Here Are 12 Powerful Couples Of The Tech Industry

Harin - Apr 08, 2019

Here Are 12 Powerful Couples Of The Tech Industry

Tech industry leaders are dating — and married to — prominent venture capitalists, models, athletes, and other powerful people. Here are 12 powerful tech couples.

While some of the leaders in tech like Mark Zuckerberg has been dating their partners since their college days, some other notable figures leaned towards partners with as much or even more power.

The last year also saw some high-profile splits with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie getting a divorce. The relationship between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Grimes, a Canadian singer has been on and off for a while.

Below is the list of 12 top powerful couples in the tech industry:

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr

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Who are they: Spiegel is Snap Inc, the parent company of Snapchat, co-founder and CEO. Meanwhile, Kerr is one of the world’s high-earning models and founder of KORA Organics, a wellness company.

How they got together: The couple first started dating back in 2015. In May 2017, they decided to tie the knot. In May 2018, their son was born. They have just recently announced that Kerr is pregnant with their second child.

Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss

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Who are they: Kushner is VC firm Thrive Capital’s founder and Oscar Health, a health insurance startup’s co-founder. Kloss is a famous model who offers coding camps called “Kode with Klossy” to young girls.

How they got together: The couple has reportedly been seeing each other since 2012. In October 2018, they got married.

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg

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Who are they: Zuckerberg is Facebook’s co-founder and CEO. The couple launched Chan Zuckerberg Initiative together, which is a philanthropist organization focusing on education and science.

How they got together: The two first met back in 2003 while they were studying at Harvard University. In May 2012, they tied the knot in a surprise ceremony, one day following Facebook’s public announcement. They have two daughters together. One was born in 2015 and the other in 2017.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

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Who they are: Ohanian is Reddit and VC firm Initialized Capital’s cofounder. Williams is one of the world’s best tennis players. With 39 tournament titles, she ranks third on the most winning players' list.

How they got together: The couple met each other in Rome in May 2015. That very same year, they started stating. At the end of 2016, they got engaged at the same place where they first met. In 2017, Williams gave birth to their daughter and later that year, the couple married.

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates

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Who are they: Bill Gates is Microsoft’s co-founder and former CEO. He is also the world’s second-wealthiest person, just behind Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. In 2000, Melinda Gates and her husband established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.

How they got together: Bill Gates asked Melinda on a date in 1987 at a Microsoft’s company picnic after she was employed as a product manager. They had dated for around 7 years before tying the knot. The philanthropic organization of the couple has made investments worth of billions of dollars to reduce poverty and improve healthcare globally. The couple has one son and two daughters together.

Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue

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Who are they: Mayer is Yahoo’s former CEO and tech incubator Lumi Labs’ co-founder. Prior to this, she was the 20th employee hired by Google. Bogue is Data Collective VC, an investment firm’s co-founder, and managing partner.

How they got together: In 2007, through a mutual friend, the couple met each other. Two years later, they got married. In 2012, on the same day that she was publicly announced as the new CEO of Yahoo, Mayer announced she was expecting. In 2015, she delivered two identical twin girls.

Sheryl Sandberg and Bobby Kotick

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Who are they: Sandberg is Facebook’s COO. She’s also famous for her book called “Lean In” published in 2013 which writes about women at work. Kotick is Activision Blizzard’s CEO. His company was the one behind popular games like “Overwatch,” “Call of Duty,” “World of Warcraft,” and “Hearthstone.”

How they got together: Sandberg was married to Dave Goldberg, a tech executive, until he passed away unexpectedly in 2015. Sandberg has a daughter and a son from this marriage. By the time the couple started dating, they have already been “old friends.”

Marc Benioff and Lynne Benioff

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Who are they: Marc Benioff is Salesforce’s founder and CEO. He is famous for his relentless efforts in combating Bay Area homelessness. His wife, Lynne Benioff is also an important philanthropist of the nonprofit ONE.

How they got together: The couple tied the knot in 2006. However, the details of their wedding in Hawaii were kept as secrets. In 2018, the Benioffs inquired the Time Magazine for $190 million.

Dave Morin and Brit Morin

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Who are they: David Morin helped create Facebook Connect and Facebook Platform. He also co-founded Path, a photo-based which is no longer operating. Brit Morin founded Brit + Co., which is a popular lifestyle digital media company.

How they got together: The couple met when they were both employees at Apple. In 2011, following a proposal in the Maldives, they got engaged. In 2012, the couple got married.

Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz

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Who are they: The pair cofounded Eventbrite, a ticketing startup, in 2006. Kevin Hartz is currently the company’s chairman while his wife is the CEO.

How they got together: At a wedding of a mutual friend in 2003, the couple met each other. In a 2012 interview, Julia Hartz said: “We knew we wanted to start a company together before we lived together." In 2006, the pair tied the knot and they now have two children together.

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg

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Who are they: In 1995, Diller established IAC, an Internet company. He is now the chairman of both IAC and Expedia. Furstenberg is a well-known fashion designer. She first shot to fame after her marriage with a German royal.

How they got together: In 2001, after their “on-and-off relationship,” the couple got married. The first time they met was years earlier, back in the 70s when Diller was a host at a party.

Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston

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Who are they: the couple helped established Y Combinator which is a startup accelerator program that has produced firms like Airbnb, Dropbox, and Stripe.

How they got together: In 2005, the pair founded Y Combinator while they were dating. In 2008, they tied the knot. They have two sons together.


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