Last Updated : February 18, 2022
|Quick Info→||Age (2022): 81 Years Old||Husband/Spouse: Louis A. Littleton (Ex), Ernest Borgnine|
Tova Borgnine is one of the leading businesswomen and the founder of Tova Corporation. The Tova Corporation is a multi-million dollar cosmetic enterprise. The businesswoman has been named the first Lady of Beauty’.
She started the cosmetic line with just four skincare products in 1977. However, the cactus extracts that helped heal skin became the foundation of various other cosmetic products, making Tova a successful entrepreneur.
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She was born by the name Tove Træsnæs on November 17, 1941. The birthplace of the Scorpio-born businesswoman is Oslo, Norway. Tova emigrated to the US when she was seven.
Tova will be turning 81 this year. She is an American national. However, her ethnicity so far hasn’t been clarified.
Tova Borgnine’s father was a graphic designer, and her mother worked as a translator at the US Embassy. After her parents separated, Tova and her mother came to the US with only seventy dollars on hand.
The businesswoman looks up to her mother for the courage she has. But unfortunately, there isn’t much information regarding Tova’s siblings.
We don’t know much about where the entrepreneur grew up. Her education history is a mystery. However, as per her site, she holds an accelerated Business MBA from Harvard University.
Initially, Tova started her career as a model and an actor in New York, but soon she realized her interest in cosmetic arts. She later learned about how cactus extract can heal the skin.
After buying distribution rights, she commercially produced the cactus-based cream, which her husband Ernie’s friends used.
Because of her husband’s claim of all the stars using the cream, the product’s sales increased massively. By 1977, the company’s sales were about $500,000, and by 1981, they were nearly $2 million.
Tova being innovative, used various new technology, such as toll-free telephone ordering and acceptance of credit cards, to increase the revenue.
Later, she also introduced her own range of perfumes that became famous in the market.
The businesswoman has been married twice. Her first marriage was with Louis A. Littleton of Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The couple had a son named David Johnson together.
The marriage ended after seven years in 1972, and then Tova moved to Los Angeles. Through a blind date, she then met her second husband, Ernest Borgnine.
The couple shared a loving and permanent bond. They got married on February 24, 1973, and their marriage lasted until Ernest passed away in 2012 at the age of 95.
Because of Ernest, Tova’s production could reach the Hollywood stars. However, he just helped kickstart her business, and she took it on by herself.
She even wrote a book called’ Being Happily Married Forever,’ published in 1997, after 20 years of being married to Ernest.
As the founder of a multi-million dollar company, we can assume she has quite a good amount of net worth accumulated. With her company being worth so much and still of value, it is estimated that her net worth is around $18 million. In addition, she has properties in California and Pennslyvania.
The businesswoman has been labeled as a survivor on Beauty By Tova website for fighting off cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer some time back. However, she won the battle against breast cancer and is still thriving as beautiful as ever.
Even as an eight-year-old, Tova possesses evergreen beauty with hazel eyes and golden brown hair. She stands at 5 ft 6 inches. Yet, even after battling cancer, she has maintained her health and stayed fit.
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