Ryan Wickel

General Motors has always been a part of Mary Teresa Barra’s life, as she was born and raised in the company’s environs. She not only rose through the ranks of the firm, but she also rose to the top of several wealth lists and became one of the world’s most powerful female figures.

Since January 15, 2014, Mary Teresa Barra has been the CEO of General Motors Company (GM). Mary is the first woman to lead a major global automobile manufacturer.

On December 10, 2013, GM announced her as Dab Akerson’s successor as Chief Executive Officer. She was also Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain before that.

Mary Barra’s entire career has been devoted to General Motors

Mary started her career at the age of 18 and has worked in a range of engineering and administrative roles, including directing the Detroit/ Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

In February 2008, she was promoted to Vice President of Global Manufacturing Engineering. She was elevated to Vice President of Global Human Resources the following year.  She was promoted to Executive Vice President of Global Product Development in February 2011. As a Vice President, her responsibilities were expanded to include Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

She eventually became the CEO of General Motors Company in January 2014, after addressing numerous areas of the company. As a result, she was elected to the Disney board of directors in August 2017, becoming the company’s 12th member.

She is also a member of the General Dynamics Board of Directors and the Detriot Economic Club’s Board of Directors. In her career, General Motors Company Chairman Mary Barra has accomplished a lot. She has been honored with various awards and titles, including Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and many more, and she has had a huge impact at GM.

In 2015, Mary was named the most powerful woman in the world by Fortune magazine. In 2016, the business journal Forbes named her one of the world’s most powerful women.

Quick Facts

  • Date of Birth Dec 24, 1961
  • Age60 Years, 4 Months
  • NationalityAmerican
  • Birth NameMary Teresa Barra
  • ProfessionChairwoman & CEO of General Motors Company
  • Career1979-present
  • Relationship StatusMarried
  • Husband/SpouseAnthony E. Barra
  • Divorce/SplitNot Yet
  • Dating/AffairNo
  • Salary$22 Million
  • Net Worth$60 Million
  • Ethnicity/RaceWhite
  • FatherRay Makela
  • MotherEva Makela
  • Brother/sPaul Makela
  • High SchoolWaterford Mott High School
  • CollegeKettering University
  • Height/ How Tall?N/A
  • WeightN/A
  • Hair Short
  • Hair ColorBlonde
  • Eye ColorLight Brown
  • LesbianNo
  • Son/s Nicholas Barra
  • Daughter/s Rachel Barra

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Mary Barra’s Bio: Graduated with a master’s degree in business administration in the 1990s

She is the daughter of Eva Makela and Ray Makela and was born on December 24, 1961. She grew up in the Michigan town of Waterford. She graduated from Waterford Mott High School after attending the Waterford School in Waterford, Michigan. General Motors Institute awarded her a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

She went on to Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1990. Her steady family life has complemented her excellent work career.

Tony Barra, a financial expert, is her spouse. However, no specific details about her wedding date have been released to the press. Mary met her husband at Kettering Academic during their university days and married after a brief courtship. Nicholas and Rachel are the couple’s two children. Her husband and children play an essential role in her job and are frequently involved in helping her advance.

Despite being the CEO of the world’s largest motor manufacturer, Mary is the epitome of a family woman who successfully balances her professional and personal life. Her devotion to her family has been a long-running example in the GM, with reports that she has even walked out of top brass meetings to collect up her children from school.

Mary mentioned in an April 2015 interview with Businessinsider.com that she finishes her meetings on time so she can watch her daughter’s soccer game. She went on to say that we must respect our priorities in life and that to have a full life, we must be flexible. She feels that establishing a balance that improves rather than detracts from the quality of work output is the key. Similarly, she proudly displayed and boasted about her children’s artwork in her office.

Mary Barra, the highest-paid auto executive, has a sizable net worth

Her devotion to her family has had no negative impact on her work; in fact, it has risen to new heights with each passing day.

She earned a stunning $22.6 million compensation in 2016 after becoming the first female CEO of a major multinational carmaker. Even though the payment was reduced by 21% from 2015, it was still significantly more than any other CEO in the auto business.

She, too, received $21.96 million in pay and perks, making her the first woman to top the Forbes list twice. When it comes to her net worth, she has yet to share the exact figure with the media. However, with such large sums of money tied to her name, as well as shares and stocks in the corporation, she has an enormous net worth.

Mary Barra, the world’s highest-paid car CEO, is at the top of her game, and it doesn’t appear like she is in any hurry to surrender the title.

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