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NBA legend Michael Jordan is arguably 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. So, many fans also want to know about his private life. For instance, who is Michael Jordan’s wife, Yvette Prieto? 

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

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

Michael Jordan wife Yvette Prieto
Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette Prieto at a Charlotte Hornets game in 2015 | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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Yvette Prieto was born in 1979 in Cuba to parents Carlos and Maria Prieto. The now-42-year-old grew up in Miami and modeled for top designers such as Alexander Wang.

Before Prieto began dating Michael Jordan, she was in a relationship with Enrique Iglesias’ older brother, Julio Iglesias Jr. In a 2003 interview with Hola! Magazine, Iglesias gushed about his then-girlfriend.

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

After their breakup, Iglesias married model Charisse Verhaert in 2012.

How did Michael Jordan and his wife, Yvette Prieto, meet?

The six-time NBA champion met his future wife, who is 20 years his junior, in 2008 at a nightclub. They began seeing each other, and their relationship got serious when they moved in together in 2009. Two years later, he proposed.

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto’s wedding was a star-studded affair that cost upward of $10 million.

The pair said “I do” at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, on Apr. 27, 2013. The bride wore a custom J’Aton Couture gown, made with French silk and lace embellished with Swarovski crystals. The dress also featured a cathedral train.

After the ceremony, the couple celebrated at Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida. According to Echo Fine Properties, 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 famous athletes and celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Spike Lee, and MJ’s former Chicago Bulls teammate Scotty Pippen. Music artists Usher and Robin Thicke sang at the reception.

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

About Michael Jordan’s wife and kids

Yvette Prieto and Michael 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.

Michael 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.