Famous 20th Century Business Women

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Business Women, including Kim Kardashian, Carly Fiorina, Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham and Martha Stewart

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 1 Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi
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Famous As: CEO of Pepsico
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive known for her association with PepsiCo where she served as the chief executive officer from 2006 to 2018. Often ranked among the most powerful women, Nooyi was named in Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2014. In 2017, she was named in the magazine's 19 Most Powerful Women in Business list.

 2 Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Beyonce Knowles is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She developed an interest in music as a child. As a teenager, she became the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. As of today, she is one of the world's best-selling recording artists. 

 3 Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, businesswoman, and syndicated columnist. She is credited with co-founding the popular news aggregator and blog, The Huffington Post. She is also the founder of Thrive Global, for which she also serves as the CEO. She has been featured on lists, such as Time magazine's 100 most influential people and Forbes magazine's Most Powerful Women.

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 4 Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

A former actress best known for her appearances in comedy films, Cameron Diaz is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a New York Film Critics Award. She began modeling as a teenager and was soon flooded with acting offers. Over the years, she became a successful actress and has since retired from acting. She is known for her environmental activism.

 5 Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States

Actress Jessica Alba is is known as a successful businesswoman. She acted in films like Honey, Fantastic Four, Valentine’s Day, Little Fockers and the Sin City franchise and while she was appreciated in some, she often received flak for her acting from critics. She hit the jackpot when she founded the company 'Honest', which sells baby care products and household goods.

 6 Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Regarded as one of the most beautiful Latin women, Eva Mendes has often appeared in lists, such as Most Desirable Women, Sexiest Women in the World, and Beautiful at Every Age. Apart from acting and modeling, Eva also focuses on her fashion designing career and is currently serving as the creative director for a makeup line called CIRCA Beauty.

 7 Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England

Best known for her roles in the Austin Powers franchise, Bedazzled, and The Royals, Elizabeth Hurley began her career as an Estee Lauder model. A trained ballerina, she has also been in the news for her relationship with Hugh Grant and her marriage to textile magnate Arun Nayar.

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 8 Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace
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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio di Calabria, Italy
Donatella Versace, sister of the founder of the Italian fashion brand Versace, Gianni Versace, inherited the company after Gianni’s murder in 1997. Donatella is now the company’s chief creative officer. She supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and was the first woman to win the GQ Designer of the Year award. 

 9 Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: August 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saumur, France
Died: January 10, 1971

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is credited with replacing the corseted silhouette as the feminine standard of style with a sporty, casual chic. Her work as a designer redefined the fashionable woman in the era post World War I. She also played a vital role in revolutionizing jewelry, handbags, and fragrance.

 10 Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

The founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart has found success with several business ventures. She is also the publisher of a magazine called Martha Stewart Living and has written many bestselling books. Although she was convicted of charges pertaining to the ImClone stock trading case, she made a comeback and became chairwoman of her company.

 11 Dany Garcia

Dany Garcia
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: November 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Dany Garcia, founder of The Garcia Companies, is an American media mogul. She offers various services and manages brands, talent and projects on multiple platforms. Her Seven Bucks Productions has produced several successful films like Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level and Rampage. Many of them have been with her ex-husband and action hero Dwayne Johnson.

 12 Portia de Rossi

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Famous As: Model, Philanthropist
Birthdate: January 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Horsham, Australia

Businesswoman and philanthropist, Portia de Rossi, is the founder and CEO of the art company, General Public. A former actress and model, she is best known for starring in the TV drama series, Ally McBeal. After a successful acting career that spanned over 20 years, she retired from acting to focus on her business ventures.

 13 Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brixton, South London, England
Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne is a music manager. She rejuvenated Ozzy’s career by organizing the Ozzfest tour. She was the star of the reality show The Osbournes, wrote several books, was a panelist on Loose Women, and judged America's Got Talent and The X Factor.

 14 Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley
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Famous As: Model, Actress, Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe

Christie Brinkley is an American actress, model, and entrepreneur. Widely regarded as one of the most attractive women ever, Brinkley has been featured on more than 500 magazine covers and was the face of CoverGirl for 25 years! Apart from being an inspiration to aspiring models worldwide, Christie Brinkley has also touched the lives of many through her philanthropic activities.

 15 Joy Mangano

Joy Mangano
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Meadow, New York

Before she turned her peculiar inventions into a billion-dollar business empire, Joy Mangano had worked as an airline assistant and a waitress. Her best-known invention has been the Miracle Mop, a self-wringing mop made of plastic. She has also penned a memoir and has inspired the 2015 film Joy.

