Jamie Kern Lima is an American entrepreneur and media personality who has a net worth of $450 million. She was born Jamie Ellen Shaughnessy in Washington, D.C., but her family moved to Los Angeles when she was still very young. Jamie’s father (a lawyer) and mother (a homemaker) divorced when Jamie was only 4 years old. Jamie would later say that her parents’ split had a profound effect on the rest of her life: “I think it made me more driven.”
Jamie went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in America – creating two multi-million dollar companies from nothing but sweat equity and ambition – yet she never forgot how much hard work can pay off. Jamie was always a very driven and determined individual, even from an early age: “In high school I did all the volunteer work you could imagine so that colleges would look at me,” Jamie recalls of her pre-college years.
Jamie went on to attend UCLA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Her first job out of college was as a counselor at Beverly Hills High School, where she worked with emotionally disturbed children. Jamie would later reflect on her time working in the field of education/counseling by saying that “it gave me so much insight into what kids go through.”
In 2008, Jamie founded IT Cosmetics, which generated $60 million in revenue the first year. Jamie has also launched a successful line of dietary supplements, weight loss bars and shakes under the brand name “Jamie Kern Lima Fit.” The Jamie Kern Lima Fit products were discontinued as of May 2017.
Jamie sold IT Cosmetics to L’Oreal in 2016 for $1.2 billion. She remained with IT Cosmetics after the sale as an advisor. Jamie is also the founder of Kern Capital, a real estate investment firm located in Los Angeles.
Jamie has become one of America’s most successful businesswomen by overcoming many obstacles along the way: Jamie was rejected for over 40 jobs before she landed her first job as a counselor at Beverly Hills High School; Jamie almost gave up on IT Cosmetics after she got turned down by several investors; Jamie’s first marriage ended in divorce. Jamie has also appeared on the reality TV shows “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and “Million Dollar Listing.”
Jamie was once named one of America’s top 20 female entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine She was recognized as one of the top CEOs in America by Fortune. She is also an angel investor. She has invested in several companies, including SmileDirectClub (a dental-care startup) and Snap Kitchen (an organic meal delivery company).
Jamie has said that she would like to use her platform as a successful entrepreneur and media personality to “inspire other women” – especially young girls who are interested in starting their own businesses.
Jamie is married with two children, Alessandra (born 2009) and Leonardo (born 2016). Jamie is passionate about every aspect of motherhood, particularly breastfeeding: Jamie has said that “it’s not easy,” but it is definitely worth the effort. Jamie also wants her children to be aware of how blessed they are and she encourages them to give back by doing volunteer work with their local communities.
Jamie is currently the CEO of Jamie Kern Lima Inc., which controls several other companies. She also runs Jamie Kern Lima Live (JKLL), an online multimedia production company that produces content for television networks like NBC and ABC, as well as major cable channels such as Bravo TV, E!
Jamie makes regular appearances on TV shows like “The View,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood.” She is also a regular guest on “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Jamie’s company IT Cosmetics is a favorite of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Jamie has also been featured in Forbes magazine as one of the country’s most successful small-business owners, cementing her position as one of America’s wealthiest female entrepreneurs.
Jamie Kern Lima is the co-founder of BeJeweled, a wildly popular game app which makes Jamie at least $250 million per year. Jamie was only 25 years old when she came up with the idea to create this gaming phenomenon – it became an instant success and revolutionized online gaming forevermore. Jamie also founded iMeal.
Jamie continues to pursue her business ventures and media appearances, which have both been very lucrative for Jamie from a financial standpoint. Jamie has also given back by participating in charity work: She served as a judge for the Miss America beauty pageant, has been involved in Jamie Kern Lima Fit Foundation (which is designed to help young people with eating disorders), and continues her involvement in education by serving on the board of trustees at Loyola Marymount University.