Famed As: CEO of Hewlett-Packard
About: Margaret “Meg” Cushing Whitman is the current president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, or HP. Prior to this position, Whitman served as president and CEO of eBay for 10 years (1998-2008). During her time at eBay, Whitman oversaw the company’s annual revenue double from $4 billion to $8 billion. Not only is Whitman highly accomplished in the business world, but she is also respected in politics. In the 2010 election, Whitman won the Republican primary in the election for the Governor of California. Although she did not win the position, Whitman still led an excellent campaign. Whitman graduated from Princeton University in 1977 where she studied economics, and then obtained an MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1979. Whitman is also a wife and mother of two.
Quote: “You’re seeing women starting new businesses like crazy. Now, they may not be technology businesses or internet businesses, but they are starting businesses – to help support their families and to in some cases to be the major breadwinner in their families.”