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Who is Mavis Leno?
Mavis Elizabeth Leno was born on the 5th September 1946, in San Francisco, California USA, and is a leading feminist and noted philanthropist, known to the world for her fight against Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan since the late ‘90s. Also, she is familiar to the world as the wife of the famous TV host Jay Leno.
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Early Life, Family, and Education
The daughter of the actor E. A. Nicholson and his wife Victoria Edith Chance, at an early age, Mavis was interested in becoming a jockey, however, her father disapproved, explaining that it wasn’t suitable for women. This developed a high level of rage and opposition in Mavis towards rules and so different between men and women. Unfortunately, there is no information in regards to Mavis’ formal education.
First Meeting with Jay Leno
Mavis and Jay met in the mid- ‘70s, when Jay was still performing in the nightclubs of Los Angeles; she was laughing her heart out the entire night and caught Jay’s eyes. Their first meeting led to a friendship and then a relationship, which was later crowned by marriage.
Wedding Ceremony and Married Life
Four years older than her husband, Mavis and Jay tied the knot on the 30th November 1980, just four years after their first encounter. Though married for over 35 years, the couple doesn’t have any children, and Mavis blames herself for that. Mavis was 34 when the two met, and was more focused on her career than on family. However, Jay denied that, and said that he also didn’t want children. When asked about how things are in their marriage, the couple stated that they are happy together, and even now are satisfied with how things are, after almost 40 years.
Mavis Leno Career and Philanthropy
Mavis has been a part of the Feminist Majority Foundation since its inception, and since 1997 has served as the chair of its Campaign to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan. Two years later, alongside her husband Mavis donated $100,000 to the organization to enable an increase its operations. However, since her first endeavor, Mavis has become a leading feminist not only in the US, but also internationally, fighting for the rights of all women.
— Ms. Magazine (@MsMagazine) May 22, 2018
Mavis Leno Net Worth
When it comes to her wealth, authoritative sources estimate that her net worth is over $5 million, but of interest is that Jay Leno’s net worth is estimated at $350 million.