Who Is Suzanne McFayden? Everything About Robert F. Smith’s Ex-Wife

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Who Is Suzanne McFayden? Everything About Robert F. Smith’s Ex-Wife
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Suzanne McFayden is a writer and philanthropist as well. However, she is most recognized as the ex-wife of an American businessman, and philanthropist Robert F. Smith. Though Suzanne divorced Robert a long ago, her life still seems a curious case for the public out there.

Apart from her years of togetherness with her businessman spouse, her fans also seem pretty curious to know about her life at present. So, what is Suzanne up to after her divorce? Did she ever get married or date a new man? What about her children?

Here is an insight into the life of an ex-celebrity spouse, her parents, her career, her net worth, & a lot more interesting facts.

Suzanne McFayden Was Born In Jamaica

McFayden was born on May 6, 1965, in Jamaica, to father Vincent McFayden and mother Rene. She also has two siblings and they share a great relationship.

Talking about her education, she did her schooling at Mercy Academy in Kingston. Later, after moving to the United States, she joined Alpha Academy, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eventually, she received an MFA from Mills College in California.

Further, she attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she studied art history, specifically, French literature.

Suzanne McFayden’s Father Died Long Ago

Like any daughter, Suzanne McFayden shares a great relationship with her parents. Unfortunately, her father died long back in 2005. However, she does not seem to have forgotten a few of her memories with her dad.

She often posts photos of her dad, Vincent Bancroft McFayden, on her Instagram, expressing her love for him. On April 29, 2020, she shared a memory from the past dedicating her father. “15 years gone but never forgotten,” she wrote in the caption.

Suzanne McFayden' father Vincent Bancroft McFayden died in 2005
Suzanne with her father; he died in 2005

She Often Appears With Her Mother on Instagram

Suzanne shares a great relationship with her mother. In fact, she often shares beautiful photos with her mother on her Instagram.

On Mother’s Day, Suzanne didn’t miss celebrating the occasion with her mom. She posted a beautiful photo of her mother on her Instagram account, calling her the “shining star” in her life.

Suzanne is close to her mother Rene
Suzanne’s Mother’s Day post

Needless to say, they still share a good mother-daughter relationship.

Suzanne McFayden is a Writer and a Philanthropist

As per Architectural Digest, Suzanne is a writer. Apart from her love for writing, she is also involved in charity works with several organizations and is an active philanthropist.

Though McFayden identifies herself as a writer, she has not published any work so far. However, she flaunts her love for reading books on her Instagram.  ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ by Marlon James is one of her favorite books.

Suzanne McFayden Is the Ex-Wife of Robert F. Smith

Though Suzanne is a successful writer, she gained fame only after her marriage to Robert Frederick Smith. The couple got married in 1988. Well, their wedding was not an instantaneous decision but they rather dated for years before deciding to tie the knot.

Suzanne and Robert reportedly met at Cornell University where Robert was a chemical engineering student whereas McFayden studied French literature.

Well, their encounter soon developed into a romantic relationship. They dated for three years before saying “I do.”

Suzanne was married to investor Robert F. Smith
Suzanne was married to investor Robert F. Smith.

But unfortunately, their relationship was not meant forever. Almost 22 years into marriage, the duo called it quits, separating in 2010. Their divorce was finalized in 2014.

Her Ex-Hubby Robert F. Smith Is An American Businessman

Well, Suzanne’s former spouse Robert is a successful businessman, chemical engineer, philanthropist, & investor. Further, he is also the chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm.

She Has Three Children With Her Ex-Husband, Robert

The 58 years old Suzanne McFayden is the mother of three kids with her ex-husband Smith, two daughters Zoe and Eliana, on March 7th, and a son Max. All her kids are already grown up.

Suzanne McFayden children
Suzanne has three children from her marriage to Robert.

Her eldest daughter is already doing great in her career her daughter Zoe leads a successful career as a comedian and is reportedly a member of the improv group Hammer Katz. Moreover, Zoe is a New York University alumni and an intern of SNL.

On the other hand, Eliana and Max are still in school. Well, like any mother, Suzanne shares a great relationship with all her children. She often goes out on vacation with her kids.


