Business 100 – 2019

Kathy Ireland/Kathyireland.com

Kathy Ireland, a former supermodel, is chair, CEO and chief designer for Kathy Ireland Worldwide (kiWW), one of the most powerful brands in the world. kiWW is responsible for billions of dollars in retail sales, and the recipient of many awards, including several Good Housekeeping Seals. While Kathy is recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the fashion and furniture industries, she twice graced the cover of Forbes magazine, she is also known for her compassion. Kathy and kiWW support many non-profits including YWCA Greater Los Angeles, for which she is an ambassador, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for kids /AEF, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AID’S Foundation and is International Youth Chair for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Kathy, whose Irish ancestors came to the U.S. by way of Liverpool, lives in Santa Barbara, Where she grew up. She and her husband, ER physician Greg Olsen, have three children: Erik, 25, Lily, 20, and Chloe, 16.