Who Is Michael Jordan’s Wife, Yvette Prieto?

NBA legend Michael Jordan is widely considered the greatest basketball player who ever lived and you don’t even have to be a sports fan to know exactly who he is or what he accomplished in his career. These days Jordan owns the Charlotte Hornets and is still one of the most visible faces in sports, but a lot of people don’t know much about the woman he’s married to.

Here’s more about MJ’s wife, Yvette Prieto, including how they met and the celebrity she dated before her husband.

Yvette Prieto
Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Prieto is a Cuban-born model with a famous ex-boyfriend

Prieto was born in 1979 in Cuba to parents Carlos and Maria Prieto. She grew up in Miami and spent time working as a model for some top designers like Alexander Wang.

Before Prieto started dating Jordan, she was in a relationship with Enrique Iglesias’ older brother, Julio Iglesias Jr. In 2003, Iglesias spoke to Hola! magazine and gushed about his then-girlfriend.

“She’s a fantastic girl and I like her,” the musician said. “Aside from her beauty, which is obvious, she is [a] loving, simple and very good person.” 

After their breakup, Iglesias went on to marry model Charisse Verhaert.

How Prieto met Jordan

Yvette Prieto
Yvette Prieto | Ethan Miller/Getty Images for MJCI

The six-time NBA champion met his future wife in 2008 at a nightclub. They started seeing each other and things got serious in 2009 when they moved in together. Two years later, Jordan proposed.

Their wedding was a star-studded affair that cost upwards of $10 million dollars.

The pair said “I do” at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. The bride wore a custom-made gown created by J’Aton Couture which was made with French silk and lace embellished with Swarovski crystals. The dress also featured a cathedral train.

Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan
Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan | Isaac Brekken/WireImage

After the ceremony, the couple celebrated at Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida. According to JeffRealty.com, the lavish event had “amazing floral arrangements with tulips, roses, peonies, crystal candelabras, [and] private cigar rooms.”

The couple chose a seven-layer white rum cake decorated with crystal broaches and the guest list boasted a number of famous athletes and celebrities including Tiger Woods, Spike Lee, and MJ’s former Chicago Bulls teammate, Scotty Pippen. Artists Usher and Robin Thicke both sang at the reception.

This was the first marriage for Prieto and the second for Jordan. The NBA Hall of Famer was previously married to Juanita Vanoy from 1989 to 2006. 

How many children they have

Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan
Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Cincoro

Prieto and Jordan have two children together.

On Feb. 9, 2014, they welcomed twin daughters, Ysabel and Victoria.

“Yvette and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival,” Jordan’s rep told Us Weekly at the time.

Jordan also has three adult children with his first wife. His oldest, Jeffrey, was born on Nov. 18, 1988, followed by Marcus on Dec. 24, 1990, and Jasmine on Dec. 7, 1992.  

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