Anousheh Ansari

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Anousheh Ansari
Source of Influence: Business
Status: Featured in current year

Anousheh Ansari is a prominent Iranian businesswoman who is chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Prodea Systems, a private US-based company which offers technological solutions for businesses. In 2004, along with other members of the Ansari family, she co-sponsored the “Ansari X Prize” which awarded $10 million to the first company that launched a reusable manned spacecraft. However, she garners most of her influence for being the first privately-funded woman, and the first Iranian, to explore space in 2006. She was lauded for leading a new era that financially advances scientific development while extending participation in space exploration to women and “space tourists”. She recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Utah Valley University.