This is such a big predictor of marital stability that sociologists are not quite sure if richer people have more stable marriage or whether more stable marriages produce better wealth. Clooney, you may have noticed, dated a lot of women before marrying Alamuddin. But the relationships never just slid into marriage because they had nowhere else to go.
Alamuddin has way more formal education than Clooney, who never finished college, but seems to have picked up some useful skills.
“The tendency of the well-educated to marry each other,” notes Sawhill is “what scientists call ‘assortative mating.”” Those relationships have proved to be the most stable. Clearly Clooney’s wealth dwarfs Alamuddin’s, but she’s not without means.
In any case, wealth — not crazy money, but a lack of need — tends to produce more stable families, or at least poverty produces unstable ones, especially if there are kids involved.
But, hey, this is the internet: a sea of lists and rankings that pepper our lives with opinions we didn’t even know we wanted! Because it seemed like you were expecting it, and if nothing else, internet lists should subvert expectations, but sometimes you just can’t ignore the champion.
To settle on a ranking, I tried to combine multiple factors — subversive qualities, good, old-fashioned LOLs, and viral success — into each decision.