The Sphinx says "I do"

Houston billionaire weds son's mother-in-law at his Hawaii retreat with lavish New Year luau

Houston billionaire weds son's mother-in-law at glam Hawaii retreat

Fayez Sarofim and Susan Krohn at the Touchdown for Teachers dinner November 2014
Fayez Sarofim and Susan Krohn, photographed at the Touchdown for Teachers dinner in November, were wed in Hawaii on New Year's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Fayez Sarofim to marry Susan Krohn January 2014 home in Hawaii
Sarofim's estate, former home of Clare Booth Luce, was site of the wedding celebration. Daily Mail/Bing
16 Phillip Sarofim and Lori Krohn at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Married less than a year, Phillip Sarofim and Lori Krohn Sarofim are now step-siblings. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
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One of two homes that Fayez Sarofim owns in River Oaks. He lives in this one, the other, on River Oaks Boulevard, is reserved for charitable entertaining. Daily Mail/Google Maps
Fayez Sarofim to marry Susan Krohn January 2014 River Oaks home front
No shortage of luxury autos in the car park at Sarofim's River Oaks home. Daily Mail/Google Maps
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Phillip Sarofim, left, with his dad, Fayez Sarofim, photographed before Susan Krohn entered the picture, have much in common. Phillip Sarofim , Fayez Sarofim Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Fashion genes mother daughter April 2014  Lori Krohn, from left, Susan Krohn and Kelly Krohn
Lori Krohn Sarofim, from left, Susan Krohn Sarofim and Kelly Krohn in a portrait from a Mother's Day event at Tootsies. Photo by © Phoebe Rourke-Ghabriel
12 Susan Krohn and Fayez Sarofim at the Houston Texans Owner's Suite party at NRG Stadium September 2014
The ever-smiling couple in the owner's suite at a Houston Texans game. Sarofim is a part owner of the team. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Fayez Sarofim and Susan Krohn at the Touchdown for Teachers dinner November 2014
Fayez Sarofim to marry Susan Krohn January 2014 home in Hawaii
16 Phillip Sarofim and Lori Krohn at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Fayez Sarofim to marry Susan Krohn January 2014 River Oaks home aerial
Fayez Sarofim to marry Susan Krohn January 2014 River Oaks home front
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Fashion genes mother daughter April 2014  Lori Krohn, from left, Susan Krohn and Kelly Krohn
12 Susan Krohn and Fayez Sarofim at the Houston Texans Owner's Suite party at NRG Stadium September 2014

True love was officially sanctioned on the shores of Hawaii's glam Oahu island during the holidays when Houston billionaire Fayez Sarofim, 85, after batching it for 15 years, tied the knot with his decades-younger protegé Susan Krohn. 

You will recall that the lively — sometimes redhead, sometimes blonde — Krohn blew in from New Orleans on the winds of Hurricane Katrina, landing — where else? — in River Oaks. There, the seeds of eternal bliss were planted not only for Krohn but also for her eldest daughter, Lori.

The groom, who is seldom seen in anything but his three-piece custom suit, wore a tuxedo. The bride dressed in white. The ceremony, officiated by a friend of the bride, took place on the terrace. 

Last May, Lori wed Sarofim's son, Phillip, — also in Hawaii. The New Year's nuptials created a family affair in which Phillip and Lori became step-siblings in addition to their status as husband and wife.

Fayez's wedding present to the newlyweds was the River Oaks mansion that Susan Krohn had bought and spent millions refurbishing after resettling in Houston. She moved only a few blocks away into a brand new mini-mansion.

The senior Sarofims were wed in an afternoon ceremony on New Year's Eve at Fayez's home (the former estate of the late Clare Booth Luce) on the shores of the Pacific. The groom, who is seldom seen in anything but his three-piece custom suit, wore a tuxedo. The bride dressed in white. The ceremony, officiated by a friend of the bride, took place on the terrace. The weather was perfect. The flowers were beautiful. Friends and family from both Hawaii and Houston attended.

Fayez's traditional New Year's luau, always a lavish affair, followed with the addition of a band providing dance music.

And, in the end, The Sphinx (as Sarofim is called for his quiet demeanor) said "I do."

(For the record, we have photographed Fayez Sarofim for years and never once did he smile in the photos. Not until Susan Krohn came into his life. In every photo that CultureMap has taken of him since then, the man is smiling.)