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Know Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer, who was Google's first female
engineer and its 20th employee when she joined
that company in 1999, has been named CEO of Yahoo.
She's responsible for the clean look of
The minimalist home page, with plenty of white
space and a single search bar in the center, is
said to be the brainchild of Mayer, who has
overseen the launch and development of many of
Google's iconic products. "Google has the
functionality of a really complicated Swiss Army
knife, but the home page is our way of
approaching it closed. It's simple, it's elegant,
you can slip it in your pocket, but it's got the
great doodad when you need it," she told Fast
Company in 2005. "A lot of our competitors are
like a Swiss Army knife open -- and that can be
intimidating and occasionally harmful."
She specializes in artificial intelligence
Mayer holds bachelor's and master's degrees from
Stanford University. For both degrees, Mayer
focused on artificial intelligence, which has
become a core area of focus for Google, a company
that has introduced autonomous cars and whose
computers are trying to use equations to
understand human speech. She told CNN she holds
several patents in AI and interface design.
She's on the board at Wal-Mart
 "She is also on the board of various nonprofits,
including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
the San Francisco Ballet and the New York City
Ballet," according to a press release from Yahoo.
She's obsessed with fashion
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mayer once
paid 60,000 at a charity auction to have lunch
with fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. "Objects
that make Mayer happy include her Oscar de la
Renta cashmere cardigan with three-quarter
sleeves and pointelle detailing and enamel
buttons," Vogue wrote in 2009.
She lives in a penthouse
It's a top the Four Seasons Hotel in San
Francisco, and it's worth a cool 5
million, according to The New York Times.
She's good in an interview
 In 1999, during her interview for a job at the
company, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey
Brin reportedly asked her "How would you write a
spell-check program when you have a vocabulary so
big it won't fit in a computer?" She became a
product manager at the young start-up after
turning down a teaching job at Carnegie Mellon
She dated Larry Page
The Google co-founder and Mayer, who was a
product manager at the time, dated in the early
2000s,according to the book "Googled" by Ken
Auletta. A Gawker blogger wrote about how Silicon
Valley considered this subject taboo.
She can make working as a grocery clerk sound
She told the Los Angeles Times about her high
school job working the cash register "I learned
a lot about work ethic from people who had been
there for 20 years. They could do 40 items a
minute over an eight-hour shift. I was pretty
routinely in the 38-to-41 range. I was pretty
happy about that. I have a good memory for
numbers. "At the grocery store, you have to
remember to charge 4.99 a pound for grapes and
99 cents a pound for cantaloupe by typing in a
number code. The more numbers you could memorize,
the better off you are. If you had to stop to
look up a price in a book, it totally killed your
She held office hours at Google
 "At 4 p.m., her three-times-a-week office hours
begin. It's a tradition Mayer brought over from
her days at Stanford, where she taught computer
science to undergrads," wrote Businessweek in
2005. Some of Google's big ideas came out of
those meetings with staff, the magazine says.
She likes cupcakes with a side of spreadsheets
 "I refuse to be stereotyped," she told The New
York Times in 2009. "I think it's very comforting
for people to put me in a box. 'Oh, she's a
fluffy girlie girl who likes clothes and
cupcakes. Oh, but wait, she is spending her
weekends doing hardware electronics.' " She once
made spreadsheets to determine the perfect cupake
recipe, she told San Francisco Magazine. "Who
else in Silicon Valley could report, with
absolute seriousness, that she'd recently bought
an array of cookbooks to study the cupcake
recipes in each, created a spreadsheet for the
ingredients, and then tested the recipes before
writing her own? (She made another spreadsheet
for frosting.)," the magazine wrote.
She knows how to rock a wedding
 In 2009, she married Zachary Bogue, a venture
capitalist and real-estate investor while wearing
"a knockout hand-beaded white Naeem Khan gown,"
as theSan Francisco Chronicle described it. A
rehearsal dinner featured a surprise performance
from the Killers, according to a blog by the
event's photographer.
She's going to be a Mom
Call it the ultimate start-up a family! Ready
to take on yet another important role, Mayer, who
married financier Zachary Bogue in
2009, Tweeted out yet another announcement the
same day word broke of her move to Yahoo.
"Another piece of good news today _at_zackbogue
and I are expecting a new baby boy in October!"
By  John D. Sutter, CNN