25 Hottest Women of Business: 1-10

10. Marissa Mayer

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Business Accomplishments: High-level management at Google.

Marissa Mayer was one of the first 20 employees at Google, so she has obviously been influential in steering the company towards its massive success and market share dominance. She currently serves as Google’s VP of Search Product and User Experience and de facto spokesperson. Her job is to verify whether Google products are ready for user release. Early on, Melissa used to date Google co-founder Larry Page, but has since moved on to other pastures. She is free for the looking for everyone.

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9. Arianna Huffington

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Business Accomplishments: Founder of one of the most successful and influential websites ever.

The dynamic founder of the Huffington Post also boasts well-preserved good looks. She has quite the journalistic background, ranging from a panelist position on the BBC radio to co-hosting an Air America show. She used to be a vehement anti-Clintonian conservative; the HuffPo shows she has swung the other direction. Her hot qualities, meanwhile, stayed the same.

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8. Rachel Ray

Business Accomplishments: Her brand. She can basically sell anything she wants at this point.

In fewer than seven years, Rachael Ray, 39, has radically changed the way America cooks dinner. Her perky-girl-next-door swagger, her catchphrases for techniques and her dinner ideology of simpler, less expensive and just in time have sold billions of books and placed her at the top of the talent love heap at the Food Network, which has changed its focus from information exchange to helpful encouragement.

As the author of the “30 Minute Meals” series and show of the same name, she parlayed her Food Network Success into a daytime talk show carried and blessed by Oprah herself and Harpo Productions. She also launched “Everyday with Rachel Ray” a lifestyle and Entertainment magazine focused on home and entertaining.

Recently she just launched a line of Dog Food called “Nutrish” cashing in on her quirky phrases that have endeared her to many.

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7. Gina Bianchini

Business Accomplishments: CEO of wildly successful Ning. Founder of Harmonic Communications and benefactor of its liquidation event.

Bianchini co-founded Ning, a customizable social networking platform, with Netscape founder Marc Andreessen in 2004. This Stanford MBA and former Goldman Sachs financial analyst has guided Ning’s unique platform, where users build their own features, to astonishing rates of success, from unnecessary $60 million VC rounds to phenomenal growth rates. She is also really hot.

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6. Queen Rania of Jordan

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Business Accomplishments: Board member of the World Economic Forum, founded the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship

Queen Rania is a major advocate of women’s rights around the world, including the Middle East. She was ranked 81st in the Forbes 2005 100 most powerful women of the world list. She is a major philanthropist and supporter of the micro-fund movement.

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5. Alexis Glick

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Business Accomplishments: Vice President of Fox Business News & former Executive Director at Morgan Stanley

Alexis Glick is the hot on-air personality that (we think) is the main reason that millions of men watch Fox Business Network each week. She is hugely influential in the business world because of her control over strategy and programming decisions at Fox Business Network.

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4. Tyra Banks

Business Accomplishments: Her brand and influence through her show. TV & film production. Product lines. Real estate development.

A successful model most of her life and an young female African-American role model to many, Tyra Banks could have stopped there, but has only risen since.

Starting in May 2003 her creation-America’s Next Top Model started modestly and has grown into a worldwide hit and is embarking upon its 10th cycle. The most recent edition was the network’s top-rated series, averaging 5.2 million viewers weekly. And The Tyra Banks Show — a broad mix of women’s issues and frothy fare — is now a talk-show force to be reckoned with: 4.3 million adult female viewers tuned in weekly this past November sweeps, and, with a median age of 40, Tyra has the youngest talk-show audience in daytime. (Oprah’s median age is 55.) Now the 34-year-old has a broader goal in mind: world domination. (Yes, seriously.) With a recent multimillion-dollar TV-and-film-production deal through Warner Bros. Entertainment, along with retail and real estate projects in development, Banks is poised to become the most influential woman in television since the almighty O herself.

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3. Heidi Klum

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Business Accomplishments: Executive Producer, Project Runway. Clothing and accessory lines. Brand sponsorships.

