Marissa Mayer Fun Facts and Life

Marissa Mayer grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin, where she worked hard in class and juggled many different after-school activities: piano lessons, debate team, volleyball, swimming, and ballet, which gave her a tremendous amount of discipline.

Marissa Mayer grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin, where she worked hard in class and juggled many different after-school activities: piano lessons, debate team, volleyball, swimming, and ballet, which gave her a tremendous amount of discipline.

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She left Wisconsin for Stanford, where she got both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in symbolic systems. She was a standout in her computer science classes and received a whopping 14 job offers upon graduation. She eventually chose Google, becoming the young search engine’s 20th employee and its first female engineer.

She left Wisconsin for Stanford, where she got both her bachelor's and master's degrees in symbolic systems. She was a standout in her computer science classes and received a whopping 14 job offers upon graduation. She eventually chose Google, becoming the young search engine's 20th employee and its first female engineer.

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Mayer already had plenty of wealth by the time she became Yahoo’s CEO in 2012. As one of Google’s first employees, she made a fortune when the company went public in 2004.

Mayer already had plenty of wealth by the time she became Yahoo's CEO in 2012. As one of Google's first employees, she made a fortune when the company went public in 2004.

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Mayer is known for her high-fashion sensibilities, regularly choosing pieces by designers like Carolina Herrera and Alexander McQueen. She once paid $60,000 to have lunch with Oscar de la Renta and has said the designer’s three-quarter cashmere cardigan has become her work uniform — she owns ones in ivory, navy, black, hot pink, teal, red, and royal blue.

Mayer is known for her high-fashion sensibilities, regularly choosing pieces by designers like Carolina Herrera and Alexander McQueen. She once paid $60,000 to have lunch with Oscar de la Renta and has said the designer's three-quarter cashmere cardigan has become her work uniform — she owns ones in ivory, navy, black, hot pink, teal, red, and royal blue.

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In May 2015, Mayer joined Jennifer Lawrence, Wendi Deng, and Gong Li as co-chairs of the Met Gala, which is widely considered to be the biggest night of the year for fashion. She wore a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown. Yahoo cosponsored the event. Though it’s unknown how much the company paid to be a sponsor, investor Eric Jackson claimed it cost as much as $3 million.

In May 2015, Mayer joined Jennifer Lawrence, Wendi Deng, and Gong Li as co-chairs of the Met Gala, which is widely considered to be the biggest night of the year for fashion. She wore a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown. Yahoo cosponsored the event. Though it's unknown how much the company paid to be a sponsor, investor Eric Jackson claimed it cost as much as $3 million.

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She met entrepreneur and angel investor Zachary Bogue through a mutual friend in 2007. The two shared interests in hiking and skiing, and they even ran half-marathons together.

She met entrepreneur and angel investor Zachary Bogue through a mutual friend in 2007. The two shared interests in hiking and skiing, and they even ran half-marathons together.

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Mayer and Bogue wed in a glitzy ceremony on San Francisco’s Treasure Island in 2009. She wore a hand-beaded Naeem Kahn gown, while bridesmaids wore jewel-toned dresses by Reem Acra. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a fireworks show while dining on lobster and caramelized beef tenderloin prepared by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Four Seasons. The rehearsal dinner included a surprise performance by The Killers.

Mayer and Bogue wed in a glitzy ceremony on San Francisco's Treasure Island in 2009. She wore a hand-beaded Naeem Kahn gown, while bridesmaids wore jewel-toned dresses by Reem Acra. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a fireworks show while dining on lobster and caramelized beef tenderloin prepared by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Four Seasons. The rehearsal dinner included a surprise performance by The Killers.

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She gave birth to a baby boy named Macallister in September 2012 and took a two-week maternity leave. She set up a nursery at the Yahoo offices so Macallister and his nanny could come to work with her every day.

She gave birth to a baby boy named Macallister in September 2012 and took a two-week maternity leave. She set up a nursery at the Yahoo offices so Macallister and his nanny could come to work with her every day.

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She gave birth to identical twin girls in December 2015.

She gave birth to identical twin girls in December 2015.

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The family’s primary residence is a penthouse apartment in San Francisco’s Four Seasons hotel. The penthouse is reportedly worth $5 million, and Mayer is known to have hosted exclusive cocktail parties there.

