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8 Aug 2015

The 25 Richest Self-Made Women in America

The 25 Richest Self-Made Women in America 



In May 2015, Forbes released its inaugural list of America’s 50 Richest Self-Made Women. Many of the top 50 richest self-made women in the US are in the technology business. Also many of them are from California. Some of the names are immensely popular worldwide, while some are yet to be household names.
Here are the top 25 richest self-made women in the America as of 2015.

=24) Mary West (Net worth: $610 million)

Age: 69 years; Source: Telemarketing; State: California
This telemarketing pioneer founded WATS Telemarketing in 1978 along with her husband. They sold the company in 1980 and then she founded West TeleServices in 1986.


=24) Janice Bryant Howroyd (Net worth: $610 million)

Age: 62 years; Source: staffing; State: Nevada
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder and CEO of Act-1, a $941 million (net sales) company that provides HR services, temporary staffing and consulting services.

22) Sheila Johnson (Net worth: $700 million)

Age: 66 years; Source: Black Entertainment Television; State: Virginia
Sheila Johnson made her fortune through Black Entertainment Television, a television network she founded with her husband Robert Johnson in 1979. She sold the company to Viacom for around $3 billion in 2001.


21) Weili Dai (Net worth: $720 million)

Age: 53 years; Source: Semiconductors; State: California
Considered one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world. Weili Dai is the co-founder and president of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. The company was founded in 1995 by Dai, her husband Sehat Sutardja, and his brother Pantas Sutardja.



=19) Eren Ozmen (Net worth: $900 million)

Age: 56 years; Source: Aerospace; State: Nevada
This millionaire entrepreneur is the owner of aerospace company Sierra Nevada Corp. with husband Fatih Ozmen. She currently serves as the company’s chairwoman and president.



=19) Christel DeHaan (Net worth: $900 million)

Age: 72 years; Source: Time shares; State: Indiana
Christel DeHaan is the co-founder of timeshare pioneer Resorts Condominiums International. Under her leadership the company has grown into a global enterprise with offices in 38 countries, 4,200 employees and $479 million in revenues.

17) Tory Burch (Net worth: $1 billion)

Age: 48 years; Source: Fashion; State: New York
Tory Burch is the CEO of clothing and fashion line Tory Burch. Her retail empire is worth more than $3 billion.


17) Sara Blakely (Net worth: $1 billion)

Age: 44 years; Source: Spanx; State: Georgia
Sara Blakely is the founder of Spanx, a hosiery company. Last year she introduced slimming denim to a line of products that started with footless pantyhose and now includes everything from bras to yoga apparel.



14) Sheryl Sandberg (Net worth: $1.1 billion)

Age: 45 years; Source: Facebook; State: California
This billionaire is the COO of social media behemoth Facebook. She has also authored the bestseller “Lean In.”


14) Neerja Sethi (Net worth: $1.1 billion)

Age: 60 years; Source: IT consulting and outsourcing; State: Florida
Neerja Sethi is the cofounder of Syntel, an IT consulting and outsourcing company with a market cap of more than $3 billion.

14) Thai Lee (Net worth: $1.1 billion)

Age: 56 years; Source: IT; State: New Jersey
Thai Lee is the co-founder and CEO of SHI International. The company has $6 billion sales. With her former husband she bought an IT company for less than $1 million in 1989; today the company has $6 billion in sales from customers such as AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and Boeing.



13) Peggy Cherng (Net worth: $1.5 billion)

Age: 67 years; Source: Fast food; State: Nevada
Las Vegas-based Peggy Cherng is the co-founder of Chinese fast food restaurant chain Panda Express.



12) Elaine Wynn (Net worth: $1.7 billion)

Age: 73 years; Source: Casinos and Hotels; State: Nevada
Elaine Wynn is a member of the Wynn Las Vegas board. She is the cofounder of Wynn Resorts. She is called the “Queen of Las Vegas.”


11) Lynda Resnick (Net worth: $2 billion)

Age: 71 years; Source: agriculture; State: California
Lynda and her husband are the co-owners of their holding company Roll Global, which manages brands like Halos, Fiji Water and POM Wonderful.

10) Meg Whitman (Net worth: $2.1 billion)

Age: 58 years; Source: eBay; State: California
Meg Whitman is the chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard. However, nearly all her wealth comes from her decade long stint as CEO of eBay, an online auction house.



9) Marian Ilitch (Net worth: $2.2 billion)

Age: 82 years; Source: Little Caesars; State: Michigan
Billionaire entrepreneur Marian Ilitch and her husband opened their first Little Caesars pizza restaurant outside Detroit in 1959. Today this large pizza chain’s revenue is more than $3.7 billion.



7) Judy Love (Net worth: $2.4 billion)

Age: 77 years; Source: Retail and Gas station; State: Oklahoma
Judy Love is the cofounder of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores in 1964. Her husband and cofounder Tom is the chairman and CEO of the company.



7) Johnelle Hunt (Net worth: $2.4 billion)

Age: 83 years; Source: Trucking; State: Arkansas
Johnelle Hunt is the largest individual shareholder of J.B.Hunt Transport Services, a transport company with sales of more than $6.2 billion.


6) Judy Faulkner (Net worth: $2.6 billion)

Age: 71 years; Source: Health and IT; State: Wisconsin
Judy Faulkner is the founder and CEO of Epic Systems, a company which sells electronic health records. The company’s 2014 revenue was $1.8 billion.

5) Oprah Winfrey (Net worth: $3 billion)

Age: 61 years; Source: Television; State: California
Oprah Winfrey’s cable network OWN has seen its ratings increase partly due to few sitcom and drama collaborations with director Tyler Perry. She made of her wealth through her talk-show and continue to earn from the successful spin-off stars she helped create. She is also the richest African-American.



4) Jin Sook Chang (Net worth: $3.1 billion)

Age: 52 years; Source: Fashion retail; State: California
Billionaire entrepreneur Jin Sook Chang and her husband opened their first clothing store Fashion 21 more than three decades ago. Later they renamed the firm Forever 21. Today the company makes $4.4 billion in sales.



3) Doris Fisher (Net worth: $3.1 billion)

Age: 83 years; Source: Gap; State: California
Doris Fisher is the co-founder of Gap clothing stores. She is one of the major shareholders of the company. She is also a noted arts collector.


2) Diane Hendricks (Net worth: $3.7 billion)

Age: 68 years; Source: Roofing; State: Wisconsin
Diane Hendricks is the co-founder and chairperson of ABC Supply, a wholesale distributor of roofing, window and siding materials. The company’s 2014 sales were estimated at $4.8 billion.



1) Elizabeth Holmes (Net worth: $4.5 billion)

Age: 31 years; Source: Blood testing; State: California
Elizabeth Holmes is the richest self-made woman in the United States of America. She is also the youngest female billionaire in the world. Holmes is the founder and CEO of Theranos, a blood testing company which was valued $9 billion last year. She launched the firm in 2003 when she was just 19.

These super rich and wonderful ladies inspire women all over the world and clear definition of “What a man can do, a woman can do better.”

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