Ex-DC Mayor Adrian Fenty Has “Budding Romance” With Steve Jobs' Widow

Former Washington D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty and Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire widow of Steve Jobs, are dating, according to a report in the Washington Post's Reliable Sources blog.

Fenty and Powell Jobs reportedly met at an education conference in Houston in 2011. Then, in February 2012, Fenty joined the board of College Track, a college prep non-profit founded by Powell Jobs.

“Adrian Fenty is one of our country’s great advocates for education reform,” she said when Fenty joined the board. “His sense of urgency and record of accomplishment is unparalleled.”

According to the Post's sources, the relationship grew from a friendship into a “budding romance” in January 2013, right about the time Fenty and his wife, Michelle, announced their separation. The Post notes that people close to the situation don't believe Powell Jobs had anything to do with the break-up.

Powell Jobs, 49, inherited the vast majority of her husband's $10 billion estate when the Apple co-founder died in 2011. She currently serves on the boards of several charities and, in addition to College Track, founded a nonprofit for social reform called the Emerson Collective.

Fenty served D.C.'s mayor for four years, from 2006 to 2010, focusing on school reform. In 2012, he began working at Silicon Valley venture fund Andreessen Horowitz, where he advises on building relationships with local, state and the federal governments.

Representatives from both Powell Jobs and Fenty did not reply to the Post's requests for comment.

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