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Who is Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy's ex? Renee Portnoy managed his business till he cheated on her

Dave Portnoy has been in the news recently for a leaked sex tape that shows him in the nude, holding a leash attached to a dog collar on a blonde woman
Dave Portnoy first met Renee Satterthwaite in 2005 when she graduated from Boston University. (Instagram/Renee Portnoy)
Dave Portnoy first met Renee Satterthwaite in 2005 when she graduated from Boston University. (Instagram/Renee Portnoy)

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy hit the headlines recently for a leaked sex tape featuring him and Instagram model Sydney Raines. Now, many are wondering where the celebrity blogger's famous ex-wife is in all of this. Renee Portnoy played an instrumental part in building her former husband's online business, managing it, behind-the-scenes, for nine years.

Known as Renee Satterthwaite before her marriage to Dave Portnoy, she is often dubbed the "First Lady of Barstool Nation." But the couple split up when Dave's extramarital affair with a woman named Jordyn Hamilton was exposed by the media in 2017.  


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Who is Renee Portnoy?

Renee is an American-born equestrian and now a social media star. The 33-year-old entrepreneur and equine consultant was born in the year 1987 and raised in Abington, Massachusetts. She attended her local high school in Abington before graduating in 2001.


After that, Renee attended Boston University and acquired a bachelor of science degree in international relations and business. Renee subsequently worked at a company that specialized in animal supplements, especially due to her love for animals. Renee has been a longtime advocate of animal foster shelters and raises funds for the care of neglected animals.

Renee landed a job at the company SmartPark in 2010 and started working as a senior buyer at the organization. The company was formed in 1999 to help equestrian and horse owners by providing equine supplements, riders’ apparel, gear, and other necessities of horse owners. The talented businesswoman soon rose through the ranks and was promoted to director of merchandising.

How did they meet?

Dave Portnoy first met Renee Satterthwaite in 2005 when she graduated from college. At the time, he was working for Yanke Group in Boston, which was nearby her university. The pair soon clicked and started dating. After three long years, they finally got engaged in 2008 and tied the knot the following year. Renee managed Dave's business affairs behind the scenes for the nine years that they were married. The doting couple would split after Dave's affair with a woman named Jordyn Hamilton hit the headlines. 


It is unclear whether the two are legally separated or divorced. While Dave admitted in a blog post that he and his wife were getting a divorce, it's unclear if the divorce papers were ever finalized. The couple says they are still on good terms, with Renee reportedly still living in their $2 million Nantucket mansion. Furthermore, she hasn't dropped her surname.

Dave Portnoy's sex tape leak?

Recently, a clip was leaked on social media showing Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy in the nude and holding a leash attached to a dog collar on a blonde woman. She was later confirmed to be Instagram model Sydney Raines. Raines, 22, is a social media influencer and model from Atlanta, Georgia. She has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram.


Raines and Portnoy respond

Following the video leak, Raines took to Instagram and explained that she and Portnoy were still friends and that she planned to "continue her daily life without vexation." Raines wrote on Instagram: "Some might not approve of the video content but it was entirely consensual and it’s unfortunate that it is no longer private.” She added, “but [Portnoy and I] are still friends with no animosity between us.” She added, “I won’t label this a mistake since we have both taken responsibility for it. But the fact that it was leaked and posted without our awareness or consent would be considered the true mistake."

Dave Portnoy, Founder of Barstool Sports, onstage at The Barstool Party 2017 on February 3, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images)

On the other hand, Portnoy released a video on Twitter talking about the tape after it was blamed for a dip in the stocks of Penn National Gaming, a company that has a considerable stake in Barstool Sports. “A stock is down because somebody has consensual sex? Are you f****** kidding me? I f***. Who cares?” Portnoy remarked.