Open AI CEO Sam Altman marries boyfriend during intimate beachside ceremony

Sam Altman has married his partner, Oliver Mulherin, in a seaside ceremony.
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Sam Altman, the CEO of Open AI who made worldwide headlines when he was dismissed and subsequently rehired by the company last year, has married his boyfriend, Oliver Mulherin.

The two men donned simple matching outfits, khakis, and white shirts adorned with a flower to get hitched at an undisclosed seaside location.

Last November, the board of Open AI, the company behind the massively influential AI ChatGPT chatbot, fired Altman and removed the company’s now-ex-president Greg Brockman as board chairman. The news surprised employees and shook the tech world, leaving the company’s future uncertain.

Microsoft, one of the company’s biggest investors, quickly “hired” Altman and signaled support for him as hundreds of employees threatened to quit the startup. Within days, he was reinstated as CEO, and all but one member of the entire board that supported his ouster was replaced.

In 2019, Altman told Queerty that he’d been dreaming of working on a project like OpenAI since he was a freshman in college.

“I don’t know exactly how AI is going to play out,” Altman said. “But I think some version of it is maximizing human potential and minimizing human suffering. When you have an agent that you can ask to do anything, and as long as it doesn’t harm or impede somebody else’s free will, it will do that: that’s an incredible superpower.”

Part of Altman’s passion for technology came from discovering the magic of the internet while in elementary school, he said, something he has in common with plenty of queer folks.

“A lot of LGBTQ people had experiences like I had, like the internet was really formative for us,” Altman said. “I met many of my friends and I learned way more on the internet than I ever learned in school, I think.”

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