In a world where men largely dominate the business industry, women have to work twice as hard to get the recognition and success they deserve. It may be hard at first, but today, there are a number of successful female entrepreneurs who are changing the world and even surpassing their male counterparts.
If you’re a struggling entrepreneur and needs an instant surge of inspiration, then make sure to read this list. The life stories of the powerful women in this list might just give you the motivation that you need! Here are 15 of the most successful female entrepreneurs (in no particular order):
1. J.K. Rowling
Probaby the most famous author in the world, J.K. Rowling’s imagination gave birth to the highly successful Harry Potter franchise. Her success is a typical rags to riches story, as before her book series became a hit, she was rejected almost 20 times by various publishing houses, and was a struggling single mother living on welfare. Thank goodness she didn’t give up.
2. Cher Wang
Being a woman didn’t stop Cher Wang from staking her place in the technology industry. She’s the co-founder of HTC, one of the most famous mobile brands in the world. After graduating from the University of California in 1981, Wang didn’t waste her time and joined the rising era of the technology industry. She had a lot of trials when she first started, but in 1997, she successfully co-founded HTC. Now, her net worth is over $1.6 billion.
3. Debbi Fields
Who would think selling cookies can give you a massive business empire? Debbie Fields founded Mrs. Fields Bakeries in 1977, and through sheer hard work, has managed to turn her business into an international venture, as aside from having 650 branches in the US alone, there are 80 more scattered all throughout the globe. Now that’s a true manifestation of business spirit.
4. Tory Burch
Tory Burch may have grown up spoiled and rich, but that didn’t stop for becoming lazy and living off her parents’ wealth. Instead, she made a name for herself by creating the Tony Burch fashion label, a brand which has already expanded to over 200 stores worldwide. Her hard work is an inspiration for struggling entrepreneurs, as even though notable fashion brands already exist, she didn’t stop believing that she could make it big. Now, she’s a self-made billionaire.
5. Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely is the founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company. Before living the success of her brand, Blakely worked really hard to get Spanx recognized without or little help. After a few hard years, Oprah Winfrey herself endorsed the brand, and since then, more and more blessings poured for Sara. Now, her net worth is estimated to be around $1 billion.
6. Folorunsho Alakija
Even though her business, Supreme Stitches, has already boomed, Folorunsho Alakija didn’t stop expanding to other business ventures. She tried staking her place in the oil industry through her new company, Famfa Limited, and after a few hardships, she managed to get her company on top. Today, she is the most successful and richest female entrepreneur in Nigeria.
7. Indra Nooyi
Do you know that the CEO of Pepsi Corporation, the world’s second-largest food and beverage company, is a woman? That’s right, Indra Nooyi, an Indian American businesswoman, is currently at the helm of Pepsi Corporation since 2006. Statistics accumulated over the years showed that since Nooyi took the position, the company’s doubled than before. Now that’s a role model any budding entrepreneur should follow.
8. Yang Lan
If the West has Oprah, China has Yang Lan. This amazing woman is one of the most powerful females in the Chinese media, and her net worth today was estimated to be around $1.1 billion! She is also the founder of the leading media conglomerate in China, Sun Media.
9. Gisele Bundchen
You probably know Gisele as one of the most popular supermodels in the world, but do you know she’s also a successful entrepreneur? Her business is called Sejaa Skincare, which deals with products related to skincare and other beauty-related items. Her net worth, combined with her career as a supermodel is said to be worth around $300 million!
10. Kiran Mazumdar
You know you’re a genius entrepreneur if you’re nominated for a Global Economy Prize, one of the most prestigious international awards related to business. Kiran Mazumdar wasn’t just nominated– she actually won the award. She founded the company Biocon, a corporation that started with a background in industrial-enzymes. Talk about success!
Queen B doesn’t just top the music charts, she’s also one of the best when it comes to entrepreneurship! Aside from being a successful music artist, she’s also the co-founder of the fashion line House of Doreon. Oh, did I mention she also has her own website where she sells her awesome fashion pieces?
12. Denise Coates
Denise Coates, a self-made billionaire, gained her wealth through starting the English-based online gambling site Bet365. Denise is one of the few people who realized the power of technology and internet early on, so she used it as the foundation of her business, and now her hard work has paid off literally billion times over.
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