Californian born Kathy Ireland was one of Sports Illustrated's favourite supermodels appearing over 13 times during the 1980s, a record she still holds to this day. Although she loved her modelling career the mother of three had other ambitions than just being in front of the camera.
Even though the Sports Illustrated photoshoots made her a household name, Ireland is best known today for her brand that she founded in 1993, Kathy Ireland Worldwide.
The brand sells a wide range of items including a clothing line for babies, jewellery, home office furniture, vacation deals, wedding locations, greeting cards, gardening supplies, hair extensions and even music label. I told you it was a wide range.
With a little advice from her mentor, Warren Buffet (world's greatest investor), Ireland took the company from selling just over $10million in 2004 to turning over $2billion annually by 2012.
She’s worth about $420 million and is the model (pardon the pun) for women who want to succeed in business.