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1 Decade, 7 Continents, 3 Children and me. ✈️ New Year’s Day 2010 found us in Luxor, Egypt right before the start of the Arab Spring. Quite fitting because the upheaval of our own lives was beginning. Over the following 10 years we would move back to the US from Switzerland and I would end up setting up house in Texas – a place I never thought I would ever say I lived in. And where I still am today. It’s actually grown on me some?! 🛬 Anyway, we started off in Africa – very fitting I thought given our beautiful black souls. And in the years since then we’ve found ourselves – sometimes together, sometimes apart in Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Turkey, China, Japan, Thailand, Bali, The Galapagos, Argentina, Brazil, Antartica, Switzerland, Italy, France, Croatia and many other places too. 🚁 Each place came at the right time of our lives – especially Antartica when as a family of 4 we were charting unknown territory which the Antartic peninsula mirrored in the best and worst ways, but heartachingly beautiful regardless. 🛳 Australia – our 7 of 7 last week was warm, sunny and blue-skied ( despite the wildfires) and l’d like to think it mirrors us as survivors and thrivers no matter the situation. This is my biggest lesson from the last decade! I can’t control life, but I can choose how I respond to it. 🚄 The next 10 years will bring its own challenges and joys and each will represent a chance to grow. 🏎 What I know for sure is that there’ve been no better travel companions than the ones pictured here and for them I am beyond grateful! 🚀 Cheers to the next 10! May it be our best yet! 🥂🥂🥂 And cheers to you too IG-ers! May your decade ahead be a great one! #decades #continents #travel #livethelifeyoulove #lovethelifeyoulive #doyou #beyou #beyourownkindofbeautiful #bloomwhereyouareplanted #grateful #blessed #wheretonext 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲

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On new year’s day in 2020, Suzanne shared a beautiful throwback picture from 10 years back when she had celebrated New Year’s day with her kids in Luxor, Egypt.

Suzanne McFayden Has a Strong View On Mental Health

Robert F. Smith’s ex-wife Suzanne focuses on mental health as much as physical health. She rather places mental health in the first position in her priority list and is pretty vocal about its importance.

Robert F. Smith's ex-wife Suzanne McFayden Is A Mental Health Advocate
Suzanne is a big advocate of mental health issues.

Amid the pandemic, Suzanne came up with an Instagram post showing off her fit physic in a bikini and at the same time explained the cruciality of mental health. She dropped a long message in the caption explaining her view and the importance of mental peace, especially for women in the black community.

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Mental health is Number 1! As a strong black woman I’ve realized one of the best ways to remain that way is paying attention to my mental health. The last few months started off with CoVid19 and being separated from loved ones. The first half of the year is coming to a close with our country rightly on fire over the lives and rights of BIPOC. . As a black woman and mother I find myself hurting, but have been setting that aside to make sure I am taking care of those who lean on me. Then I realized I needed to acknowledge my own feelings, fears and needs, to step back and take care of me some, to assess again that being vulnerable and owning my vulnerability is the best way to keep my strength up. This is not what I necessarily learned growing up, but I want that space for my friends and my children, to show them strength is not always powering through. . Fortunately, I was able to get to the beach this past weekend and recharge me. I was able to be vulnerable with friends and to say and ask for what I need. . There’s a bit of a road ahead to put it as euphemistically as possible, and I want to be up for it. I want YOU to be too. So this is my urging to all my sister-friends, to all my friends actually, to step back, find that thing which builds you up mentally, spiritually, physically or what keeps you keeping on and bathe yourself in it. Much love and light to the people who listened to me these past few days and who held me down. Im grown but I still need my village. Thank you! . #blackwomenmatter #blacklivesmatter #blackmamasmatter #friends #safespaces #truth #light #love #strongblackwomen #beyourownkindofbeautiful #askforwhatyouneed #mentalhealthmatters #vitaminsea #cheers to still repping my high school colors of #blue and #yellow all these years later.

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Bought a House In Austin

Post her divorce from her husband, Suzanne bought a 7,000-square-foot Brutalist structure and transformed it into a beautiful home.

She collaborated with Paul Lamb and Ted Young of Paul Lamb Architects and interior designer Jennifer Vaughn Miller to build her dream house in the hills west of Austin.

With a visually appealing exterior, lofty wood and steel roof trusses, and a welcoming aesthetic, the house is more of artwork of Suzanne.

Well, talking about her decision to get a new house, she said, “Where I lost a home I turned around and created my own” referring to her divorce from Smith.

Suzanne McFayden Social Media

Like any celebrity, Suzanne is very much into social media. She is most active on Instagram and Facebook. As of 2022, she has over 17.1k followers on her Instagram.

As we already mentioned, her Insta is mostly filled with her personal and family-related posts.

What Is Suzanne McFayden’s Net Worth?

As of 2022, she is estimated to have a net worth of around $500 thousand. On the other hand, her ex-husband is super-rich with a net worth of $6.7 billion as of 2022.