- Tech industry leaders are dating – and married to – prominent
venture capitalists, models, athletes, and other powerful people.
- Here are 13 of the most powerful couples in tech.
Kanye West may have said it best in his song “Power” when he
sings, “no one man should have all that power.” That’s where
these prominent, high-profile couples come in.
While some tech leaders like Mark Zuckerberg have been with their
partners since college, some notable figures in the tech sector
have gravitated toward partners with just as much power and pull
in their industries.
There have also been some high-profile splits in the last year
that have hit some prominent tech leaders. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
and his wife, MacKenzie, announced in early January that
they were getting a divorce. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and
Canadian singer Grimes
dated for a while, though
it’s unclear whether the on-again off-again couple was still
together come 2019.
Here are 13 of the top power couples in the tech
Evan Spiegel & Miranda Kerr
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Who they are: Spiegel is the cofounder and CEO
of Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company. Kerr is one of the
highest-earning models in the world and founder of wellness
company KORA Organics.
Their backstory: The couple started dating in
got married in May 2017. They have one son who was born in
Joshua Kushner & Karlie Kloss
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Who they are: Kushner is the founder of VC firm
Thrive Capital and
cofounder of health insurance startup Oscar Health. Kloss is a
prominent model who runs coding camps for young girls called
“Kode with Klossy.”
Priscilla Chan & Mark Zuckerberg
- AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Who they are: Zuckerberg is the CEO and
cofounder of Facebook. Together, the couple launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a
philanthropy focused on science and education.
Their backstory: The two are college
sweethearts, and met in 2003 while they were students at Harvard
University. The couple
were married in a surprise ceremony in May 2012, the day
after Facebook went public. The couple has
two daughters, who were born in 2015 and 2017.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
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Who they are: Ohanian cofounded Reddit, then
later cofounded the VC firm Initialized Capital. Williams is one
of the best tennis players in the world, and ranks third on the
all-time list of most winning players with 39 major tournament
met in May 2015 in Rome, and started dating that same year.
They got engaged at the end of 2016 at the same place in Rome
where they had first met. Williams gave birth to the couple’s
daughter in 2017, and they got married later that year.
Bill Gates & Melinda Gates
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Who they are: Melinda Gates cofounded the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation with her husband in 2000. Bill Gates is the
cofounder and former CEO of Microsoft, and
the second-richest person in the world.
Their backstory: Bill Gates
first asked out Melinda Gates at a Microsoft company picnic
after she was hired as a product manager in 1987. They dated for
seven years before they got married. The couple’s philanthropic
organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has
invested billions of dollars in efforts to enhance healthcare
globally and reduce poverty. The Gates’s have two daughters and a
son together as well.
Marissa Mayer & Zachary Bogue
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Who they are: Mayer is the former CEO of Yahoo,
and the cofounder of tech incubator Lumi Labs. Before that, she
was Google’s 20th employee. Bogue is a cofounder
and managing partner at the investment firm Data Collective
Their backstory: The couple met through a mutual
friend in 2007, and got married two years later. Mayer announced
her first pregnancy in 2012
on the same day she was publicly named Yahoo’s CEO. She gave
birth to identical twin girls in 2015.
Sheryl Sandberg & Bobby Kotick
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Who they are: Sandberg is the COO of Facebook,
where she’s worked since 2008. She’s also well-known for her 2013
book “Lean In” about women in the workplace. Kotick is the CEO of
Blizzard, the video game company behind “Call of Duty,”
“Overwatch,” “World of Warcraft,” and other popular games like
Their backstory: Sandberg was first married to
tech executive Dave Goldberg until
he died unexpectedly in 2015 at 47 years old. Sandberg has a
son and a daughter from the marriage.
Sandberg and Kotick were already “old friends” by the time they
The Guardian says.
Marc Benioff & Lynne Benioff
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Who they are: Marc Benioff is
the founder and CEO of enterprise cloud company Salesforce,
his philanthropic efforts to combat Bay Area homelessness.
Lynne Benioff is a notable philanthropist on the board of the
Dave Morin & Brit Morin
- Twitter, @brit
Who they are: David Morin helped to create
Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect, and cofounded Path,
now-defunct photo-based platform. Brit Morin is the founder
of Brit + Co., a popular
lifestyle media company for millennial women.
Their backstory: The pair first met when they
both were working at Apple years ago. They got engaged in 2011
an elaborate proposal set in the Maldives, and got married
the following year.
Kevin Hartz & Julia Hartz
- Getty / Drew Angerer
Who they are: Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz
cofounded the ticketing startup Eventbrite in 2006. He is
currently a chairman at the company, while she serves as CEO.
Their backstory: The couple
in 2003 at a mutual friend’s wedding. In a
2012 interview with Business Insider, Julia Hartz said that
“we knew we wanted to start a company together before we
lived together.” The pair got married in
2006, and now have two children.
Barry Diller & Diane von Furstenberg
Who they are: Diller
founded the Internet company IAC in 1995, and now serves as a
chairman for that company and for Expedia. Furstenberg is a
notable designer with an eponymous fashion company who
first rose to fame after
marrying into a royal German family.
Paul Graham & Jessica Livingston
Who they are: Graham and Livingston helped found
Y Combinator, a wildly successful startup accelerator program
produced companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe.
Diane Greene & Mendel Rosenblum
- University of Virginia
Who they are: Greene and Rosenblum both helped
found the cloud computing software company VMware in
1998. They also together cofounded the cloud startup Bebop, which
Google acquired in 2015. Greene was
put in charge of Google’s cloud computing unit, and now sits
on Alphabet’s board of directors.
Their backstory: The
couple met while attending the University of California,
Berkeley, when Rosenblum gave Greene a ride on his motorcycle.
They have two children together.