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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Sheryl Sandberg
(Chief Operating Officer of Facebook)

Sheryl Sandberg
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Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and has served as the VP of global sales and operations at Google. She also founded LeanIn.Org and was the first woman to be on the board of Facebook. Named to Time 100, she has also written books and owns a charitable foundation.

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Indra Nooyi
(Former Chairperson & CEO of PepsiCo)

Indra Nooyi
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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.

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Arianna Huffington
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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 
Coco Chanel
(French Fashion Designer Best Known as the Founder of 'Chanel' and Her Signature Perfume ‘Chanel No. 5’)

Coco Chanel
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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.

 5 
Dany Garcia
(Producer)

Dany Garcia
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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.

 6 
Joy Mangano
(Inventor, Entrepreneur)

Joy Mangano
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Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Meadow, New York, United States

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.

 7 
Christie Brinkley
(Model, Actress, Businesswoman)

Christie Brinkley
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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.

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 8 
Kate Moss
(Supermodel)

Kate Moss
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Birthdate: January 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Croydon, England

Kate Moss, one of the highest-paid supermodels of the 1990s, was one of the pioneers of the “heroin chic” trend. Featured on TIME 100, she was known for her collaboration with Calvin Klein and her size-zero figure. She owns a clothing range and is a fashion editor for British Vogue.

 9 
Martha Stewart
(Businesswoman)

Martha Stewart
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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.

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Gloria Estefan
(Latin Pop Singer Who Earned Worldwide Success With "Conga" in 1985)

Gloria Estefan
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Birthdate: September 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Three-time Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan was named one of Billboard’s Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Miami Sound Machine singer is known for her hits Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Don't Wanna Lose You. One of the best-selling Latin artists, she has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 11 
Priscilla Presley
(Entrepreneur, Ex-wife of Elvis Presley)

Priscilla Presley
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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.

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Eva Gabor
(Played Lisa Douglas, the wife of Oliver Wendell Douglas, on the hit TV show Green Acres)

Eva Gabor
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Birthdate: February 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 4, 1995

Apart from being the sister of renowned actor Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Gabor was a talented actor in her own right. Known as Lisa Douglas from the sitcom Green Acres and its sequel, she was also famous for her voice roles in Disney movies. She later launched a fashion collection, too.

 13 
Laurene Powell Jobs
(Businesswoman, Widow of Steve Jobs)

Laurene Powell Jobs
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Birthdate: November 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: West Milford, New Jersey, United States

The widow of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs is a businesswoman. Over the years, she has been playing a major role as a philanthropist; in 2019, Inside Philanthropy named her the Least Transparent Mega-Giver. She is the founder of Emerson Collective, an organization focused on health, education, media and journalism, immigration reform, and the environment.

 14 
Barbara Corcoran
(Investor on ABC's ‘Shark Tank’ & Founder of ‘The Corcoran Group’, a New York City Real Estate Brokerage)

Barbara Corcoran
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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.

 15 
La La Anthony
(Television personality)

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

 16 
Carly Fiorina
(CEO of ‘Hewlett-Packard’, the First Woman to Lead a Fortune Top-20 Company)

Carly Fiorina
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Birthdate: September 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States

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.

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Jeanie Buss
(President of the Basketball Team 'Los Angeles Lakers')

Jeanie Buss
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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.

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Nicky Hilton Rothschild
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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.

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

 20 
Mary Barra
(Business woman)

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

 21 
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
(Indian Entrepreneur, Executive Chairperson and Founder of 'Biocon Limited' and 'Biocon Biologics Limited')

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
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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.

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Heather Mills
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Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Model Heather Mills lost her left leg in an accident but continued to model using a prosthetic leg. She was previously married to singer Paul McCartney. An avid animal rights activist, she is associated with organizations such as Viva! She has appeared on reality shows like Dancing with The Stars.

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Adrienne Maloof
(Businesswoman)

Adrienne Maloof
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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.

 24 
Gina Rinehart
(Mining Heiress)

Gina Rinehart
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Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

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.

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Susan Lucci
(Actress)

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

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Tracey Edmonds
(Businesswoman)

Tracey Edmonds
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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.

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Tina Sinatra
(Film producer)

Tina Sinatra
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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.

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Ginni Rometty
(The First Female CEO and Chairperson of IBM)

Ginni Rometty
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Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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.

