Just call her a Girl Boss. These celebs expanded beyond their entertainment careers and created businesses that have earned them the titles of executive and mogul - and actually made them multi-millions.
“We bring our own unique set of talents and gifts to the marketplace, and we have inherent feminine qualities that make us exceptionally qualified to handle certain situations with grace, empathy and understanding,” says Sage Lavine, CEO of Women Rocking Business and author of Women Rocking Business: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guidebook to Create a Thriving Life Doing Work You Love.
"The feminine in all of us carries an emotional intelligence and sensitivity that can smooth over challenging communications in high-pressure situations and win the hearts of potential customers when the pressure of marketing is high.”
Sage explains, "Women are instinctively motivated by collaboration rather than competition, and it's said that a rising tide lifts all boats. When we prioritize connection with our team and client base, that connection inevitably brings about currency and financial sustainability for any organization.
"Women also thrive when we lead with generosity, it's almost in our DNA to be natural givers… And in an ever evolving marketplace of more and savvier potential customers, leading with generosity and integrity is going to win every time."
Here are nine women who are trailblazing as CEO's.
The Dark Angel actress found her true calling – founding The Honest Company, which sells natural and organic baby and household products online, after the birth of her first child, Honor, in 2008. Determined to provide her family with safe products free of chemicals and synthetic fragrances – ingredients that had irritated her as a kid - she began to develop the concept for her online empire. The company, which launched in 2012 with 17 products, now sells more than 100 items online. In 2014, The Honest Company amassed $170 million in sales and was valued at $1.7 billion by August 2015.
She was already a top supermodel, TV host and producer, but Tyra added CEO to her roster when she launched Tyra Beauty, an online makeup and skincare emporium. Tyra started the company after attending the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. Founded in 2014, the brand allows would-be entrepreneurs (known as Beautytainers) to sell the brand for a commission. Tyra, who is also owner of her own production company, Bankable Productions, is estimated to be worth $90 million.
The Academy-Award winning actress started GOOP, a lifestyle brand, in September 2008. Originally launched as a weekly e-mail newsletter with alternate life advice often followed by Gwyneth, it quickly expanded into an e-commerce destination, with GOOP collaborating with fashion brands, launching pop-up shops nationwide and hosting wellness summits. It’s also the place Gwyneth revealed her conscious uncoupling with ex-husband Chris Martin. The company moved from Los Angeles to the UK after their split, where Gwyneth took on the official role of CEO. Goop earned around $1.5 million in revenue in 2012. Gwyneth has said she hopes her brand can live on long after she’s gone.
Coming a long way since wondering what Chicken of the Sea is, this pop star-turned-retail mogul has built a billion-dollar fashion empire. Starting in 2006 as a shoe collaboration with Nine West co-founder Vince Camuto, the Jessica Simpson Collection is now comprised of more than 30 product categories, including clothing, a shoe line and accessories. The brand rakes in about $1 billion a year in retail sales. Jessica is very hands-on with the creation of her line, stating at a Forbes summit, "I have been every size on the planet and I understand women ... I just know how to dress them.” Jessica has expanded into home goods and a baby collection in the past three years.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
The Row, a clothing, handbag and accessories line founded in 2006 by the petite twins, reflects "a sense of relaxed and timeless elegance, focusing on fine fabrics and the perfect fit," according to their mission statement. The Council of Fashion Designers of America named Ashley and Mary-Kate as Womenswear Designers of The Year in 2012 and 2015, and in 2014, they were awarded the CFDA Accessory Designers of the Year title. Dedicated to supporting high-end fashion manufacturing in the U.S., The Row has estimated sales of $50 million annually.
She’s already one of the highest-paid actors on television - $43 million a year, according to Forbes. But this fierce Latina is also co-founder of Latin World Entertainment (LWE), a multimillion-dollar licensing, marketing, production and new-media empire she co-founded in 1994 with former music manager Luis Balaguer. LWE represents some of the biggest stars in Spanish-speaking TV, and it also has a global audience of more than 400 million, with 30 percent based in the U.S. Sofia also has her own clothing line and several brand endorsement deals.
Whether it’s a book, app, makeup brand or TV series, the Kardashians pretty much know how to turn any venture into a multimillion dollar endeavor. KKW Beauty, Kim’s first makeup line, sold out in minutes this past June. Khloe Kardashian’s Good American jeans sold $1 million its first day. Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics company, Kylie Cosmetics, which includes her coveted Lip Kits, has made $420 million in retail sales since its official launch almost two years ago, according to her mom Kris Jenner. Let’s not forget the clothing line started by Kylie and her sister Kendall. And there’s fashion boutique DASH, founded by Kim, Kourtney and Khloe in 2006, which currently has two locations in the U.S.
She didn’t start her career as a celebrity, but she’s definitely the template any star could follow. The technology executive, activist and author is chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org, which offers women ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. She’s the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of directors. Sheryl has served as vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and helped launch Google's philanthropic arm. She also served as chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury. In 2012, she was named in Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world according to Time magazine, and is reported to be worth over $1 billion.
The media mogul and sometime actress is chairwoman of Harpo Productions, which produced her wildly popular daytime talk show and continues to produce compelling television for her own network, OWN. She’s been noted as “arguably the world's most powerful woman" by CNN and Time.com, “the most influential woman in the world" by The American Spectator and "one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th Century" and from 2004 to 2011 by Time. “There are no words to really articulate what Oprah has done for women all over the globe,” Sage declares. “She's given us confidence, hope, faith and commitment that we can all break through glass ceilings that were previously there. So many of us are standing on the shoulders of women leaders that have come before us - and at the heart of that lineage is Oprah.”
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