The world is in a bit of a weird place right now, and most of us are suffering to some degree. Thankfully, there are some kind-hearted individuals out there who want to bring some light into other people’s lives during these trying times. Bryan Rumfelt is one such person, and he’s been helping the world by reading to kids who have been missing out on story time.
Reading Is Fundamental
Reading is an important thing to do at any age, but it’s particularly crucial when you’re younger. After all, the more you read as a child, the better you’re likely to fare in both school and your future career.
A lot of kids learn to do this through story time, but due to the current situation, some of them are missing out on this right now. At least, they were until Rumfelt’s grandmother suggested he make a difference to those children’s lives.
Reading To The World
Aware of Bryan’s passion for reading, the seven-year-old’s family set up a group on Facebook named “Bryan’s Book Corner.” This was a place where he could record himself reading his favorite books and have it be broadcast around the world. It’s only been up for a few months, but already the group has amassed over 2,500 members. Most of these followers are parents or kids who appreciate what the boy has done for them during this difficult time.
Charitable Since Day One
While Bryan’s generosity might seem surprising for someone so young, this apparently isn’t the first time he’s been so generous. In 2017, he raised nearly $3,000 to help the children of Houston after the area was affected by catastrophic flooding. It seems that this boy was born with a heart of gold.
Although “Bryan’s Book Corner” might not solve all of the world’s current problems, it’s still making a difference to thousands of people out there. That’s all that matters.
WAGs of Silicon Valley
Justine Musk was born in 1972 in Ontario, Canada. Besides being known as the first wife of Elon Musk, Justine is an author whose most notable work is BloodAngel. Her book was published by Penguin Books and she followed it up with an additional two works. Her and Elon got married in 2000 and were together for eight years before getting divorced. Luckily for Elon, Justine claims to be a model ex-wife as they are able to maintain good terms.
Another model to make an impact on the men of the tech world is Faye Dinsmore. She began dating Paddy Cosgrave back when the two of them were attending Trinity College in Dublin. In 2016, following along with the trend of other tech couples, they published news of Faye’s pregnancy on social media. The couple has been engaged since 2012, and only married in 2016 in a very private ceremony. It is believed that they went on their honeymoon in Dubai.
Kate Greer is the girlfriend of Jack Dorsey. Dorsey is the co-founder of Twitter and Square Inc., each of which are billion dollar companies. The relationship between Greer and Dorsey is considered to be on and off but the latest rumors are that they are back on again. Greer, who has her own business as well, used to work for Star Magazine columnist Julia Allison. She is now co-founder of Cheerie Lane which sells homegrown popcorn and also offers her services as a consultant.
While attending Stanford University, Kevin Systrom met his future wife. In fact, it was her that helped him put together the overall idea behind Instagram in the first place. Kevin is the co-founder of Instagram, but that is not all that this couple is responsible for. Nicole is the CEO of Sutro; a clean energy investment firm. The couple got engaged in 2014, but it took them two years to get married on account of how incredibly busy they are. The couple finally got married in 2016 in Napa at their dream wedding.
Jessica Lessin is the wife of Sam Lessin. Sam is a close friend of Mark Zuckerberg due to the fact that the two were classmates at Harvard. When Sam Lessin’s company Drop.io was acquired by Facebook in 2010, he was brought into the company. However, he would end up leaving in 2014. Lessin is the founder of her own company as well. She founded and is Editor-in-Chief at the tech website The Information. Because of the close and friendly relationship with Mark Zuckerberg, some have criticized and questioned Jessica’s journalistic integrity.
Lisa and Brian Sugar are a little different than the others on this list. This couple started their business at the same time as they started their relationship as a family. Together, the couple was able to grow at an explosive rate and create an environment in the workplace that was family friendly and positive for all the employees. The employees love what they do and it is a passionate environment in which the employees have room to grow. The couple successfully turned their blog into a multi-million dollar business.
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the wife of Marc Andreessen. Marc is best known for being one of the founder of Netscape and, in addition, he was one of the creators of Mosaic, the first web browser. That being said, it is understandable how he amassed a fortune of over $600 million. The couple got married back in 2006 and have one child together. Laura is well known for advising Silicon Valley CEOs on what may be the best way to advance their philanthropic endeavors.
