Meg Whitman is a popular business executive in America. She is also a political activist, and she served as the CEO and Preside of HP Enterprise. Meg ran for governor of California in 2016. She also served as Preside and CEO of eBay for a decade. She has been listed in the List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in Forbes. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Meg Whitman in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Meg was born on 4th August in 1956 in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. She is the daughter to Hendricks Hallett Whitman Jr and Margaret Cushing. Meg Whitman completed her graduation from Cold Spring Harbor High School in New York. She dreamt of being a doctor and studied math and science from the Princeton University. But she changed her subject and completed B.A in economics in 1977. Then in 1979, she completed her M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
Griffith Harsh is her husband, and he is a neurosurgeon in the profession at Stanford University Medical Center. This couple has two sons, and they have lived in California since 1998. She was very outspoken and clear in her political stand which led to many controversies. She was against climate change bill, illegal immigration, and same-gender marriage initially. She later reversed her stand on same-gender marriage.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Meg Whitman started her career as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then she joined Bain & Company as a consultant in San Francisco and promoted to the senior vice president position. In 1989, she became the strategic planning’s vice president at The Walt Disney Company. Then in 1997, she became the president and CEO of Florists’ Transworld Delivery.
In 1998, she joined eBay, and the company earned huge revenue during her period. She used her strategies and built up a new executive team to develop the company. As a result, eBay earned $8 billion annual revenue. Whitman was appointed to the board of Goldman Sachs in 2001, but she got into many controversies and resigned in 2002. In 2011 January Whitman joined the Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) board of directors. In September of the same year, she became the CEO and brought several changes in the company. In 2018, she stepped down from the CEO post.
As far as her political career goes, in 2009, she was declared to run for the governor of California in the 2010 election. She spent her own money on it and created history. She spent $144 million from her fund. She featured on Forbes list for America’s Self-Made Women in 2018 as well as billionaires list.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from the woman who has been the head of multiple multi-billion dollar companies? She is a multi-billionaire with a net worth of over $3.4 billion. She is among the top ten wealthiest women in California. In fact, she spent the most money as a political candidate to sponsor her race in American history. She was responsible for turning eBay from $4 million company to $8 billion company. She stayed in eBay for a decade and in HP for six years, and she was the highest paid employee of both these companies.
Meg is known for her philanthropic works. She has a foundation, and she stepped down as the CEO of HP just last year. She is consolidating her position in politics currently. She was in the news for declining Warren Buffet’s offer of donating half of the salary for charity.