a former TV executive. The couple was married on Murdoch's 155-foot yacht, The Morning Glory, off of Manhattan's Chelsea Piers. Murdoch sported a dark blue suit and Deng wore an ivory-colored dress — and no shoes. New York State Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silberman officiated while fireworks exploded in the harbor. In attendance were Michael Milken and Russian entrepreneur Boris Berezovksy. Welsh singing prodigy Charlotte Church performed. Deng, a Yale graduate, was a junior executive at News Corp.'s Star TV in Hong Kong when she met Murdoch. The couple had their first child last year.

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