Balancing a high-profile career, family responsibilities, and philanthropic endeavors while maintaining a relationship is not easy. Taking that much on-board can create stormy waters and it takes a power couple to work together and keep things sailing smoothly! These power couples are doing it, and they are doing it well.
Tej and Tara Lalvani
As the CEO of Vitabiotics, Tej Lalvani is responsible for the biggest vitamin company in the United Kingdom. Besides taking care of a company with a group turnover in excess of £300 million per annum and a client base spread out over 100 countries, he also recently joined the investor’s panel of Dragon’s Den, a televised British investment show. Tara Lalvani is also juggling two demanding positions as she is both a veteran dental surgeon and Director of Lucero Estates Ltd., a property investment company she and her husband co-own.
Lisa and Brian Sugar
Known as one of the cutest couples in tech, Lisa and Brian Sugar founded the celebrity-driven website PopSugar. Lisa is responsible for the creative activities required to run the company while Brian takes care of the business side. Lisa has also published a book called Power Your Happy and is planning on launching a makeup line called Beauty by PopSugar. The Sugars are college sweethearts and according to Lisa, she won Brian’s heart by beating him in FIFA soccer.
Professor Shafi Ahmed and Dr Farzana Hussain
Professor Shafi Ahmed is an award-winning entrepreneur, surgeon and innovator, and a firm advocate of augmented and virtual reality. He was honored with the Top Asian Star in UK Tech Award in 2017. Prof Ahmed's wife, Dr Farzana Hussain is an experienced General Practitioner, an appraiser, mentor, trainer and lecturer for the National Health Service, and a board director of the local GP Federation. Dr Hussain is also a champion of quality improvement in General Practice.
Cameron Poetzscher and Varsha Rao
As veteran business executive in global tech, Cameron Poetzscher has a lot on his plate as the Vice President of Corporate Development at Uber. His wife, Varsha Rao leads an equally challenging career in which she has held several high-ranking roles that include co-Founder & CEO of eve.com, a pioneering online cosmetics company, and Head of Global Operations for Airbnb. Varsha is currently working as COO of Clover Health. The couple met at Harvard Business School, where they both achieved their MBAs.
Dr Sanjeev and Sangita Kanoria
With a rich educational background in commerce, finance, accounting and healthcare Sangita Kanoria serves as Director of Advinia Health Care Ltd., a network of full service residential and nursing care homes in the UK. Sangita founded Advinia together with her husband, Dr Sanjeev Kanoria, a scientist, entrepreneur and liver transplant surgeon. Since 2017 Advinia has been one of the top 15 care providers in the UK. And of course, a list of this nature isn't complete without the ultimate power couple: Bill and Melinda GatesAmerican business magnate Bill Gates is perhaps one of the best-known businessmen in the global technology sector. As the co-founder of Microsoft, Gates accumulated a massive net worth of nearly $100 billion over the years. After working for Microsoft for several years as project manager Melinda Gates started focusing her energy on philanthropic endeavors through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which she co-founded. The couple met on a golf course on Lanai, a Hawaiian island. They have three children and reside in Medina, Washington State. According to Melinda, their relationship secret is that they don’t spend every minute with one another.