Famous American Business Women

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When Brigham Young said ‘You educate a man, you educate a man, You educate a woman, you educate a generation’ he couldn’t have been more right! Gone are the days when all that being a woman meant was giving birth, nurturing children, taking care of the household and living life for others! The world has evolved and so has the status of women in society – it is a different league altogether, where the fairer sex is not just raising kids and looking after the house but transforming the world by her decisions and deeds. Extraordinary entrepreneurs, billionaire activists, visionary CEOs and pioneering philanthropists – women today are all of these and much more. And it is to these incredible souls that we dedicate this section. A global power, America has been home to some of the most powerful businesswomen in the world, be it as IBM CEO Virginia ‘Ginny’ Rometty or Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld, Facebook board of directors Sherly Sandberg or Disney Media Networks co-chairman Anne Sweeney, CFDA’s president and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg or Sony Pictures Entertainment’s co-chairman Amy Pascal. Incredibly mindboggling, isn’t it? But this is just a side of the coin! With their avant-garde thinking, revolutionary policies and ground-breaking administrative skills, women today are equating men, on all grounds of business. Know more about the life and works of some of the exceptionally talented American business women.
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Ashley Olsen
(American Businesswoman, Fashion Designer and Former Actress)
Ashley Olsen
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Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Ashley Olsen is best known for appearing as Michelle Tanner, with her twin sister, Mary-Kate, in the hit sitcom Full House. The sisters starred in many projects of Dualstar Entertainment. They now own a number of fashion brands and have also co-written a book based on fashion.
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Reba McEntire
(One of the Most Popular Female Country Vocal Artists of the Late 20th Century)
Reba McEntire
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Birthdate: March 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: McAlester, Oklahoma, United States
The Queen of Country Reba McEntire initially performed with the family band the Singing McEntires. She was discovered by Red Steagall and has since delivered 24 number one singles and 16 number one albums. She has won 12 American Music Awards for Favorite Country Female Artist, the highest to date.
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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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Madam C. J. Walker
(Entrepreneur)
Madam C. J. Walker
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Birthdate: December 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 25, 1919
Madam C.J. Walker is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first female self-made American millionaire. She manufactured and promoted a cosmetic-and-hair-care line catering to black women, through the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She was also the richest African-American businesswoman when she died.
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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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Dany Garcia
(American Businesswoman CEO and Chairwoman of ‘The Garcia Companies’ and ‘TGC Management’)
Dany Garcia
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Birthdate: November 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

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.

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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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Sheryl Sandberg
(Business Executive, Philanthropist and 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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Joy Mangano
(American Inventor and Entrepreneur Known for Inventions Such as the Self-Wringing Miracle Mop)
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.

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Priscilla Presley
(American Entrepreneur and Ex-Wife of Elvis Presley)
Priscilla Presley
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Birthdate: May 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, 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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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.
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Susan Wojcicki
(CEO of YouTube)
Susan Wojcicki
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Birthdate: July 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Clara County, California, United States

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has been the longest-tenured CEO of the organization. She has earlier contributed to the formation of Google and has served them as their VP of product management. The Harvard alumnus was ranked 16 on Forbes’s list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011.

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Lori Greiner
(Investor at the ABC Business Reality Show, 'Shark Tank')
Lori Greiner
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Birthdate: December 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Jennifer Flavin
(Entrepreneur, Wife of Sylvester Stallone)
Jennifer Flavin
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Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Jennifer Flavin is a former American model and wife of famous actor Sylvester Stallone. A successful model during the late-80s and early-90s, Jennifer Flavin took her popularity to another level after marrying Stallone. She now co-owns a company called Serious Skin Care where she plays an influential role.

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Melinda Gates
(American Philanthropist and Co-Founder of ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’)
Melinda Gates
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Birthdate: August 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Melinda Gates, ex-wife of software magnate Bill Gates, is the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She previously worked at Microsoft and managed projects such as Microsoft Encarta and Expedia. She has authored a book, too, and has won several honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Laurene Powell Jobs
(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.

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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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Bethenny Frankel
(Television Personality)
Bethenny Frankel
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Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York
Bethenny Frankel shot to fame with the reality series The Real Housewives of New York City. She has also appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and her own shows Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny & Fredrik, and Bethenny. She has written several self-help books and owns a lifestyle brand named Skinnygirl.
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Linda McMahon
(25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration (2017 - 2019))
Linda McMahon
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Birthdate: October 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Bern, North Carolina, United States

Linda McMahon is an American political executive and former professional wrestling executive. She is credited with co-founding Titan Sports, Inc., which is now called as WWE, Inc., along with her husband Vince McMahon. She then left WWE to focus on her political career; from 2017 to 2019, she served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration under Trump’s presidency.

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Nicky Hilton Rothschild
(American Businesswoman, Socialite, Model and Fashion Designer)
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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La La Anthony
(Television personality)
La La Anthony
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Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
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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.

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Suzanne Somers
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Birthdate: October 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Bruno, California, United States
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Adrienne Maloof
(Reality Television Personality Known for Her Stint in the Reality Show 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills')
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.

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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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Tina Sinatra
(Businesswoman, Producer and Daughter of Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra)
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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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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Sara Blakely
(Businesswoman)
Sara Blakely
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Birthdate: February 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clearwater, Florida, United States
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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.
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Jillian Michaels
(Personal Trainer)
Jillian Michaels
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Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
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Wendi Deng Murdoch
(Entrepreneur and Investor)
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.

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Christie Hefner
(Former CEO of Playboy)
Christie Hefner
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Birthdate: November 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States
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Mary Barra
(Business woman)
Mary Barra
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Birthdate: December 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan, US
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Alice Walton
(Heiress to the Fortune of Walmart and One of the Richest Women in the World)
Alice Walton
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Birthdate: October 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, U.S.

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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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.
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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
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Kathy Ireland
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Birthdate: March 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glendale
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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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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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Claudia Wells
(Actress)
Claudia Wells
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Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Brandi Love
(Adult Film Star)
Brandi Love
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Birthdate: March 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan, United States
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Randi Zuckerberg
(Businesswoman, Former Director of Market Development and Sister of Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg)
Randi Zuckerberg
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Birthdate: February 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, United States
Entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg has been the director of market development and spokesperson for her brother Mark Zuckerberg’s company Facebook. She has also been a Forbes on Fox panelist. She has founded Zuckerberg Media, authored books, and created the animated series Dot. She advocates against internet anonymity to prevent cyber-bullying.
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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
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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.

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Cynthia Germanotta
(American Philanthropist, President of the ‘Born This Way Foundation’ and Mother of Singer Lady Gaga)
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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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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Rachel Uchitel
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Birthdate: January 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska, USA
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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.
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Danielle Jonas
(Reality TV Personality)
Danielle Jonas
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Birthdate: September 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denville, New Jersey, USA