- Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and his wife, Miranda Kerr, welcomed their second child together this week.
- There are several other leaders in the tech industry who are dating, and married to, prominent venture capitalists, models, athletes, and powerful people.
- These are 15 of the most powerful couples in the tech world.
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While some tech leaders, like Mark Zuckerberg, have been with their partners since college, notable figures in the tech sector have gravitated toward partners with just as much – or more! – power and pull in their industries.
The CEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, just welcomed his second child with his wife, Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr. Kerr made the announcement on Instagram, where she revealed to her over 12 million followers that their newest son is named Myles.
But there have also been some high-profile splits in the past 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. Elon Musk and the Canadian singer Grimes dated for a while, though it’s unclear whether the on again, off again couple is still together.
Here are 15 of the top power couples in the tech industry:
Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr
Their backstory: The couple started dating in 2015, and got married in May 2017. They have one son who was born in May 2018, and Kerr announced this week she gave birth to their second child: a baby bay named Myles.
Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan
Who they are: Brin is the cofounder of Google, and currently serves as the president of its parent company, Alphabet. Shanahan is the founder of legal tech company ClearAccessIP and the Bia-Echo Foundation.
Their backstory: The couple has been linked together since 2015, when they were seen together at the star-studded wedding for a dating app CEO in Jamaica. The couple reportedly have a baby girl together who was born late last year, although they’ve kept information about their child under wraps.
It was revealed in October that the couple has been married since 2018, but there are no other public details about the wedding.
Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner
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.
Jen Rubio and Stewart Butterfield
— Jen Rubio (@jennifer) May 27, 2019
Their backstory: The relationship between Rubio and Butterfield has flew under the radar, but it came under the spotlight in May when Butterfield jokingly proposed to Rubio on Twitter. Butterfield’s Twitter proposal followed news that Away had landed a $1.4 billion valuation, and the Slack CEO joked he wasn’t “just a goldigger.”
Butterfield and Rubio both acknowledged the proposal was a joke, after a few hours. However, it seems Butterfield had apparently been waiting for Memorial Day weekend to propose – for real, this time.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
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
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 titles.
Their backstory: The couple 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 and Melinda Gates
Who they are: Bill Gates is the cofounder and former CEO of Microsoft, and the second-richest person in the world. Melinda Gates cofounded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband in 2000.
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.
Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue
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 VC.
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.
Marc Benioff and Lynne Benioff
Who they are: Marc Benioff is the founder and CEO of enterprise cloud company Salesforce, known for his philanthropic efforts to combat Bay Area homelessness. Lynne Benioff is a notable philanthropist on the board of the nonprofit ONE.
Dave Morin and Brit Morin
Who they are: David Morin helped to create Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect, and cofounded Path, a 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 after an elaborate proposal set in the Maldives, and got married the following year.
Kevin Hartz and Julia Hartz
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 met back 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 and 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.
Their backstory: The couple got married in 2001, but have had an on-and-off relationship and friendship that’s spanned more than 40 years. They first met years earlier in the 70s at a party Diller was hosting.
Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston
Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum
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.
Emily Weiss and Will Gaybrick
Their backstory: There’s not a lot about their relationship that’s been made public. The first picture of the couple on Weiss’ Instagram is from New Years Day of 2019.