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- 10. Sheryl Sandberg (The Chief Operating Officer of Facebook) and Dave Goldberg (CEO of SurveyMonkey)
- 9. MacKenzie (novelist) and Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon)
- 8. Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo) and Zack Bogue (Data Collective managing partner)
- 7. Kim Kardashian (entertainer) and Kanye West (entertainer)
- 6. Jay Z (Roc Nation founder) and Beyoncé (entertainer)
- 5. Bill (Microsoft cofounder) and Melinda Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cofounder)
- 4. Cheryl (Columbia Business School professor) and David Einhorn (Greenlight Capital founder)
- 3. Jessica Livingston (in the middle) and Paul Graham (on the right)- Y Combinator cofounders
- 2. Diane von Furstenberg (fashion designer) and Barry Diller (IAC/InterActiveCorp chairman)
- 1. Marie-Josée (advisor to the New York Federal Reserve) and Henry Kravis (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts cofounder)
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10. Sheryl Sandberg (The Chief Operating Officer of Facebook) and Dave Goldberg (CEO of SurveyMonkey)
Sheryl Sandberg has said that the most important career choice you’ll make is who you marry. She and her husband – Dave Goldberg are very proud that they always share their responsibilities in the family. Every day, they come back home at 5:30 to have dinner with their children and support each other in their work (According to L.A Times)
9. MacKenzie (novelist) and Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon)
MacKenzie Bezos first fell for her future husband, Jeff Bezos, while the two were working at the New York hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the early 90s, according to a Wired story. Jeff went on to found Amazon.com two years after the pair were married in 1993. Jeff brags about how smart his wife is, according to a story on MacKenzie in Vogue, and will sometimes take the afternoon off to read her writing and give her notes.
8. Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo) and Zack Bogue (Data Collective managing partner)
Yahoo CEO Mayer and Bogue – a former lawyer who invests in big-data startups and founded investment fund Data Collective, married in 2009. Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue are considered one of the most powerful couples in Silicon Valley. Mayer started out at Google as the company’s 20th employee and first female engineer. When she took the job as CEO of Yahoo, Mayer became the youngest head of a Fortune 500 company. In 2013, The Yahoo CEO and her husband picked up a historic mansion for $35 million, the most expensive purchase for a single-family home in the city’s history.
7. Kim Kardashian (entertainer) and Kanye West (entertainer)
Because Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are two of the entertainment world’s most controversial and popular stars, it’s easy to forget their business acumen. Kardashian is a certifiable fashion mogul, having launched a Sears clothing line, her own perfume and a jewelry line. Even her mobile game, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” brought in more than $40 million in the third quarter of 2014. West has also designed several fashion lines, and collaborated with Nike on the insanely popular Air Yeezy sneakers (he’s now working with Adidas).
6. Jay Z (Roc Nation founder) and Beyoncé (entertainer)
According to Forbes, Jay Z is the world’s third wealthiest hip-hop artist. He cofounded his own music label, Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995, and later helped launch the lucrative Rocawear clothing line, from which he made $204 million when he sold his stake in the company in 2007 while Beyoncé’s net worth is estimated by Wealth-X to be around $440 million. The 2 celebrities are known as among the most powerful couples in the music industry.
5. Bill (Microsoft cofounder) and Melinda Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cofounder)
With a net worth of $67 billion, Bill Gates is the United States’ richest man, and through the work of the foundation he founded and runs with wife Melinda, he’s also the world’s most generous. The couple’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave away $3.4 billion last year.
Their foundation aims to eradicate polio worldwide by 2018 and get modern contraceptives to another 120 million women by 2020. Melinda delivered a commencement address at Duke, her alma mater, this spring and encouraged the Class of 2013 to recognize “the boundless dignity of all people.”
4. Cheryl (Columbia Business School professor) and David Einhorn (Greenlight Capital founder)
David and Cheryl Einhorn married in 1993, according to a Business Insider story on David Einhorn’s life. David Einhorn is the founder of the influential hedge found Greenlight Capital, which manages $5 billion worth of assets.
Meanwhile, Cheryl is an important figure in the finance world in her own right. She is an award-wining financial journalist and media consultant who has written for Barron’s and The New York Times. Presently, she is an adjunct professor at Columbia’s business and journalism schools. She also holds the distinction of being the one to come up with the name for Greenlight Capital, David writes in his book, “fooling Some of the People All of the Time.”
3. Jessica Livingston (in the middle) and Paul Graham (on the right)- Y Combinator cofounders
Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston founded Y combinatory, a money advice and seed accelerator in March 2005. The company was successful in bagging the top startup incubator and accelerator title by Forbes and has funded more than 500 companies in 2013.
2. Diane von Furstenberg (fashion designer) and Barry Diller (IAC/InterActiveCorp chairman)
Von Furstenberg describes the initial meeting as inspiring a “very, very, violent passion” in a Harper’s Bazaar story, and the pair maintained an on-and-off relationship for several decades before finally marrying in 2001.
When they are not busy with their respective business pursuits, they enjoy hiking, swimming, and spending time on Diller’s yacht, which von Furstenberg tells Harper’s Bazaar has “become our home.”
1. Marie-Josée (advisor to the New York Federal Reserve) and Henry Kravis (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts cofounder)
Marie-Josée Kravis is an extremely successful economist and a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s International Advisory Committee, where she works alongside heavyweights like Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein and HSBC chair Stephen Green. Henry Kravis has a net worth of $5 billion and is the cofounder of the legendary private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Together, they share a passion for the arts expressed through their philanthropic ventures. Marie-Josée Kravis is currently president of the Museum of Modern Art.
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