1. Meg Whitman was born Aug. 4, 1956, in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., the third child of Hendricks and Margaret Whitman. Her father founded a financial advising firm. She has called her mother a real-life Rosie the Riveter for going to work as a mechanic during World War II.
2. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University in 1977.
3. Whitman graduated from Harvard Business School in 1979.
4. In 1980, she married Griffith Harsh, now a neurosurgeon at Stanford Hospital. They have two sons.
5. After her first job as a brand assistant at Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, Whitman worked her way up the ranks of consulting firm Bain & Co., in San Francisco. She also worked at Disney, Stride Rite, FTD, and Hasbro.
6. In 1997, she met the founder of eBay, an online auction startup, and the next year she moved from Boston to California to be CEO.
7. Under her decade of leadership, eBay grew from 30 employees and $4.7 million in revenue to become a Fortune 500 company with over 15,000 employees and $7.7 billion in revenue.
8. Now worth an estimated $1.3 billion, Whitman is one of just 14 female billionaires in the world who earned their fortunes, according to Forbes.
9. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Whitman was Mitt Romney's national finance cochair and later was the national cochair for the McCain-Palin campaign.
10. In her race for governor, Whitman has self-funded her campaign to the tune of more than $119 million, a record, which she says would help her maintain independence.