50 most powerful moms of 2013
CEO of Burberry Group
Children: Jennings, 17, Sommer, 16, Angelina, 12
As CEO of Burberry since 2006, Angela played an instrumental role in transforming the brand from stodgy trench-coat purveyor into an award-winning young luxury label with a widened scope of stylish offerings, actively promoting it through social media. The Indiana native moved to New York after college to begin her climb up the executive ranks. She was president of Donna Karan International from 1989 to 1996, where she gained luxury, wholesale, international and licensing experience. She was also EVP of Henri Bendel and Claiborne Inc. When asked about how her family’s move to London was faring, she told Newsweek/Daily Beast, “It’s fun when you have kids, because you get to play the ‘kids card’!”
Chief International Correspondent for CNN
Children: Darius, 13
With a career spanning three decades, Christiane is considered one of the most influential and respected journalists in the world. She is CNN’s chief international correspondent; anchor of Amanpour, a nightly foreign affairs program on CNN International; and global affairs anchor for ABC News, anchoring primetime documentaries on international subjects. She’s interviewed most of the world’s top leaders—having taken huge leaps from her first gig as entry-level assistant at CNN’s assignment desk in Atlanta. Christiane has earned every prestigious award in journalism and is also Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and an Honorary Citizen of the City of Sarajevo for her “personal contribution to spreading the truth.”
Professional Road Bicycle Racer, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
Children: Lucas William, 3
She's faster than your average mom, having raced her way to gold in two consecutive Olympic summer games (2008, 2012). Born to a military family, she was raised in Tennessee and went to high school in Japan. At 17, she became a Junior Olympian in swimming and an accomplished triathlete who competed in the Ironman World Championship. She was derailed when diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hips—a painful and often debilitating condition. Undeterred, Kristin simply switched to cycling and ultimately excelled. Along with Olympic gold, she also counts three World Titles and Five National Championships among her accomplishments. A graduate of the University of Idaho, she was a project manager at an ad agency for a time.
Senior Vice President of Global Product Development for GM
Children: Son, 16, Daughter, 14
A lifelong employee of GM, this ardent lover of cars was born into the business. Her dad spent 39 years as a die maker at Pontiac, and at age 18 she was a co-op student at the Pontiac Motor division of General Motors Institute. She’s been responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM cars worldwide since 2011. She’s also on the Executive Operations Committee and the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board. This passion for wheels is truly genetic: In 2011 she told an interviewer her kids can’t wait to drive the cars she makes—at least the fast ones! "We had to tell him [her son], the odds of you having the Camaro when you're 16 probably are pretty small."
Singer, Actress, Mogul
Children: Blue Ivy, 1
Arguably the hardest working mom in show biz, Queen Bey earns a spot on our list for her long list of accomplishments in the music industry, undeniable drive and relentless talent. After giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy last year (Dad is music mogul Jay-Z), this Grammy-winning superstar sang at our President’s second inauguration, performed a dazzling half-time show at the Super Bowl, released a self-produced HBO documentary, dropped a new album, Mrs. Carter (Jay-Z’s real name is Sean Carter), and embarked on a world tour underscored by a $50 million Pepsi endorsement deal—and the year isn’t even half over!
Billionaire Founder of Spanx
Children: Lazer, 3
Sara is proof positive a great idea can make a billion if you believe in it. A former sales trainer and stand-up comedian, she developed Spanx with $5,000 of her own money—without ever taking a business class. Neiman Marcus scooped up the product, and today Spanx is worth more than $1 billion, with more than 100 styles endorsed by scores of red-carpet celebs. Eager to pay it forward, Saraestablished the Sara Blakely Foundation, raising $20 million for women’s causes. The mom of a young son, she told us: “Take the time to think and then prioritize. Delegate what’s not essential for you to do, map out your schedule weekly, and always include alone time for yourself.”
President and CEO of Walmart/Sam’s Club
Children: One Son, One Daughter
The first womanand first African American CEO of Sam’s Club, Rosalind was cited by Fortune as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for the past three years. Previously, she was president of Sam’s Club U.S. East business unit. She began her career as an organic chemist at Kimberly-Clark, where she worked for more than 20 years, rising to president of the nonwoven fabrics business. Roz believes in mentoring women and has established a fund for first-generation college students. “I feel pretty confident that I’m going to make Sam’s successful, but I’m less confident the generation behind me has everything they need to be prepared,” she said recently. “I want to make sure that I make a difference and have an impact.”
Children: Stepson John, 5, Benjamin Rein, 2, Vivian Lake, infant
Bringing the “super” to supermodel in even the most candid of vacation photos, Gisele recently rode an ATV with newborn daughter Vivian strapped on in a baby carrier! The native Brazilian moved to Boston to support her husband, New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady. Her endless list of endorsements, business ventures and modeling jobs have deemed her the world’s richest supermodel and, according to Forbes, the thirty-sixth most powerful celebrity—at the ripe old age of 32. As ambassador for the U.N. Environmental Program, she headed an initiative to plant some 50,000 trees in her native Brazil and spoke out about sustainable energy in Kenya.
Children: Nick and Henry, 15, Sawyer, 12
Not every fashion designer can instantly establish an iconic brand, but Tory Burch did—in record time. She launched her namesake line from her kitchen in 2004 and now has 82 stores worldwide, with 35 more slated to open this year. Her handbags, shoes, jewelry and preppy-boho tunics are de rigueur among ladies about town. Divorced from the father of her children and former business partner, Chris Burch, she’s newly minted to this year’s list of Forbes World Billionaires. She was named 2008 CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year and 2005 Rising Star by Fashion Group International. Her Tory Burch Foundation supports the economic empowerment of women and families through mentoring women-owned small businesses.
Singer, Actress, Fragrance Mogul
Children: Twins Monroe and Morrocan, 2
As if selling more than 100 million albums worldwide, judging contestants on American Idol (for which she reportedly earned $18 million), earning praise for her work as an actress (Precious) and parenting twins isn’t enough to keep her sufficiently busy, this music icon has proven a formidable force in the fragrance business, with a whopping 12 brands under her belt for Elizabeth Arden. Upon the recent launch of No. 12, Dreams, she told People, “I humbly call myself a ‘perfumer-in-training’ because I love it so much.” And from all accounts, she should! Her fragrance line is a cash cow, adding millions to her bank account each year.