Citizenship/Residence South Korea
Romi Haan, the inventor of a steam floor cleaner for Asian homes believed so strongly in her home appliance company that she was willing to lose everything to get it off the ground. She mortgaged her own home in 1999 to manufacture and market it. Today she is the founder and CEO of Haan Corp., a multi-national company that produces a wide array of household and beauty products.
Challenging culture where for generations before her, women did not launch businesses on their own, this successful businesswoman continues to garner attention around the world.