41 Facts About Meg Whitman

1. In 2012, Meg Whitman supported Romney , so much so that her name was actually mentioned as a potential for inclusion in his cabinet if he was elected.

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2. Meg Whitman made her reputation as the CEO of eBay by raising it from a company with 30 employees earning $4 million on an annual basis in 1998 to a company with 15,000 employees earning $8 billion in 2008.

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3. Meg Whitman is one of the most famous female business-people in the United States.

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4. Meg Whitman has an annual salary of $2.19 million, but thanks to her ownership of eBay stock she is thought to be the first female billionaire created in the Internet age.

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5. Meg Whitman talked to her family, and they agreed to move.

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6. Meg Whitman took the advice of customers when, in 2003, she acquired PayPal, an online checking and banking site, for $1.5 billion.

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7. In 2003 Meg Whitman opened negotiations with EachNet in a bid to lure Chinese customers to eBay.

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8. In 2001 Meg Whitman acquired iBazar, an online-auction company with sites in eight European countries, and she made inroads in New Zealand, South Korea, and other countries.

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9. Meg Whitman decided to buy Billpoint, an online system that allowed payments by e-mail, offering another enticement for prospective eBay buyers and sellers.

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10. In 1997 Meg Whitman resigned, taking a position as general manager with Hasbro, one of the leading toy manufacturers in the United States.

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11. Meg Whitman accepted a position with Stride Rite, a children's shoe manufacturer, where she helped to revitalize the famous but moribund Keds line of sneakers.

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12. In 1989 Meg Whitman moved to the Walt Disney Corporation, where she served as a senior vice president of marketing at Disney's consumer-products division.

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13. In 1974 Meg Whitman entered Princeton University thinking she wanted to pursue a career in medicine.

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14. In 2009, Meg Whitman turned her aspirations from business to politics.

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15. Meg Whitman was born and raised on Long Island, New York.

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16. Meg Whitman has two adult sons with her longtime husband, Griff, who works at Stanford Hospital.

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17. Meg Whitman became CEO of Hewlett Packard in 2011 and oversaw its split into two companies—the PC and printer business HP Inc and the enterprise company HPE—in 2015.

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18. Meg Whitman criticized Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown for not defending Proposition 8 in the federal judicial system.

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19. In 2009, Meg Whitman called for "a path to legalization" of illegal immigrants.

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20. Meg Whitman said that Arizona's approach to illegal immigration with Arizona SB 1070 is wrong and that there are better ways to solve the problem.

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21. Meg Whitman opposed Proposition 23, which would delay the global warming law AB 32 until California's unemployment falls to 5.5 percent and stays there for a year, stating that the proposition did not reasonably balance the need to protect jobs with the need to preserve environment.

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22. Meg Whitman said that if elected, on her first day she would have suspended AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, for a year to study its potential economic implications.

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23. On February 10, 2009, Meg Whitman announced she would run for governor of California in the 2010 election.

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24. In late 2018, Meg Whitman announced that she was to be the first employee and CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg's new video streaming platform Quibi.

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25. In 2004, Meg Whitman made several key changes in her management team.

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26. Meg Whitman organized the company by splitting it into twenty-three business categories.

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27. Meg Whitman became vice president of strategic planning at The Walt Disney Company in 1989.

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28. Meg Whitman served as an executive in The Walt Disney Company, where she was Vice President of Strategic Planning throughout the 1980s.

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29. Meg Whitman hosted the 1st Annual LCDA Conference in 2016, and "talked about the point when HP separated into two companies.

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30. In 2017, Meg Whitman was the Commencement speaker for Carnegie Mellon University and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

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31. Meg Whitman has made monetary donations to various candidates and political action committees.

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32. Meg Whitman does not support the proposed and partially voter-funded California High-Speed Rail project.

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33. Meg Whitman was a supporter of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2008 and was on his national finance team.

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34. Meg Whitman fought off further rumours around her position at HPE, where she was quoted by The New York Times "So let me make this as clear as I can.

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35. Meg Whitman has been a member of the board at Survey Monkey and Immortals.

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36. Meg Whitman has received numerous awards and accolades for her work at eBay.

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37. Meg Whitman resigned as CEO of eBay in November 2007, but remained on the board and served as an advisor to new CEO John Donahoe until late 2008.

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38. In February 2009, Meg Whitman announced her candidacy for Governor of California, becoming the third woman in a 20-year period to run for the office.

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39. In 2008, Meg Whitman was cited by The New York Times as among the women most likely to become the first female President of the United States.

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40. In 2014, Meg Whitman was named 20th in Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.

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41. Meg Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay, from 1998 to 2008.

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