11 Out Business Leaders You Should Know

Martine Rothblatt, Tim Cook, Suze Orman
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By Ryan Ruggiero, CNBC

From high tech to high fashion, members of the LGBTQ community can be found at the helm of a wide variety of industries.

Tim Cook

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24: Apple CEO Tim Cook attends the kick-off of Startup Fest Europe on May 24, 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The event facilitates match-making between investors and startup entrepreneurs from all over the world. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)Michel Porro / Getty Images

Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple, where he previously served as the Chief Operating Officer. In 1982 he earned a BS in industrial engineering from Auburn University and in 1988 an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Cook also serves on the board of directors of Nike and the National Football Foundation.

Trevor Burgess

Trevor Burgess, CEO of C1 Financial and first openly gay CEO of a bank.PR NEWSWIRE

Trevor Burgess is an American investment banker and the CEO of C1 Financial. Burgess graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994 and later went on to spend ten years with Morgan Stanley as an investment banker in New York, Los Angeles and London. In August 2014, he became the first openly gay CEO of a bank on the New York Stock Exchange when C1 Financial made a $44.7 million public offering.

Martine Rothblatt

MAD MONEY -- Pictured: Martine Rothblatt, United Therapeutics CEO, in an interview on May 19, 2015 -- (Photo by: Adam Jeffery/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)CNBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Martine Rothblatt is the founder and CEO of United Therapeutics. In 2014, Fortune reported that Rothblatt, who is transgender, was the highest-paid female executive in America. Rothblatt earned a BA, JD and MBA from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Medical Ethics from the Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Fred Hochberg

Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of U.S., speaks during the Bloomberg Breakaway Summit in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. At the inaugural event, participants will hear from corporate leaders investors and government officials on the most crucial issues that impact their ability to find new markets, win over investors, recruit top talent, protect data, and more. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesMichael Nagle / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Fred Hochberg is the Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank and has held leadership roles in many government, non-profit and academic organizations. Hochberg received his BA from New York University and an MBA from Columbia before attending the executive leadership program of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously a member of the Obama transition team and served as the acting administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Bill Clinton.

Robert Greenblatt

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt attends the Paley Center For Media's Hollywood Tribute To African-American Achievements in Television, Presented by JPMorgan & Co. on October 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Paley Center For Media)Michael Kovac / Getty Images for Paley Center

Bob Greenblatt is the Chairman of NBC Entertainment. From 2003 to 2010, Greenblatt was the President of Entertainment for Showtime and is an award-winning producer of more than a dozen television shows. Greenblatt earned a BA in fine arts from the University of Illinois, an MA from the University of Wisconsin’s Madison School of Business and an MFA from the USC School of Cinem. As a theatrical producer, his Broadway adaptation of 9 to 5 was nominated for four Tony awards.

Jenna Lyons

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Designer Jenna Lyons attends 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Time)Ben Gabbe / Getty Images for Time

Jenna Lyons is the Creative Director and President of J.Crew. She attended Parsons School of Design before taking a job at J.Crew and working her way up the ladder. She is rumored to have 300 pairs of shoes.

Robert Hanson

Levi's President Robert Hanson attends the premiere of "Milk" hosted by Levi's" at the Castro Theater on October 28, 2008 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)WireImage

Robert Hanson has served as the CEO of American Eagle Outfitters and is currently the CEO of John Hardy Global Limited, a luxury jewelry brand. From 1988 to 2011, Hanson served Levi Strauss & Co. in a variety of leadership roles across multiple brands, where he worked his way up to Global President of the company. He is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College in California and attended the Executive Program of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business for Consumer Marketing.

Rick Welts

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Rick Welts, Presdient, Golden State Warriors speaks during the 2015 Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium at Citi Field on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)MLB Photos via Getty Images

Rick Welts is the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise of the NBA. He attended the University of Washington and early in his career, he worked with the NBA’s league offices in various capacities. Previously, Welts was the third-highest-ranking official in the NBA and served as the President and CEO of the Phoenix Suns.

Michael Kors

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Designer Michael Kors poses backstage at the Michael Kors Fall 2016 Runway Show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For Michael Kors)Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Michael Kors

Michael Kors is an American sportswear fashion designer and the honorary chairman and chief creative officer for his company, Michael Kors Holdings Limited. In 1977, he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, but later dropped out to pursue his career and sell his designs. Kors was the first women’s ready-to-wear designer for the French house Celine, and has also received the CFDA award for women's wear designer of the year and the award for menswear designer of the year, among many others.

Suze Orman

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Author Suze Orman attends American Masters: The Women's List premiere and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' photo exhibit opening at Hearst Tower on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)Andrew Toth / Getty Images

Suze Orman is an author, television personality, motivational speaker and businesswoman. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her BA in social work, and in 2009, went on to receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Orman has worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, served as the vice-president of investments at Prudential-Bache Securities, and she also founded the Suze Orman Financial Group in addition to hosting her program The Suze Orman Show, which aired on CNBC for more than a decade.

Thomas Fox

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Thomas Fox is the CFO of Angie’s List. Previously, he served as the Senior Director of Business Planning and Operations for NOKIA, where he was responsible for developing profitability models to guide the companies investment decision making. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ryan Ruggiero is the Senior Assignment Desk Manager at CNBC, NBC's business news network.

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