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 Beyonce Knowles

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 2 Ivana Trump

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Famous As: Ex-Wife of Donald Trump
Birthdate: February 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

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 3 Priscilla Presley

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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.

 4 Portia de Rossi

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian, American

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

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 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 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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 8 Elizabeth Hurley

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

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

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 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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. 

 12 Joy Mangano

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 13 Jessica Simpson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 14 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.

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 15 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.

 16 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.

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 17 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.

 18 Carly Fiorina

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Famous As: Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Birthdate: September 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 19 Kate Walsh

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

 20 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.

 21 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.

 22 Susan Wojcicki

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Famous As: CEO of YouTube
Birthdate: July 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 23 Elizabeth Holmes

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

 24 Elizabeth Taylor

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Birthdate: February 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American
Died: March 23, 2011

Considered an incandescent beauty, Elizabeth Taylor was a very popular and successful actor and her legacy is an everlasting one. She shone in movies like A Place in the Sun, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Butterfield 8 in the 1950s and 60s. Recipient of two Oscars, she married eight times.

 25 Sheryl Sandberg

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Famous As: COO of Facebook
Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.

 26 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.

 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 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.

 29 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.

 30 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.

 31 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.

 32 Barbara Corcoran

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

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.

 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 La La Anthony

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

 35 Maria Menounos

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

 36 Kimora Lee Simmons

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Famous As: Model, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Ex-supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons/Leissner now serves as the creative director of the fashion website JustFab. She has also launched a self-titled fashion brand and supports various charitable causes, such as AIDS research, women’s education, and children’s welfare. She has also authored a book and produced her own TV show.

 37 Cindy McCain

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: May 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 38 JWoww

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 39 Domino Kirke

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

 40 Marissa Mayer

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Famous As: Former President & CEO OF Yahoo!
Birthdate: May 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 41 Tracey Ullman

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

 42 Indra Nooyi

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Famous As: CEO of Pepsico
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 43 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.

 44 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.

 45 Suzanne Somers

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

 46 Nicky Hilton Rothschild

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

 47 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.

 48 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.

 49 Tammy Faye Bakker

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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: March 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 20, 2007

 50 Jillian Michaels

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Famous As: Personal Trainer
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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