Jewish businesswoman Martine Rothblatt, 60, found success as a man by investing in digital radio in 1990. She a was married father-of-four before her sex change in 1994, after which she founded pharmaceutical company.
The highest paid female business executive in the United States was born a man. Martine Rothblatt, who earns $38 million-a-year as head of United Therapeutics, was a married father-of-four before undergoing a sex change in 1994.
Born into a Jewish family in San Diego, Martin trained as a lawyer at UCLA, married, had children, and went into business.
Twenty years later, she has been named top in New York Magazine’s list of the 200 most successful entrepreneurs – one of just 11 women in the list.
She rocketed to success as a man in 1990, investing in the $19 billion digital radio industry years before any other company.
After a gender reassignment, Rothblatt embarked on the second chapter of her career, developing revolutionary drugs as an alternative for heart and lung transplants.
Last year, the firm posted a revenue of $1.1 billion, making her the most successful businesswoman in the world’s most powerful nation.
Rothblatt, who is still married to her wife of 32 years Bina, concedes that her achievement is unusual.
‘I can’t claim that what I have achieved is equivalent to what a woman has achieved,’ she told the magazine.
‘For the first half of my life, I was male.’
However, she is pioneering an alternative approach to gender roles in society.