15 Female Billionaires Who Made It Big On Their Own


Women are really killing it big when it comes to finances. Even Forbes list this year saw several women pushing up on the list of billionaires in the world. While some of the female billionaires inherited their wealth either from their late fathers or husbands some of them became successful and affluent women with hefty fortunes through their own hard work. They started so little, put in all the efforts required and ended up earning so much money you wouldn’t even be able to spend it all! Read on to see the wealthy women with enough money and who made it large through their own hard work.

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Oprah Winfrey 

Employment: Chairwoman, CEO & CCO, Oprah Winfrey Network 

Net Worth: $3 Billion

Winner of many awards Oprah Winfrey has earned different awards for her Oprah Winfrey Show including being one of the most influential woman of the world. She is also called the Queen of All Media and the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre for good.

Folorunsho Alakija

Employment: MD, The Rose off Sharon Group

Net Worth: $ 2.6 Billion

This is Nigeria’s richest woman. She is the Managing Director of The Rose of Sharon Group which is made up of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited. She is also the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, and is among the most powerful women in the world as of 2015. She is a business magnate involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries.

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Denise Coates

Employment: Founder & Joint Chief Executive, Bet365

Net Worth: $ 2.5 Billion

This woman is an English businesswoman. She established an online gambling company called Bet365 which started out in 2001. She is as of now the Joint Chief Executive of the company she founded. The company has become one of the world’s biggest online gambling agencies. She owns 50.1% of the stakes with her brother and has also donated £100 million to Bet365 Foundation the pair set up in 2012.

Wang Laichun

Employment: Chairperson, Luxshare Precision Industry

Net Worth: $ 2.3 Billion

Wang is a Chinese billionaire, chairman and part owner of the Luxshare Precision Industry, electronics producer in Shenzhen, China. The company supplies electronics connectors to Apple. She bought the company along with her brother, Wang Laisheng, in 2004.

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Meg Whitman

Employment: Chairwoman, President & CEO, Hewlett-packard

Net Worth: $ 2.1 Billion

She is an American business executive and the person in charge of Hewlett-Packard. Besides being the chairwoman, president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, her sidelining career stands in politics as she is a political candidate of the Republican Party in the USA. She has both money and power!

Pollyanna Chu

Employment: Ceo, Kingston Financial

Net Worth: $1.23 Billion

Pollyanna, a businesswoman from Hong Kong is the CEO of Kingston Financial, one of Hong Kong’s biggest brokerage firm. She co-founded the company in 1992 with her husband and today, she’s the 35th richest person in Hong Kong. She owned a 70% stake in Birmingham International Holdings as of 2011 and bought a stake in Sincere Fine Watches in 2012. In July, the same year she was named Chairwoman of Franck Muller’s Asia-Pacific operations.

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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Employment: Chairperson, Biocon (India)

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

This woman had a very humble beginning and is now making it large. She is the head of the Indian subsidiary Biocon Ltd. a biotechnological company based in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India as well as chairperson IIM Banglore. Ms Shaw has been on the lane of hustle quite long making the list of different magazines that rank billionaires including the Financial Times top 50 women in business list.

Yelena Baturina

Employment: Founder, Inteco & Be Open

Net Worth: $ 1.1 Billion

Yelena is Russia’s richest woman and founder of Inteco, a major investment and constructions company. She is married to the Mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov. She currently owns a hotel chain and is the founder of BE OPEN, a cultural and philanthropic foundation. She has earned some hefty self-made fortune for herself.

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Sara Blakely

Employment: Founder, Spanx

Net Worth: $1.1 Billion

44-year-old Sara Blakely is another self-made billionaire on our list. She worked extremely hard and succeeded in building a $5000 investment to a whopping $1.1 billion. The founder of Spanx, a hosiery company in Atlanta, Sara has always graced the list of billionaires including the ones by Forbes and also Time magazine’s “Time 100” annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Anu Aga

Employment: Board Member, Teach For India

Net worth: $1.1 Billion

Agu Aga is an Indian businesswoman and social worker. After retiring from Thremax, an energy and environment engineering business which she led as its chairperson from 1996 to 2004, she went into social work and is currently the chairperson of Teach for India. She was also bestowed the Padma Shri award for all her social work and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament in 2012 by the then President Pratibha Patil. She was also awarded the Mumbai Woman of the Decade Achievers Award by ALL Ladies League.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Employment: Coo, Facebook

Net Worth: $ 1 Billion

Sheryl Sandberg, an American technology executive, activist and author is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. She is growing alongside Facebook. She is the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board. She had worked for Google in the Global Online Sales and Operations department as the Vice President before joining Facebook. It is obvious that whatever she has, she struggled for. And as Facebook users increase daily, her net worth rises also.

Tory Burch

Employment: Founder, Tory Burch LLC

Net Worth: $ 1 Billion 

Tory is an American fashion designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She is among the super women who made it big on their own. She started her line of Tony Burch in 2004 after having worked with the likes of Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren and Zoran. She Chairs and heads the company which has won several fashion awards for her intricate and delicate designs.