The billionaire businessman from Qatar may seem like an unexpected
match for MJ’s sister, but not really. They’ve been inseparable for
about three years.
They just don’t broadcast it. What a concept.
In a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight, Janet and Wissam Al Mana said, “The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true.”
“Last year we married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony.
Our wedding gifts were contributions to our respective favorite
“We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are
allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and
Janet,” they added.
The two have kept their relationship quiet and never responded to
reports that they were set to wed, yet by all accounts they are smitten
with each other.
They both enjoy spending quality time together and keeping their romance low-key. In an interview with VMAN magazine in November 2011, Al Mana said:
“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.”
As of 2012, Wissam Al Mana’s net worth was said to be an estimated
at $1 billion. This makes him one of the richest retail investors in
the Middle East.
Running the family business with his two brothers, Al Mana has made
his fortune as the managing director of Middle-East-based Al Mana
His company represents Armani Exchange stores and other high-end
retailers such as Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Balenciaga, and Roberto
Al Mana also owns stakes in the Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Dubai,
Bahrain, and Kuwait, and is opening the flagship A/X Exchange in a
Qatar shopping mall.
This is marriage number three for Janet Jackson, 46, who was
previously hitched to Rene Elizondo Jr. (1991-1999) and James DeBarge
At 37, Al Mana is nine years her junior.
Congratulations again to both!