We hear a lot about male entrepreneurs who have made a fortune, even billions in wealth for their achievements. But what about female billionaires. Are there any? Of course, there are. In this post, we dedicate this article to the following 56 billionaire females who have carved out their niche to the tune of billions in net worth.
56 Self-Made Billionaire Women
Check out the following 56 billionaire women who have truly made their mark in the world. Perhaps it will inspire other women out there to give it a try when it comes to forming their own companies and creating their wealth in the future! Special thanks to Forbes for coming out with the original list and net worth values.
1. Zhou Qunfei
Zhou Qunfei was born in 1970 into a poor family in Xiangxiang, China in Hunan. Her father, a former soldier for the Republic of China, suffered a tragic accident in which he lost the use of one of his fingers, and he was also partially blinded, forcing him to do menial labor as a basket maker. Her mother was not much better off, and women didn’t pursue professions in China during that time the way that men did. Qunfei struggled as a youth, but she is not struggling now. She invented a type of smartphone screen that made her wealthier than she ever dreamed. Her current net worth is around $7.4 billion.
Marian Ilitch is the co-founder of Little Caesar’s Pizza, a business she co-founded with her late husband, Mike Ilitch. Her husband, Mike often gave her credit for much of the idea. She is an American businesswoman. Regardless of whose thought it was, it has made the Ilitch family quite wealthy. As if this wasn’t enough, they also founded sports teams and invested in others, including the Detroit Tigers. Their collective net worth is around $6 billion.
3. Chan Laiwa
Chan Laiwa is a Chinese businesswoman and is the founder and chair of Fuwah International Group. The organization is one of China’s biggest commercial real estate property developers, and it is located in Beijing, China. Laiwa and her family have a collective net worth of around $5.6 billion.
4. Pollyanna Chu
Pollyanna Chu is the executive manager of the Kingston Financial Group, as well as two other well-known financial agencies in China. She is the 14th richest person in Hong Kong, and she has a current net worth of around $4.9 billion. She has made most of her money from helping others with establishing financial service plans.
5. Wu Yajun
Wu Yajun is the co-founder and chair of Longfor Properties. She is a real estate developer who has co-founded many real estate development projects with her husband, Cai Kui. She has a previous background in journalism before entering real estate. Her current net worth is around $4.5 billion. She and her husband are now divorced.
6. Lam Wai Ying
Lam Wai Ying is a citizen of Hong Kong and a leader in the smartphone screen industry. She owns 49% of the Biel Crystal Manufactory that specializes in innovative smartphone screen technology. She is worth $4.1 billion.
7. Diane Hendricks
Diane Hendricks is an entrepreneur from the United States. She focuses on the roofing industry and owns one of the largest wholesale roofing distributors in the U.S. She has also been involved in the film and TV industries. Her husband, Ken passed away in 2007, but she has continued to run their business that they started from the ground up 35 years ago. Her current net worth is around $3.9 billion.
8. Rafaela Aponte
Rafaela Aponte is a businesswoman who hails from Switzerland and focuses on shipping methods and transportation of exported goods. She owns Mediterranean Shipping, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies in existence today. She is currently worth around $3.75.
9. Denise Coates
Denise Coates is from the United Kingdom. She has a knack for online gambling, and she created her enterprise by creating and running the online gambling company known as “Bet365.” She is estimated to be worth around $3.6 billion.
10. Zhang Xin
Another Chinese female entrepreneur is known for the impact she has made in the Chinese real estate industry. She is also considered a Chinese business magnate. She’s the co-founder and the CEO of SOHO China, one of the largest existing commercial real estate companies in all of Shanghai and Beijing. Her net worth is estimated to be around $3.2 billion.
11. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is a well-known talk show host, comedian, and former actress from the United States. She is a female Black American and has made most of her wealth from her TV shows that have created a unique niche area in the humanities and popular culture. She is worth around $3 billion.
12. Zhang Ziaojuan
Zhang Ziaojuan is the CEO and founder of YTO Express. They are a company that specializes in shipping and freight forwarding in China. She runs the business with her husband, Wijiao Yu. She currently has a net worth of $2.9 billion.
13. Giuliana Benetton
Giuliana Benetton is in the Italian fashion retail business. She has made her wealth in the Italian fashion world with the Benetton Group, a brand she created from the ground up. Forbes Magazine estimated her net worth to be in the neighborhood of $2.7 billion.
14. Johnelle Hunt
Johnelle Hunt is the widow of J.B. Hunt, who created one of the largest trucking transportation companies in the U.S. They started from their small town in Arkansas with only five trucks. The company quickly grew to expand to many more. Johnelle Hunt is currently worth $2.7 billion.
15. Rita Tong Liu
Rita Tong Liu is a citizen of Hong Kong who has made her career in the real estate industry. She became a billionaire when she created her Hong Kong property portfolio that includes such famous landmarks as the Far East Financial Center, the Admiralty Center, and many others. Her net worth is currently estimated at around $3.4 billion.
