Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer announces birth of twins and plans just three weeks maternity leave

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Silicon Valley’s highest-flying female tech boss has given birth to identical twin girls, having said she would be “working throughout” her limited maternity leave.

Marissa Mayer, chief executive of internet giant Yahoo, told her 1.14  million followers on Twitter that “our whole family are doing great” after the arrivals yesterday morning.

When she announced her pregnancy 40-year-old Mayer, who already has three-year-old son Macallister with her husband Zachary Bogue, said she plans to take a “limited time away” for maternity leave and will be “working throughout”.

She has hired staff to help her care for her children when she is at work or travelling.

Company insiders in California said she was likely to take just two weeks maternity leave and a third week for the Christmas holidays.

Mayer was criticised for also taking just two weeks off work when Macallister was born in 2012, shortly after she was headhunted from Google.

But she later doubled paid maternity leave for Yahoo staff to 16 weeks and offered up to eight weeks paternity leave to fathers.

Barbara Yastine, from New York wealth managers Lebenthal Holdings, told the Bloomberg news service: “She has pressure on her at work, she’s facing challenges and she’s the CEO, so she’s figuring out how to handle that with the rest of her life — and that’s fabulous.

“When you want to do something big and different, you find a way to do it, and there’s no such thing as balance — you’re always juggling.”

The births came just a day after Mayer announced a major shake-up of struggling web pioneer Yahoo. 

It has abandoned plans to spin off  its 15% stake in Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba but will instead put its core internet business into a separate company ahead of a possible stock market listing.

Ms Mayer is the second high-profile tech chief to become a parent in recent weeks.

Earlier this month Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced the birth of their daughter Max.  

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December 11, 2015 |
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