From fashion empires to tech adventures, some women show fashion and brains can go hand-in-hand. Leading some of the world’s most successful businesses while looking chic doing it, these are the best dressed female business leaders.
CEO of Tory Burch, LLC
This female CEO is best known for having developed her multi-billion dollar fashion empire in less than a decade.
Tory originally started her fashion label in 2004 with a boutique at 257 Elizabeth Street in Nolita. Soon after, Oprah endorsed her label and the rest they say is history.
In 2008, Tory had won Accessories Designer of the Year award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Today with 68 stores worldwide, you’ll find a pair of the Tory Burch signature emblem in every most female New Yorker’s closet.
The self-made billionaire is known for her demure demeanor and a style that is preppy and feminine with a touch of boho.
CEO of Yahoo
This CEO has a penchant for wearing high end brands. After her photoshoot with Vogue, Marissa Mayer was quickly regarded as on of the best dressed CEO’s in the world.
During her 12 year-long career at Google, the tech savvy fashionista managed to become the first ever female Vice President. After roping in as Yahoo’s new chief executive, Mayer revamped Flickr, redesigned the home page and took over Tumblr.
Click here to read about Marissa Mayer’s thoughts on her style sense.
Head of Fashion at Instagram
Trailblazing Eva Chen has worked her way up the fashion ranks. From interning at Harpers Bazaar to becoming Elle beauty director, becoming Lucky Editor in Chief to most recently heading the fashion game over a Instagram.
She transformed Lucky magazine into a must-read publication with a pioneering ecommerce site to match and now is on the brink of every fashion industry trend on Instagram.
Famous for her ‘Eva Chen Pose’featuring shoes+bag+fruit in the cab on her way to work, Eva’s Instagram feed is a must follow.
CEO of Nasty Gal
This fashion mogul began her company as an eBay store years ago and now Nasty Gal is a 100million dollar brand.
Now 32, Amoruso says that her early mistakes, such as shop-lifting as a teenager after leaving home at age 17, were crucial in helping her build Nasty Gal to a brand with over 350 employees selling cool, quirky new and used clothing items to millions of women around the world.
From 2008 to 2011, sales rocketed 10,160 percent, making Nasty Gal one of the fastest-growing retail companies ever. Now Sophia has two books released and has founded the #GIRLBOSS foundation which is nonprofit that will female creative entrepreneurs in furthering their interests and dreams.
CEO of Net-a-Porter
The Queen of online retails, Natalie Massenet is credited to have introduced luxury shopping to the digital world. In 1998, Natalie quit her editorial job at Women’s Wear Daily to launch world’s first online retailer dealing with designer wears, Net-a-Porter.
Massenet founded Net-a-Porter in 2000 as a magazine-formatted website for selling designer fashion. The idea was conceived after Massenet attempted to source high-end products online for fashion shoots. Net-a-Porter was launched from Massenet’s flat in Chelsea and she raised the 1.2m start-up costs with the help of her then husband. Initially the business operation was so low-key that Massenet would ship out Net-a-Porter’s trademark black delivery boxes from her own residence.
In 2010, she sold her share of her company for an estimated $60 million dollars. Born to a Chanel supermodel and and growing up in Paris, it would seem Natalie was bound to connect with fashion.
CEO of Bare Escentuals
When Leslie rose to the CEO of Bare Escentuals in 1994. Leslie, the genius behind mineral makeup, has lead the company for over two decades. In 2011, she was profiled by the New York Times under the caption – “Move over, Estee Lauder”.
Leslie always liked the idea of mineral products, however, she quickly realized the shades available didn’t match real complexions. So she relaunched the line as bareMinerals. This line included eye shadows, blushes, foundations and brushes. She also took this line to the shopping networks for maximum exposure.
Leslie has paved her way onto the list of top 10 cosmetic giants in the world. Bare Essentials sold to Shiseido in 2010 for nearly $1.7 billion.
Founder of Skinnygirl
The brand took off with her 2009 bestseller, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting. She became known for her low-cal cocktail recipes, especially her margarita.
Frankel continued writing, including the recipe guide The Skinnygirl Dish, the autobiographical A Place of Yes and the novel Skinnydipping. Her Skinnygirl brand also included premixed cocktails.
Within no time, Fortune Brands Inc. acquired the beverage line for an estimated $100 million. Soon after, Frankel branched out into exercise accessories, undergarments and other lifestyle products. In 2012, Forbes estimated her yearly earnings at $12 million.
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