Inside the marriage of billionaire Spanx founder Sara Blakely and entrepreneur Jesse Itzler, who met at a poker game and slow dance to make up after fights
• Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Marquis Jets founder Jesse Itzler first met at a charity poker tournament in 2006.
• Itzler set up an elaborate scavenger hunt when it came time to propose to his now-wife.• Today, they have four children and chronicle their family's adventures on social media.
When Sara Blakely arrived at the 2006 Net Jet Annual Las Vegas Poker Tournament, she didn't know much about poker.
Still, one of her sales representatives wrangled her a seat at the main table with Jesse Itzler. He was the cofounder of private jet company Marquis Jets, which was later acquired by Berkshire Hathaway's NetJets in 2010, Reuters reported. Blakely was a customer of his - she had a major phobia of heights and the New Yorker reported she figured "she could order the pilot to land" if she panicked while leasing a flight.
As it turned out, he didn't know much about poker either.
The pair bonded over their lack of knowledge of the game, and a friendship blossomed, according to Atlanta Weddings.
Blakely continued to hold Itzler's attention when she announced she was heading to bed early. "Who goes to bed at 9:30 at night in Vegas?" he told Success.com. "That intrigued me. And she loved to laugh, and that intrigued me, too."Today, Blakely and Itzler have four children and co-own the Atlanta Hawks basketball team with several other individuals, AJC.com reported. Blakely is worth $1.21 billion, according to Forbes.
Here's a look at their nine-year marriage: