Nerds and geeks used to be a segment that got bullied and criticized by the rest of the kids at school, right? Then something changed drastically. While the brawny sports guys and the slick business dudes were making their big plays for a financially-flooded future, the nerds were busy finding ways to rule the world... or at least the information highway.
The guys who were always tucked away in computer labs or sitting among RAM and computer parts in their dorm rooms didn't know it then, but they were holding the winning hands... and ultimately, the cheerleaders and popular girls started to take notice.
Today we're going to reveal eight of the world's top nerds who ended up with gorgeous, successful women that any man would die for. These women are the type who could have almost any guy around and most of them picked the geeks who were not even close to being billionaires when the romances began.
Of course, the relationships match our country's statistics with a couple of the matches ending up in separation or divorce.
8 Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Mark was never known as a social butterfly, nor was he ever considered the campus Casanova. However, the Facebook founder, who would have been considered the epitome of the techno-geek back in the day, still managed to walk away with the girl. Priscilla Chan and Mark met at a college fraternity party where they were said to have been standing in line for the bathroom. Chan remembers, "He was this nerdy guy who was just a little bit out there." She is now one of the richest women in the world. The couple is worth more than $17 billion. According to Priscilla, they enjoy normal activities, like walks in the park and playing games like Bocce ball and board games.
7 Steve Ballmer and Connie Snyder
Steven Anthony Ballmer was born in Detroit, Michigan and later became friends with Bill Gates while they were both attending Harvard University. Unlike some of the other nerds on this list, he majored in math and economics and went on to graduate school at Stanford's school of business, but later dropped out to work at Microsoft in 1980; and this is where it all happened. Connie was the company's public relations executive and you know how those work relationships start. Well this one resulted in 24-years of marriage and three children. Connie has been involved in charitable work for quite a while. Not long ago, she and Steve contributed $10 million to their charity, Partnership of our Children, which is intended to improve the state child-welfare system.
6 Michael and Susan Dell
Michael is a self-proclaimed computer geek, multi-billionaire who simply came up with an affordable alternative to the existing desktop and laptop manufacturer's lines. His idea was developed in his college dorm room in 1984 with $1,000. The idea was great; cut out the middle man and give consumers a price break. PC's Limited was born and as the business grew he incorporated it into Dell Computer Corporation. By 1992, at 27-years of age, he was the youngest CEO to be ranked in Forbes list of the top 500 corporations.
Michael and Susan met in 1988 at a North Austin bistro in Austin, Texas after a friend introduced the two. Susan was a real estate agent and Michael was on his way to computer stardom. Not long after, the couple got engaged and then married in 1989. The couple has four children. Model parents, the two developed the Michael & Susan Foundation which is dedicated to changing the lives of impoverished children around the world. We have heard that Susan puts her heart and soul into the $900 million foundation.
5 Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki
This young, successful entrepreneur comes to us from Moscow, Russia as a computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. His family moved to the states when he was six-years-old due to the educational and career advancement limitations put on Jewish citizens. After attending the University of Maryland, he started graduate school at Stanford and is still on leave from his PhD studies. While at Stanford, he met Larry Page who became a great nerdy college friend. Together they came up with the popular search engine that is now known as Google.
In May 2007, Brin married biotech analyst and entrepreneur Anne Wojcicki, who was serious about healthcare at the time. However, a few months ago, the couple's world exploded when Wojcicki found incriminating emails from family friend and Google marketer, Amanda Rosenberg, who was Brin's lover. That was the end of the six-year marriage. Reports say the couple remain friends and good parents to their two children, while they continue working with their philanthropic and business ventures.
4 Larry Page and Lucy Southworth
Google cofounder, Larry Page, was born in East Lansing, Michigan. His father earned a Ph.D in computer science in 1965 - so he is considered an Internet pioneer in artificial intelligence as well as computer science. It's no wonder, son Larry, grew up so astute in the field.
Larry Page is the inventor of PageRank, which is the essence of Google's search ranking algorithm that is constantly being updated and improved. Before Page met and married his lovely wife, Lucinda Southworth, he dated the former head of location products Marissa Mayer. Then in 2007 he fell in love with Lucinda, who was then a research scientist. Lucinda is as beautiful as her model/actress sister Carrie and was a gorgeous bride at their Necker Island wedding ceremony in the Caribbean. The couple has two children and reside in Palo Alto, California.
3 Jeff and McKenzie Bezos
Amazon founder, Jeff, and MacKenzie both worked at D.E.Shaw, a New York City hedge fund company. He saw her resume before he ever set eyes on her and once again, the workplace romance went a long way. The couple was married in 1993 and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1994. Jeff has been a technology entrepreneur since graduating from Princeton in 1986 and even on Wall Street, he played in that arena. After years of investment success, he followed the rapid growth of the Internet and seized the opportunity. He set up Amazon's first office in his garage and the rest is history. His wife has been a part of his career and is now a budding novelist.
2 Larry Ellison and Melanie Craft
Wife number four, Melanie Craft, didn't last either but it just goes to show you that nerds can wind up with beautiful, smart women. A Pittsburgh native, Melanie graduated from Oberlin with a degree in archaeology. Before becoming a published romance novelist, she had an eclectic career. Oracle's famous CEO Larry Ellison married Melanie in 2003 in an elegant ceremony at a 45-acre compound in Woodside next to a waterfall. However, the courtship that lasted eight years had a marriage that was over in seven years. The split was even a bit of a surprise for the scoop-hungry media as the couple seemed destined for the long-term run.
1 Bill and Melinda Gates
Melinda Ann French was born in Dallas, Texas to an engineer and a homemaker in 1964. One of four children, Melinda was the valedictorian of her class and earned her bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University. She continued on and received her MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987. Not long after graduating, Melinda became an employee of the Microsoft company and was heavily involved in the creation of some of the company's most used software products, such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta and Expedia.
Melinda climbed the Microsoft ladder and wound up as the General Manager of Information Products until she and Bill - her boss at the time and one of the world's most famous computer nerds - fell in love and got married. Melinda is smart, gorgeous, an incredible mother, wife and philanthropist so it's no surprise they continue to be such a great match.
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