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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Marissa Mayer

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Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, who will deliver the keynote speech at CES Tuesday, needs no introduction. She's taken the tech world by storm ever since she was appointed CEO of the declining company in July 2012.

We can’t seem to get enough of her: a woman in the C-suite, a new mother, former Googler and geek who wants to take Yahoo back to its roots. She’s relevant enough to have been featured in a recent issue of Vogue and is lauded as the woman who “has it all.”

We’ve heard a lot about her marriage to investor and philanthropist Zachary Bogue and the strides she’s made in corporate maternity leave policy. But what else is there to know? We've gathered seven lesser-known facts about Mayer.

1. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Marissa_Mayer_climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
Mayer climbed the tallest mountain in Africa in 2009. And as if that weren't enough, she also likes to run marathons.

2. She pulled 250 all-nighters during her first five years at Google.

As reported in a New York magazine feature, Mayer clearly doesn’t require a lot of beauty sleep.

3. She dated Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page.

They do say Google was tight-knit in the early days.

4. She interviewed Lady Gaga.

[youtube height=”350″ width=”600″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNa_-1d_0tA[/youtube]

A somewhat starstruck Mayer interviewed the singer in 2011 as part of the [email protected] series.

5. She studied ballet.


Mayer even danced in a Stanford production of The Nutcracker.

6. She originally wanted to be a pediatric neurosurgeon.

She made the decision at age 12. Luckily for both Google and Yahoo, a computer science class at Stanford changed her mind.

7. She danced briefly to MC Hammer’s "2 Legit 2 Quit"

[youtube height=”350″ width=”600″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbdd_Fasz0k[/youtube]

Mayer was part of an endorsement campaign for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. You can see her at 1:46 in the video.


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