As one of the world’s leading businesswomen and the epitome of excellence, Carly Fiorina is indeed a force to be reckoned with among her colleagues. Most know her as the former CEO of the prestigious technology company Hewlett-Packard (HP), but she is also a political figure whose presence is felt in the political world. It is worth remembering that Fiorina was a candidate in the 2016 primaries for the US presidential election. In that year she was also a candidate of Ted Cruz in the Republican primary.
Among her many accomplishments is the famous merger that led to the acquisition of the Compaq PC brand, making HP the largest PC vendor. Fiorina has come a very long way and has become a source of inspiration for so many women. It wasn’t all smooth and rosy for the iconic figure, and here are some lesser-known facts about Carly Fiorina.
Carly Fiorina Bio – Early Life and Her Education
She was born on September 6, 1954, the daughter of her parents Madelon Montross, her mother, and Joseph Tyree Sneed III, her father. She is of English and German descent. Carly began to take an interest in economics and politics when she was young, as her father was a law professor. He was an authority in the academic field. Due to the nature of her father’s work, Fiorina had to change schools several times as the family moved around a lot. She first attended the Channing School in London before she changed schools five more times. But eventually, she graduated from Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina.
She then went to Stanford University, where she studied philosophy and medieval history. Carly also attended the UCLA School of Law. However, after realizing that she had no interest in this field, she dropped out after one semester. While trying to get her priorities in order, Fiorina worked in various jobs before continuing her education. For about six months she was a receptionist in a real estate company and also worked as a teacher. Carly, who wanted to build a solid portfolio, earned an MBA in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. She also earned another Master’s degree in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
What Is Carly Fiorina’s Net Worth?
Carly Fiorina has amassed great wealth over the years through her discouraging activities in the business world. Her net worth has been estimated at a whopping $59 million. Carly’s net worth is the result of many years of building Lucent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard (HP), where she was CEO. Carly left HP due to some disagreement among the board members over the share price.
However, she received approximately $21 million. Fiorina’s book “Tough Choices”, which she wrote after the heat of the controversy at HP, was a great success and also contributed to her financial status. For all her achievements, she was included in the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world in 2004. This and many others formed a strong foundation for her political career.
In her wealth, Fiorina never forgets to give something back. She is very involved in charity. Carly is Managing Director of the Fiorina Foundation, whose aim is to help children in need, but also for institutional and business purposes.
Family – Husband, Daughter
In terms of her family and love life, Fiorina, like most of her colleagues, has a story to tell. The businesswoman who became a politician was married twice. She married Todd Bartlem, her classmate from Stanford University, for the first time in June 1977. The couple divorced in 1984 and had no children from this marriage.
In 1981 Carly met Frank Fiorina, a senior executive at AT&T. Things got serious between the two of them, and in 1985, a year after their divorce from their first husband, they tied the knot. It was also Frank’s second marriage, and he already had two daughters with his first wife. Carly and Frank were very supportive of each other.
In 1998 Frank quit his job at AT&T to support his wife’s career, an act that is still much talked about on various platforms. With Frank, Fiorina had two foster daughters and none of her own. One of the girls, Lori Ann, died of alcoholism and drug addiction in 2009.