Throughout history, there have been tons of cases of beautiful young women marrying older men to secure their fortune after their “dearly beloveds” pass away. Now, the modern gold digger doesn’t necessarily have to be some young girl — even men who ally themselves with successful women can earn the not-so-lovely label. Here’s a list of some of the most famous (though not necessarily the most successful) gold diggers in history.
Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith was born Vicky Lynn Hogan in Mexia, Texas in 1967. Her family was led by her mother Virgie, after her father disappeared shortly after her birth. She dropped out of high school in order to contribute a few extra dollars to the family income by working at a fried chicken restaurant. She fell in love with the restaurant’s cook, and married him at 17 years old, giving birth to their son later that year.
Anna Nicole dreamed of making it big in the entertainment industry, and a few years later started dancing in a strip club in Houston. There she met J. Howard Marshall II, an oil magnate who fell in love with her; they married 3 years later. At the time, Anna Nicole was 26, and he was 89 years old.
They remained married until his death not even two years later. Most of Marshall’s money was willed to his son E. Pierce Marshall, and Anna Nicole embarked on an 11 year journey through the US Justice System to secure her inheritance, which she claims J. Howard promised her verbally before his death, but never put in writing. Anna Nicole ultimately lost the lawsuit, but succeeded in her goal of becoming a household name in the entertainment world.