Former D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty and his ‘budding romance’ with Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs

“Looks as if Adrian Fenty took the phrase ‘Go West, young man’ to heart — and has done very well for himself,” Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger report for The Washington Post.

“Last year, the former D.C. mayor scored a plum job with Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest venture capital firms,” Roberts and Argetsinger report. “Now we’ve learned that Fenty is dating Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The two met at a Houston education conference in 2011 and bonded over a shared passion for school reform. In February 2012, Fenty joined the board of College Track, a non-profit college prep program for underserved students co-founded by Powell Jobs.”

Roberts and Argetsinger report, “Sources tell us the relationship began as a friendship and blossomed into a ‘budding romance’ around the time Fenty and his wife, Michelle, formally announced their separation in January. The Fenty marriage had been rumored to be on the rocks for months; there’s no indication that Powell Jobs had any role in the split. (The divorce is close to completion but not yet finalized.)”

Adrian Fenty, soon-to-be ex-wife Michelle, and family
Adrian Fenty, soon-to-be ex-wife Michelle, and family

 
“When Jobs died in October 2011, the businesswoman and mother of three inherited an estate of about $10 billion — mostly Apple and Disney stock — making her one of the richest women in America,” Roberts and Argetsinger report. “[Fenty] officially separated in the beginning of this year; they have three children.
We asked Fenty and Powell Jobs about their new romance; both declined our requests for comment.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

55 Comments

        1. You say that she was a “disaster”. Can you explain yourself? What did she do wrong, in your view?

          From where I sit, she attempted to improve DC schools, and met with resistance from people who don’t give a shit about the kids.

          -jcr

          1. John Merrill, education reporter for the PBS NewsHour documented the entire episode from Rhee’s hiring until the end. We saw every segment over a few years. While I think it was a good idea to do some radical surgery on DC schools and I gave and give Fenty credit for making an attempt, Rhee was not the person to do it and he should have seen this part way through but it seemed to me (and my wife) that he was going to defend his choice until the end, even if it destroyed a community.

            Some of the resistance she met was from the entrenched education establishment in DC which needed to go, of course. But, some of it was from parents of kids in the school systems who, while not defending the status quo, didn’t like the way she was making change.

            My guess is another person with the same end goals but a different personality might have met more success there. Again, I give Fenty credit for trying but take it away for not changing course fast enough. In the end Rhee got fired, Fenty is gone, and there is little change in that school system.

            1. 12% is a lot of money. I understand that most of the rest is through public donations. In particular, large corporations. But 12% is an awful lot of money. And that’s our tax money. I have no problem with that if PBS was not biased 100% of the time to the left. As far left as you can possibly go! That’s not where our tax money should go. It might as well be called ACLU television. It’s never fair and balanced. That’s undeniable.

            2. Yes, PBS is definitely unbalanced, they don’t dare challenge the official paradigms promoted by their corporate paymasters — hedge funds, oil companies, military contractors, etc.

              Only a John Birch Society type perspective could think they’re somehow a leftist entity. They’re too subservient to power for that.

        2. Her bio reads like Obama, so can’t argue with your positioning…

          http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/08/whats-michelle-rhees-legacy-in-d-c-schools/

          “I am Michelle Rhee. I’m the new chancellor of the D.C. public schools … and no, I have never run a school district before.”

          “”We’re not running this school district through the democratic process.”

          “How can you possibly have a system where the vast majority of adults are running around thinking ‘I’m doing an excellent job,’ when what we’re producing for kids is 8% success?”

          See what I mean…

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