A lot of people who have achieved celebrity status today would have been in obscurity had it not been for their relationship with already established public figures. One of those that have come to fame thanks to a relationship is Alex Sykes – an elegant French businesswoman who has worked in sales almost all her career. She became popular after she married Wanda Sykes (an award-winning writer, actress, and comedian). Together, the gay couple has gone ahead to build a family. Here are all the facts you need to know about the other half of a celebrity couple.
Alex Sykes’ Bio and Profile
Born Alex Niedbalski in France, Sykes is a silent achiever and a very private person. While her popularity stems from her sexuality and marriage to popular Wanda Sykes, Alex has managed to keep details about her actual date of birth, family, siblings and other significant details out of the public sphere. It is uncertain where Alex studied for her basic education but she is well accomplished in her field. Her skills ranges from New Business Development, Pricing Analysis, Contract Negotiation, Sales and Account Management, Supply chain optimization amongst others.
Alex Sykes studied for a masters degree in Business and Marketing from ISEG Business school, Paris (Institut superieur europeen de gestion group) between 1992-1996.
Alex Sykes has displayed tenacity and grit and isn’t afraid of hard work. She started her career from the bottom of the cadre and has risen steadily through the ranks. Sykes started her career with WTA which is a global company in women professional sports. She worked in the capacity of a Press assistant between September 1996 to January 1997 before moving to another organization.
In February 1997, she started working as a sponsorship and marketing assistant at ‘Federation Francaise de BasketBall’ in Paris, a position she held for close to two years. Alex Sykes moved on to work with ‘Levantina Group’ – a natural stone extraction and processing company – as a Sales and Marketing Manager. She worked in this position from February 2003 to February 2007. Her experience here is what gained her a place in another natural stone company (Polycor) in 2007.
Polycor is a quarrier of diverse renowned natural stones which is crafted into custom stone products like tiles, slabs, curbs, landscaping products and architectural stones. She presently works as a Senior Vice President of Sales – a position she has held for over 12 years.
How Alex Sykes Met Partner Wanda Sykes
Alex and Wanda Sykes met at a mutual friend’s party in 2006. They had a connection and soon began to date and finally got married in a beautiful and intimate ceremony in 2008. Wanda publicly came out as gay in a same-sex marriage Las Vegas rally in 2008 about a month after they got married. The couple welcomed a set of fraternal twins on the 27th of April 2009 – Lucas Claude Sykes (son) and Olivia Lou Sykes (daughter). Alex Sykes gave birth to their babies.
Wanda Sykes is an award-winning comedian and has been ranked as part of America’s funniest people. She has won an Emmy for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show. She is popular for her outstanding performances in Monster-in-Law (2005, Evan Almighty (2007), Ice Age (2012, 2016), Rio (2011), Curb Your Enthusiasm (2001-11) among others.
Wanda was once married to Dave Hall (a record producer) from 1991 to 1998. She admitted coming out to herself again after her divorce because she always knew something was missing. She first came out to her parents when she was 40. She was having surgery and her mother already made plans to come to be with her. She opened up to her mother over the phone and consequently, her mother canceled all plans to visit.
It was a devastating time for them as her parents refused to accept her sexuality or attend their wedding. Although they have come to accept her and are now loving grandparents to Lucas and Olivia. In an interview with Oprah, Wanda reveals that she has found the connection and intimacy which evaded her in her first marriage in her marriage with Alex Sykes.
Other Facts About Alex Sykes
1. She is inactive on social media. Despite being married to a public figure. It is almost surprising that Alex has no active social media account besides LinkedIn. She is very supportive of her partner and appears at different public events with her but she manages to keep private most of the important details of her life and their family.
2. Alex Sykes was introduced to former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle by her spouse. Speaking on the encounter, Wanda describes it as surreal to actually say “meet my wife”. The Obamas were very gracious and even joked with them as they would do with a straight couple. It all felt so natural, she described.
3. Alex and Wanda Sykes are activists for a number of causes especially same-sex marriage. They have hosted a series of fundraisers and events for this cause.
4. While Alex Sykes doesn’t make as much as her partner, she has done well for herself in her career. Her net worth has been estimated to be about $1 million.