Ellen Pao

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Ellen Pao is an American lawyer and interim Chief Executive Officer[1] of Internet company Reddit Inc.[2] Pao was previously a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Pao, along with her two sisters, was born to Chinese immigrant parents. Her father, Young-Ping Pao, was a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Pao was raised in Maplewood, New Jersey.[2][4][5]

Pao graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and Harvard Law School in 1994.[2] She worked as a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore after law school. She then enrolled at Harvard Business School where she graduated with an MBA.[5]


After earning her MBA, she worked at different companies in the Silicon Valley including BEA Systems.[5]

She joined Kleiner Perkins in 2005.[2] On May 10, 2012, Pao filed a gender discrimination suit against the firm.[6] On October 1, 2012, she left the firm. Her lawyer said she was fired in retaliation for her lawsuit. The firm said Pao was terminated for performance reasons unrelated to the lawsuit.[5][7][8]

She became interim CEO of reddit in November 2014 after Yishan Wong resigned.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Pao was married to Roger Kuo, her boyfriend at Harvard Business School; they subsequently divorced.[5] Pao married Buddy Fletcher in 2007. They have a daughter, Matilda Pao Fletcher.[2][10][11]


  1. ^ Ohanian, Alexis (November 13, 2014). "Reddit Blog: Coming home". blog.reddit -- what's new on reddit. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Streitfeld, David (April 11, 2013). "Ellen Pao, Who Sued Kleiner Perkins, Joins Reddit". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ PAUL ELIAS Ellen Pao Lawsuit: Sexual Harassment Case Roils Silicon Valley 07/19/2012 Huffington Post (Associated Press)
  4. ^ Primack, Dan (April 11, 2013). "Ellen Pao has landed ... at Reddit". Fortune. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Lashinsky, Adam. "A tale of money, sex and power: The Ellen Pao and Buddy Fletcher affair". CNN Money (Fortune Magazine (reprint)). Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kleiner gender discrimination suit". Reuters. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Owen (October 3, 2012). "Ellen Pao's Lawyer: Kleiner Perkins Just Fired Her—And We're Filing A Wrongful-Termination Complaint". The San Francsico Chronicle. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ Gage, Deborah (October 3, 2012). "Ellen Pao Leaving Kleiner Perkins, Remains on Payroll". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ Altman, Sam. "A new team at reddit". Sam Altman. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Bradley, Richard (2012-02-28). "Buddy Fletcher: Financial Genius — or a Fake?". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  11. ^ Lashinsky, Adam; Benner, Katie (October 25, 2012). "A tale of money, sex and power: The Ellen Pao and Buddy Fletcher affair". Fortune.