Top Businesswomen on Twitter

Top Businesswomen on Twitter

Whether executives or entrepreneurs, many businesswomen convey their pride and passion in what they do, and inspire others to do the same, through Twitter. Here are 10 of the best-known female business ‘tweeps’.

Julie Meyer

    @JulieMarieMeyer
    Tweets 4,953
    Following 973
    Followers 9,310

The American businesswoman is founder and CEO of venture capital firm Ariadne Capital, and founder of online community EntrepreneurCountry. Her CV also includes a stint as a ‘dragon’ on the online version of Dragons’ Den. Often referred to as the ‘entrepreneurs’ champion’, Meyer set up her VC firm to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK, on the basis of ‘entrepreneurs backing entrepreneurs’. Tweets are a celebration of global entrepreneurship.

Signature tweet: “Build your own cathedral... Own your own glass ceiling”

Jacqueline Gold

    @Jacqueline_Gold
    Tweets 32,900
    Following 216
    Followers 55,200

The chief executive of Gold Group International, Ann Summers and Knickerbox, Gold received a CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List for her services to entrepreneurship, women in business and social enterprise. She started her career at Ann Summers as an intern, but her breakthrough moment came in 1981 when she launched her underwear and sex toy party concept. She became chief executive in 1987. In her #WOW (Women on Wednesday) Twitter campaign she asks businesswomen to send their company name and what they do, from which Gold names her top picks.

Signature tweet: “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong & think of what could go right”

Zoe Jackson

    @ZoeJacksonLTD
    Tweets 4,194
    Following 3,117
    Followers 3,673

The founder of Living the Dream performing arts school, Jackson initially launched her business part-time to pay her college tuition fees, aged just 16. A major milestone was Jackson’s New Year’s Eve 2010 flash mob performed by her dance troupe at London’s St Pancras Station. She has the endorsement of Richard Branson, and was one of the first to moot the idea of government-funded Start-up Loans. In 2015 she received an MBE. Her goal is to inspire young people through the arts and to champion talent. Her charity Dream Foundation provides access to the arts for all.

Signature tweet: “I cannot contemplate a society without open access to creativity in the education system – whether a career choice or not”

Angela Ahrendts

    @AngelaAhrendts
    Tweets 177
    Following 146
    Followers 121,000

As senior vice president of Apple Retail, Ahrendts is inspired by great people, great brands and great companies. Her vision is to make Apple stores more like luxury goods outlets and is intent on making Apple’s 400 plus global stores “sleeker and smarter”. Previously, as CEO of Burberry she achieved huge success, turning it into a global fashion superbrand, holding its own against the likes of Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. She also became Britain's highest earning CEO. Tweets are unashamedly corporate, and reflect her depth of pride in her work and achievements.

Signature tweet: “15 years ago today, we opened our first 2 Apple stores. Now we have 478 stores worldwide and over 60k employees that make it all so magical”

Deborah Meaden

    @DeborahMeaden
    Tweets 21,700
    Following 994
    Followers 241,000

One of the longest-serving ‘dragons’ in the den, Meaden made her business debut at 19 when she set up a ceramics import business. Several enterprises later she joined her family’s holiday firm, Weststar Holidays, eventually becoming managing director. After selling the company and her remaining stake, Meaden turned her attention to business investment and built up a vast portfolio. She made her Dragons’ Den debut in series three. A passionate environmentalist – she is an ambassador for the WWF – she tweets on conservation, many social issues, and promising businesses.

Signature tweet: “Right... there is a lot of bad news... we need to keep an eye on the landscape but today [28 June] we do business”

Debbie Wosskow

    @DebbieWossk
    Tweets 1,288
    Following 743
    Followers 2,783

Entrepreneur, investor and sharing economy expert, Wosskow is founder and CEO of home-swapping platform Love Home Swap. She insists that entrepreneurial DNA has always been in her blood; aged 12 she was working in her mother’s business and at 15 was a national Young Enterprise winner with a business that sold hair scrunchies. After a brief career in management consultancy, Wosskow decided to go it alone, co-founding Mantra PR, and later investment firm Maidthorn Partners. Love Home Swap was launched in 2011 out of her frustration at being unable to find the right holidays to enjoy with her children. Awarded an OBE this year, Wosskow is a proponent of growing the UK’s sharing economy marketplace.

Signature tweet: “Making the UK the home of digital – important not to lose momentum post Brexit”

Oprah Winfrey

    @Oprah
    Tweets 11,300
    Following 261
    Followers 33.1 million

TV presenter, host, producer, and chairman of Harpo Productions, Winfrey is one of a handful of female self-made billionaires. Her business interests extend beyond her own production company; she co-founded Oxygen Media, a cable channel and interactive network, presenting programming content designed primarily for women. With her success, she has also become one of the world's most generous philanthropists. In 2000, Oprah’s Angel Network began presenting a $100,000 Use Your Life Award to people who are using their own lives to improve the lives of others. In the toughest of times her tweets have a spiritual tone.

Signature tweet: “’The Universe is not standing still. The whole Universe is expanding’ I love the dance between science and spirituality!”

Holly Tucker

    @HollyLTucker
    Tweets 2,785
    Following 847
    Followers 8,733

Tucker, and her business partner Sophie Cornish, both MBEs, famously co-founded the hugely successful gift website notonthehighstreet.com from her kitchen table. A decade later, sales are worth over £150m. A Business Ambassador for Creative Industries and Small Creative Businesses, Tucker has described the NOTHS website as an online equivalent of “the little alleyway that has all those independent shops”.

Signature tweet: “I was talking to a friend and happen to call her an entrepreneur. She laughed and explained that she wasn't one of those and just run her own business”

Martha Lane Fox

    @Marthalanefox
    Tweets 18,200
    Following 2,052
    Followers 213,000

A former digital champion for the UK government and co-founder of travel website lastminute.com, Martha Lane Fox recently joined the board of Twitter as part of a management shake-up. As one of the Dotcom trailblazers she made her millions, then in 2004 was involved in a near-fatal car accident that completely changed her life. However, it did nothing to dampen her passion for boosting the UK’s technology skills. In 2009, as the Labour government’s digital champion, her brief was to make the British public more computer-literate. On her latest appointment to Twitter, the digital pioneer, now Baroness Lane-Fox, tweeted that it would be the “best job ever”.

Signature tweet: “London tech leads the world... :-)”

Sarah Wood

    @sarahfwood
    Tweets 2,996
    Following 1,110
    Followers 6,374

Wood is co-CEO of video ad tech company Unruly, which she co-founded in 2006, and which was bought last year by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for £58m. Wood stayed on in the business, where she champions diversity in the workplace and has launched mentoring programmes to help women become more confident in business. Wood, who won Veuve Clicquot’s 2016 Business Woman Award, also finds time to teach a course on online video culture at the University of Cambridge.

Signature tweet: “No shortage of power passion & performance at #Accelerate2016 in #Liverpool Great talking to so many entrepreneurs!”

 

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