Is Kate Middleton preparing to be that most valuable of commodities…the perfect corporate spouse?

The corporate spouse, usually a wife has for many years been the supporting act to many successful CEOs, and it seems that Kate Middleton is now preparing to be the ultimate corporate wife by shelving any career plans she may have had and being the right hand woman to our future  King. This led me to wondering how important a choice of spouse should be to women in business aiming for the top job. Following on from my last blog post about the Financial Times list of top 50 business women, I was sent an article written by Lucy Kellaway at the FT in which she states ‘the biggest reason that alpha women don’t become CEOs is that they have made the common, yet fatal, error of marrying an alpha man.’ She backed up this statement by googling the top 50 women and she discovered that, of those she could find personal information, almost all of them have children, but tellingly, not one of them had an alpha male husband. In fact she discovered husbands like that of Indra Nooyi CEO of Pepsi, who gave up his job and became a consultant to fit in with his wife and children, or others who had become self employed and even wound up their own businesses to support their wives. So how does an ambitious woman find the male equivalent of Kate? Sadly until men are content being with a woman who is more successful than they are and high flying women stop seeking out a high flying partner, the number of dual CEO couples will be minimal.

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