Kathy Ireland P21

Founder and CEO, kathy ireland Worldwide

Legendary supermodel, actress, and entrepreneur, Kathy Ireland founded kathy ireland ® Worldwide in 1993, turning a licensing deal into a business empire now worth $2 billion. The collections of kathy ireland ® Worldwide include 17,000 products in fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, skincare, accessories, weddings, home, office and more.

Among her many notable modeling achievements, she appeared in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues from 1984 to 1996. In 1993, she licensed her name to a line of socks at Kmart, then established kiWW® to capitalize on additional licensing deals. (Over 100 million pairs of Kathy Ireland socks have been sold since then.) Ever fashionable, she then appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2012 and 2016, the latter as one of America’s richest self-made women. Last year License! Global Magazine named her as the 25th most powerful brand in the world. Kathy and venture capitalist Jenny Abramson were appointed as the first women to the National Football League Players Association board of directors in January 2019. 

She has also authored several books, including inspirational books such as 2002’s Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons that Will Change Your Life, written with Laura Morton (WaterBrook). Her first three children's books Mona's Favorite Words, What Do Mommies Do? and An Angel Called Hope were released in 2005 by Publishers International, Ltd.  

Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including: YWCA Greater Los Angeles for which she is an Ambassador, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEF, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kathy was recently named an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. She is also a strong advocate for ending human trafficking domestically and internationally.