Omid Kordestani, the globe-trotting head of sales for Google, is moving to the U.K. with his family. But which family? Gisel Hiscock, his Google-employed lover, has been seen at his arm at parties recently. She started a new London-based position working for Google in business development last month. Kordestani and his wife, Bita Daryabari, had long planned to move their children to Europe for a year or two, though lately they've been on the rocks. So are she and the kids coming, too? He travels so much that it barely matters where he hangs his hat. But the logistics seem so complicated! There must be some secret Google Web-based app Kordestani is beta-testing that helps him track his personal life.
Yahoo president Sue Decker isn't the only Valley executive with a troubled marriage. Commenters are still talking about our report three weeks ago that Google sales chief Omid Kordestani's relationship with his wife, Bita Daryabari, was on the rocks. Rumors are flying: One commenter says Gisel Hiscock, the New York-based Google finance executive with whom Kordestani's been carrying on an affair, is moving to Mountain View to be closer to Kordestani. Others contend that Kordestani and Daryabari are reconciling, and that he hasn't even moved out. My question: Why are so many people outside this marriage emotionally invested in it? Kordestani is hailed as a hero inside the Googleplex for building Google's multibillion-dollar advertising business from scratch. Daryabari is active in politics and philanthropy. Still, that doesn't seem to explain the obsessive level of interest in this heretofore obscure couple.
Affairs of the heart are never easy for outsiders to understand. But when they stray into the office, they, alas, become everyone's business. Which is why we asked, a while back, which Googler had put his marriage at risk over an affair with a coworker. As commenter notelling correctly guessed after we ran a blind item, it's Omid Kordestani, Google's top sales executive. Kordestani's no mere sales guy, however. For one, he's worth $2.2 billion, thanks to his Google shares. And inside the Googleplex, he's referred to as the company's "business founder," responsible for the fabulously successful money machine that is AdWords. With his stunningly beautiful and intelligent wife, Bita, shown above to the left, Kordestani might seem to have it all. But all was not enough.