 29 
Sara Blakely
(Businesswoman)

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

 30 
Wendi Deng Murdoch
(Businesswoman)

Wendi Deng Murdoch
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Birthdate: December 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jinan, China

Chinese-born American entrepreneur, investor, and movie producer, Wendi Deng Murdoch, is an alumnus of Yale University. She is a co-founder of the online platform Artsy and was an advisor for MySpace's China operation. She was once married to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. She produced the Netflix documentary Sky Ladder that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.

 31 
Christie Hefner
(Former CEO of Playboy)

Christie Hefner
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Birthdate: November 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States

 32 
Alice Walton
(Daughter of Walmart founder Samuel Walton)

Alice Walton
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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.

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Tina Knowles
(Businesswoman & Founder of the Fashion Brand ''House of Deréon')

Tina Knowles
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Birthdate: January 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, United States

Tina Knowles is an American fashion designer and businesswoman. In 2004, she launched House of Deréon, a now-defunct ready-to-wear fashion line. While her fashion brands, such as Miss Tina and House of Deréon, have been generally regarded as one of her most important contributions, her biggest contribution to the society is letting her daughters, Beyoncé and Solange ,follow their passion.

 34 
Folorunsho Alakija
(Business Women)

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

 35 
Abigail Johnson
(CEO of Fidelity Investments)

Abigail Johnson
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Birthdate: December 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 36 
A'Lelia Walker
(Businesswoman)

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

 37 
Danielle Jonas
(Reality TV Personality)

Danielle Jonas
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Birthdate: September 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denville, New Jersey, USA

 38 
Marsha Blackburn
(Politician)

Marsha Blackburn
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Birthdate: June 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.

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Kathy Ireland
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Birthdate: March 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glendale

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Claudia Wells
(Actress)

Claudia Wells
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Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 41 
Dina Merrill
(Actress, Socialite, Philanthropist)

Dina Merrill
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Birthdate: December 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: May 22, 2017
Socialite/actor Dina Merrill was the only child of Post Cereals owner Marjorie Merriweather Post and stockbroker and financier Edward Francis Hutton. Dina served RKO Pictures as their vice chairperson. She also appeared in movies such as The Sundowners and Butterfield 8, and was on the boards of various charitable trusts.

 42 
Jessica Alba
(Actress & Entrepreneur)

Jessica Alba
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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.

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Ali Hewson
(Activist and Co-founder of the Fashion Line "EDUN" and Skincare Products Company "Nude")

Ali Hewson
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Birthdate: March 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Ali Hewson is an Irish businesswoman and activist. In the 1990s, Hewson joined the anti-nuclear movement and started working with activists like Adi Roche. In 2002, she played a key role in organizing campaigns against the Sellafield nuclear facility in England. As a businesswoman, Hewson has co-founded a skincare company and a fashion label called Nude skincare and EDUN respectively.

 44 
Cameron Diaz
(One of the Highest-Grossing US Actresses of All-Time)

Cameron Diaz
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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.

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Valerie Jarrett
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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.

 46 
Angelica Ross
(Businessperson)

Angelica Ross
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Birthdate: November 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin

 47 
Meg Whitman
(Former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise)

Meg Whitman
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Birthdate: August 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cold Spring Harbor, New York, United States
Meg Whitman has previously been the CEO of HP and eBay. She has also been associated with companies such as The Walt Disney Company and P&G. She was part of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns and also ran for California’s governor in 2010. She later supported Joe Biden’s presidential run.

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Tammy Faye Bakker
(Evangelist)

Tammy Faye Bakker
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Birthdate: March 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: nowrap International Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: July 20, 2007

 49 
Cynthia Germanotta
(Businessperson, Philanthropist)

Cynthia Germanotta
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Birthdate: August 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wheeling, West Virginia, United States

Cynthia Germanotta is an American activist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She is credited with co-founding Born This Way Foundation, for which she also serves as the president. She also plays an important role as an advocate for mental health; in 2019, she served as the World Health Organization's ambassador for mental health.

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Phyllis George
(Businesswoman and Sportscaster, Co-Host of the CBS Show ‘The NFL Today’ and Winner of ‘Miss America 1971’)

Phyllis George
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Birthdate: June 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Denton, Texas, United States
Died: May 14, 2020
Sportscaster Phyllis George initially soared to fame as the winner of Miss Texas 1970 and Miss America 1971. She then became a reporter and co-presenter of The NFL Today. As the wife of KFC owner and Kentucky governor John Y. Brown Jr., she was also the First Lady of Kentucky.