Dame Stephanie Shirley CH
pioneering IT entrepreneur & philantropist
DAME STEPHANIE (STEVE) SHIRLEY CH, age 86, is a successful IT entrepreneur turned philanthropist. In 1962, she founded an all-woman software company, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion and made millionaires of 70 of her staff. Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy, focused on IT and her late son’s disorder of autism. Her TED Talk in 2015 was to a standing ovation from a thousand of the world’s most recognised entrepreneurs, thinkers, creators and doers. It has 2.1 m views.
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