From fashion runways to Project Runway, Heidi Klum’s goldilocks and 1,000 watt smile has lit up magazine covers, stages and screens from here to Milan since 1992. Bronze and toned, her body splashed the cover of Sports Illustrated and earned her the coveted “Angel” position with Victoria’s Secret. She has appeared in several television shows and movies, which led her to pitch and secure the phenomenally popular and only reality-show winner of the Peabody Award “Project Runway” on Bravo as Host, Judge and Executive Producer. Behind her playful lips and cutesy German accent lies the mind of brilliant businesswoman dedicated to expanding her empire; which in 2008 Forbes estimated at 14 million a year and growing, placing her 2nd on the Top Model list. With her own clothing and accessories line coming in 2009, spokesperson deals with Jordache and VW and her countless appearances on film and television, there are a lot chances to salivate over Heidi for a long time.

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2. Beyonce Knowles

Business Accomplishments: Entertainment empire, endorsement deals, fashion lines.

After ditching Destiny’s Child to go solo in 2003, the Houston native has released two platinum albums and built a wildly successful entertainment empire that includes fashion, film and publishing deals. She sold $50 million in tickets on a recent tour. Her endorsement contracts, with L’Oréal, American Express and others, bring in $10 million annually.

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1. Sara Blakely

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Business Accomplishments: Founder of SPANX product line for women.

Sara Blakely literally embodies the can-do spirit that lies within the heart of just about all of us. A few years ago, when frustrated in her search to find a pair of pantyhose that would offer some slimming features, she took $5,000 from her savings and started her own company to produce exactly that kind of product. With that product, called SPANX, Sara Blakely quickly became a hero to women all over the world while, at the same time, helping to revive an industry that had been in a slump for more than a decade. Sara now divides her time between her business ventures and public speaking engagements in which she inspires and motivates women to take on the world through involvements with business, community, and politics. In her keynote speeches, she talks about her Sara Blakely Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting and empowering women around the globe. By both her words and actions, she has become widely recognized as a powerful force in both the celebrity world and the world of business and finance.

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  1. skh's Gravatar Comment by skh on January 12th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Uhm, wow…
    Babes with brains. There’s nothing sexier.
    Thanks for the write up, not to mention the photos!

  2. Aleksandar's Gravatar Comment by Aleksandar on January 12th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    “Business Accomplishments: Her brand. She can basically sell anything she wants at this point.”

    And that put her into business woman?
    I wouldn’t say so.

  3. BT's Gravatar Comment by BT on January 12th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Sorry, you missed the hottest of them all!!
    Erin Burnett, of MSNBC… See her on the cover of maxum!
    http://www.zimbio.com/member/gr750/articles/2115374/erin

  4. Mac's Gravatar Comment by Mac on January 12th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I have to disagree with most of these women as being hot. The final five are right good starting with Tyra, but come on… where is Erin Burnett from CNBC’s Street Signs? She’s top 10 material for sure!

  5. Nicholas's Gravatar Comment by Nicholas on January 12th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    A pretty good list, however the inclusion of some people on the list taints it and makes it look ridiculous. Most of the women definitely deserved to be there, but many don’t. The criteria for this list should be that the women are both hot and highly successful businesswomen, without the latter, the list becomes nearly meaningless and its pretty easy to find hot women in business.

    I was perplexed to see all the famous femmes of the gaming community listed here. Never did I once connect Morgan Webb, Jessica Chobot or Jade Raymond with women in business. No offence to those women, I think they’re great at what they do. They just do not strike me as having much business acumen.

    The female celebrities such as Tyra Banks and Beyonce Knowles that were chosen were highly appropriate though. We all know there are many hot female celebrities, but not all of them know how to leverage their names as brands and to build business empires. However, as talented as Tina Fey is, she again does not strike me much as a business-woman. She is great at what she does and is probably one of the funniest women on TV right now, however what smart moves has she made regarding business?

    A waste to see a few entries discredit the list.

  6. anon's Gravatar Comment by anon on January 12th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    That’s not Jade Raymond.

