10 Inspiring Female Billionaires Who Made Their Fortunes Themselves

A while ago we brought you the world’s richest women, but as it turned out, most of them inherited their wealth. While there’s a bucket load of women out there basking in their inherited riches, there are also a huge amount of successful businesswomen who made fortunes themselves. Here, we pay tribute to those women – the self-made, business savvy ladies that also have ten-figure bank balances.


1. Yang Huiyan.

This Chinese self-made billionaire is the major shareholder in Country Garden Holdings, and has a huge total net worth – $4.9 billion.


2. Elizabeth Holmes.

As the world’s youngest female billionaire, Elizabeth is the founder and CEO of the blood testing company Theranos. She founded the company at age 19 when she was a chemical biology major at Stanford University.


3. Wu Yajun.

Wu Yajun  is a ex-journalist who co-founded Longfor Properties, and now operates as its CEO. Her net worth these days is somewhere around $4.2 billion.

4. Zhang Xin.

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Zhang Xin’s another Chinese woman who’s made her fortune in the real estate business. Her company, Soho China, is one of the biggest property development companies in China and her assets run to $3.7 billion.


5. Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah came from a childhood marred by sexual abuse to become the queen of daytime talk shows. Her show, The Oprah Winfrey Show is the most popular of its kind, ever, and she founded her own cable network, the Oprah Winfrey Network Cable Channel. She has a current net worth of $3 billion.


6. Xiu Li Hawken.

This London-based Chinese property magnate has maximum shares in Renhe Commercial Buildings of Hong Kong, which specializes in making underground shopping malls. She has an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion.

7. Meg Whitman.

Meg was heading eBay when the world was going through a technology revolution, and she expanded the business to keep up with the changing industry. She was also on the board of P&G and DreamWorks, and has earned a casual $2.1 billion.


8. Sheryl Sandberg.

Sheryl’s the COO of Facebook, and the first female director to serve on its board. Before joining Facebook she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, and she once was Chief of Staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury. She current has assets of $1.05 billion.


9. Tory Burch.

Tory’s an America fashion designer, businesswoman and philanthropist whose brand, Tory Burch, is now worth an estimated $1 billion dollars. She started the company herself, after working under various other designers, and as a PR manager for Vera Wang.

10. Sara Blakely.

Sara’s one of the most influential women in the fashion industry, having established Spanx Hosiery over a period of 15 years. The company has now expanded to active wear, bras and denim, and Forbes estimates her net worth at just over $1 billion.