Emma Walmsley Net Worth 2023, Salary, Age, Husband, Children, Height, Family, Parents

Emma Walmsley

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Emma Walmsley is a British businesswoman and chief executive officer (CEO) of GlaxoSmithKline. She succeeded Sir Andrew Witty, who retired in March 2017. Before GSK, she worked for L’Oréal for 17 years and was a non-executive director of Diageo until September 2016. She grew up in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.

Early life

NameEmma Walmsley
Net Worth$8 million
Age53 years
Emma Walmsley net worth

Dame Emma Natasha Walmsley DBE was born in June 1969 (age 53 years) in Barrow-in-Furness in Lancashire (now Cumbria), England. She is the daughter of Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Walmsley and Lady (Christina V.) Walmsley (née Melvill). She boarded at St Swithun’s School, Winchester, and has an MA in Classics and Modern Languages from Oxford University, where she studied at Christ Church.


Emma Walmsley worked at L’Oréal for 17 years where she held a variety of general management and marketing roles in Paris, London and New York. From 2007 she was based in Shanghai as General Manager, Consumer Products for L’Oreal China, where she ran the company’s Chinese consumer products business, overseeing global brands including L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline and Garnier, as well as Mininurse, a Chinese skincare brand. At the time of her move to GSK in 2010, Advertising Age quoted company insiders as surprised at her departure from L’Oreal, where she had been tipped for a senior global management role.

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Walmsley joined GlaxoSmithKline in May 2010 as President of Consumer Healthcare Europe, rising in October 2011 to head its global consumer healthcare division as President of Consumer Healthcare Worldwide and a member of the executive team. In March 2015 she became the chief executive officer of Consumer Healthcare. Walmsley was particularly involved in leading the company’s sales to drive in emerging markets. Under her leadership, the consumer products division, one of the world’s largest consumer health groups with brands including Panadol, Voltaren and Horlicks, made up nearly a quarter of GlaxoSmithKline’s revenues.

She took over as CEO of the company in April 2017, making her the first woman to run a major pharmaceutical company. At the time, analysts commented that Walmsley’s appointment could be seen as a signal that GSK would keep its consumer operation as a core part of its business. In August 2017, Walmsley stated that her priority was for GlaxoSmithKline to become more adept at developing and commercializing new drugs.

Emma Walmsley announced a narrowed set of priorities for drug development, setting a target of allocating 80% of pharma R&D capital to a maximum of four disease areas. However, industry analysts noted that GlaxoSmithKline’s decision to hold its dividend would restrict the amount of cash available for R&D and acquiring intellectual property from other companies. Walmsley has made changes, including “the transformation of the leadership team within R&D.”

In January 2018, it was reported that Walmsley had replaced 50 of GlaxoSmithKline’s top managers across the company’s businesses, and created a number of new roles, including hiring Karenann Terrell from Walmart as chief digital and technology officer. Walmsley was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to the pharmaceutical industry and business.

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Emma Walmsley is a member of the GlaxoSmithKline board. She was a non-executive director of Diageo from January to September 2016. In September 2019, Walmsley joined the Microsoft board as an independent director. However, a Financial Times profile of Walmsley in September 2016 reported that colleagues describe her as a “strong and dynamic” leader who mixes a personable style with a “steely” focus. “She sets clear objectives and there are lots of KPIs [key performance indicators] to measure delivery,” said one. She pays close attention to talent development but “can be ruthless with underperformers”.


Emma Walmsley is married to her husband David Owen, they had their wedding in September 1995 in Greenwich, London. Her husband is a business executive and they have four children together. In 2019 Walmsley ranked 2nd in Fortune Magazine’s list of the ‘Most Powerful International Women’ in business, having topped the list in 2018. In 2017 she was placed second on the same list. Outside work, Walmsley enjoys yoga. As of early 2023, Emma Walmsley and her husband David Owen are still married and living a happy life with their children.

Emma Walmsley net worth

How much is Emma Walmsley worth? Emma Walmsley’s net worth is estimated at around $8 million. Her main source of income is from her primary work as a businesswoman and former CEO. Emma Walmsley’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $500,000 dollars annually. Her remarkable achievements have earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. She is one of the richest and most influential businesswomen in the United Kingdom. Emma Walmsley stands at an appealing height of 1.71m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.