Could your beloved be your business partner? The answer for many of us would be a resounding ‘no’; however, for some, the forbidden formula of business and pleasure has resulted in multi-million pound success.
Here we take a look at six power partners that have successfully set up shop together
Stewart Butterfield & Caterina Fake, Flickr
After starting their business, Ludicorp, together in 2002, this dynamic duo of web design consultants began work on launching an online multiplayer game which later morphed into the photo sharing site Flickr. A year after launching, Butterfield and Fake sold Flickr to Yahoo for a reported $30 million.
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Leonard Bosack & Sandy Lerner, CISCO
The inability for this couple to exchange emails whilst working in different buildings at Stamford University prompted them to develop the multi-protocol router and Cisco was born. In 1990, Lerner’s sacking resulted in the couple walking away from Cisco with $170 million.
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Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z
No power couple list woud be complete without the first couple of the music industry. Since collaborating on Beyoncé’s debut solo ‘Crazy in Love’, the pair have worked together on and off for a number of years. After raking in an estimate $107.5 million, they were named the world’s highest paid celebrity couple in 2016.
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Wendy Tan White & Joe White, Moonfruit
Prior to their marriage, Wendy Tan and Joe White, together with Eirik Petterson, launched Moonfruit, a DIY website builder. The company experienced rapid success with 400,000 users registering in the first six months. Moonfruit was acquired by the Yell Group for £23 million in 2012, with Tan White staying in her role as CEO while her husband is the CFO and COO.
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Julia and Kevin Hartz, Eventbrite
Tech entrepreneur Kevin Hartz, an early investor in PayPal, and his wife Julia, a former MTV Executive, joined forces to create Eventbrite, an online events organisation platform that enables users to plan, promote and sell tickets. Eventbrite has processed over $5 billion in gross ticket sales since its launch in 2006.
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Stewart and Lynda Resnick, Fiji Water
Through their holding company The Wonderful Company, husband and wife and serial entrepreneurs, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, have owned a range of companies including, Teleflora, Franklin Mint and POM Wonderful. The couple acquired the popular bottled water brand Fiji Water in 2004 for $50 million. By 2008, Fiji Water had become the largest imported water brand in the US, making a reported $85 million in sales in 2009.
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