Chelsa Crowley is the wife of Dennis Crowley. Dennis Crowley is most likely known for the founding of the app Foursquare. Chelsa is actually a co-founder in her own right, and operates as chief creative officer of her company Stowaway. Before launching her own company, Chelsa was working in positions at other beauty brands. Her goal was to create beauty products that do not go to waste and are custom-made to be as convenient as possible for the customers. The couple had their first child last year.
Kaitlyn Krieger is the wife of Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger. The couple got married back in 2015 after five years of dating. The couple originally met at a housewarming party. He taught her a small part of an intro to a song on guitar and told her to call him if she wants to learn more. From that point on, the couple was on the path to getting married. Kaitlyn and Mike have recently pledged to give away a large portion of their wealth over time.
Emily Lerer is the wife of entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ben Lerer. Ben is the co-founder and CEO of Thrillist Media Group and a director at Lerer Ventures. Emily was a teacher by trade before she decided to found her own educational start-up. Her company is called Project Tutor. The goal of the company is to provide students with paid tutoring sessions. However, similar to Warby Parker, once a session is purchased, another session is donated to a child that cannot afford it.
It should be no surprise that the wife of Bill Gates makes the list, but you may not know that they met while she was working for him at Microsoft. They married in 1994 in Hawaii, and shortly after she left the company to focus on starting and building a family. The couple has three children. Melinda, as far as work outside the family goes, has been very focused on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. By 2014, it was estimated that the couple has donated close to $28 billion.
Brit Morin is the wife of co-founder Dave Morin. Both used to work at major technology companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. However, now both of them run their own companies. Dave runs a mobile social network company called Path which he started back in 2010. Brit launched her own company Brit+Co in 2011. Her company is devoted to how to guides regarding design and cooking. Since she started the company, she has been able to raise $7.6 million in funding all while having a baby.
Julia is the wife of Kevin Hartz. Unlike some of our other couples, this couple had a goal to start a company since before they even got married. Now, the couple runs an online ticket company called Eventbrite. The couple originally met at the wedding of a friend. In the nine years that the company has been around it has received ten rounds of funding which amounts to near $200 million. In addition, the company has processed over 140 million tickets.
Sheryl Sandberg is the COO at Facebook. This is certainly a power position in every respect of the word. However, she is married to yet another respected figure in Silicon Valley: SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg. Both are very committed to their work, but they are able to be there to support each other where it counts. In order to have such success in each aspect of their lives, it is no wonder she called marrying him the most important decision she ever made.
It must be an extremely rare occurrence for high school sweethearts to end up launching a company that makes them multimillionaires. However, this happened with Susan Koger. Susan has been dating her now husband Eric since they were in high school. The couple then went to Carnegie Mellon together where they came up with the idea for Modcloth. Modcloth has since raised over $63 million in funds. Although Eric is no longer the CEO, Susan is staying on board as the Chief Creative Officer.
Jessica Livingston is the wife of Paul Graham. In 2005, Jessica was working for a investment bank, but she was not getting what she wanted out of the job. She talked to Graham, who at the time was selling web applications he developed, and they decided to create their own investment firm. She quit her job, and he invested $100,000 to make it work. The startup school venture they created was called Y Combinator. Since it started, they have invested in hundreds of companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb.
Kass Lazerow is the wife of Michael Lazerow. The couple has been working together to make their mark on the tech scene from early on. The couple originally owned Golf.com which they would end up selling to Time Inc. at a later date. After that they founded a social media marketing platform called Buddy Media. The Buddy Media platform would later be sold in 2012 to Salesforce.com for an incredible $700 million. According to Michael, it is all about complimenting each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Carley Roney met David Liu when they were studying at NYU. However, that was not the start of their relationship. Eight years went by until Carley and David ran into each other again at a party. It was at that point that the couple began seeing each other. Two years after their marriage, they launched a wedding website called The Knot which has survived up to this point despite being now called the XO Group. The company now features expanded services beyond only serving for weddings.
Another couple destined for Silicon Valley greatness is Megan Quinn and her, now, husband MG Siegler. Originally, Quinn was working for both Square, Google and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, but now she is a general partner at Spark Capital Growth. Siegler used to also work at some big companies such as CrunchFund and even writing for TechCrunch. However, he now works at Google Ventures; although that is quite confusing considering that anyone who knows what he likes, knows that it’s Apple.
