It’s hard moving from the boardroom to the cloakroom.
Businesspeople jumping into politics in a big way — skipping a run for mayor, state legislature, or even Congress — have a hard time.
This election, three former CEOs, all women, all Republicans, failed to close the deal.
CNBC calculated how much they spent per vote:
- Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon lost in the Connecticut Senate race, where each vote cost her more than $111.
- Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman, who spent more money than anyone not running for President, at least $160 million, garnered almost 3 million votes, or about $55 a vote.
- And former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina could not beat Barbara Boxer, but it didn’t cost her as much—only about $5.15 a vote.