Fortune's writeup from 1999: Although eBay's stock is in a dot-com downturn, Whitman's company defies the Internet odds: It makes money--it has from the beginning--and she's never missed her targets. Talk about influence: She changed the way people buy and sell, and launched a consumer revolution. In 1999, $2.8 billion worth of goods were sold through eBay, and in the first half of 2000, $2.5 billion worth were auctioned. *Whitman fell of the list in 2008, and appeared again in 2011, when she became the CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
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