#ThrowBackThursday: Most Powerful MAKERS

In honor of the Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women, we are dedicating this week's #ThrowBackThursday to the 12 MAKERS on the list.  

Our 12 MAKERS come from all different backgrounds and have pushed through tremendous adversity to reach the power they know today.  Some grew up abroad, others are from the projects of Brooklyn and backwoods of Mississippi. One MAKER was married to a prince when she moved to the states, another was a farmtown's homecoming queen, while another has had a life-long love affair with computer science.

But as diverse as they are, all our MAKERS have one thing in common. They are changing the world in big ways. And MAKERS is so proud to celebrate where these women are from, where they have been, and the amazing places they are going.

Take a look through the gallery to see throwback pictures of our 12 most powerful MAKERS and learn more about their fascinating pasts. 


Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is No. 14 of the world's most powerful women.  Oprah has an incredible story, from growing up in rural Mississippi where her grandmother expected her to become a maid to becoming the richest African-American in the world. In her interviews, Oprah discusses her painful experiences being abused and her dedication to the empowerment of women and girls. 

Hillary Rodham Clinton was No. 6 on the Forbes list.  Here she is with Bill in their law school days.  Watch her MAKERS interviews to learn about her relationship with Bill in the early years, moving to Arkansas with him, and being rejected by NASA.     

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, made No. 9 on the list of most powerful woman. Here Sheryl graduates from Harvard University.  Hear Sheryl's story, growing up as big geek, her grandmother's overlooked brilliance, and starting out in Washington during the Clinton administration.

Comedian, personality, philanthropist and MAKER Ellen DeGeneres is No. 46 on the Forbes list.  Ellen shares in her MAKERS interviews that she grew up in a bubble, not knowing that gay people existed. She also talks about the pain of hiding her sexuality and fighting with Disney to let her come out on television.

Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube at Google, was No. 12 on the Forbes list.  Susan tells us about being a businesswoman from childhood, discovering the art of technology, and pushing through the bad days. 

Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, was ranked No. 18 on the Forbes list.  Marissa shares about loving computer science, standing out as an icon at Stanford University, and being the first female engineer at Google.

CEO at Hewlett-Packard, Meg Whitman is No. 20. In Meg's interviews she discusses using a bow tie as shown to fit into a man's world at Proctor&Gamble and feeling scared to death as one of the youngest students at Harvard Business School.

Ursula Burns is No. 22 of the powerful women, as the Chairman and CEO of Xerox. Ursula tells her inspirational story of growing up very poor in Brooklyn and learning to speak up from her struggling mother. Ursula ended up becoming the first African-American female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. 

Nancy Pelosi, ranked No. 26 on the list, is the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives of the United States and was the first female Speaker of the House. Here she is with her family and father, Thomas D'Alesandro, who was the mayor of Baltimore. Nancy was raised in a political family that never expected she would end up in politics too.  The interviews mention her father's fame but emphasize that her mother was the true force behind his success. 

Angela Ahrendts, No. 49 on the Forbes list, is the new SVP of Retail at Apple.  Growing up in the Midwest, Angela was a cheerleader, named homecoming queen and married her high school sweetheart. But after a big move to NYC, this farmtown girl's career has been far from typical. 

Arianna Huffington was ranked No. 52 of the world's most powerful females. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group at AOL. Here she's pictured speaking at the Cambridge Union Society. Arianna's interviews discuss her doubted drive to attend Cambridge and being expected to marry at an early age. She ended up being the President of the Cambridge Union Society, the school's esteemed debate organization. 

Diane von Furstenberg, the owner and fashion designer at Diane von Furstenberg Studio, L.P. is No. 68 of the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women.  Here Diane hangs out with Gloria Steinam. Diane grew up always knowing the type of woman she wanted to be - independent. After moving to the states with husband Prince Egon of Furstenberg, she ended up leading a feminist fashion movement that helped women be strong and feminine at the same time.