Jul 17, 2019 - 11:43 PM
Mary T. Barra, chairwoman and CEO of General Motors Co., is the first female CEO of a major global automaker. She graduated from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), after getting an electrical engineering degree and then attending Stanford Graduate School of Business on a GM fellowship. She began working for GM at age 18, checking fender panels and inspecting hoods to pay for her college tuition. She rose through the ranks, becoming a vice president in 2013 and CEO in 2014.
Bill Gates, the principal founder of Microsoft Corp., took an early interest in programming when he was a teenager. He left Harvard after two years, starting his own company. "Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world," Gates says. "If you do, you are insulting yourself."