9 Men Who Had More Wives Than Sense

Although monogamy may be the societal norm for many of us now, it hasn’t always been and still isn’t in many places across the globe. Many ancient societies and religions accepted polygamy as a part of life, with women being wed to the same man on a frequent basis. We thought we’d delve into the more offbeat side of marriage and love and concoct a list of histories’ most married men.

King Solomon

King SolomonWise King Solomon, of biblical fame, apparently had seven hundred wives, as well as a further three hundred concubines – which is Bible-speak for mistresses. With 1000 women to pick from, it’s surprising that the Bible only records one Naamah, the mother of Solomon’s successor Rehoboam.

Fat’h Ali Shah Qajar

Fat′h-Ali-Shah-QajarNot only did Fat’h Ali Shah Qajar have mad beard-growing skills, he was also a total ladies man. As the second King of Persia, he reigned for 37 years during which he managed to wed about 158 women. Ever single woman is listed in the book Tarikh-e Azodi written by Soltan Ahmad Mirza Azord-ed-Dowleh. Fat’h Ali Shah Qajar also found the time to father 260 children, who went on to give him 786 grandchildren.

Asentus Ogwella Akuku

Akuku-dangerKenyan man Asentus Ogwella Akuku was married for the first time back in 1939 at the age of seventeen. After five years of assumedly blissful, exciting marriage, he decided to become a polygamist in 1944 and went on to marry more than 100 women. Ironically, Asentus Ogwella Akuku divorced 85 wives due to infidelity and twelve of his wives have died. Still, he has around 160 children and founded two elementary schools for them to be educated in. He died at the age of 94 in 2010, due to natural causes.

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Mohammed Bello Abubakar

muhammad-belo-abubakar-rev1Nigerian Islamist cleric Mohammed Bello Abubakar apparently managed to collect 86 wives and father 170 children throughout his lifetime, despite the fact many say Islam allows a man to take only four wives. Mohammed claimed that the Quran didn’t actually say what the punishment for exceeding this number was so everything was fine, chill out. Islamic authorities disagreed and tried him before a Sharia court that ordered him to divorce 82 of his wives. After refusing, Mohammed was sentenced to death. Fortunately, he eventually conceded and got a mass divorce in September 2008.

Warren Steed Jeffs

Although most of Christianity is largely founded on the idea and principles of monogamy, there is an exception: The Church Of Latter Day Saints, whose followers are otherwise known as Mormons. Former president of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Church Warren Steed Jeffs very much agreed with the controversial topic of polygamy and is thought to have married 80 women, with whom he had 250 children.

In 2002, Warren succeeded his father Rulon Timpson Jeffs and married almost all of his father’s widows, as one does. A few years later in 2007, Warren was forced to step down when the FBI declared him one their most wanted criminals due to charges of rape, polygamy, tax evasion and kidnapping. He was eventually caught, tried and sentenced to life in prison in 2007.

Rulon Timpson Jeffs

Rulon-Timpson-JeffsYup, we’re talking about Warren’s daddy. Rulon Timpson Jeffs was alive from 1909 to 2002 and married a total of 75 women. Following his death he left behind 20 wives and 65 children.

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Saleh al-Sayeri

saleh-al-sayeriSaudi Arabian businessman Saleh al-Sayeri was first married at the age of fourteen and has since married 58 women over a 50-year period. Saleh al-Sayeri is reported to have paid over $1.6 million in wedding expenses and divorce settlements as he divorces his fourth wife every year and gets a new one.

Brigham Young

brigham-youngPresidents of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints sure do get a lot of action. Brigham Young founded Salt Lake City and served as the first governor of the Utah Territory, as well as acting as President Mormon between 1847 and his death in 1877. Throughout his 76 years of life, Brigham managed to marry 55 women, 21 of which had never been married, 16 were widows, 6 were divorced and 6 had other husbands. Brigham fathered 56 children with 16 of his wives, however ten never reached adulthood.

Joseph Smith

141111154033-joseph-smith-thumb-01-story-topFinally, of course we have to include the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith. It’s believed that ol’ Smith married 34 women in his lifetime, with an age range of 14 to 60. For a while, Smith decided to keep his wives a secret, as it took a long time for his first wife to get into the whole ‘plural marriages’ thing Smith was preaching.

Siobhan Harmer is a video game, coffee and travel lover from England. Although she is the human equivalent of a sloth Siobhan sometimes writes things, most of which you can find on her blog There You Are Sibby.

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6 Comments

  1. madonna says:

    The text about Joseph Smith are all false accusations. He did not practice plural marriage since his wife did not allow it. Brigham Young truly practiced Plural Marriage as commanded by the Lord like the ancient Biblical Prophets Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and many others. For the others likeRulon Timpson Jeffs, and his son Warren Steed Jeffs arenot members of the RUE “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”. They are reformed Latter-day Saints which is not associated to the true LDS church.

  2. madonna says:

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members practice pure monogamy. You can do a real research on the matter. These are not facts… Please do a real research. I am a full-bloodied Mormon and I am married and my husband and I are monogamous. Even with my parents, friends and members. The Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints is not associated with the True “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” These are all bunch of lies.

  3. Emanuel says:

    Bah! incorrect information when talking about the mormons, certainly she google it and found it in Wikipedia.

  4. Jack Handlesman says:

    Oh please. Men like have sex with women. It feels good. Really good. All this theological
    quite ludicrous BS is simply a man-created justification for a man who have sex. Have you noticed
    that males in other species [horses, gorillas, sheep] also like to have a group of other females
    exclusively for their pleasure? Yes, it is all about biology and evolution. Please leave
    out the “heavenly father” and other religious nonsense. By the way, if there is a heavenly
    father [as opposed to a heavenly mother], does this “father” have a penis. Does he have
    sex, pee, all that up there in heaven. If not, then how is he a father, a male? Men like power and power gives them control over female bodies. It’s quite simple. That women fall for this line is another story which evolution very easily explains……

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