Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer mysteriously buys 114-year-old funeral home

“Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is building a mystery,” Kaja Whitehouse reports for The New York Post.

“Her neighbors in Palo Alto, Calif., were puzzled Tuesday after a local paper identified her as the buyer of the city’s oldest funeral home, the 114-year-old Roller & Hapgood & Tinney,” Whitehouse reports. “The funeral parlor is just down the street from Mayer’s current home, valued at $5.2 million.”

“Mayer is buying the 1.16-acre site at 980 Middlefield Road, according to the Palo Alto Weekly, which cited sources inside the funeral home,” Whitehouse reports. “The property is valued at around $850,000, including its parking lot, according to the county assessor’s office.”

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (photo by Brigitte Lacombe)
Whitehouse reports, “Paul Roller, the funeral home’s president and owner, said he did suggest Mayer as a possible buyer to the real-estate broker because she often rents out the funeral home’s parking lot for parties. ‘Marissa Mayer does live down the street, about a block and a quarter,’ Roller said. ‘And she has all these parties — gala affairs.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. Just another excuse to post that red ball photo.
    But admittedly, it is a nice picture of her that wouldn’t work with most other CEO’s! 😉
    Someone needs to Photoshop Ballmer on a ball.

    1. its obvious what she is doing since she has money to burn. She rents the lot out so her friends can park there and walk to her home. well why not buy the place? 1. she won’t lose her favorite parking spot for her guests to another owner. 2. now that she own the place, not only can her guests still park there but now the parties can take place in the building instead of people trampling all over her private space

  2. She’s a smart business leader. It is incredibly offensive to objectify her in the way that she is repeatedly portrayed on this site, and it speaks to the maturity levels and the infrequency of sexual activity of the editors of MDN that this picture is used every time there is a Yahoo headline in the news. Sad.

    1. I dunno if it is sexual or immature. I think that photo is rather artistic.
      Red dress/Red balloon ball. Kind of a 60’s colorful feel with all the retro items in the background.

      It’s a cool photo.

    2. OK, I’ll bite as well.

      It is a two-way street, to a certain extent. Marissa Meyer is one of the top-tier CEOs out there. There is nothing she needs to prove, in terms of professional recognition. She can do whatever she pleases. It was most certainly her own decision to do a photo like this (feminine, elegant, stylish, sexy; none of the usual epithets related to power and skill).

      While many can easily say that the photo objectifies her and underscores physical appearance and sex appeal instead of whatever other, non-appearance attributes one would expect projected by a photo of a CEO, none of these attributes can take away from the fact that she is one of the most powerful, and certainly most well-known CEOs in America.

  3. She’s buying a 114 year old funeral parlor because… hit it… (to Addams Family theme song)

    She’s creepy and she’s kooky,
    Mysterious and spooky,
    She’s all together ooky,
    The Mayer Family.

    Her house is a funeral parlor
    Where people come they holler
    She’s always in your dream
    The Mayer Family.


    So get a witches shawl on
    A broomstick you can crawl on
    We’re gonna pay a call on
    The Mayer Family.

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