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One of the leading businesswomen in the world and an epitome of excellence, Carly Fiorina is indeed a force to reckon with among her counterparts. Most people know her as the former CEO of the prestigious tech company Hewlett-Packard (HP), but she is also a political figure whose presence has been felt in the political world. It can be recalled that Fiorina ran as a candidate in the 2016 US presidential primaries. She was also a running mate of Ted Cruz at the Republican primaries that year.
Among her very many achievements is her famous merger realization which saw the acquisition of Compaq PC brand, a move that saw HP become the largest PC seller. Fiorina has come a very long way and has become a source of inspiration to so many women. It was not all smooth and rosy for the iconic figure and here are lesser known facts about Carly Fiorina.
Carly Fiorina Bio – Early Life and Her Education
She was born on September 6, 1954, to her parents; Madelon Montross, her mother, and Joseph Tyree Sneed III, her father. She is of English and German ancestry. Carly started developing an interest in business and politics when she was little given that her father was a professor of law. He was an authority in the academic field. Due to the nature of her father’s job, Fiorina had to change school severally as the family relocated a lot of times. She first attended Channing School in London before changing five more times to other schools. But she finally graduated from Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina.
She then proceeded to Stanford University where she studied Philosophy and Medieval history. Carly also attended UCLA School of Law. However, after realizing she had no interest in the field, she dropped out after a semester. While trying to get her priorities in order, Fiorina worked different jobs before she continued her education. She was a receptionist at a real estate firm for about six months and also worked a teaching job. Carly who wanted to build a solid portfolio bagged an MBA in Marketing from Robert H. Smith School of Business, Universty of Maryland. She also got another masters degree in Management at MIT Sloan School of Management.
What Is Carly Fiorina’s Net Worth?
Carly Fiorina has amassed great wealth over the years through her daunting stints in the world of business. Her net worth has been estimated at a whopping $59 million. Carly’s net worth is the result of long years of building at Lucent Technologies as well as Hewlett-Packard (HP) where she was CEO. Carly left HP as a result of some disagreement among the board members over stock pricing.
However, she was given about $21 million. Fiorina’s book ‘Tough Choices’ which she wrote after the heat of the controversy at HP, was a huge success and also added to her financial status. For all her achievements, she was named on Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2004. This and many more formed a strong base for her political career.
Fiorina in her wealth never forgets to give back. She is involved in a lot of charity. Carly is the CEO of Fiorina Foundation aimed at providing aid to children in need and also for institutional, business purposes.
Family – Husband, Daughter
With regards to her family and love life, Fiorina like most of her counterparts has a story to tell. The businesswoman turned politician has been married two times. She was first married in June 1977 to Todd Bartlem, her classmate from Stanford University. The couple divorced in 1984 and had no children from the marriage.
Carly then met Frank Fiorina an executive at AT&T in 1981. Things got serious between the two and they tied the knot in 1985, a year after her divorce from her first husband. It was also Frank’s second marriage and he already had two daughters with his first wife. Carly and Frank are very supportive of each other.
In 1998, Frank left his job at the AT&T to support his wife‘s career, an act that is still widely talked about on various platforms. With Frank, Fiorina had two foster daughters and none of her own. One of the girls, Lori Ann died in 2009 from alcoholism and drug addiction.