Who knew that the world worked this way?

It seems to be the most unlikely combination: a computer nerd coupling up with one of the world’s most beautiful women? But Miranda Kerr, who recently announced her engagement to Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, is by no means first on the scene – the trend for dating geeks was started by actress Talulah Riley, who has married and divorced tech billionaire Elon Musk twice.
Following their most recent split earlier this year, Musk has been spotted with former Mrs Johnny Depp Amber Heard. Even tennis star Serena Williams was rumoured to be getting in on the act, dating Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. We take a look at the so-called founder-hounders and their prize partners…

The good looking women of their generation end up with the rich young men of their generation.

True, what’s “rich” changes over the years and millennia, but the behaviour seems to persist.

24 thoughts on “Who knew that the world worked this way?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Following their most recent split earlier this year, Musk has been spotted with former Mrs Johnny Depp Amber Heard.

    Their brains may tell them that Silicon Valley billionaires are a good idea, but their genes clearly do not agree. Musk has been divorced a lot. It certainly looks like the billions cause attraction, but the attraction wears off once the thought of alimony wanders in to the frame.

    Even tennis star Serena Williams was rumoured to be getting in on the act, dating Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

    That is some pretty hard Rough Trade. The perils of being a Silicon Valley Social Justice Warrior.

  2. I’m not sure why they think Serena Willams is a catch. Bloody good women’s tennis player, but hardly a catch.

    The other thing here is that a lot of internet founders aren’t computer nerds. It’s why internet companies often have 2 or 3 founders. You need someone hardcore to lead the building of the tech, but you also need someone to make that more customer focussed, deal with the marketing, branding etc. Spiegel is that guy, not the CTO.

  3. Yo’ daddy’s rich,
    And yo’ mammy’s good lookin’,
    Hush little baby,
    Don’ you cry.

    The wisdom of Ira Gershwin.

  4. What BiW says. Spiegel doesn’t look anything like your stereotypical nerd. Nor do Musk or Ohanian. They’re entrepreneurs, not nerds.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Andrew M – “Spiegel doesn’t look anything like your stereotypical nerd. Nor do Musk or Ohanian. They’re entrepreneurs, not nerds.”

    Ummm, yes he does. He just wears an expensive suit. Ohanian too has a face that justifies being pushed into a locker.

    Musk less so but then he is a second generation dork – his father was an engineer and his mother a model. But he is the most dorky of them all. He sold his first computer programme when he was 12. He has a degree in Physics.

  6. e.g. Paul Allen is a nerd. Bill Gates is a lawyer.
    Steve Wozniak is a nerd. Steve Jobs was a salesman. etc.

    BiW
    Reminds of a line in a play I always thought funny. Philby type spy is discovered and sent to Russia. He is complaining to his handler:

    Handler: We give you flat in Moscow and woman.
    Spy: The flat is a shoe box and the woman is a shot putter!
    Handler: Gold medalist, comrade.

    Anybody recalls the title of that play please let me know!

  7. SMFS,

    “Ummm, yes he does. ”

    No. One of the other founders, who studied maths and computer science is the Chief Technology Officer. Spiegel studied product design.

  8. Bloke in Wiltsire – “No. One of the other founders, who studied maths and computer science is the Chief Technology Officer. Spiegel studied product design.”

    The question was not what he was or what he did, but what he looks like. And he does look like a nerd.

    Whatever he studied.

  9. Nerds are not often that great at running a company. Great at the technical stuff, great at overseeing nerds producing stuff. Not so great on the financial, sales, getting product to market stuff.
    There are differences between entrepreneurs and nerds. A few can do both, most appear to specialise.
    Doing what they love and are good at.

    Regardless, some women will date rich men. Some of those dates will turn into a relationship, some will move on to marriage.
    Don’t forget at least some of these women are successful in their own area – do they date some bus driver, some office worker, some caretaker? Or someone seen as successful and rich themselves?

  10. The money should at least buy peace woman-wise.

    Instead they seem to pick up a collection of skanks who spend more time with divorce lawyers than in the rich mugs bed.

  11. Even tennis star Serena Williams was rumoured to be getting in on the act, dating Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

    I always thought she was involved with her coach. (Patrick Mouratoglou, not her father!)

  12. I find it annoying that a person with a degree in physics is a “dork”: it shows how cretinised popular culture is. FFS.

  13. “Nerds are not often that great at running a company. Great at the technical stuff, great at overseeing nerds producing stuff. Not so great on the financial, sales, getting product to market stuff.”

    This even comes down to IT departments. There are technically brilliant people that I would not hire for a team because they don’t think about simplicity or other developers or shipping for customers.

    The best people I’ve worked with are nearly all “blue collar” programmers. People who grasp how to program but have come from a time working in a business.

  14. BobRocket – “If I had pots of cash and women throwing themselves at me (for whatever reason) why would I pick the ugly bird ?”

    Her personality? It depends. If the non-ugly bird was Gwyneth Paltrow …..

    I contend that the plot of Shallow Hal was ruined by the fact that the pretty one was Ms Paltrow. Two minutes on her blog will convince you personality does matter.

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