The 5 Richest Female Entrepreneurs In The World
In the past, the term ‘entrepreneur’ has often been associated with men on a very widespread basis. But with the times changing fast, the number of female entrepreneurs worldwide has been increasing at a rapid rate.
These are women who made it to the top despite the obstacles, and their success stories are truly inspiring and notable.
It can be said that this is a great time to be an entrepreneur for females. There are many wonderful trailblazers who have made their mark across varieties of industries, and sometimes, more than just one.
Now, isn’t that interesting?
Ranked here, are the top 5 female entrepreneurs according to their net worth:
Net worth: $17.4 billion, as of 2018
Georgina Hope Rinehart, known as Gina Rinehart is a mining magnate from Australia. She is currently the Chairwoman of Hancock Prospecting, a privately owned mineral exploration and extraction company that was started by her father, Long Hancock. She inherited 76.6% of Hancock Prospecting when she succeeded her father.
Gina Rinehart has been one of the most well-known, as well as one of the wealthiest female entrepreneurs in the world. Outside of the mining sector, she has shares in Ten Network Holdings, and also expanded to agriculture. She was also named Australia’s wealthiest woman according to both Forbes, and Financial Review Rich List in the years 2011 to 2015.
Rinehart’s fortune peaked in the year 2012, as she overtook Christy Walton as the world’s wealthiest woman, and was included in Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Although her net worth has dropped over the past few years, she continues to remain one of the wealthiest and influential female entrepreneurs in the world.
Net worth: $3 billion, as of 2018.
Who doesn’t love Oprah?
Orpah Gail Winfrey, better known as Oprah Winfrey, is an American media executive, actress, talk-show host, television producer, author and philanthropist. She is also one of the most well-liked female entrepreneurs of all time.
That’s a lot for one person, right? It gets better.
She has been dubbed with the title of “Queen of All Media”, and was the wealthiest African-American of the 20th century, and was North America’s first black multi-billionaire. She’s also ranked among the greatest black philanthropist in the history of America, and is often ranked as one of the most influential people in the world.
“The Oprah Winfrey Show” was the highest rated show during the years 1986 to 2011. The show focused on self-help, literature, confession culture, and spirituality, and received a lot of backlashes, but none of it decreased its popularity quotient.
Apart from being the host on her show, she is also the Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions, as well as the Oprah Winfrey Network. She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama, and honorary doctorate degrees from Harvard and Duke.
Net worth: $1.6 billion (estimated).
Cher Wang is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the mobile technology company HTC Corporation, and the integrated chipset makers VIA Technologies. She is also a philanthropist and has set up the Guizhou Forerunner College, a charitable college in South-West China set up by VIA Technologies’ non-profit Faith-Hope-Love Foundation, that aims to provide low-cost education to students from low-income families.
Cher Wang is considered to be one of the most powerful and successful female entrepreneurs in the field of technology. She is also known to have created a fairly early model of the smart-phone, back in the year 1997!
Talk about brains!
She has been featured on Forbes multiple times. Wang was featured on the Forbes’ Billionaire List in the years 2010, 2011 and 2012. She was also ranked #56 on Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the year 2012, and #54 in the year 2014.
Net worth: $1.6 billion, as of 2018.
Sheryl Sandberg is a technology executive, author and an activist. She is currently the COO of Facebook, and also a board member in The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, V-Day, Centre for Global Development, and SurveyMonkey.
Now, if you’re thinking that was too much, then here’s more.
Sandberg was formerly the Vice President of online sales and operations at Google, and was a part of the team that launched the philanthropic arm, Google.org. Before Google, she was the Chief of Staff at the United States Secretary of the Treasury of Lawrence Summers.
She sounds like a super-woman at this point, doesn’t she?
Sandberg has given a TED talk about “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders”. Her books such as ‘Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead’ talk about business leadership and development, issues with the lack of women in business leadership positions, and most importantly, feminism.
Apart from all these wonderful achievements among many others, Sandberg has also been listed as one The 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, in the year 2012. Sheryl Sandberg is definitely one of the most impressive female entrepreneurs today.
Net worth: $144 million, as of 2018.
Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive who is currently the Chairwoman of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world, when taken by its net revenue. Prior to becoming the CEO from 2006 to 2018, Nooyi was the CFO for PepsiCo. She has been a part of PepsiCo since the year 1994.
That makes it a solid 28 year-long journey!
Nooyi strategized PepsiCo’s products into three revolutionary categories, namely, “Fun for You” that included normal snacks and drinks, “Better for You” that included diet sodas and whole-grain snacks, and “Good for You” that contained items like oatmeal, thus focusing on the healthier aspects of food and drinks while also making it appealing to the customers.
Besides PepsiCo, Nooyi has also consistently been featured in several magazines and lists. She was featured in Wall Street Journal’s list of 50 Women to Watch, and listed in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, in the years 2007 and 2008; Forbes ranked her #3 in the list of Power Women in the year 2008, #13 in the year 2014, and #11 in the year 2017. She was also ranked as the #1 businesswoman by Fortune in the years 2009 and 2010, and #2 in 2015.
Indra Nooyi is also a Padma Bhushan awardee, which is the third-highest award that can be given to a civilian in India. Besides several other awards, Nooyi also has Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Universities like New York University, Duke, University of Warwick and North Carolina State University among others.
Nooyi continues to be a tremendous success and an inspiration to every upcoming female entrepreneur to this day.
Entrepreneurship is still considered to be a male-dominated field, but that is slowly and steadily changing as more and more women join the world of business. There are many, many more successful female entrepreneurs who have made their mark. They have challenged conventional societal roles and inspired women to take strides, one at a time.
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