For many, the word “businessperson” connotes men in white shirts and stranglehold neckties. That stereotype may have held true in the 1950s, but since then, the appearance factor of the business world has evolved substantially.
Take women. Hot women have always populated the business world in some shape or form. We tasked ourselves with compiling a list of the hottest businesswomen we could think of, for your viewing pleasure. These women are accomplished both in the business and the looks departments. Get acquainted with these hotties, outside of the cube–and outside of the pantsuit.
25. Sarah Austin
Business Accomplishments: Founder of a popular online TV show called Pop17 and tech news producer.
Sarah Austin founded Pop17, a daily broadcast of micro-celebrity interviews and culture. Her former roles include UC Berkeley DJ and tech news producer, professional party crasher, and actress. Now a New York social powerhouse, Austin shows her adequate assets in various venues on a regular basis.
24. Julie Smolyansky
Business Accomplishments: CEO and President of natural foods powerhouse Lifeway Foods.
It’s hard to tell whether Julie Smolyansky is a model for Lifeway Foods commercials, or its CEO and President. In fact, she looks like one, but does a stellar job actually being the other. This thirty-something dynamo took her CEO post in 2002, and has since then focused on expanding the company’s natural foods line substantially. On her company bio, it says that this founder’s daughter’s “…success is the result of good genes and solid training.” We can hang with that.
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23. Morgan Webb
Business Accomplishments: Senior producer and co-host of video game review show X-Play; host of the podcast Webbalert.
Morgan Webb is senior producer and cohost of the show X-Play, and hosts WebbAlert, a popular podcast. She is also a video game columnist. She puts the gawk into geeky.
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22. Yulia Tymoshenko
Business Accomplishments: A self-made millionaire in the gas industry and current Prime Minister of the Ukraine.
Yulia Tymoshenko is in the business of running a country. Earlier in her life she made a fortune as a successful business woman. Forbes Magazine had Tymoshenko ranked as the 3rd most powerful woman in the world. She is well known both as a leader of the Orange revolution and for her unique hairstyle.
21. Jade Raymond
Business Accomplishments: Produces popular video games for Ubisoft, such as Assassin’s Creed. Hosts the show The Electric Playground.
Game producer and Canadian hottie Jade Raymond hosts G4’s The Electric Playground as well as producing games for gaming giant Ubisoft. Her credits include Assassin’s Creed. This multi-talented vixen also has a fine arts degree, though she should really be a fine arts subject.
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20. Christine Dolce
Business Accomplishments: A self-made fashion designer, model, and master online promoter.
Christine Dolce joined MySpace on a whim to explore modeling. Using her account as an opportunity to express herself through photos; she did her own make up, made her own clothes and setup most of the photo shoots. Within a short time, she added hundreds of friends and photographers were asking her to model for them; her unique clothing style is what really set her apart. Four years and a million friends later, Christine Dolce became a brand name with her own clothing line, Destroyed Brand. She has posed for Playboy, Stuff, FHM and numerous other magazines.
Business Accomplishments: The longtime Vice President of Microsoft’s Central Marketing Group.
Mich Mathews is Senior Vice President for Microsoft’s Central Marketing Group, meaning she’s the company marketing maven. She guides company branding, PR, advertising, and internal communications, among other tasks. If the Microsoft brand is strong, Mathews is the driving force behind it. She has been with the company for nearly 20 years; her appearance only gets better with age.
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18. Carmen Wong Ulrich
Business Accomplishments: A financial expert and author with her own show on CNBC.
Carmen Wong Ulrich is the host of CNBC’s “On the Money,” a new one-hour personal finance program, and writes a personal finance blog on CNBC.com. Popular columnist, sought after speaker, blogger and former special projects editor at Money magazine, Ulrich is an authority on personal finance for CNBC, NBC’s “Today” show and “Nightly News.” She is also the author of the under-40 guide to personal finance, GENERATION DEBT: Take Control of Your Money. Carmen is also the new money columnist for Glamour magazine. Ulrich has a master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University and a B.A. from Fairfield University.
