Updated: 03/17/2018 03:35 PM | First Published: 01/26/2018 04:10 PM

Facts on The Tonight Show host, Jay Leno's wife Mavis Leno

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Mavis Leno is the wife of the veteran host of ‘The Tonight Show,’ Jay Leno.

Born on September 5, 1946, in San Francisco, CA, Mavis Leno is a well-known feminist and philanthropist.

At a young age of 7, Mavis’ dreams of becoming a jockey shattered when she learned that women weren’t allowed to do so at the time.

Her rage and confusion as a young girl, later, influenced her to raise voice against the discrimination.

Unlike her husband, Mavis likes to work behind the camera for a non-profit organization.

She served as a long time chairperson of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s campaign to eradicate Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan.

She also played her part to educate the women from Afghanistan under Taliban as a lead supporter. 

Mavis and her husband donated $10,000 to Feminist Majority Foundation for the campaign to encourage literacy among Afghan women. 

Mavis and Jay got married in 1980, four years after they first met in Los Angeles in 1976 while Jay was performing at the Comedy Store. 

Mavis is four years older than Jay.

Thirty-eight years since the marriage, the couple has no kids. And at the age of 71, Mavis certainly holds no intentions to have one. 

Mavis claims ‘The Honeymooners’ to be partly responsible for the decision. As an admirer of the TV show, Mavis used to promise never to get married or have children as a young girl.

Her marriage decision did change after meeting the talk show host but her decision never to have kids still lives today.

She’s widely known for her charity works. Therefore her net worth and salary presumably must be pretty high. 

However, her husband has an estimated net worth of $350 million. At the height of his career, he had an annual salary of $15 million.