Business Women

A business woman is a female entrepreneur engaged in commercial or business activities with the aim of generating revenues. They often function as the owner, founder, or executive for a business corporation, company, or organization. Business activities refer to the commercial or industrial activities that are undertaken for economic benefits. Several women choose to operate their own businesses instead of working as an employee for others. These confident, ambitious and enterprising women not only get to explore various profitable avenues across diverse fields, but they also play a significant role in the country’s economic development by creating employment opportunities and by contributing to the national income. Being a businesswoman is a highly challenging job, but it can also be immensely rewarding. Business opportunities exist in a number of fields, and technological advancements in communication and infrastructure have opened up avenues that were unimaginable till a few years ago. Setting up and running a business is not an easy task; businesswomen work irregular hours, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and may also need to travel frequently. But once the hard work starts paying off, the satisfaction of running a successful business is immense. Read on to learn about the life and works of various famous business women from all over the world, through their biographies and timelines.

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 1 Ivanka Trump

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Famous As: Daughter of Donald Trump
Birthdate: October 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Ivanka Trump is the daughter of the U.S. President Donald Trump and since 2017, she has been serving as Advisor to the President.  Before venturing into politics, she dabbled a bit in modelling, became a television personality, worked as executive vice-president of the Trump Organization and also launched her own eponymous fashion line. A published author, Ivanka also supports numerous charitable causes.

 2 Kim Kardashian

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Famous As: Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite
Birthdate: October 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

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 3 Paris Hilton

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Famous As: Socialite, Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: February 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Paris Hilton comes from an affluent family and is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. A leaked 2001 sex tape with her then boyfriend, Rick Salomon, had created quite a scandal in 2003, which led her to act in the reality television series, The Simple Life. She’s also an actress, singer, model, author, socialite and businesswomen.

 4 Ghislaine Maxwell

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, British, American

Daughter of publishing tycoon, late Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is a socialite infamous for her involvement with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Charged with sex trafficking of minor girls, she is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice.

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 5 Khloé Kardashian

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Famous As: Media personality
Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 6 Prue Leith

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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African

 7 Elizabeth Holmes

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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 8 Kourtney Kardashian

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Famous As: Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

One of the most popular social media celebrities in the US, Kourtney Kardashian is best known for her appearance in the TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Along with her sisters, she endorses products like prescription drugs, Coca-Cola, and waist slimming pants, for which she gets paid between $75,000 and $300,000 per post on social media.

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 9 Kate Walsh

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 10 Martha Stewart

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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 Jeanie Buss

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Famous As: President of the Los Angeles Lakers
Birthdate: September 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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.

 12 Betsy DeVos

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Famous As: United States Secretary of Education
Birthdate: January 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 13 Malaika Arora

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

The quintessential item girl of Bollywood, Malaika Arora is known for her sultry looks and dance moves. She has the reputation of drawing audiences into theatres despite appearing in just one song in the entire film. Malaika Arora ended her 18 years old marriage to actor Arbaaz Khan in 2017. 

 14 Victoria Beckham

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Famous As: Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

An internationally recognized fashion designer and style icon, Victoria Beckham is widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in the UK. She was appointed an OBE for services to the fashion industry in the 2017 New Year Honours. Also a popular singer, she was part of the best-selling female group of all time, Spice Girls.

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 15 Karlie Kloss

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 Shannon Lee

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Famous As: Actress, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

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 17 Sharon Osbourne

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
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.

 18 Kate Spade

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

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 19 Lady Bird Johnson

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Famous As: First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: December 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 20 Heather Mills

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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
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.

 21 Olivia Culpo

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 22 Marsha Blackburn

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 23 Dany Garcia

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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: November 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 24 Jenna Jameson

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

‘The Queen of Porn’ with the name of an Irish whisky! Jenna Jameson may have hung up her shoes as a pornographic actress, but the world recognizes her as the most famous adult entertainment performer who dominated the x-rated film world during 1990s and early 2000s. The model and television personality says she is a gang-rape survivor.

 25 Jill St. John

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jill St. John is an American actress best known for portraying the first American Bond girl Tiffany Case in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Jill St. John is also credited with founding the Aunts Club, a group of women who provide financial support for children.

 26 Madam C. J. Walker

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

 27 Melinda Gates

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Famous As: Philanthropist, Wife of Bill Gates
Birthdate: August 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Melinda Gates, 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.

 28 Christie Brinkley

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Famous As: Model, Actress, Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

 29 Leona Helmsley

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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: July 4, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 20, 2007

 30 Tracey Ullman

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, American

 31 Alice Walton

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Famous As: Daughter of Walmart founder Samuel Walton
Birthdate: October 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 32 Laurene Powell Jobs

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Famous As: Businesswoman, Widow of Steve Jobs
Birthdate: November 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 33 Bethenny Frankel

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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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 34 Valerie Jarrett

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.

 35 Delta Burke

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 36 Jennifer Flavin

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Wife of Sylvester Stallone
Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 37 Suzanne Somers

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 38 La La Anthony

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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 39 Donatella Versace

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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
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. 

 40 Nicky Hilton Rothschild

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 41 Maryse Ouellet

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian, American

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.

 42 Domino Kirke

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British, American

 43 Wendi Deng Murdoch

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Famous As: Businesswoman, Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 44 Nadine Coyle

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish, British

 45 Kimora Lee Simmons

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Famous As: Model, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 46 Angelica Ross

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 47 Maria Menounos

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Greek, American

 48 Dido Harding

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: November 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 49 Barbara Corcoran

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Famous As: Business Women
Birthdate: March 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 50 Claudia Wells

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Malaysian, American
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