16. Doris Fisher
Doris Fisher is a U.S. entrepreneur and female business owners who are known for her famous clothing chain known as “The Gap.” She reported once that the company started because her husband went all over town without finding one pair of jeans that fit him. They started the business in 1969, and it has resulted in $2.6 billion worth of net worth for Fisher.
17. Lei Jufang
Lei Jufang is from China and she is in the pharmaceutical business. She is the chairwoman for Cheezheng Tibetan Medicine, a company that is known its pain-relief patches and medicated creams that help people relieve pain. Jufang developed her idea after taking a trip to Tibet. Her net worth is estimated to be around $2.6 billion.
18. Judy Love
Judy Love founded the company, “Love’s Travel Stops & Country Store.” They started with a small gas station in Watonga, Oklahoma in 1964. She opened the business using $5,000 that Judy’s mother had given Judy and her husband, Tom to get started. Their chain of gas stations and convenience stores are still trendy today. Her net worth is around $2.9 billion.
19. Judy Faulkner
Judy Faulkner is a U.S. billionaire female entrepreneur. She works in the health IT industry, having developed the Epic Systems Corporation, a health software company in Wisconsin. Her net worth is around $2.4 billion.
20. Cristina Green
Cristina Green is a UK resident who formed a number of enterprises including the BHS company. She and her husband, Philip encountered some legal issues when they let their company collapse causing almost 20,000 UK workers to suffer financial distress. Despite this setback, Cristina’s current net worth is still about $2.4 billion.
21. Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman is an American businesswoman born in 1956 who served as the CEO of HP (Hewlett-Packard)company until February 1, 2018. She is the former CEO of eBay and made most of her $2.3 billion in wealth this way.
22. Hedda im Brahm Droege
Hedda Droege hails from Germany and has focused her career on consulting. She co-founded the Droege International Group and also serves as Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Her current net worth is around $2.1 billion.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is an Indian-born businesswoman who serves as the chairperson and director of Biocon Ltd. They are a biotech company that is located in Bangalore, India. She focuses on biotechnology as it relates to various industries. Her current net worth is $2.1 billion.
24. Zhao Yan
Zhao Yan is a Chinese-born entrepreneur and female entrepreneur. She has made her wealth mostly from the real estate and finance industries. She is most known for her work in finance and is worth around $2.1 billion.
25. Maritsa Lazari
Maritsa Lazari was born in the United Kingdom and married Christos Lazari who passed away in 2015, a few months before their 50th anniversary. Maritas Lazari’s net worth is currently around $2 billion.
26. Wu Lanlan
Wu Lanlan is a native of China who has specialized in the packaging industry. Wu is formerly educated at Tongji University where she received an MBA. She is married to Wang Huajun. They jointly own Shenzhen Yuto Packaging. Her net worth is currently at $2 billion.
27. Lynda Resnick
Lynda Resnick hails from the United States and has focused her life career on agriculture. She is a billionaire entrepreneur who is married to Stewart Resnick who is also her business partner. They co-own The Wonderful Company and the popular FIJI Water brands, as well as the Teleflora flower business. It’s easy to see the common thread between their activities when you think about how she has focused on agricultural development across many industries. She is worth $2 billion.
28. Chu Lam Yiu
Chu Lam Yiu was born in Hong Kong and focuses on flavorings and fragrances. Her experience has crossed over into many different industries but primarily through Huabao International Holdings. The company was founded in 1996, and she has accumulated $1.9 billion in wealth.
29. Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno
Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno was born in Brazil and has made her fortune working in the healthcare industry. She and her ex-husband, Edson de Godoy Bueno built a healthcare empire in Brazil that has continued to do well. Their company is Amil, and it focuses on medical care and insurance. Her current net worth is around $1.8 billion.
30. He Qiaonv
He Qiaonv is a landscape architectural expert who made her living helping businesses and property owners beautify their surroundings. She’s the owner and founder of one of the largest landscape and architectural companies in China, Beijing Orient Landscape & Environment Co. Ltd.
Her net worth is $1.8 billion.
31. Gail Miller
Gail Miller is an American billionaire businesswoman. She’s the widow of Larry Miller and serves as the chairwoman for Salt Lake Community College. She is the owner of Utah Jazz, an NBA franchise in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is worth $1.8 billion.
32. Elaine Wynn
Elaine Wynn is a United States billionaire businesswoman specializing in the hospitality and entertainment fields. More specifically, she owns a chain of casinos and hotels that have added up to $1.8 billion in wealth.
33. Chen Xiaoying
Chen Xiaoying is a Chinese billionaire businesswoman focusing on logistics. She is the sister of Chen Dejun, who founded the STO logistics firm in China. Her net worth is $1.61 billion.
34. Wang Laichun
Wang Laichun is a Chinese billionaire businesswoman who chairs Luxshare Precision Industry, a company that counts Apple as one of its best customers. Her previous experience was with Foxconn before starting her own company. Her net worth is $1.7 billion.
35. Laura Dangermond
Laura Dangermond is an American billionaire who creates mapping software for technology companies and computer corporations. They focus on creating digital maps. The company she steers now accounts for more than 40% of the global mapping and spatial software space. Her net worth is $1.6 billion.
