Gwyneth Paltrow Rejected by Yahoo! CEO

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
Gwyneth Paltrow Rejected by Yahoo! CEO

Hollywood stars are still susceptible to rejection.

According to New York Times Magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow was not accepted as the contributing editor position at Yahoo! Food because she has no college degree.


Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer did not approve of Paltrow for not graduating in college.

“Mayer, who habitually asked deputies where they attended college, balked at hiring her as a contributing editor for Yahoo Food,” New York Times Magazine stated.

Some sources criticized Mayer’s decision of rejecting the award-winning actress. She was labeled as a “higher education snob.” The success of dropouts such as Steve Jobs from Reed, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, both from Harvard, was remembered due to Paltrow’s misfortune.

Paltrow was a student of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. However, she dropped out of school to pursue her acting career, which made her win an Academy Award.

According to New York Times Magazine, Yahoo! Food is the 12th biggest food website. The success of the website was linked to Mayer’s strategy of only hiring bachelors of the arts or sciences.

Mayer graduated from Stanford in 1997 and hired by Yahoo! in 2012. She was just 38 years old when she entered Yahoo! and managed to raise the company’s stock in her first six months.

She was involved in the program of purchasing start-ups that generate more must-read content and outbid Facebook and Tumblr. She investigated possibilities of content collaboration and hired expensive journalists such as Joe Zee, Elle’s former creative director, and David Pogue, New York Times’s former gadget columnist.

She planned to hire Katie Couric who was the former “CBS Evening News” anchor and former “Today” show co-host.

Kerry Diamond, the founder of Cherry Bombe, a SUNY Plattsburgh alumna and owner of three Brooklyn restaurants, is the Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo! Food since September 2014.

Diamond earned BA in English before pursuing a career in fashion and restaurants.

Despite the rejection, Paltrow’s website Goop was successful. Her newsletter and cookbook brand was also popular with the elite.

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