When the news broke of Janet Jackson’s secret marriage to billionaire Wissam Al Mana, the first thing that probably popped into your head was, “Who is Wissam Al Mana?” The second question may have then been, “How did these two meet?”
We don’t blame you. In fact, these questions spurred us to do some digging of our own to find out who landed Janet, Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty!
Overseeing the family business with his two brothers, Wissam has built a luxury empire in the Middle East. Al Mana Retail represents high end brands like Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Balenciaga, and Roberto Cavalli. Janet’s boo also owns stakes in the Saks Fitfh Avenue stores throughout the Middle East. According to Forbes Magazine, Wissam’s net worth (including his family’s estate) is estimated at $4.5 billion. Oh wee!
Wissam, 37, is nine years Janet’s junior and grew up in London then started working in retail at the age of 14, reportedly.
The Jackson family has long traveled to Qatar and the U.A.E. for concerts and vacations. It was even one of Michael Jackson’s favorite places in the world. So it’s no surprise that Janet met Wissam at a hotel opening in Dubai in April 2010. And the rest is history.
In November 2011, Al Mana opened up to VMAN magazine about his special lady: “I don’t date Janet Jackson. She is my girlfriend; there is a difference. She is a very special and talented woman who never ceases to amaze me.” Talk about Prince Charming.
He also shared with the mag about his dream woman, who just so happens to be Jackson. “I think a man’s dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I’m fortunate to be dating my dream woman now,” says Al Mana.
We cannot wait to see whether the pair has children or simply lives the jet-setting lifestyle forever. Love it!