Are Ben and Jerry married? The age-old question ice cream-lovers wonder

Yasmine Leung October 12, 2021
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After their appearance on HBO’s Axios, ice cream-lovers are wondering if Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are married and if not, who are they with?

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield’s appearance on Axios

The iconic ice cream founders became the topic of trending news after they weighed in on Ben & Jerry’s decision to halt sales in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Back in July 2021, the company announced the decision since “it is inconsistent with our values for our product to be present within an internationally recognised illegal occupation.”

Now that their faces are back in the spotlight, social media is wondering the age-old question which they’ve been probably been asked hundreds of times: are the duo in a relationship together?

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Are Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield married?

Yes, they’re married or have been, but not to each other.

The company has long-supported LGBTQ+ rights and even renamed their iconic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavour to I Dough, I Dough for the summer of 2015, when the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage as legal in all 50 states.

They do not recognise as gay but clearly, their relationship to each other is a common subject since the official Ben & Jerry’s website had to debunk the myth: “Just a couple of cool dudes who love ice cream and using business to make the world a little bit better.”

Contrary to popular belief, they’re not related – simply friends who met in their middle school gym class. Their mutual trait? Being the slowest runners.

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Who are Ben and Jerry’s wives?

70-year-old Cohen was married to a psychologist named Cynthia and they share daughter, Aretha, who was born in 1990. The date they divorced is unknown.

Greenfield is still married to his wife Elizabeth Skarie, also a psychologist. A year after their married in 1987, their son Tyrone was born.

The BFF’s are estimated to have a net worth of $150 million each – talk about progression; the pair began their humble ice cream parlour with only $12,000 and sold the company to Unilever in 2000 for a whopping $325 million.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.