Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto's Wedding Venue Saturday - Palm Beach, Florida
Yvette Prieto, 35, who wed Michael Jordan, 50, on Saturday, stayed remarkably under the radar during the couple's five-year courtship (the two were engaged in 2011). Maybe that's because she appears to be a woman with her two feet planted firmly on the ground.
According to an interview with ESPN, Prieto is helping Jordan—as famous for his ego as he is for his air—come down to earth as well. In February, the couple moved from Chicago to a condominium in the Bear's Club community in Jupiter, Florida developed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. His friends joke that it's his "retirement home" but the sprawling, 11-bedroom residence seems more like a domestic oasis. There is a giant kitchen where Jordan and Prieto like to entertain close friends around an island with wine from his cellar, takeout steaks, and homemade salads.
It's possible they moved to Florida to be closer to Prieto's family. She grew up in a close-knit Cuban-American family in Miami. "It was down in Florida," reports ESPN, "where he was spending time with Yvette's Cuban family, that he got a taste of the life he'd traded for the jet-set circus of modern celebrity. They weren't fawning—her grandparents, who speak little English, aren't basketball fans—and he sat at a dinner table, with people laughing and eating home-cooked food." It brought him back to his own childhood in Wilmington, North Carolina. A couple of years ago, Prieto convinced Jordan to take a seven-hour drive around North Carolina to visit his family who live all over the state. More accustomed to a private jet than road tripping, he joked, "It's amazing what women can talk you into doing."
Check out her sparkling engagement ring (photo: Getty Images)Prieto has also shared her love of the sea with her new husband—despite the fact that he "hates the water." They have taken a number of sailing trips together and he's learned to love fishing for yellow fin tuna, and making fresh sushi with his catch. On their first voyage, he "went stir crazy" but on "the most recent trip, he felt his rage dissolve." Jordan who is usually glued to sports tapes for hours on end didn't even watch basketball. Instead, he's taken to playing old home videos of his three college-aged kids from his first marriage to Juanita Vanoy which ended in divorce in 2006. Vanoy reportedly received $168 million in the settlement, but there's plenty leftover: Forbes puts Jordan's net worth at about $650 million.
Although Prieto is described by the press as a "former model" and is certainly stunning, she also studied business and worked in real estate and in a hospital. Her former boyfriend, Julio Iglesias, Jr., described her as "a fantastic girl…Aside from her beauty, which is obvious, she is loving, simple and a very good person." After they ended their relationship, Prieto reportedly met Jordan at a dance club in 2008. Ironically, Prieto has never seen her super star husband play professional basketball. "She never saw me at 218 [his weight back in the day]," Jordan told ESPN. Maybe that's one more reason she remains so level headed about him.
Jordan is notorious for his temper but he's also known having a soft spot. He's a guy who, according to ESPN, tears up after meeting Make-A-Wish Foundation kids and sends Mother's Day roses to all his staffers who are moms. Anyone who stands six-foot-six and weighs 250 pounds must have a big heart, and Yvette Prieto has won a huge piece of it. Read More »
Money was no object for Michael Jordan's second wedding. The NBA legend tied the knot with Yvette Prieto in a star-studded, extravagant ceremony in Palm Beach, Fla. on Saturday, Apr. 27.
Jordan, 50, and the Cuban-American model, 34, said "I do" at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and then headed to a lavish reception, coordinated by star wedding planner Sharon Sacks, in a large tent at Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla. A source tells Us Weekly that the couple's wedding cost an estimated $10 million.
Over 300 people attended Jordan and Prieto's big day, including Tiger Woods, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing and Spike Lee. According to the insider, Woods' girlfriend Lindsey Vonn was invited to attend, but she was busy training in Colorado. Usher, Robin Thicke and K'Jon also were there to give special performances during the night.
An insider exclusively tells Us that newlyweds shared their first dance to K'Jon's "One the Ocean." The bride wore a stunning French silk J'Aton Couture gown with Swarovski crystals.
"They are so in love," the source tells Us of the couple of five years. "The warmth and the love was just overflowing. It was a wonderful day and will be a wonderful marriage!"
The reception space was decorated with crystal candelabras, candles and white roses, peonies and tulips with purple accents.
"The attention to detail was magnificent," the source says. "The tent even smelled beautiful. I looked like the most luscious garden you could imagine. You walked into the dining room and it looked like heaven. The room was filled with thousands of candles, thousands. It was heavenly." Read More »
A settlement was reached between basketball superstar Michael Jordan and ex-wife Juanita Jordan, in which the former NBA player agreed to pay his former wife an unprecedented settlement of more than $168 million. Sources confirmed that the couple split in December 2006, when Jordan, 44, and his wife Juanita, 48, balked at signing the settlement. Under the settlement, Juanita Jordan stands to receive the couple's seven-acre estate in Chicago and custody of their three children. The deal is said to be the biggest and dwarfs the most expensive celebrity divorce on public record, in which Neil Diamond paid his ex-wife Marcia Murphey $156 million. Records show that a year after their marriage in Las Vegas, Jordan signed a prenuptial agreement that entitled Juanita to half his fortune, but she has claimed only a third.