CATEGORY Execs at the Apex
Witherspoon, 43, has channeled her fury into a bona fide empire for and about women. Born from frustration — “of people thinking you’re something that you’re not,” she says, “or incapable of something you are” — her 3-year-old company, Hello Sunshine, now has tentacles in television, film, podcasts and publishing, with an online book club poised to one day rival Oprah’s. The 50-person outfit may not bear Witherspoon’s name, but she is the throughline of its every book selection, web series and TV foray: an ultra-successful mom of three who still wakes up every day feeling like she has something to prove.
“She’s one of the most determined people I know,” says Jennifer Aniston, who co-stars with Witherspoon