South African Power Couples

2014-12-25 22:02

“Individually they are great but together they are exceptional”

Bonang Matheba posted up a picture on Instagram about a week ago about the concept of a trophy wife which I reposted almost instantly. It said: “the term “trophy wife” has taken on a new, more upscale meaning. Men are finding the most attractive and sexually desirable women that are not brainless beauties whose sole function is to look good and stay quiet, but women who are making good money and are in positions of power. The woman who got ahead on her looks by marrying a “sugar daddy” is now being replaced by the woman who is equal to her man in earning power and career positon. That’s sexy.” Kristen Houghton used Amal Clooney as the perfect example. I couldn’t agree more.

When two people of almost equal influence decide to build together that is when a power couple or super couple is born. Both parties involved in the power couple have tremendous influence and dominate in the industry they are involved in. The amazing thing about power couples is that they play such an important role in the domino effect which I speak more about in my book EMPIRE. Millions of young people look up to the partners of a power couple. It encourages young men and women to work hard and be ambitious. It encourages them to never settle but rather be with someone who has a similar work ethic and mind set as them.

In South Africa we have been blessed with a number of power couples over the last few years. We have Lee Ann and Nicky, Bonang and Euphonik who is South Africa’s very own Jay Z and Beyonce. We have Patrice and his wife Precious, Lalla Hirayama and Chris and most recently Cassper Nyovest and Amanda Du Pont.

There are a few things that these couples do that give them the title of power couple away from the conventional influence and success. They have the ability to brainstorm together, I recently had the opportunity and privilege to experience the feeling of having a significant other that you can engage and brainstorm with. It is simply amazing. Even Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates confirmed and explained how much he depends on his wife Melinda's opinion.

Power couples constantly work on improving themselves as individuals and as a couple. Support each other’s' pursuits and ambitions fully, even if that means taking turns. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks both men and women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. These people exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier. Funny enough they exercise together, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband Zachary Bogue, an investor and former lawyer, make time to work out together.

Power couples follow their own paths, they follow their own interests. They respect each other and understand that they should put all their effort into working on what they good at but most importantly they compromise on scheduling holiday trips and dates so that they work schedules never suffer real damage.

To our local power couples I would just like to thank you. You inspire me to have something similar and build a future with someone that can excite me and engage with me intellectually forever.

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