Margaret Cushing Whitman is an American business executive, former political candidate, and philanthropist. She is a board member of Procter & Gamble and Dropbox. Whitman was previously president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She was also the CEO of Quibi before its closure in October 2020. In 2014, Whitman was named 20th in Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
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Margaret Cushing Whitman is an American business executive, former political candidate, and philanthropist. She is a board member of Procter & Gamble and Dropbox. Whitman was previously president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She was also the CEO of Quibi before its closure in October 2020. In 2014, Whitman was named 20th in Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. She ran for Governor of California as a Republican in 2010. Whitman is married to Griffith Harsh IV, a neurosurgeon at Stanford University Medical Center, and has two sons. She spent more of her own money on the race than any other political candidate spent on a single election in U.S. history. In 2008, she was cited by The New York Times as among the women most likely to become the first female president of the United States. She has a net worth of USD 1.3 billion and is the fifth-wealthiest woman in California with a networth of USD1.3 billion. She graduated with an A. B. in economics with honors from Princeton University in 1977 after completing an 83-page-long senior thesis titled ‘The Marketing of American Consumer Products in Western Europe’ Whitman is a great-great-granddaughter of U. S. Senator Charles B. Farwell, of Illinois. Her patrilineal great- great-grandfather, Elnathan Whitman, was a member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Her paternal grandmother, born Adelaide Chatfield-Taylor, was the daughter of writer Hobart Chatfield,Taylor and his wife, Rose Farwell Chatfield.Taylor.
Whitman later moved on to work as a consultant at Bain & Company. She rose through the ranks to achieve the position of senior vice president. Whitman became vice president of strategic planning at The Walt Disney Company in 1989. As Hasbro’s General Manager, starting in January 1997, she oversaw global management and marketing of children’s brands Mr. Potato Head and Teubbies. She imported the UK’s children’s television show Teubbie into the U.K. in March 1998. Whitman joined eBay in 1998, when it had 30 employees and revenues of approximately USD 4million. During her time as CEO, the company grew to more than 15,000 employees and USD 8billion in annual revenue. In 2010, she spent more than USD 144 million on the 2010 California gubernatorial election, including money from donors. She won the Republican primary and was defeated by Democratic former Governor Jerry Brown in the 2010 gubernatorial election by 54% to 41%. Whitman is also the great- granddaughter of General Henry S. Huidekoper, a General in Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia. She also has a great, great, and great great niece of historian and jurist Munroe Smith, and her great,great, great grandfather of General Charles S. Farwell. She donated USD 30 million to Princeton University after it was completed in 2007.