On October 20, 1968, Jackie Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. The wedding of the most famous widow of the United States surprised more than one. And the most shocking was her choice of husband.
It was five years after the death of John Kennedy, shot dead in Dallas in November 1963. America was in shock. Since then, Jackie who was at the scene of the shout out had become a sort of icon. An example of courage and love.
Yet her marriage to the wealthy Greek Aristotle Onassis in 1968 surprised and especially disappointed America. Why him ? This man was a little skinny and was 5 feet 6 tall.
The real reasons for Jackie marrying Onassis.
A close friend had explained that Jacky finding herself alone with 2 children did not want to give up the lifestyle she was used to. Her husband’s presidential pension barely covering her expenses and those of her children, she had to rely on the generosity of Joseph Kennedy, her father-in-law.
Jacqueline Kennedy did not want to depend on him. She wanted to be responsible for her own destiny. The role of the widow weighed on her and she wanted to escape. Onassis, who at the time was considered one of the richest men in the world, was her exit ticket. Onassis had met Jackie Kennedy at several dinners with friends and fell in love with her. He was ready to do anything to have her.
By marrying Jackie, Onassis had put his billions at the disposal of the young widow, whom he spoiled without restraint. For Jackie Bouvier Kennedy, it was only a marriage of convenience and interest. A marriage that will last7 years.
For Jackie, it was just a lifetime financial security
When Onassis died, Jackie with whom he had since separated, negotiated a fairly generous compensation deal, the most expensive at the time. We are talking about more than $ 26 million at the time, the equivalent of $75 million today. Jackie became a beautiful and very wealthy widow who was now in charge of her own destiny.