 16 Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Ex-wife of Elvis Presley
Birthdate: May 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
The former wife of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley’s career actually began after divorce. She set up a successful clothing boutique, launched her own line of fragrance and linen and established herself as an actor with projects like The Naked Gun and Dallas. She also worked to convert Graceland estate, Elvis Presley’s residence, into a famous tourist attraction in US.

 17 Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina
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Famous As: Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Birthdate: September 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin

Carly Fiorina made history by becoming the first female head of a Dow Jones-listed company when she became the CEO of HP. The daughter of a law professor father, she had initially joined law school but then dropped out to study management. She has also been Ted Cruz’s vice-presidential running mate.

 18 Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Jaclyn Smith is best known as Kelly Garrett from the iconic series Charlie's Angels, and appeared in the same role in two Charlie’s Angels films later. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for the TV film Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. She owns an apparel brand and has battled breast cancer.

 19 La La Anthony

La La Anthony
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 20 Maryse Ouellet

Maryse Ouellet
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Maryse Ouellet is a Canadian-American businesswoman, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE, Ouellet often appears alongside her husband and WWE superstar The Miz. In 2008, Maryse won the WWE Divas Championship and went on to become the third-longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE. In 2009, she was ranked ninth in the PWI Female 50 list.

 21 Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Maria Menounos began her career with a win at the Miss Massachussetts Teen USA pageant. At 22, she became the youngest person to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Currently the CEO of AfterBuzz TV, she has also been a professional wrestler and has penned several self-help books. She also supports many charitable initiatives.

 22 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

 23 Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Bruno, California, United States

 24 Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shiraz
Valerie Jarrett served as the senior advisor to former president Barack Obama and the director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2009 to 2017. She had previously served Mayor Richard Daley as his deputy chief of staff and had hired Michelle Obama, then-fiancée of Obama.

 25 Mary Barra

Mary Barra
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Famous As: Business woman
Birthdate: December 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan, US

 26 Nicky Hilton Rothschild

Nicky Hilton Rothschild
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Nicky Hilton Rothschild is an American businesswoman, model, socialite, and fashion designer. Born in Hilton family, Nicky is also a member of Rothschild family through her marriage. In 2004, Hilton launched her own clothing line and started her second line, Nicholai,  in 2007. She has also supported a range of charitable organizations, including Starlight Children's Foundation, Make-a-wish Foundation among others.

 27 Domino Kirke

Domino Kirke
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK

Domino Kirke was scouted by producer Andres Levin while performing at a pub and later released her own music. She is also the girlfriend of Penn Badgley, better known as Joe Goldberg from the Netflix series You. She is a doula, too, and co-owns the doula agency Carriage House Birth.

 28 Janice Dickinson

Janice Dickinson
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Janice Dickinson was touted as the world’s first supermodel in the 1970s and the 1980s. She also appeared as a judge on America's Next Top Model. She later launched a modeling agency, which was featured on the reality show The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. She has also authored three memoirs.

 29 Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran
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Famous As: Business Women
Birthdate: March 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edgewater, New Jersey, United States

Barbara Corcoran is an American businesswoman, television personality, author, and speaker. She is credited with founding a New York City-based real estate brokerage called The Corcoran Group, which she sold for $66 million in 2001. She is best known for appearing in the popular business reality TV series, Shark Tank, where she was one of the original Shark investors.

 30 Delta Burke

Delta Burke
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

Delta Burke is an American actress, author, and producer. She is best known for playing Suzanne Sugarbaker in the popular TV series Designing Women. Despite struggling with issues, such as eating disorders, depression, and overweight, Delta Burke has managed to establish a successful acting career and serves as an inspiration to people suffering from similar problems.

 31 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
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Famous As: Business woman
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangalore, Mysore State, India

Biocon founder and chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a self-made billionaire entrepreneur who made it to Forbes’s Power Women 2020 list. Though she initially wished to be a brewer like her father, she later drifted to the biochemical industry. Apart from revolutionizing the Indian biopharma market, she also heads a charitable organization.

 32 Jeanie Buss

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Famous As: President of the Los Angeles Lakers
Birthdate: September 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Daughter of real-estate magnate Jerry Buss, Jeanie Buss inherited part of the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers’s stakes from her father. Jeanie, who has previously managed a roller hockey and a tennis team, was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sports by Sporting News in 2005.