  7. gfhfh's Gravatar Comment by gfhfh on January 12th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    how can you leave ivanka trump out

  8. George's Gravatar Comment by George on January 12th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    i take it these are not in order of hotness!

  9. confused's Gravatar Comment by confused on January 12th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    This list was sorted by… ?

  10. Andrea's Gravatar Comment by Andrea on January 12th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    As a woman in business I couldn’t help but click on this link, but sadly, most of these women have just banked off their looks or had a massive head start in the industry through family connections.

    At least Sara Blakeley is a self-made woman.. how about re-doing the list with similar stories?

  11. Me's Gravatar Comment by Me on January 12th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    not fair! where’s Ivanka Trump??

  12. charles's Gravatar Comment by charles on January 12th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    It seems strange that being a web celebrity and hosting a web video show is somehow a huge business accomplishment. There are many other businesses that have larger social and economic impacts on the world; and that are run by intelligent and beautiful women. I think that whoever worked on creating this list needs to understand that there is more going on in the world and that having a whole bunch of twitter followers and a web video show is not that important. This list tells us quite a bit about the maturity level of its author(s.)

  13. Blade's Gravatar Comment by Blade on January 12th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Yummm @ #10

  14. Chuck Reynolds's Gravatar Comment by Chuck Reynolds on January 13th, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Where’s Ivanka Trump? She’s hotter than more than a few of these girls…
    http://is.gd/fEVE

  15. zzz's Gravatar Comment by zzz on January 13th, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Having a top 25 hottest man list would be just as idiotic as this shallow drivel. Just having a job does not mean you are “in business” and being a tart on the internet is hardly the measure of success in business.

  16. Synekal's Gravatar Comment by Synekal on January 13th, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Is that a picture of Jade Raymond? It doesn’t look anything like her. It looks more like Jessica Chobot.

  17. Mata Muerte's Gravatar Comment by Mata Muerte on January 13th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    No Becki Quick? For shame, for shame!

  18. charlie's Gravatar Comment by charlie on January 13th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    where is gisele?

  19. anon's Gravatar Comment by anon on January 13th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    lmaoo chobot twiceee sweeeet she is gorgeous thoooo :p, jade is actually hot too tho.

  20. Aaaaaaa's Gravatar Comment by Aaaaaaa on January 13th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    What the hell. We have a different concept of hotness I believe. Marissa Mayer on a better spot than Jameson? We’re talking about hotness and not business accomplishment.

  21. Trading Goddess's Gravatar Comment by Trading Goddess on January 21st, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Heyyyyy now! Why am I not on that list? waaaaa! I am going to have to step up my game!

  22. Alan's Gravatar Comment by Alan on January 25th, 2009 at 3:26 am

    First of all this entire idea is trite. Second of all…who the heck is Sara Blakely? Seriously? Ahead of Tyra Banks? Ahead of Heidi Klum? Carmen Wong not even in the top 15? Is this a beauty contest or … what? I guess you guys couldn’t stand to have a woman of color in first place? Is that it?

  23. Paul Sharpe's Gravatar Comment by Paul Sharpe on January 28th, 2009 at 4:37 am

    COMPLETLEY WRONG!
    wtf is a horse doing as number1!

  24. Alan Wake's Gravatar Comment by Alan Wake on June 13th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    where is ivanka trump?

  25. scott's Gravatar Comment by scott on September 29th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    How about Megan Kelly?

    She is hot!

  26. Cash's Gravatar Comment by Cash on November 7th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Arianna Huffington? Are you kidding me? The only kind of play that sack of bones is getting these days is the kind you have to pay up front for. Successful business woman, sure, but a babe? You people frighten me.

  27. Bill's Gravatar Comment by Bill on December 20th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Dude…no Ivanka??? Come on, man! Some of these women aren’t even business women. Some of them don’t even look like a woman!!!

  28. Alex's Gravatar Comment by Alex on June 11th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    No Ivanka Trump? That’s ashame.

  29. rtm135's Gravatar Comment by rtm135 on November 10th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Not impressed. Most of these women are here for their charm and personality (read: boobs) and not their business acumen.

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