William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

10 Famous Women Investors

William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

10 Famous Women Investors

Throughout history, women have made significant contributions to the world of finance and investing, despite facing numerous barriers and discrimination. The finance industry has been largely male-dominated but things are gradually changing as more female venture capitalists and investors get into the financial space . Today, more opportunities exist for women in finance to become successful investors and this can be largely attributed to other women who have pioneered in the industry.

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In 2021, the percentage of women in leadership roles within the finance industry stood at 24% and this number is set to rise to 28% by 2030.

Key Points
  • Throughout history, women have made significant contributions to the world of finance and investing, despite facing numerous barriers and discrimination
  • The number of women in leadership roles in the finance industry has risen from 22% to 24%. This number is projected to grow to 28% by 2030.
  • Some exceptional women in banking include Ila Corcoran, Abigail Johnson

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10 Successful Women Investors

1. Ila Corcoran

Ila Corcoran

Ila Corcoran is the SVP of Real Estate Operations and a licensed Investment Advisor representative at Bay Street Capital Holdings. Her career in real estate started in apartment management and leasing, and has taken many forms. She ventured into commercial real estate but later found her passion in residential real estate. Ila's introduction to the real estate world began after her family's experience with foreclosure. As a result, she joined the real estate industry out of a need to secure housing, which ultimately propelled her into her career.

So far, Ila has closed $10.4M in real estate and secured more than $2.2M in AUM during her first 6 months at Bay Street Capital Holdings. She also manages acquisitions for the newly launched private equity fund, Resthaven Properties.

As the travel industry grows, over $109B is spent annually by Black travelers, while less than 1% goes to black-owned hospitality organizations. As an avid traveler and conscious consumer, Ila understands the needs of the diverse community for safe & accessible accommodations and has supported Resthaven in amassing allocations of $25M from like-minded investors as well as acquiring multiple properties.

If you would like to schedule a session with Ila, contact her here.

2. Abby Joseph Cohen

Abby Joseph Cohen

Abby Joseph Cohen has been a well-known and respected portfolio strategist for decades. Her positive and accurate market forecasts in the 1990s made her the face of the bull market and a star in the finance industry.

She served as a Federal Reserve Board economist after which, she worked as an economist and quantitative strategist at major financial firms, including T. Rowe Price. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and then became a partner in 1998. Cohen retired from Goldman Sachs as Senior Investment Strategist in 2021 to join the Columbia University faculty where she currently serves as a Professor of Business at the University's Graduate School of Business.

In the past, she has held prestigious positions with organizations including Cornell University, the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, Major League Baseball, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

3. Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson

Billionaire Abigail Johnson served as President and CEO of Fidelity Investments since 2014, after which she took after her father as Chair and CEO in 2016. Her grandfather Edward Johnson II, founded the Boston-based mutual fund giant in 1946. She is the daughter of Edward C. Johnson III, the former Fidelity Chair.

Currently, she owns approximately 25.5% of the firm, Fidelity Investments having an estimated $4.2 trillion in managed assets. Her net worth is estimated at about $22.8 billion.

In as much as Johnson was born into a family that propelled her career to where it currently is, she still is very much qualified to lead the company. Johnson earned an MBA from Harvard and worked under customer service, then as an analyst and also as an equity portfolio manager with Fidelity for about a decade before earning her first executive position there.

Johnson has embraced cryptocurrencies and, in 2018, Fidelity launched a platform that allows institutional investors to trade bitcoin and ether.

4. Arian Simone

Arian Simone

Arian Simone is the President and CEO of Fearless Fund, a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, angel investor, author, and PR & marketing specialist.

Fearless Fund invests in businesses that are led by women of color who are seeking pre-seed, seed level or series A financing. The company's mission is to bridge the gap in venture capital funding for women of color founders building scalable companies. Fearless Fund is built by women of color for women of color.

Simone received her MBA from Florida A&M and has the entrepreneurial experience that spans a period of 17 years. She has successfully grown a PR and marketing firm and also founded Fearless Magazine and the Fearless Platform in 2010, with a mission of inspiring millennial women in the entrepreneurial space.

Over the years, her background in the entertainment industry has allowed her to establish relationships with billion-dollar corporates such as Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Pictures.

5. Arielle Loren

Arielle Loren

Arielle Loren is the founder of 100K Incubator, the first business funding mobile app for women in Apple and Google’s app stores. The mission of the company is to help 100,000 early-stage women entrepreneurs get access to funding for their businesses in order to scale to $100,000 in annual sales.

Previously, Loren worked as a consultant for a decade. She worked in the fundraising space and also supported top brands and startups. Arielle's client work, speaking, and writing gigs have been featured in various notable media outlets such as Fast Company, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, SXSW, and NPR.

She earned a graduate certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Analysis and a certificate in Producing from New York University.

Loren is also a Harvard University graduate and holds a master’s degree in Management and a graduate certificate in Strategic Management.

6. Geraldine Weiss

Geraldine Weiss

Geraldine Weiss dubbed the “Grand Dame of Dividends,” was among the early women pioneers in the finance industry. In 1945, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. At the time, no investment firm wanted to hire her outside the secretarial pool, despite having earned a degree in business and finance.

In the face of continuous rejection, she decided to establish her own investment newsletter, Investment Quality Trends in 1966 at 40 years old. To avoid being discriminated further because of her gender, Weiss made a decision to sign off her newsletter as “G. Weiss.” It wasn’t until 1977, when she appeared as a guest on the popular PBS-TV program “Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser,” that she revealed her identity, after achieving a consistently successful track record.

