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business executive , cofounder

Laurene Powell Jobs is an American business executive, co-founder and President of the Board of College Track, and widow of Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc. Ranked at No. 100 on this year’s list (2012), Powell Jobs, now Silicon Valley’s richest woman

Education

Powell Jobs earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. She received her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991.

Career

Laurene inherited a fortune after Jobs died in October 2011 that makes her the wealthiest woman in Silicon Valley. She maintains control of living trusts under her late husband's name, among them the Steven P. Jobs Trust, which is the largest shareholder of Walt Disney Co., with a 7.7% stake. The stake in Disney, at $6.9 billion, is worth nearly twice that of Jobs' shares in Apple.

Powell Jobs, a strong advocate of education and immigration reform, sits on the boards of several nonprofits, including the NewSchools Venture Fund, Conservation International and College Track, an organization she founded that is designed to ensure admittance to and graduation from college for underserved students. She recently stepped down from her position on the board of the New America Foundation. Powell Jobs is also the founder and chair of the Emerson Collective, which works with entrepreneurs to advance education, immigration reform, social justice and conservation. In September, she was appointed to Stanford University's board of trustees. Powell Jobs was an angel investor in SocialCam, a mobile video sharing startup that was bought by Autodesk for $60 million in July. Earlier in her career, she spent several years working in investment banking and later cofounded a natural foods company in California.