Who is Michael Polansky?
Michael Polansky is an investor and tech entrepreneur, currently serving as CEO of the Parker Group. He was recently catapulted into the limelight after his relationship with popular singer Lady Gaga became public knowledge. Of late, there had been widespread speculation regarding her “new mystery lover,” who has now been revealed to be Michael Polansky. According to online sources, their romance probably began in late 2019. On February 3, 2020, Lady Gaga made their romance public and shared an intimate Instagram picture of herself and Polansky getting cozy on a vacation. Michael Polansky works for former Facebook president Sean Parker, and it is believed that he first met Lady Gaga a few months ago at one of the events organized by Parker. He and Gaga had reportedly attended several events together prior to the official announcement of their relationship. He first caught the public’s attention after a picture of him kissing Gaga went viral in early 2020.
Early Life & Education
Despite the fact that he is an accomplished individual in his own right, not much is known about Michael Polansky’s personal life prior to his association with Lady Gaga.
In 2002, he joined Harvard University to study applied mathematics and computer science. He graduated in 2006.
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Michael Polansky is a highly educated man and a successful investor and entrepreneur. Shortly after graduating from Harvard in 2006, he joined Bridgewater Associates as an investment associate. He worked with the investment management firm for a little over three years. In March 2010, Polansky joined Founders Fund where he worked alongside Parker and Peter Thiel, and in June the same year, he became a board member of wishbone.org. At Founders Fund, he focused on issues such as emerging technology and consumer internet.
He has been associated with the Parker Group for over a decade now. As a close acquaintance of Sean Parker, former president of Facebook, Polansky has been involved in a multitude of projects with the Parker Group.
Michael Polansky co-founded the bipartisan public policy organization Economic Innovation Group (EIG) in 2013. EIG is credited with proposing the idea of “Opportunity Zones.”
He co-founded the Parker Foundation with Sean Parker in 2015. The foundation is a $600 million private philanthropic organization dedicated to bring about massive positive changes in three major areas: global public health, life sciences, and civic engagement. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to find solutions to large-scale challenges.
Along with Sean Parker, Michael Polansky co-founded the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in 2016. The institute features collaboration between hundreds of the nation’s leading immunologists at six renowned cancer centers: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University; University of Pennsylvania; University of California, San Francisco; and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The mission of the institute is to find ways of harnessing the power of the immune system to enable it to fight cancer successfully.
In addition, Polansky serves on the board of several technology companies and major non-profit organizations.
Relationship with Lady Gaga
Michael Polansky first garnered attention when he and Lady Gaga, a popular singer, songwriter, and actress, were seen kissing on the balcony of her rented mansion in Miami a few days before her much-awaited pre-Super Bowl 2020 concert. Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is a beloved public figure and her fans are naturally curious about her love life.
For several weeks, speculations were rife regarding the “new mystery man” in her life. In the past, Lady Gaga had been in several relationships that ended badly. She has dated audio engineer Dan Horton and Matthew Williams, former creative director of the Haus of Gaga, and was once engaged to actor Taylor Kinney and talent agent Christian Carino. The news of her romance with Michael Polansky started making the rounds in early 2020, about a year after she announced the end of her relationship with Carino.
Michael Polansky and Lady Gaga are believed to have known each other for a while before they started dating. They probably became acquainted at the events hosted by Sean Parker. Both Polansky and Gaga reportedly attended Sean’s birthday bash in December 2019. By January 2020, the rumor mills were abuzz with the news of a budding romance between Polansky and Gaga. On February 3, 2020, Lady Gaga made their relationship Instagram official by posting a picture of them together, apparently enjoying an intimate moment while on a vacation. The picture, which shows Gaga relaxing in Polansky’s arms, was captioned, "We had so much fun in Miami. Love to all my little monsters and fans, you’re the best."