How a Former Burberry Boss Went From Cheerleader to CEO

Sacha Strebe

The third girl of six children, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, Angela Ahrendts, "escaped" her Midwest upbringing with fashion magazines, "tearing things out and making big collages" on her wall. The cheerleader and homecoming queen wanted to be a fashion designer, so at 21 she moved to New York to pursue her passion. It was at fashion school when she realized design wasn't her path, a teacher told her about marketing, and since then Ahrendts has worked for some of the country's leading fashion houses, including Donna Karan and Liz Claiborne. "You dream it, you align your thoughts, you focus on nothing else but achieving that, and things fall into place," says Ahrendts. Her dreams paid off. Ahrendts was listed as the highest-paid female executive in the U.S. last year. Professional career aside, Angela is a mother of three, and her comments on motherhood may be surprising to some. Watch this Makers interview to find out more.

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Opening photo: Makers

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