Famous American Business Women

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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 1 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. 

 2 Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki.
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Famous As: CEO of YouTube
Birthdate: July 6, 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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 3 Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg.
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Famous As: COO of Facebook
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.

 4 Kate Spade

Kate Spade.
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
Died: June 5, 2018

Kate Spade was an American entrepreneur and fashion designer. Spade is credited with founding Kate Spade New York, a popular luxury fashion design house, which competes with the likes of Michael Kors. Kate Spade is also credited with creating stylish and affordable handbags that caused quite a revolution in the fashion world.

 5 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.

 6 Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
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.

 7 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.

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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States

Jessica Simpson is an American singer, fashion designer, and actress. Her journey from being a teen idol to a sex symbol has been quite inspirational so far. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jessica Simpson has worked with several nonprofit organizations, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation. She has also performed at many benefit concerts.

 11 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.

 12 Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Kate Walsh is best known as Dr. Addison Montgomery from Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. Fans also loved her as Mrs. Baker from the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Kate is also known for her political activism. She has also launched a beauty and lifestyle brand named Boyfriend LLC.

 13 Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington.
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Famous As: American-Greek 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.

 14 Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island

Olivia Culpo is an American social media personality and fashion influencer. She gained international recognition after winning the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2012. As a fashion influencer, she has collaborated with many fashion and beauty brands, such as Kipling and L'Oréal. She also owns a restaurant in Rhode Island.

 15 Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Former Victoria's Secret Angel Karlie Kloss was declared one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris. Known as “the panther,” for her signature style of catwalk, Kloss has also hosted Project Runway. She supports STEM education through Kode with Klossy and also aids underprivileged children.

 16 Jennifer Flavin

Jennifer Flavin.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Wife of Sylvester Stallone
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.

 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 Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley.
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Famous As: Film actress
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.

 19 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.

 20 Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel.
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Famous As: Television Personality
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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 21 Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs.
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Famous As: Businesswoman, Widow of Steve Jobs
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.

 22 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

 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 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.

 25 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.

 26 Sara Blakely

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

 27 Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson.
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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: December 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karnack, Texas, U.S.
Died: July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson was an American socialite who served as the First Lady of the US from 1963 to 1969. As First Lady, Johnson was responsible for the passage of the Highway Beautification Act, which was nicknamed Lady Bird's Bill. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977 and 1988, respectively.

 28 Jeanie Buss

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.

 29 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.

 30 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.

 31 Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: May 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

 32 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.

 33 Vera Wang

Vera Wang
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Famous As: Designer, Figure skater, Fashion designer
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.

 34 JWoww

JWoww.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Franklin Square, New York

JWoww is an American TV personality best known for appearing in the popular reality television series, Jersey Shore. Before appearing in Jersey Shore, JWoww owned Jenni Farley Designs, Inc., a graphic design business. Also known for her good looks, JWoww was named in GQ magazine's list of Sexiest 100 Ladies of the 21st Century in January 2013.

 35 Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels.
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Famous As: Personal Trainer
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 36 Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki.
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Famous As: Genomics Pioneer
Birthdate: July 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Mateo County, California, U.S.

 37 Eva LaRue

Eva LaRue.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Long Beach, California

 38 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

 39 Wendi Deng Murdoch

Wendi Deng Murdoch.
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Famous As: Businesswoman, Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 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.

 40 Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos.
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Famous As: United States Secretary of Education
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.

 41 Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
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.

 42 Mary Barra

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

 43 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.

 44 Andrea Tantaros

Andrea Tantaros.
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Famous As: Political Analyst
Birthdate: December 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

 45 Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Diego, California San Diego, California, U.S.

 46 Khloé Kardashian

Khloé Kardashian.
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Famous As: Media personality
Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Best known for playing a key role in the popular TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian is one of the most popular American celebrities on the internet. Having launched many clothing collections, she is also involved in the fashion industry. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Khloé had a long-term memory loss but has recovered since.

 47 Susan Lucci

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

 48 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.

 49 Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee.
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Famous As: Actress, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Shannon Lee is the daughter of the most popular martial artist of all time, Bruce Lee. She followed in her father's footsteps to become an actress and martial artist. Shannon Lee is credited with upholding her father's legacy by serving as the president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. She is also the executive producer of Warrior, a series based on her father’s idea.

 50 Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian.
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Famous As: Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite
Birthdate: October 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

First gaining media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian didn’t take long to become a celebrity in her own right. She came into the limelight in the early 2000s owing to a leaked sex tape and quickly became a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms.