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 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.

 2 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.
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 3 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. 

 4 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.

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 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England

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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 8 Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace.
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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio di Calabria, Italy
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. 
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 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne.
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brixton, South London, England
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.

 14 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.

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 15 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.

 16 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.
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 17 Sara Blakely

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

 18 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.

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 19 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.

 20 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.

 21 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.

 22 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.

 23 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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 24 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.

 25 Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Maria Menounos began her career with a win at the Miss Massachussetts Teen USA pageant. At 22, she became the youngest person to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Currently the CEO of AfterBuzz TV, she has also been a professional wrestler and has penned several self-help books. She also supports many charitable initiatives.

 26 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.

 27 Maryse Ouellet

Maryse Ouellet.
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

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.

 28 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

 29 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.

 30 Suzanne Somers

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

 31 Heather Mills

Heather Mills.
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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aldershot, Hampshire
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.

 32 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.

 33 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.

 34 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.

 35 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.

 36 Mary Barra

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

 37 Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart.
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Famous As: Mining Heiress
Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth

Gina Rinehart is an Australian heiress and mining magnate. She is currently serving as the executive chairman of a privately-owned mineral extraction company called Hancock Prospecting and is credited with expanding the company. In 2012, she became the world's richest woman after overtaking Christy Walton and was named in Forbes magazine's The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.

 38 Cindy McCain

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

 39 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.

 40 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.

 41 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.

 42 Ginni Rometty

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Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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.

 43 Domino Kirke

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK

Domino Kirke was scouted by producer Andres Levin while performing at a pub and later released her own music. She is also the girlfriend of Penn Badgley, better known as Joe Goldberg from the Netflix series You. She is a doula, too, and co-owns the doula agency Carriage House Birth.

 44 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

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Famous As: Business woman
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangalore, Mysore State, India

Biocon founder and chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a self-made billionaire entrepreneur who made it to Forbes’s Power Women 2020 list. Though she initially wished to be a brewer like her father, she later drifted to the biochemical industry. Apart from revolutionizing the Indian biopharma market, she also heads a charitable organization.

 45 Jillian Michaels

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

 46 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

 47 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.

 48 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.

 49 Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson.
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Famous As: CEO of Fidelity Investments
Birthdate: December 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 50 Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Horsham, Victoria, Australia

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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