The family's primary residence is a penthouse apartment in San Francisco's Four Seasons hotel. The penthouse is reportedly worth $5 million, and Mayer is known to have hosted exclusive cocktail parties there.

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In 2006, she had about 400 pieces of glass art by Dale Chihuly installed in the ceiling of her apartment. The glass pieces typically sell for an average of $15,000 each, and the delivery reportedly caused significant traffic problems in the city.

In 2006, she had about 400 pieces of glass art by Dale Chihuly installed in the ceiling of her apartment. The glass pieces typically sell for an average of $15,000 each, and the delivery reportedly caused significant traffic problems in the city.

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And she also owns a relatively modest home in Palo Alto, which is estimated to be worth $5.2 million. Located in the city’s University South neighborhood, the five-bedroom house was meant to be a place to crash after late nights in the office.

And she also owns a relatively modest home in Palo Alto, which is estimated to be worth $5.2 million. Located in the city's University South neighborhood, the five-bedroom house was meant to be a place to crash after late nights in the office.

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The home seems to be filled with quirky things. She and her husband bought a 15-foot, two-story model of the Peninsula Creamery, a diner in Palo Alto that’s frequented by Stanford students. They had the replica forklifted into their backyard so their son could use it as a playhouse once he was big enough. No word on whether the model serves pineapple malts as good as those Mayer enjoys at the real creamery.

The home seems to be filled with quirky things. She and her husband bought a 15-foot, two-story model of the Peninsula Creamery, a diner in Palo Alto that's frequented by Stanford students. They had the replica forklifted into their backyard so their son could use it as a playhouse once he was big enough. No word on whether the model serves pineapple malts as good as those Mayer enjoys at the real creamery.

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She also has a taste for pop art, which she says she got from her mother, a Finnish art teacher. Mayer owns several miniature balloon dog sculptures by Jeff Koons, which she keeps in her kitchen. She also has a Roy Lichtenstein print hanging in the front hall.

She also has a taste for pop art, which she says she got from her mother, a Finnish art teacher. Mayer owns several miniature balloon dog sculptures by Jeff Koons, which she keeps in her kitchen. She also has a Roy Lichtenstein print hanging in the front hall.

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In 2013, she spent a reported $11.2 million to buy the Roller & Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home, located a block east of her Palo Alto home. Though her reasons for buying the mortuary are still unclear, she did convert it into a haunted house for her annual Halloween bash in 2014.

In 2013, she spent a reported $11.2 million to buy the Roller & Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home, located a block east of her Palo Alto home. Though her reasons for buying the mortuary are still unclear, she did convert it into a haunted house for her annual Halloween bash in 2014.

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When it comes to holiday parties, Mayer spares no detail. On Halloween, she gives out king-sized candy bars to trick-or-treaters and decorates her front yard with professionally carved pumpkins. For Christmas, she once put an ice skating rink in her backyard and brought in fake snow.

When it comes to holiday parties, Mayer spares no detail. On Halloween, she gives out king-sized candy bars to trick-or-treaters and decorates her front yard with professionally carved pumpkins. For Christmas, she once put an ice skating rink in her backyard and brought in fake snow.

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That extravagance apparently extended to company holiday parties as well. In a 99-page presentation in December 2015, Jackson criticized Mayer for her spending habits, which included a “Great Gatsby”-themed holiday party that reportedly cost the company $7 million.

That extravagance apparently extended to company holiday parties as well. In a 99-page presentation in December 2015, Jackson criticized Mayer for her spending habits, which included a "Great Gatsby"-themed holiday party that reportedly cost the company $7 million.

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Though Mayer claims to be socially awkward and shy, she has met with some of the most powerful people in the world. In 2010, she hosted a $30,000-a-plate fundraising dinner for President Barack Obama at her home.

Though Mayer claims to be socially awkward and shy, she has met with some of the most powerful people in the world. In 2010, she hosted a $30,000-a-plate fundraising dinner for President Barack Obama at her home.

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In an email announcing Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo, Mayer told employees that she would be staying with the company. However, it is not yet clear what will happen to Mayer once the deal closes in six to nine months. According to a Yahoo Securities and Exchange Commission filing, she would get a $54.9 million severance package if she were fired by Verizon.

In an email announcing Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo, Mayer told employees that she would be staying with the company. However, it is not yet clear what will happen to Mayer once the deal closes in six to nine months. According to a Yahoo Securities and Exchange Commission filing, she would get a $54.9 million severance package if she were fired by Verizon.

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