Bachelorville’s Big Fish

Here’s a bit of masala for your tea time break-A list of Silicon Valley’s Most Eligible Bachelors,courtesy today’s ET.In no particular order the hotties are:

wealthymatters.comPete Cashmore, chief executive, Mashable

Inc. magazine tagged Mr. Cashmore — 26 and with a net worth estimated as high as $95 million — as “the Brad Pitt of the blogosphere.” Gawker called him “the planet’s sexiest geek.” He currently sees Lisa Bettany, a photographer and entrepreneur. And like a matinee idol, he has a sultry air that has even become an in-joke among techies. An anonymous Twitter account called @hotpetecashmore is dotted with tweets like “Am I the only one feeling hot, hot, hot tonight? — Pete.” But Mr. Cashmore did not make it on his looks. He started Mashable in his bedroom in Aberdeen, Scotland,at age 19, and for a time some tech insiders joked that he was the “Loch Ness Blogger,”because so few in tech circles had actually laid eyes on him. Those days are over. Mashable now attracts more than 20 million visitors a month, and this year, Mr. Cashmore made Time’s list of the 100 most influential people, as well as the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.

wealthymatters.comMatt Cohler, Facebook employee No. 7, now general partner at Benchmark Capital

Since Mr. Cohler, now 35, struck out trying to make it as a saxophonist, the Manhattan raised Yalie has been on a winning streak. He was one of the first employees at LinkedIn and then at Facebook. (His Facebook shares were valued at a reported $680 million before that stock’s slide.) As he said, “I am very aware that I’m one of the luckiest people who ever lived.” Except — so far — in love. Last year, he and his longtime girlfriend broke up, and he now finds himself looking for company in the brownstone that he recently bought in downtown Manhattan, which he has decorated with works by Richard Avedon and Vienna Secession-period furniture.

wealthymatters.comJack Dorsey, co-founder, Twitter and Square

Mr. Dorsey, 36, has gone from bike messenger to Internet superstar, net worth estimated at $650 million, all on the strength of a simple idea that turned out to be one of the most intoxicating time-sucks since television.Along with money came the trappings of fame: the Prada suits, the A-list friends (Ashton Kutcher, Alyssa Milano), the long Vanity Fair profile last year — and even hints that he is eyeing a political future. Mr. Dorsey tends to keep his romance private, although he did discuss a recent relationship with Sofiane Sylve, a principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, in that Vanity Fair article. “I’ve learned a lot from ballet,” he was quoted as saying. “I appreciate the coordination and the discipline.Making something simple is very difficult.”

weathymatters.comTony Hsieh, chief executive,

Like Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Hsieh went to Harvard and favors hoodies. Like Zuck, he also made a fortune at a very young age (at 24, he sold a company he co-founded to Microsoft for $265 million) then an even bigger one later (in 2009, Amazon snatched up Zappos for more than $1 billion). The value of his stock has been estimated at more than half a billion dollars, plus he has a colorful-enough personality to keep things interesting. In press interviews, the 38-year-old founder of the online shoe and clothing retailer has openly discussed his interest in pickup-artist books like “The Game,”by Neil Strauss. “I don’t use the term ’dating,’”he explained in a recent e-mail. “My current philosophy is to not look at things as black and white,” he said, “but instead to just enjoy hanging out with different people.” But marriage may not be in his future: “I’m not opposed to the idea of marriage. But statistically, if half of all marriages end in divorce, and of the ones that remain married many are unhappily married, the odds are stacked against you.”

wealthymatters.comLarry Ellison, chief executive, Oracle

At 67, Mr. Ellison might not fit everyone’s definition of “eligible.” But since his fourth marriage — to Melanie Craft, a romance novelista quarter-century his junior — ended in 2010, the tech pioneer (estimated net worth: $36 billion) is back on the market. Mr. Ellison is one of the Valley’s biggest personalities (Mike Wilson’s 1997 biography of him was titled “The Difference between God and Larry Ellison”), one who has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in a yacht-racing team and scored an America’s Cup victory in 2010, and few think he will be out of the dating game for long.

wealthymatters.comSalar Kamangar, senior vice president, YouTube

When a network dating show recently approached Mr. Kamangar to appear as a contestant, it didn’t get far. Mr. Kamangar is as private as he is eligible. But you can understand the network’s interest. Mr. Kamangar, 35, joined the early team at Google as a gofer and now runs one of the most popular Web properties on the planet. The Tehran born executive, who studied biology at Stanford, took over YouTube in 2010, after playing a key role in developing AdWords, the advertising system that has generates most of Google’s revenues. (A 2006 article in Business-Week read, “It’s safe to say that without Kamangar, Google wouldn’t be Google”). As for romance, Gawker ran an item a few years ago linking him to Ivanka Trump, before she was with Jared Kushner of The New York Observer. But it would have never lasted. He’s far too press-shy to be a Trump.

wealthymatters.comAaron Levie, co-founder, Box

Many Silicon Valley observers consider the cloud-computing storage company that Mr.Levie and his partner, Dylan Smith, conceived in Mr. Levie’s University of Southern California dorm room as a potential Next Big Thing.At 27, Mr. Levie has already taken a page from the Steve Jobs playbook. Last September, he played ringmaster at the company’s first conference, BoxWorks, showing up in orange sneakers and firing up a crowd of hundreds with motivational pronouncements before handing out free Motorola XOOM tablets for everyone, Oprah-style, and giving over the stage to Third Eye Blind. While Mr. Levie, who has a longtime girlfriend, hasn’t made an enormous killing yet, many Silicon Valley observers consider it just a matter of time. Recently,Box. reportedly turned down a buyout offer exceeding $500 million.

wealthymatters.comMatt Mullenweg, founder,WordPress and Automattic

Mr. Mullenweg, who moved to the Bay Area after attending the University of Houston, made a fortune in the early days of blogging by giving future bloggers the tools they needed to chase their online dreams: in this case, WordPress, the open-source content management system used by nearly 15 percent of the top million Web sites worldwide. Still only 28,the boyish blond with the snowboarder stubble is now worth an estimated $40 million. An unreconstructed geek, he types on a Dvorak computer keyboard (as opposed to the traditional, yet less intuitive, qwerty typewriter layout) to speed up his fingers. Does the time saved leave more hours for dating? Mr. Mullenweg remains coy on the subject. “I’m not engaged or married,” he wrote in an e-mail.“Most entrepreneurs, myself included, are married to their work, though.”

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One Response to Bachelorville’s Big Fish

  1. zap says:

    i m one of them!!!hahaha

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