Who Is Annie Lennox’s Husband, Mitchell Besser?
Mitchell Besser is a gynecologist, obstetrician, and the husband of Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist, and philanthropist Annie Lennox. Mitchell’s wife Annie is one of the most successful female artists. She has raised money and awareness for HIV/AIDS. She has been actively involved in charity campaigns and championing humanitarian causes. She founded the Sing campaign in 2007 and founded The Circle, a women’s empowerment charity in 2008.
Mitchell Besser: Bio Summary
|69 years old as of 2023
|Date of birth
|June 9, 1954
|Place of birth
|*husband of Annie Lennox
|Richard E. Besser, Karen Besser, and Andrew Besser
|Samuel Besser and Max Besser
Mitchell Besser arrived into the world on June 9, 1954, in the United States of America. He is 69 years old as of 2023. He is the son of William Besser. Much is unknown about his parents. He is the brother of Richard E. Besser, Karen Besser, and Andrew Besser. His brother Richard who was born on August 29, 1959, is a doctor and executive who is the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Mitchell studied and graduated from Harvard Medical School. He hasn’t provided much information about his childhood and family.
Mitchell Besser Is An Obstetrician And Gynecologist
Mitchell Besser is someone who had an interest in the medical field from an early age. He spent a year living in Cape Town, South Africa as an American Field Service exchange student in 1971. In 1974, he was in southern Africa to work in mission hospitals in Zululand and Swaziland. He had a personal experience of what life was like for South Africa’s black population.
Eventually, Mitchell Besser also known as Dr. Mitch Besser returned to the United States. After he earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, he pursued a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, he has been dedicated to the public health needs of women. He also completed a certificate program in Clinical Pastoral Education.
In 1999, Mitchell Besser joined the University of Cape Town, assisting with the development of services for HIV-positive pregnant women to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). He became the founder of m2m in 2001 after recognizing a need for an education and psychosocial support program that would help PMTCT services achieve the best medical and social outcomes.
Mothers2mothers (m2m) is an organization that trains, employs, and empowers mothers living with HIV to care for other mothers living with HIV. The organization is dedicated to eliminating the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies and improving the health of women, their partners, and families. Since it was founded, it has reached over one million mothers in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mitchell Besser launched AgeWell, a program dedicated to the needs of older people living in communities. AgeWell employs and trains enabled, independent older people (AgeWells) to provide companionship and promote well-being and wellness among less able older people using the same peer-to-peer support model. The program has been piloted in two Cape Town communities and is now expanding to the United States.
Mitchell Besser has won several awards for his work. He is the recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Presidential Citizen’s Award among others.
Mitchell Besser Is A Married Man
Mitchell Besser is the husband of Annie Lennox. He happens to be the third husband of Annie. Annie’s first marriage was to German Hare Krishna devotee Radha Raman, which lasted from 1984 to 1985. Her second marriage was to Israeli human rights activist, film producer, and director Uri Fruchtmann, which lasted from 1988 to 2000. Mitchell was also previously married to a woman identified as Debra Jackson.
Mitchell Besser and his first wife Debra have two sons, Samuel Besser and Max Besser. Debra is said to have filed for divorce after pictures of Mitchell walking hand-in-hand with Annie surfaced. However, it seems their marriage was already having problems. Mitchell and Debra got divorced. Mitchell and Annie met in 2009 after Annie got involved in his charity Mothers2Mothers.
Speaking of how they met Mitchell Besser said: “Annie and I met when she came to visit mothers2mothers years ago and she became one of our supporters.” He mentioned that the organization benefits from the “advocacy she does for the global cause, making people realize that we need to continue to focus on the epidemic, and we are not at a place where we can say we’ve done that already.”
Mitchell Besser and Annie Lennox got together and married privately on 15 September 2012, in London. They had their nuptials on a private boat party on the River Thames. Mitchell became the stepfather of Annie’s two daughters. Her daughters Lola Lennox Fruchtmann and Tali Lennox Fruchtmann are from her second marriage to Uri Fruchtmann.
Singer, songwriter, and model, Lola Lennox and model, artist, and actress Tali Lennox are said to have served as their mother’s bridesmaids during her wedding to Mitchell. According to PEOPLE, Annie wore a long white gown with a lace bolero shrug and a vintage 1920s-style headpiece.
Annie shared a tweet, posting a picture of her pink and white flowers and wrote: “Wedding flowers: 15th September 2012.” As of 2023, Mitchell Besser and Annie Lennox have been married for 11 years.