Sharmila Birbal is the wife of Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote. Evernote was launched in 2007, but does more than simply takes notes. In fact, users can even create presentations and send messages to coworkers in addition to the note taking feature of the app. With a valuation of more than $1 billion, Libin is a power player in the Valley. However, his wife is usually nearby as she does not sit at home while he runs his business. In fact, she is his assistant.
Priscilla Chan was born on February 24, 1985 in Massachusetts. She met her husband, Mark Zuckerberg, while attending Harvard University. The couple got married in 2012. Recently, the couple has pledge to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to charities. This makes them among the most philanthropic couples in the world. The couple announced that they were having their first child together in July 2015, after being very candid about their fertility struggles. Priscilla gave birth to their daughter, Maxima Chen Mingyu, in December 2016.
Nikita Kahn is currently dating Oracle Corporation co-founder Larry Ellison. Ellison is known for being the fifth richest man in the world with a worth of more than $50 billion. He has been married four times and is now divorced as of 2010. He has been dating Kahn who is best known as a Ukrainian actress for her acting roles in films. Her most notable role to date is from the film Catch 44, which starred Nikki Reed and Bruce Willis.
Lucinda Southworth is the wife of Google co-founder Larry Page. The couple got married in 2007 in the British Virgin Islands; specifically an island owned by Richard Branson. Southworth was originally born in May 1979 to two doctors. Moreover, Lucinda is not your average bookworm. She was a biomedical informatics doctoral student at Stanford University. In addition to Stanford, Southworth also attended the University of Pennsylvania and University of Oxford. The couple’s wedding was a large affair with over six hundred guests in attendance.
Born in 1973, Anne Wojcicki is the former wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. She was born in San Mateo County, California and would go on to attend Yale University. Wojcicki comes from a very well educated family. In fact, she is a genomics pioneer who founded the genetics company 23andMe. Anne Wojcicki married Brin in 2007, and the couple spent a total of eight years together. They have two children together; a son named Benji, and a a girl Chloe.
Talulah Riley began dating Elon Musk back in 2008. The couple dated for a period of two years before getting married at Dornoch Cathedral in 2010. The couple remained together for a period of four years before it was announced the Elon Musk was looking to end his relationship. Only a few months after the announcement, Musk was seeking a divorce. However, they would get remarried only a year later. Unfortunately, this second marriage was short lived, and Musk divorced Riley again in 2016.
MacKenzie Bezos was born in 1970 in San Francisco, CA. She attended the Hotchkiss School before going to Princeton University. Mackenzie would end up working for Jeff Bezos in New York in 1992 before eventually marrying him in 1993. The couple has four children, and MacKenzie still continues to stand strong by her man. In fact, she left a review in 2013 for a book about her husband and his company in which she picked apart the author and all the claims he tried to make.
Alison Gelb is the co-founder of a home decor website named One Kings Lane. She launched her company in 2009 and the company is now valued at over $400 million. The company sells high end furniture and has amassed over 10 million subscribers. In 2007, she married Mark Pincus who is the founder of Zynga Inc. Pincus is estimated to be worth over a billion dollars and is a serial entrepreneur. The couple has had three children together, but are now getting divorced as of this year.
Miranda Kerr, born April 1983, is an ultra-successful Australian supermodel. Not only is she famous for being a Victoria’s Secret model, but she was also married to actor Orlando Bloom between the years 2010 to 2013. Miranda began dating Evan Spiegel in 2015 after they were initially introduced at a Luis Vuitton party back in 2014. In 2016, Evan proposed to Miranda and the couple shared a post on instagram. Evan even had Snapchat make a special filter featuring cartoon versions of themselves proposing.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg is not just famous for her fashion line and tv show. In her first marriage, Diane von Furstenberg became married to Prince Egon of Furstenberg. Unfortunately, the marriage only lasted three years and they would divorce by 1972. They have two children together. In 2001, she married Barry Diller. Diller is worth $2.4 billion which he made as CEO of travel booking website Expedia.
