Tory Burch is one of America’s richest self-made women, with a net worth of $850 million by Forbes’ estimate. But when she started her preppy-chic lifestyle brand in 2004, Burch wasn’t exactly taken seriously. “It was called a vanity project,” Burch said at the Forbes Women’s Summit. “I was introduced as a female CEO. I was like, ‘When is a man introduced as a male CEO?’” Burch’s experiences in the workplace inspired her admiration of Lilly Ledbetter, the ultimate equal-pay activist.
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