Yvette Prieto is a Cuban-American model who married NBA legend Michael Jordan in April 2013, becoming the second wife of the sports star. Marrying MJ could have increased her popularity, however, Yvette was already making a name for herself before meeting Jordan in 2008. Let’s look at some facts about her life and career.
Yvette Prieto Bio/Facts
Yvette Prieto was born in 1979, in Cuba, to Maria Prieto, Carlos Prieto. She is 15 years younger than Michael Jordan who was born in 1964.
Modeling was not her first career choice. Yvette Prieto studied business management at university and is reportedly the director of one or two Miami-based companies, including Beet the LBS and Aqua Management.
She worked in her father’s company for a few years. However, when she became dissatisfied with the company’s situation, she decided to pursue a career in modeling.
Although the pictures of her modeling do not seem to be available online, it is reported that she has modeled for some big names like Alexander Wang.
Yvette Prieto is a politician. She was previously a Republican but later became independent. She’s 168 cm tall… not bad for a model. However, she is still a dwarf when she stands next to her 198 cm tall husband.
Michael Jordan is not the first famous name Prieto has ever known. She was in a relationship with an Iglesias… no don’t be too quick, not Enrique but her older brother Julio Iglesias Jr. who bears the name of their father Julio Senior.
While they were together, Julio had some good things to say about Prieto. “She’s a fantastic girl and I like her. In addition to her beauty, which is obvious, she is a loving, simple and very good person,” Julio told Hola magazine!
Yvette Prieto Married/Husband – Michael Jordan
While spending a fun evening at a nightclub in Miami in 2008, Yvette met Michael Jordan. That was two years after Jordan divorced with his first 17-year-old wife, Juanita Vanoy. The divorce has been described as one of the most expensive in American history. Forbes reported that the divorce would have cost him more than $150 million, other sources have estimated the figure at $168 million. The payment brought Juanita Vanoy’s net worth to $170 million.
While this would have paralyzed many businessmen, and even stolen part of their faith in love, certainly not MJ who was back on his feet and ready to find love again just two years later.
Their relationship attracted media attention and the paparazzi followed them wherever they went. However, this had little or no impact on their relationship as they moved in together in 2009. The house was a 5,500 square foot, 3-bedroom house in Kendal, Florida, which they purchased for about $300,000.
After three years of dating, MJ asked the question during Christmas 2011 and Prieto was ready to become the new Mrs. Jordan. A month before their wedding, Prieto and Jordan were spotted at the Palm Beach County Court House in Florida applying for a marriage license.
The wedding was, as expected, a big deal. The ceremony took place in April 2013 at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church with 500 guests in attendance. It was followed by a reception at the Bears Club, a golf club in Jupiter, Florida, designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. The reception was honored by an additional 1000 guests.
For her wedding dress, Prieto wore a sheath wedding dress made to measure by J’Aton Couture. Made of French silk veil and handmade silk lace, it had a cathedral train and was decorated with Swarovski crystals. Their cake was a 7-storey white rum cake and was decorated with crystal pins. Jordan didn’t spend any money because stars like Usher and Robin Thicke were there to entertain the guests. To avoid the repetition of a huge divorce payment, the couple signed a prenuptial agreement.
Yvette Prieto Kids/Family
One year after their marriage, Prieto gave birth to the couple’s identical twin daughters. Born in February 2014, they were named Ysabel and Victoria.
“His wife, Yvette, gave birth to the couple’s identical twin daughters,” Jordan’s spokeswoman Estee Portnoy told the Associated Press.
“Yvette Jordan and the babies are fine and the family is thrilled when they arrive,” added Portnoy.
Since the children’s birth, Prieto and Jordan have done a good job of keeping them out of the media. Prieto is also the mother-in-law of Jordan’s three children since her first marriage to Juanita Vanoy.
Yvette Prieto Net Worth
Coincidentally, when MJ was about to divorce his first wife Juanita, Prieto was in financial difficulty when she filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7. However, she had her scores settled before she met Michael. Yvette Prieto net worth is estimated at $1.5 million, while not a chicken feed, it dwarfs compared to her husbands $1.5 billion wealth.