Weiss’ value-based, dividend-oriented stock-picking strategy outperformed the strategies recommended by other newsletters and has achieved above-average returns even in poor markets. She continued to publish her newsletter, Investment Quality Trends, for 36 years up until she decided to retire in 2002. The newsletter still exists and still follows Weiss’ strategy.

Geraldine Weiss passed on, on April 2, 2022 at the age of 96.

7. Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney is the founding Managing Partner of Genius Guild, a $20 million dollar venture fund that invests in disruptive high-growth startups that are led by BIPOC founders operating in the healthcare industry. She is also the research mastermind behind the widely acclaimed #ProjectDiane.

She is a Yale-trained Epidemiologist and also the founder and past CEO of digitalundivided, a disruptive social enterprise whose focus is on creating a world where women own their work. Finney started digitalundivided after selling her company, The Budget Fashionista, the pioneering lifestyle media company.

She is considered by Inc Magazine as among the most influential women in tech. Her previous work has laid a strong foundation for Black entrepreneurs and investors. In April 2020, Kathryn founded The Doonie Fund with a $10,000 personal donation, to support black women entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis. The fund grew to over $150,000 and now two years later, it has supported 2,000 Black women entrepreneurs.

She is considered by Inc Magazine as among the most influential women in tech. Her previous work has laid a strong foundation for Black entrepreneurs and investors. In April 2020, Kathryn founded The Doonie Fund with a $10,000 personal donation, to support black women entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis. The fund grew to over $150,000 and now two years later, it has supported 2,000 Black women entrepreneurs.

She has received numerous honors and awards for her innovative work and achievements, including an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Holyoke College, an Aspen Financial Leaders Fellowship, PayPal’s Maggie Lena Walker Achievement Award, and many more. She is also an Obama White House Champion of Change and served as a National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship member during the Obama Administration.

In the borough of Manhattan, New York, February 26th is officially “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day.”

8. Lubna Olayan

Lubna Olayan

Lubna Olayan is a private investor who was the CEO of Olayan Financing Company for 33 years. She managed the Middle East arm of global investment company Olayan Group. Olayan Group is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent global investment enterprises.

The company started in 1947 as a trucking business and she joined the family business in the early 1980s. By this time, it was not socially acceptable for Saudi Arabian women to work in businesses at all. Against all odds, she pushed through and steadily rose up the ranks of Olayan Finance Company. Olayan Financing Company's portfolio focuses on investing in public equity, private equity, and real estate. Since then, she championed for women's rights in the workforce, and during her tenure she employed hundred of women. In 2019, she retired from the company. Overall,

In 2004 when she joined Saudi Hollandi Bank, she became the first female board member of a Saudi public company. Currently, she serves as the Chair of SABB, following its merger with Alawwal in 2019. In addition to chairing the board of Alfanar, the Arab world’s first venture philanthropy, Olayan also sits on several international advisory boards, including those of Akbank, Allianz SE and Bank of America.

9. Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson is co-CEO and President of Chicago-based Ariel Investments. In addition, she is also an advocate of financial literacy. In 2015, Times magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

She is the current Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation. She also serves as a director of JPMorgan Chase. Previously, she served as the Chair of the Board of DreamWorks Animation until the company’s sale and was also a long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies.

Hobson has been the President of Ariel Investments since 2000 before becoming co-CEO in 2019. She landed at Ariel as a summer intern while she was a student at Princeton University. It was John W. Rogers Jr., the founder and co-CEO who recruited her.

Mellody’s community outreach includes her role as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs. She also serves as the vice chair of World Business Chicago, is the co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

10. Muriel Siebert

Muriel Siebert

Muriel Siebert (1928-2013) was the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She was known as "the first woman of finance." Without getting a college education, Siebert started off working in entry-level research positions in finance and she eventually made partner.

In 1967, she founded the brokerage firm Muriel Siebert. She faced numerous challenges when trying to register her firm with the New York Stock Exchange. At the time, she received countless rejections from men who refused to sponsor her application as it was difficult for her to meet the financial requirements that were necessary as part of her entrance requirements. Despite these challenges, she went ahead to become the first woman-owned member of the NYSE.

All in all she persevered and she ended up pioneering individual discounting in 1975, after the federal government scrapped fixed commissions for brokers.

Siebert joined politics and she spread her financial expertise to this field too. She became the first woman to serve as superintendent at the New York State Banking Department between 1977-1982. In this role, she helped prevent bank failures in a tumultuous market. As a Republican, she also made a bid for a US Senate seat.

Siebert passed away on August 24th, 2013.

Bay Street Capital Holdings

Bay Street Capital Holdings

Bay Street Capital Holdings is an independent investment advisory, wealth management, and financial planning firm headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. They manage portfolios with the goal of maintaining and increasing total assets and income with a high priority on managing total risk and volatility. Although many advisors may focus on maximizing returns, they place a higher priority on managing total risk and volatility.

Our founder, William Huston founded Bay Street after 13 years of supporting the United States' largest retirement plan ($650B) Thrift Savings Plan. He is recognized as Investopedia’s Top 100 Financial Advisors for 2021. In California, only two black-owned firms out of nineteen firms received this recognition.

In Scottsdale Arizona, Ekenna Anya-Gafu CFP, AAMS is recognized among the Best Financial Advisors for his responsiveness, friendliness, helpfulness, and detail. Bay Street was founded to advocate for diverse and emerging fund managers and entrepreneurs. In 2021, Bay Street was selected as a finalist out of over 900 firms across the US in the category of Asset Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).








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