15. Massachusetts : Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson replaced her father, Edward “Ned” Johnson III, as CEO of Fidelity in October 2014, becoming the third-generation Johnson to lead the asset manager. Fidelity is the nation’s second-largest mutual fund company (behind Vanguard) with nearly $2 trillion in assets under management. Abigail’s grandfather Edward Johnson II founded the company in 1946.
She started at the family firm before even beginning college. In the summer before her freshman year at Hobart and William Smith, she was a gopher, taking orders from customers by phone. After college, Abigail spent a year as a consultant at Booze Allen Hamilton. She got an MBA at Harvard, then started full time as an analyst. Johnson owns an estimated 24% stake in the company.