Open AI CEO Sam Altman and his boyfriend Oliver Mulherin want to have kids soon

Sam Altman and his boyfriend
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, right, with his boyfriend, Oliver Mulherin, at a White House dinner in late June. Altman said the couple wants to have children.JULIA NIKHINSON/Getty
  • OpenAI CEO Sam Altman wants to have kids soon with his boyfriend, Oliver Mulherin.

  • Mulherin, an engineer, lives with Altman in California and were seen at the White House together.

  • Before Mulherin, Altman was last known to be dating Nick Sivo, his cofounder of their startup Loopt.

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI — the company behind ChatGPT —may soon have to balance fatherhood with saving humanity from artificial intelligence, according to a new profile from New York Magazine.

The leader behind the buzzy conversational AI chatbot told New York Magazine that he and his boyfriend, Oliver Mulherin, an Australian programmer, want to have kids soon. Altman, who grew up as the oldest of four siblings in what he calls a "middle-class Jewish family," said he likes big families.

Altman has kept his relationship with his partner Mulherin — who he calls Ollie — fairly private. During the work week, Altman and Mulherin live together in a house on Russian Hill in the city of San Francisco, he told the New York Times. On the weekends, they reside in 25-year-old remodeled house on a private ranch in Napa, California where Altman, who is vegetarian, raises cows.

In late June, Altman brought Mulherin with him to a White House dinner in honor of Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India. Tech leaders like Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook also were invited as guests.

Like Altman, Mulherin seems to have an interest in AI.

As a computing and software systems student at the University of Melbourne, Altman's boyfriend worked on AI projects related to language detection and games, according to a blog post from David Sønstebø, the founder of the IOTA Foundation, an open-source coding organization Mulherin joined in 2018. Insider couldn't confirm if he still works there.

Before Mulherin, Altman was last known to be dating Nick Sivo; they were together for nine years, Altman told the New Yorker.

Altman and his now ex-boyfriend, Sivo, built a start-up called Loopt, geolocation software for friends. Altman said he was working so hard on Loopt that he got scurvy.

In 2004, the couple broke up after they sold the company in 2012, New York Magazine reported.

Altman didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment made through OpenAI before publication. Mulherin also didn't respond to an email from Insider.

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