11 Out Business Leaders You Should Know

From high tech to high fashion, members of the LGBTQ community can be found at the helm of a wide variety of industries.

Tim Cook

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Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple, where he previously served as the Chief Operating Officer. In 1982 he earned a BS in industrial engineering from Auburn University and in 1988 an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Cook also serves on the board of directors of Nike and the National Football Foundation.

Trevor Burgess


Trevor Burgess is an American investment banker and the CEO of C1 Financial. Burgess graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994 and later went on to spend ten years with Morgan Stanley as an investment banker in New York, Los Angeles and London. In August 2014, he became the first openly gay CEO of a bank on the New York Stock Exchange when C1 Financial made a $44.7 million public offering.

Martine Rothblatt

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Martine Rothblatt is the founder and CEO of United Therapeutics. In 2014, Fortune reported that Rothblatt, who is transgender, was the highest-paid female executive in America. Rothblatt earned a BA, JD and MBA from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Medical Ethics from the Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Fred Hochberg

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Fred Hochberg is the Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank and has held leadership roles in many government, non-profit and academic organizations. Hochberg received his BA from New York University and an MBA from Columbia before attending the executive leadership program of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously a member of the Obama transition team and served as the acting administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Bill Clinton.

Robert Greenblatt

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Bob Greenblatt is the Chairman of NBC Entertainment. From 2003 to 2010, Greenblatt was the President of Entertainment for Showtime and is an award-winning producer of more than a dozen television shows. Greenblatt earned a BA in fine arts from the University of Illinois, an MA from the University of Wisconsin's Madison School of Business and an MFA from the USC School of Cinem. As a theatrical producer, his Broadway adaptation of 9 to 5 was nominated for four Tony awards.

Jenna Lyons

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Jenna Lyons is the Creative Director and President of J.Crew. She attended Parsons School of Design before taking a job at J.Crew and working her way up the ladder. She is rumored to have 300 pairs of shoes.

Robert Hanson


Robert Hanson has served as the CEO of American Eagle Outfitters and is currently the CEO of John Hardy Global Limited, a luxury jewelry brand. From 1988 to 2011, Hanson served Levi Strauss & Co. in a variety of leadership roles across multiple brands, where he worked his way up to Global President of the company. He is a graduate of Saint Mary's College in California and attended the Executive Program of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business for Consumer Marketing.

Rick Welts

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Rick Welts is the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise of the NBA. He attended the University of Washington and early in his career, he worked with the NBA's league offices in various capacities. Previously, Welts was the third-highest-ranking official in the NBA and served as the President and CEO of the Phoenix Suns.

Michael Kors

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Michael Kors is an American sportswear fashion designer and the honorary chairman and chief creative officer for his company, Michael Kors Holdings Limited. In 1977, he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, but later dropped out to pursue his career and sell his designs. Kors was the first women's ready-to-wear designer for the French house Celine, and has also received the CFDA award for women's wear designer of the year and the award for menswear designer of the year, among many others.

Suze Orman

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Suze Orman is an author, television personality, motivational speaker and businesswoman. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her BA in social work, and in 2009, went on to receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Orman has worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, served as the vice-president of investments at Prudential-Bache Securities, and she also founded the Suze Orman Financial Group in addition to hosting her program The Suze Orman Show, which aired on CNBC for more than a decade.

Thomas Fox

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Thomas Fox is the CFO of Angie's List. Previously, he served as the Senior Director of Business Planning and Operations for NOKIA, where he was responsible for developing profitability models to guide the companies investment decision making. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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