Magazine July 19, 2010, Issue

She Means Business

Nikki Haley (Newscom)
South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is a chamber-of-commerce conservative

For Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, it all began in a living room in Bamberg, S.C. It was there in 1985 that her father, Ajit Randhawa, a biology professor, and her mother, Raj, enlisted her into the family women’s-apparel business — at age 13. “They had me doing payroll, sales tax, all of that,” she laughs. For her parents, Sikh immigrants from India, that was the American way.

“Looking back, I realize that my parents did not want me to think about the limitations of age, gender, or being Indian,” Haley recalls. “They reminded my siblings and me every …

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