Business Accomplishments: Executive Producer, Influencer (Time 100)
Actress, writer, producer and world-changer…. Tina Fey. With 5 Emmys, a Golden Globe, another SAG award (and those numbers will rise in 2009), Tina Fey is carving out her niche in the business world of media. She is a stellar writer and actress in such films as Mean Girls, Baby Mama and other cameos. She founded eventual Head Writer of SNL after 6 seasons, Tina left to take on executive producer, writer and actress on 30 Rock on NBC. Her dead-on impression of Sarah Palin affected the public’s perception of the Vice Presidential candidate and in many minds, sealed a Democratic win and won her a coveted spot on the Time 100 list (top 10). Hot in that girl-next-door-too-smart-for-you way, she continues to shine.
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16. Holly Dunlap
Business Accomplishments: Founder of high-end shoe and handbag company Hollywould
Holy Dunlap is the creative director and founder of Hollywould. Dunlap started her fashion career at the age of seventeen. Graduated from Parsons Design School in Paris and landed a job at the haute couture salon of Christian Lacroix. Returned back to the States where she was the head designer at Lilly Pulitzer for 3 years. Hollywould was launched in Spring 2000 with her starlet-inspired shoe line.
15. Tamara Mellon
Business Accomplishments: Founder and president of Jimmy Choo.
Tamara Mellon is the president and founder of a line of designer shoes called Jimmy Choo. Tamara was born in London with a strong understanding of both fashion and business because her mother was a former Chanel model and her father was a successful entrepreneur. Mellon worked at various places before becoming the accessories editor for British Vogue where her fashion instinct noticed a lack of luxury goods accessories in the market. In 1996 Mellon joined forces with Jimmy Choo with an idea of launching a ready-to-wear shoe company, then opened her first shop in London back in 1997.
14. Jessica Chobot
Business Accomplishments: Self-made online celebrity. High-demand online brand.
Back in 2005, Jessica Chobot licked a Sony PSP. The photo ended up online, making her an instant celebrity. IGN.com then hired her as a video host and staff writer. The ambitious Chobot then picked up additional work as a contributer for Maxim Sirius Radio, a game advisor for Fuel TV, a representative position for a women’s clothing line, and a co-writing gig for the upcoming Sci-Fi movie Soul Code. She’s on, she’s on the up-and-up, and she is plastered all over the Web—what more could you want?
13. Sushmita Sen
Business Accomplishments: Founder of Sensazione and the Tantra Entertainment film production house.
Sushmita was probably the first Bollywood star to turn entrepreneur when she set up her company Sensazione in 2006. Through her company, she plans to open a chain of hotels, lounges and spas. Besides, she has acquired 12,000 sq ft of space in Kolkata for a ‘lifestyle zone’, which apart from a huge open space will house a nightclub, a restaurant and a cigar lounge. Under the banner of her production house Tantra Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, the ex-Miss Universe also wants to make meaningful films. Her first venture is Rani Lakshmi Bai – The Warrior Queen. The actress, who is directing as well as acting in the film, is currently busy with the pre-production work of the historical epic.
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Business Accomplishments: Transitioned from modeling to building a food/cooking media empire.
After modeling for Versace, Armani and Ralph Lauren, Padma Lakshmi landed her own cooking show, Padma’s Passport, on the Food Network. Along with her own show, Padma has penned a few cookbooks including Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet. In 2007, Padma Lakshmi also hosted the top-rated Bravo show, Top Chef. Padma has also appeared in the movie Glitter, alongside Mariah Carey; a rare jump from Bollywood to Hollywood, and The Mistress of Spices with Aishwarya Rai.
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11. Jenna Jameson
Business Accomplishments: Executive Producer, Book Writer, TV Personality.
Basically, Jenna Jameson has become the public face of porn, which means that she is the top interview choice when the mainstream media (everyone from CNN to FOX) does a story on the multibillion-dollar porn industry. The 2004 publication of her book, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, and the tie-in television news special on VH1, Jenna Jameson’s Confessions, legitimized Jenna Jameson even further. Owner of Jenna’s Club Web space and Executive Producer of many Vivid Videos and Spots has made her rich beyond belief and one of the only women in porn to own her own work.
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