36. Folorunsho Alakija
Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian businesswoman who works in the fashion, printing, and oil industries. She is considered one of the wealthiest African women in the world. Her current net worth is around $1.6 billion.
37. Cheung Yan
Cheung Yan is a Chinese businesswoman who is also in the billionaire club with a net worth of $1.6 billion, tying with some of the others in this article. She is in the paper manufacturing industry who has made her living manufacturing paper products for a plethora of businesses and organizations around the world.
38. Thai Lee
Thai Lee works as an IT provider in the U.S. She is a U.S. female billionaire entrepreneur, and her clients include Boeing and AT&T. She was born in Bangkok and grew up in South Korea. She moved to the U.S. to start her own IT company. Her net worth is around $1.6 billion.
39. Su Suyu
Su Suyu is a billionaire entrepreneur from China who works in the utility industry. She is the controlling shareholder of Luenmei Quantum, a high-status power generation company in China. She also has financial interests in other sectors such as real estate, finance, and minerals. Her wealth is estimated at $1.6 billion.
40. Peggy Cherng
Peggy Cherng is a Chinese-born billionaire entrepreneur with a net worth of $1.55 billion. She sought legal citizenship in the U.S. so that she could start her business. How did she make her fortune? She created Panda Express, a Chinese fast food chain with over 2,000 restaurants. Who says serving Chinese food doesn’t pay off?
41. Chen Liying
Chen Liying works in the logistics market and is worth around $1.5 billion. She has made her fortune in logistics for businesses including co-founded Yunda Express, one of China’s largest logistics companies.
42. Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is a U.S. citizen who has made her fortune working with the Facebook social media platform. Her role as CCO of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org has catapulted her to fame within the tech industry and brought her net worth up to around $1.4 billion.
43. Jin Sook Chang
Jin Sook Change is a U.S. citizen who founded Forever 21, a beauty company that focuses on hair care for women. She and her husband, Do Won used $11,000 in savings to start a 900-foot clothing store in Los Angeles. They named their business Fashion 21, which later evolved into an entire brand known as Forever 21. Her net worth is $1.4 billion.
Ma Xiuhui is the general manager of China lighting manufacturing company, Opple Lighting. She began by making light bulbs in the 1990s then started with Opple Lighting creating after they established her name in the LED lighting industry. She is worth $1.3 billion.
45. Li Tan
Li Tan is in the pharmaceutical industry. She and her husband lead the Shenzhen Hepalink Pharma Company. They supply people with heparin sodium. Li has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, but she has made her money by applying her skills to the drug industry. She is worth $1.2 billion.
46. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is a Vietnamese billionaire entrepreneur who has made her wealth in the airlines industry. She is the current President and CEO of VietJet Air, a Vietnamese airline company. She studied finance in Moscow before beginning a career in the airline industry. her net worth is around $1.2 billion.
47. Tang Jianfang
Tang Jianfang is a Chinese female billionaire who works in the packaged foods industry. The company she runs is Zhou Hei Ya International Holdings. Their main staple food item is braised duck. Her husband is the company chairman. Her net worth is $1.2 billion.
48. Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely is a U.S.-born citizen who established the women’s fashion company, Spanx. Her products help women keep their shape and improve their confidence. They sell pants and leggings that are shape-building and feature control panels that help firm up extra fat. It was founded in Atlanta. Sara is worth $1.1 billion.
49. Chen Bozhen
Chen Baozhen is from China. She works in internet services and has a net worth of $1.1 billion.
50. Cheng Xue
Cheng developed a soy sauce that is popular around the world. This sauce has netted her a net worth of $1.1 billion.
51. Fan Zhaoxia
Fan is a Chinese billionaire businesswomen who helps manufacture photovoltaic equipment. This has proven to be very lucrative for her with a net worth of $1.1 billion.
52. Judith Neilson
Judith Neilson is an Australian-born investment broker and financial expert. She helps businesses and individuals reach their financial goals. This has also helped her reach her own goals. Current net worth: $1.1 billion.
53. Lucy Peng
Lucy Peng is a Chinese billionaire who serves as the executive chairperson of Ant Financial Services, a subsidiary of Alibaba. She focuses on business and finance, and her net worth is $1.1 billion.
54. Yoshiko Shinohara
Yoshiko Shinohara is a Japanese billionaire worth $1.1 billion. How did she accumulate this degree of wealth? She started a temporary staffing company in her one-bedroom apartment in Tokyo, Japan. She is considered Japan’s first self-made billionaire female entrepreneur.
55. Elena Baturina
Elena was born in Russia and she made her career and her $1 billion fortune in the construction industry.
56. Shou Yifeng
Worth over $1 billion, the last female billionaire on our list is Zhou Yifeng. She is from China, and she and her family own a liquefied petroleum company.
What They Have in Common
Many of these billionaire women are citizens of America. Others herald from China, Africa, or other locations. But all of these female entrepreneurs and billionaires have in the common the fact that they had a great idea based on their unique backgrounds and experiences and they used this to build their empire based on something that was useful to the world.
Proof that hard work and determination can pay off big!