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Meg Whitman is the successful corporate executive, serving as CEO of eBay and later Hewlett Packard. In 2010 she lost her bid to win the California governorship.
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In all, her race would end up costing some $175 million, enough to win the Republican nomination, but not enough to defeat former California governor Jerry Brown in a tight race.
As a candidate, Whitman showed her inexperience on the campaign trail. She revealed little about herself to voters, and in the closing weeks of the general race, tried to weather a series of political surprises and setbacks. One incident of particular note involved the appearance of her former housekeeper,
who said she was fired following nine years of service, after she revealed to Whitman she was an illegal immigrant.
Following her political loss, Whitman, who is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion, found that she was still in demand in the world of business. In September 2011, she was tapped to run computer giant Hewlett-Packard.
Whitman has two adult sons with her longtime husband, Griff, who works at Stanford Hospital. The couple resides in Atherton, California.
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