This article was published on October 23rd, 2022
From tech moguls to fashion icons, the LGBTQ community has produced some of the most successful business leaders in the world. But who are the richest LGBTQ business leaders?
1. Tim Cook – Apple, Inc.
Net Worth: $1.8 billion
Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple and when you hear the reason he came out it will make you love the company even if you currently hate it.
Tim Cook decided to come out because he wanted others to feel comfortable about being themselves.
He wanted anyone struggling to come out of the closet or be themselves to know that it’s alright.
The company has such a strong influence in today’s world. Especially in America where it holds about 90% of the mobile device market for teens ages 13-17, it just makes sense for Tim Cook to not hide that he’s a part of our community.
2. Jim Fitterling– Dow
Net Worth: $28.3 million
Tim Fitterling is the CEO of Dow but spent his career hiding his homosexuality. Once he decided to come out he says he, “received overwhelmingly positive support.”
He says to have seemingly miscalculated the risk to reward for coming out of the closet. It sure sounds like something the CEO of a leading stock market index.
Coming out was an important process for him at work because without forming good relationships, it’s impossible to have good business.
And, since he’s considered a leader, it will positively influence other leaders to be more accepting.
3. Jefferey Gennete – Macy’s
Net Worth: $30.8 million
The CEO of Macy’s is openly gay, and recently spoke about his feelings on being our authentic selves at work.
He is another example of a leader who is pushing forward with openness and equality in the workplace. But, unlike Jim Fitterling he came out early in his career.
Even before he became the CEO of Macy’s he was determined that people bring their authentic selves to work.
4. Beth Ford – Land O’ Lakes
Net Worth: $5.13 million dollars
Beth Ford is making waves in the world. She is the first openly gay woman of a Fortune 500 CEO. She started her career early on working in conservative businesses and industries.
This led Beth to be conservative in telling people about who she truly is, but for a good reason. Beth wanted to be chosen as a CEO because of her leadership abilities.
5. Pedro Pina – Youtube 1.5 Million
Pedro Pina is currently the VP of Youtube in Europe, The Middle East and Africa(EMEA). He also used to be the VP of Global Client & Agency solutions.
He’s a Portuguese-born executive who has been living outside of Portugal for at least 15 years.
Pedro Pina led Google’s LGBTQ+ chapter for the EMEA region.
6. Matt Scarff – ITV
Net Worth: Unknown
Matt Scarff was the Director of marketing and creative at ITV in the UK. In May 2022 he decided to leave ITV to start his own business venture.
Originally, he went into the job planning to stay two weeks, but it turned into 9 years.
He states, “leading the best creative, events and media team in business raised the profile of diversity & inclusion and loved every minute of it.”
He also made the list of the top 10 inspirational leaders at the British LGBT awards.
All these people are pushing forward for a more inclusive world. We should be proud that these people are part of our community. Which of these people do you find the most inspiring and why?
Let us know in the comments below.