Meet Meg Whitman, former President and CEO of powerhouse eBay. She’s often considered a candidate for Governor of California in the 2010 election. Read her biography, see photos and a video below.
Tonite during the second Presidential Debate, Senator John McCain gave Meg Whitman a shout-out as a potential Treasury Secretary in a McCain Administration saying she “inspires trust and confidence�? in the American people.
“She knows what it is like to be out there in the marketplace,�? said McCain. “She knows how to create jobs. Meg Whitman was CEO of a company that started with 12 people and is, now 1.3 million in America make their living off eBay.�?
This really is not a surprise or new information because McCain has repeatedly praised the abilities and confidence he has in Meg Whitman on the campaign trail. He mentioned her as one of his closest advisors at the Saddleback Forum held in August.
McCain also mentioned the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett – who happens to be an Obama supporter!
Margaret Cushing “Meg” Whitman was born in Long Island, New York on August 4, 1956 so her age is 52. She was the youngest of three children born to a well-to-do family. She earned a Bachelor of Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.
She began her career after graduating from Harvard, at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. Meg was president and CEO of Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD), the world’s largest floral products company and held executive positions at the Stride Rite Corporation and at the Walt Disney Company.
From there she worked with toymaker Hasbro Inc., overseeing global management and marketing of two of the world’s best-known children’s brands, Playskool and Mr. Potato Head. Gotta love Mr. Potato Head!
Then came eBay.
Meg was President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay from March 1998 to March 2008, when she stepped down from her role. She has been a director since March 1998, and continues to serve in that capacity. She joined eBay when it was a small auction website with only 30 employees and $4 million in revenue. Today according to Forbes magazine, Whitman is worth an estimated $1.4 billion. She is one of only seven women to have been repeatedly ranked among the world’s most influential people by Time magazine.
Meg has donated more than $30 million to her alma mater, Princeton University as well as sizable contributions to other charities around the country.
She has also made numerous political donations to various candidates and PACs on both the Republican and Democrat sides of the aisle.
Meg was a supporter of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, coordinating his Finance Team. After he stepped out of the race, Meg joined John McCain’s presidential campaign as a national co-chair.
Meg Whitman is married and has 2 sons.
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