Born in Israel in 1961 to Jewish Romanian immigrants, Safra would move with her family at the age of six to the United States. Graduating from high school in 1979, she would earn a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and a juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986.
Working as a banker, Safra would work her way up the company and become the managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in 1997. She would hold that position until 1999. At the same time, she held the position of senior vice president from 1994 to 1997.
In 1999, Safra joined the Oracle Corporation and served in a variety of positions. She drove the push for Oracle to acquire PeopleSoft for $10 billion in 2006 and she would become the Chief Financial Officer for the company from 2005 to 2008 and from 2011 to the present day.
She was made co-CEO of Oracle in 2010. Fortune magazine ranked her as the 12th most powerful woman in business, and Forbes had her ranked as the 16th most powerful. Among the Fortune 1000 companies, she is the highest paid woman, earning $51 million in total renumeration.
Thanks to her hard work as an immigrant to the United States, Catz has been able to build up her fortune to the point where she is worth $510 million. In addition, she has served on the board of directors for the Walt Disney Corporation from 2017 to 2018, and is the highest paid female CEO of any US company. She was also considered for the position of Director of National Intelligence under the Donald Trump Administration.