Who is Mark Pilgrims wife: All about Adrienne Watkins

January 28, 2024 0 Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Adrienne Watkins is a South African businesswoman and the fiancée of the late radio personality Mark Pilgrim.

She is best known for her successful career in management consultancy and her love story with Mark, who died of lung cancer in 2023.

Early life

Adrienne was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1985. She grew up in a middle-class family and attended the prestigious Herschel Girls’ School.

She excelled in academics and extracurricular activities and developed a passion for economics and business.

She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a degree in economics in 2007.

Love life

Adrienne met Mark Pilgrim, a popular radio and TV presenter, through mutual friends in 2019. They hit it off immediately and started dating.

Mark was 20 years older than Adrienne but shared many common interests and values. They also supported each other through difficult times, as Mark had survived a heart attack in 2018, and Adrienne had lost her father in 2019.

They got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2022 and planned to get married in 2023.


Adrienne had no children but became a stepmother to Mark’s two daughters from his previous marriage, Tayla-Jean, and Alyssa.

She loved them as her own and formed a close bond with them. She also helped Mark co-parent them with his ex-wife Nicole.


Adrienne was a senior partner at Korn Ferry, a global management consultancy firm.

She specialized in executive search and leadership development and worked with clients from various industries and sectors. She was highly respected and admired for her professionalism, expertise, and integrity.

She was also involved in several philanthropic and social causes, such as education, women empowerment, and environmental sustainability.


Adrienne’s romance with Mark came to a tragic end when he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in February 2023.

He had been experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath, and a CT scan revealed a large tumor in his right lung. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation, but the cancer was too aggressive and spread to his other organs.

He passed away on March 15, 2023, at 52, surrounded by his loved ones.

Adrienne delivered a heartfelt speech at his memorial service, describing their romance as a “fairytale.” She also revealed that Mark’s last unfulfilled wish was to take her to Paris.

She said that she would always love him and cherish their memories.

Net Worth

Adrienne Watkins has accumulated an estimated net worth of $1 million.

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