Alex Rodriguez has been linked romantically with some noteworthy women in the past, among them Madonna, Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson. Now the New York Yankees’ slugger reportedly has a new girlfriend, but rather than making her name in the world of entertainment, is a star in Silicon Valley.
Multiple media sites have reported that Rodriguez is dating Anne Wojcicki, the CEO of a genetic testing firm, 23andMe, and the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. TMZ Sports was the latest to provide details of their relationship, publishing photos Monday that show the pair together.
Those photos were reportedly taken at a restaurant in Tampa, site of the Yankees’ spring training facility. Last week, the New York Post’s Page Six team also passed along a Rodriguez-Wojcicki sighting at a Tampa steak house, and reported that the pair attended a high-profile party held before the Super Bowl in early February together.
“Alex and Anne are spending time together and have been on a few dates,” an anonymous source told the New York Post. “It is very new. He finds her interesting, inspirational and very smart.”
The 42-year-old Wojcicki is undoubtedly smart, having gotten a degree in biology from Yale before launching a career as an entrepreneur in the field of personal genomics. She is also exceptionally wealthy; Wojcicki received an undisclosed sum in her 2015 divorce settlement from Brin, but some estimate it to have been more than $1 billion.
The 40-year-old Rodriguez, of course, isn’t doing so badly himself, having earned well over $300 million during his MLB career. Like Wojcicki, he has two children from a since-ended marriage, but unlike his new girlfriend he didn’t attend college at all, having gone straight from high school to being the first overall pick of the 1993 draft by the Seattle Mariners.
Wojcicki, whose sister Susan is the CEO of YouTube, has a background in sports, having played on Yale’s varsity women’s hockey team. In January, the Wall Street Journal reported that she “works out seven days a week,” so perhaps she and Rodriguez have bonded over discussions on how best to boost athletic performance.