Mary Barra Biography


Mary Barra is a renowned businesswoman from the United States. She is married and blessed with two children.

More about the relationship

Mary Barra is living a blissful conjugal life. She is married to financial consultant Tony Barra.

The beautiful couple met during their university days at Kettering University. They were blessed with two children named Nicholas Barra and Rachel Barra.

Relationship Facts of Mary Barra

  • Mary Barra is married to Tony Barra.
  • She is mother of Two (Nicholas Barra and Rachel Barra).
  • Mary Barra is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • Her sexual orientation is straight.

Who is Mary Barra?

Mary Barra is a renowned businesswoman from the United States.

She is best known as the chief executive officer and chair of General Motors.

Mary Barra: Age, Family, Siblings, Ethnicity, Education

Mary was born on December 24, 1961, as Mary Teresa Makela. She hails from Royal Oak, Michgan, U.S.

She is the daughter of Ray Barra (father) and Eva Pyykkönen (mother). Barra has also a brother named Paul Makela.

Talking about her academic qualification, she went to Waterford School in Waterford, Michigan. She then received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1985.

Afterward, Barra joined Stanford Graduate School of Business on a GM fellowship from where she obtained a Master in Business Administration degree in 1990.

Barra is of American nationality and she belongs of Finnish descent.

Mary Barra: Professional Life, Career

  • At the age of 18, Mary started working as a co-op student for General Motors to pay for her college tuition.
  • She then holds a variety of engineering and administrative positions including managing the Detroit/ Hamtramck Assembly plant.
  • In 2008, she was appointed as a vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering. The following year, she was promoted to the position of vice president of global human resources, which she held until February 2011.
  • Later, her responsibility was extended to Global Product Development, design, Global Purchasing, and Supply Chain.
  • In January 2014, she became the first female who took over as chief executive of General Motors. During her first year as a CEO, the company issued 84 safety recalls in 30 plus million cars which led to a change in the company’s culture.
  • She has invested billions in electric-powered cars, self-driving cars, and a ride-share service called Maven.
  • Furthermore, she serves as a director of the Detroit Economic Club and Detroit Country Day School. She is a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the Duke University Board of Trustees, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.


2013Forbes’s listed fourth Most Powerful Women list.
2014Time featured on the cover of its “100 Most Influential People in the World”.
2018 Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute’s Legend in Leadership Award.
2019Barra got first place in Institutional Investor’s yearly survey of top executives
2021Barra was selected for the inaugural 2021 Forbes 50 Over 50

Rumors, Controversy

In January 2014, she faced a crisis involving a fatal malfunction in older vehicles shortly after she took over as the CEO of General Motors.

Mary Barra: Net Worth, Salary

As of 2022, Mary has amassed a net worth of around $197 million through her successful career. Similarly, she makes $21,630,900 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at General Motors.

On March 22, 2021, she’s ever made the largest trade by selling 1,303,027 units of General Motors stock worth over $75,536,475. She has an apartment in Downtown Detroit.

Body Measurement: Height, Weight

Talking about Mary’s physical appearance, she has a fair complexion. She stands at the height of 5 feet 6 inches tall and her weight is about 60 kg.

Likely, she has a brown pair of eyes and blonde hair color.

Social Media

Mary has a verified Twitter account where she has more than 58.6k followers. Further, she doesn’t available on other social media sites including Instagram and Facebook.


  • Barra’s favorite cars are Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird.
  • She also can speak a little Finnish.
  • Presently, she resides in Northville, a suburb of Detroit.
  • She owns two dogs.

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