Aug 11, 2020
Gun Denhart started Hanna Andersson with her husband in 1983 at the age of 38 in the garage of her home. If you are a parent or grandparent who has been to the Polar Express or some other event requiring matching pajamas, you’re probably familiar with the brand. What started as an exclusively mail-order catalog retailer expanded to many brick-and-mortar stores all over the U.S.
I was delighted to interview Gun, originally from Sweden, now focusing on many philanthropic causes. She is able to do this because of bootstrapping Hanna Andersson, then selling in 2001 for $175 million. Quite impressive! You will enjoy hearing about the “Hanna Downs” and also how she enjoys spending time with younger women, encouraging them to not give up and to keep enough cash in the business. She has a keen mind for business and a huge heart for giving.