Emma Watson is among the most well known actresses in the world. Her role in Harry Potter has put her at the forefront of fame around the world. When one hears that she is dating a man working at a tech company, it certainly sparks some curiosity. As it turns out, she is dating William Mack Knight. Although he works as a manager at the software company Medallia, he describes himself as an adventurer and naturalist. That being said, he is not your average guy.
Elissa Patel is the girlfriend of Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky. Before meeting Chesky, Elissa used to work in San Francisco as an artist for apps. Oddly enough, the couple met on the dating app Tinder. However, unlike most interactions on that app, they have been together for over three years. Chesky is now worth $3 billion and his company recently sponsored the Olympics. It is said that the couple like to staycation in neighborhoods around the Airbnb head office.
Karlie Kloss is yet another Victoria’s Secret model to make the list who also happens to be a best friend of Taylor Swift. Interestingly, she is into to coding and has even founded a camp for female programmers called Kode With Klossy. She is currently dating tech investor and venture capitalist Joshua Kushner. He has invested in some major apps including Instagram and Slack. They only went public back in 2012, but were seen celebrating their four-year anniversary this last June.
Allison Williams is an actress who is best known for her role on the HBO series Girls in which she plays Lena Dunham’s best friend. She is married to Ricky Van Veen who is the co-founder of the comedy website College Humor. The couple met in 2011, and by 2014 they were already engaged. Interestingly, Tom Hanks actually officiated their wedding, which took place in Wyoming, before Katy Perry took to the stage and performed for her best friend, Allison.
Lenas is a singer-songwriter who once made an appearance on MTV. In 2010, she met Sean Parker at a Halloween party hosted by Heidi Klum. Parker is best known for founding Napster and his role in the formation of Facebook. Lenas married Sean Parker back in 2013 at an insanely over-the-top wedding whose theme was inspired by Lord of the Rings. It was estimated that their wedding costs over $10 million, and they even offered Sir Ian McKellan $1 million to officiate the wedding in his Gandalf attire.
Cole is an English actress and model. Early in her career, she found a lot of success as a model and was even named ‘Model of the Year’ in 2004. As an actress she also found success, but in 2013 she founded her website that makes wishes come true. In 2012, she began having problems with her website with regard to the financial situation. She found help in Kwamecorp who invested further. She then became close with Kwame Ferreira whom founded the investment firm. The couple now has a child together.
Holzwarth was the girlfriend of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for a period of about three years. As the story goes, Gabi was playing violin at a party which Kalanick attended. The two began talking and hit it off. She stuck with him, but after a while she could not handle the culture and environment around him and his company. She explained that everywhere they went they would have models flown in because the company was deeply misogynistic and she did not want to be part of it anymore.
Tennis superstar Serena Williams is an absolute legend in her sport. However, not many people knew that she was dating Alexis Ohanian. Ohanian’s name may not ring a bell, but his company’s name sure will. Back in 2005, Ohanian and his roommate launched Reddit. Their goal was to give the internet a front page. The couple was a secret for nearly fifteen months, and only became engaged about a year ago. In addition, Serena recently revealed that she is pregnant. In fact, she won a tournament while eight weeks pregnant.
Amber Heard was in the news quite a bit over the course of the last year. Initially, she was being covered for all the drama developing between her and her now ex-husband Johnny Depp. Now, however, she is dating billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk. This is Musk’s most recent partner, and, according to Heard’s father, they are quite serious. Musk is said to have taken interest in Heard during the filming of Machete Kills in which both appeared.
Evelina Mambetova was born in 1991 in Ukraine. In 2008, she began her professional career working as a model. She quickly went on to become a high fashion model and worked with some of the best and most recognized brands in the world. In addition, she began to hit the dating scene catching the attention of many wealthy suitors. However, it was fellow Ukrainian and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum who caught her attention. The two of them began dating in 2014, and are still together.
Julia Milner is the wife of Russian billionaire venture capitalist and founder of Digital Sky Technologies, Yuri Milner. Julia is a fashion model as well as an artist, and she married Yuri back in 2004. The couple also has three children together. Among Milner’s most notable investments are Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, Flipkart, Spotify, Zocdoc, Groupon, Alibaba, 23andMe, Planet Labs, OlaCabs and several other notable names. It has been estimated that Yuri’s net worth is close to $3.1 billion, which will probably grow over time.