February 11, 2014

How I Got Started: The sweet smell of Jo Malone’s success

Posted in Business, Women at 1:35 am by dinaheng

As a child, Jo Malone did not enjoy a lot of advantages. Dyslexic, she grew up in a troubled family, and left school at 14. But Malone, now 50, had her own gifts: ambition and, most of all, an acute and artistic ability to perceive and concoct scents. Starting in her kitchen, Malone created exotic fragrances, and skin and bath products, ranging from Wild Fig & Cassis Cologne to Nutmeg & Ginger Bath Oil. She built her self-named brand into a multimillion-dollar global phenomenon before selling it to beauty conglomerate Estée Lauder (EL, Fortune 500) (whose filings don’t break out results for individual brands). After battling breast cancer, Malone is back with a new company called Jo Loves. 

To read the complete story in Fortune magazine, click here.


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