Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Welcomes Twin Daughters

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The tech executive announced her pregnancy in September with a Tumblr blog post.

Marissa Mayer has given birth to identical twin daughters, the Yahoo CEO announced Thursday morning on Twitter.

The tweet received a number of congratulatory comments from tech executives, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, investor Chris Sacca and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

 

Mayer and husband Zachary Bogue also have a 3-year-old son, Macallister, with whom Mayer was pregnant when she accepted the Yahoo chief position in 2012. She announced her recent pregnancy on Tumblr in September, writing, "the twins part was quite a surprise, because I have no family history of twins or any other predisposing factors. However, as I've now learned, identical twins occur by random chance in roughly 1 out of approximately every 300 pregnancies. Zack and I have embraced the surprise and are very excited about these new additions to our family."

Mayer also noted in September that she planned to approach the pregnancy similarly to how she approached her first pregnancy, by "taking limited time away and working throughout." That decision came as investors placed mounting pressure on Mayer and the Yahoo board to turn around the beleaguered tech company as it prepared to spin off its shares in Alibaba Group.

The news of the births comes just one day after Mayer held an early-morning conference call with investors to inform them that the company would not spin off its take in the Chinese e-commerce giant and would instead explore a spinoff of its core businesses.

Another closely watched tech executive also recently announced that his family had grown. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Dec. 1 that he and wife Priscilla Chan had welcomed a baby girl, Max. He used the birth of his daughter also to reveal that he and Chan would give 99 percent of their Facebook shares to the newly created Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which will focus on "advancing human potential and promoting equality."

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