 33 Adrienne Maloof

Adrienne Maloof
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: September 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Adrienne Maloof is an American businesswoman and television personality. As the co-owner of the several business holdings of Maloof Companies, Adrienne Maloof has been playing an important role in controlling the Companies' marketing operations for the past 20 years. Also a well-known philanthropist, Maloof has supported several charity organizations, such as the Good News Foundation and School On Wheels.

 34 Prue Leith

Prue Leith
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: South Africa

British-South African chef and culinary expert Prue Leith had begun her career with a lunch-supplying business. She later launched her Michelin-starred restaurant Leith's in Notting Hill and a culinary school. Best known as a judge on The Great British Menu, she is also associated with various charitable initiatives.

 35 Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart
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Famous As: Mining Heiress
Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth

Gina Rinehart is an Australian heiress and mining magnate. She is currently serving as the executive chairman of a privately-owned mineral extraction company called Hancock Prospecting and is credited with expanding the company. In 2012, she became the world's richest woman after overtaking Christy Walton and was named in Forbes magazine's The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.

 36 Vera Wang

Vera Wang
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Famous As: Fashion designer recognized for her haute couture wedding gown designs and for her relationships with celebrities
Birthdate: June 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Beginning her career as an editor for Vogue, American fashion designer Vera Wang began to work independently at the age of forty, designing wedding dresses, evening gowns and figure skating costumes for her celebrity patrons, eventually opening retail stores in several big cities across the world. Also a successful figure skater, she competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

 37 Tina Sinatra

Tina Sinatra
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: June 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Tina Sinatra is an American film producer, businesswoman, memoirist, and Hollywood agent. Although she did not aspire to become a singer like her siblings and father, Sinatra wanted to be an actress and studied acting under renowned acting teacher Jeff Corey. However, she did not pursue acting seriously as she thought she lacked the confidence to become an actress.

 38 Susan Lucci

Susan Lucci
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scarsdale, New York, USA

 39 Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clearwater, Florida, United States

 40 Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson
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Famous As: CEO of Fidelity Investments
Birthdate: December 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 41 Tracey Edmonds

Tracey Edmonds
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Businesswoman and TV personality, Tracey Edmonds, is the CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc. Previously, she hosted the TV show Extra and has created and produced many TV, radio, and music projects. She won an Emmy Award for co-hosting Extra. Currently, she is a  member of the national board of directors for the Producers Guild of America.

 42 Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty
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Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty was named to the World's Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018. She led IBM through its conversion to a leading data company. The Northwestern University alumna has also earned the Edison Achievement Award. She became part of Time 100 in 2012.

 43 Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump
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Famous As: Ex-Wife of Donald Trump, Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zlín, Czechia

Currently. a businesswoman and media personality, Ivana Trump started her career as a model. She is best known for being the first wife of Donald Trump, who she married in 1977. Their marriage was a troubled one and ended in a bitter, much-publicized divorce after she discovered her husband’s extramarital affair with Marla Maples.

 44 A'Lelia Walker

A'Lelia Walker
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 17, 1931

 45 Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

Part of the award-winning girl band Girls Aloud, Irish singer-actor Nadine Coyle began her career with the show Popstars and later launched a solo career, with songs such as Go To Work. She has also been a model and has launched an Irish pub, which was later run by her family.

 46 Folorunsho Alakija

Folorunsho Alakija
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Famous As: Business Women
Birthdate: July 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria Protectorate

 47 Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos
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Famous As: 11th United States Secretary of Education (2017-2021)
Birthdate: January 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holland, Michigan, United States

Betsy DeVos, the current United States Secretary of Education, is famous for her support for school voucher programs, school choice, and charter schools. Also known for her philanthropy and activism, Betsy DeVos launched the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation donates to hospitals, arts organizations, health research, Christian schools, etc.

 48 Christie Hefner

Christie Hefner
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Famous As: Former CEO of Playboy
Birthdate: November 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States

 49 Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: October 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Michelle Malkin is an American blogger, author, political commentator, and businesswoman. Her weekly syndicated column gets featured in several websites and newspapers. Apart from writing four books and contributing to TV channels, such as Fox News, Michelle Malkin is also credited with founding the conservative websites Hot Air and Twitchy.

 50 Alice Walton

Alice Walton
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Famous As: Daughter of Walmart founder Samuel Walton
Birthdate: October 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States

Alice Walton is an heiress to the fortune of the popular American multinational retail corporation, Walmart. She is currently the second richest woman in the world. She is credited with founding the now-defunct investment bank The Llama Company. She also played a key role in the establishment of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport by providing $15 million for its construction.