It Takes Two
Power Couples Who Prove Two Is Better Than One
The former first lady, Michelle Obama, has outshined numerous leaders in Washington with approval ratings that have surpassed that of even Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, according to a Gallup survey in 2010. Far from taking a backseat as her husband, Barack Obama, ran the country, she has effectively utilised her position to become a major champion of social causes in America, with the ‘Let’s Move’ health campaign to fight against childhood obesity. Even her style choices have become a political statement. She purposefully chooses American brands such as Gap and J. Crew, to convey her image of being relatable and accessible while shying away from high-end luxury brands. Fashion might seem insignificant to a political campaign, yet her style choices has become a powerful avenue to convey the values in-line with the Obama’s administration, which have made her a vital asset in swaying public opinions during the re-elections.
China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan’s soft power influence is not to be ignored. Since Xi Xinping presidency in 2013, Peng has become the most visible first lady after Mao Zedong’s wife Jiang Qing in the late 1960s. More importantly, as an ambassador for the World Health Organisation since 2011, she has helped to spread awareness of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, proving that her role is more than just ceremonial. In 2015, Forbes listed her 68th most powerful woman in the world, alongside the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Instead of shying away from the spotlight, the wife of the richest man in the world and the CEO and co-founder of the Gates Foundations fills her days ensuring that the voices and concerns of the world’s poorest people are not only heard but addressed. In fact, it was Melinda who first pushed Bill to start doing philanthropy, The Guardian reports. Since then, the Gates Foundation in collaboration with Rotary International and the Indian government in 2014, has helped to eradicate polio entirely from India by employing two million vaccinators who spread across the country. Following this success, the foundation now aims to eradicate polio worldwide by the end of next year. With and endowment of $42.3 billion, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has become one of the world's most ambitious and influential philanthropic organizations.
As the chairperson and co-founder of VIA Technologies and HTC Corporation, Cher Wang has made her mark in the male-dominated tech sector. She is married to Wenchi Chen who sits as the Chief Executive Officer of VIA Technologies -- one of the world’s leading developers of PC core logic chipsets. In 1987, the couple co-founded integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies before starting HTC Corporation ten years later to manufacture laptops. Eventually, it was Wang’s vision to venture into smartphones that drove the company toward developing an established reputation as the official manufacturer of handheld devices for all top mobile phone brands in the world. Today, the couple has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, accumulating a combined net worth of $1.1 billion as of April 2016, according to Forbes.