Porsha Williams is one of the biggest stars to ever emerge from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Brash and beautiful, Williams marches to the beat of her own drum and doesn’t care what the haters have to say about it. Williams, who got engaged in early 2021 to businessman Simon Guobadia, has often had to deflect criticisms of her hasty engagement, but for many fans, the drama makes their relationship that much more interesting. Guobadia, as it turns out, is not only a super-wealthy businessman but has several ex-wives and a bevy of children as well.
Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia caused controversy when they got together
Williams and Simon Guobadia got together immediately after Guobadia announced his divorce from his wife, Falynn Guobadia. Interestingly enough, Falynn Guobadia was Williams’ co-star on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Simon Guobadia and Williams received a lot of backlash when they announced their relationship in May 2021, and even more controversy ensued when they revealed that they had gotten engaged just weeks after starting to date.
Simon Guobadia, a wealthy man with a net worth of around $40 million, according to Exact Net Worth, was married twice before tying the knot with Falynn Guobadia—and has quite a lengthy history of business deals and investments.
How many times has Simon Guobadia been married?
Simon Guobadia has chosen to keep much of his personal life under the radar, but Bustle reports that he already has three ex-wives, including, most recently, Falynn Guobadia. His first wife, Karron English, was with him for around 20 years before the two separated. His second wife, Connie Andrade-Rivera, is a model and lifestyle enthusiast. It is unclear when the two were married, but they did have a young daughter together, whom they named Ximena. Most recently, Simon Guobadia was married to Falynn Guobadia. They were married for two years before divorcing in early 2021.
All in all, Simon Guobadia has five children, according to BCK Online—and when he and Williams tie the knot, he will become a stepfather to her young daughter, PJ. Although Simon Guobadia doesn’t share many details about his children online, he does occasionally share photos of them on his social media, with fans learning that his oldest daughter is named Nicole and that he has two young sons named Benjamin and Quentin.
Large, blended families are nothing new to Simon Guobadia. His grandfather, according to Page Six, was a polygamist who had 25 wives. Simon Guobadia’s own father had two wives, which he revealed on an episode of Porsha’s Family Matters. “Where I come from, there’s nothing abnormal about having different women,” Guobadia said in the episode.
What does Simon Guobadia do for a living?
Simon Guobadia might have paid a hefty settlement to his ex-wife, Falynn Guobadia, including $100,000, paid out in two installments, and pay child support for several children, but he’s still a very wealthy man. He currently works as the Chief Executive Officer at Simcol Petroleum Limited Company, according to his LinkedIn, and has also launched several restaurant concepts, including Buckhead Bottle Bar and Simon’s Restaurant. Guobadia has produced several movies, such as Jail Dogs and Son of the South.
One example of Guobadia’s wealth is the extravagant engagement ring that he presented Williams in May 2021. The ring features a huge emerald-cut center stone and a thin band set with pave diamonds. Page Six reports that the ring could easily have cost anywhere between $750,000 to $1 million, depending on the specifics of the center stone. Either way, it looks as though Williams and Guobadia are in it for the long haul, since they haven’t let controversy dissuade them from pursuing their own happily-ever-after.