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Some self-made female billionaires are not popular

Some of the women on this list may not be familiar to you, but that does not mean that you do not know the businesses they own. Many of them are leaders in their sectors. Have a look at these remarkable self-made billionaires among the world’s women.

Diane Hendricks, $23.3 billion, co-founded ABC Supply in 1982, one of the largest roofing, siding, and window distributors in the United States.

Judy Love (Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores), $14.5 billion, Judy Love and her husband Tom opened their first store in 1964, with a $5,000 loan from their parents. Today, they have 590 stores in 41 states and an estimated profit of $25.5 billion a year.

Judy Faulkner (Epic Systems), $7.9 billion, she is the founder of medical records software provider Epic Systems. It started in a Wisconsin basement in 1979 and is now one of the most important companies in its sector in the United States.

Lynda Resnick (Wonderful Co.) $5.6 billion, this marketing expert and her husband, Stewart, own 135,000 acres of orchards in Texas, California, and Mexico, where they grow almonds, pistachios, pomegranates, and tangerines.

Thai Lee (SHI International), $5.3 billion, she is the CEO of this IT provider with more than 15,000 clients, including Boeing and AT&T. A native of Bangkok, she traveled to the United States for her university studies and in 1989 bought the software that would precede SHI for less than a million dollars. Today they have sales of $12.3 billion.

Johnelle Hunt (JB Hunt Transport Services) $4.9 billion

Johnelle and her husband, JB, bought their first five trucks in 1969, and in 1983 the company went public. Today, it is one of the most important transportation companies in the country, with $12.2 billion in sales. Her children have taken over the company and she is retired.

Marian Ilitch (Little Caesars Pizza) $4 billion, she founded the company in 1959 with her husband Mike. To this day, she runs the chain, in addition to owning the Detroit Red Wings and the Motor City Casino Hotel.

Gail Miller (Larry H. Miller Group), $3.9 billion, she has built her first Toyota dealership, with her late husband, into a group made up of diverse companies from different sectors, such as real estate, finance, and entertainment. They bought the Utah Jazz for $22 million in 1986 and sold it in 2020 for $1.66 billion.

Jayshree Ullal (Arista Networks) $3.7 billion, she has been the CEO and president of this computer networking company since 2008, although she also joined Snowflake’s board of directors in 2020.

Eren Ozmen (Sierra Nevada Corporation) $3.4 billion, she is the president and owner of a private aerospace and defense company that has been contracted by NASA for at least seven cargo missions.

Peggy Cherng (Panda Express) $3.3 billion, the CEO of this Chinese food chain controls more than 2,200 stores across the United States.

Meg Whitman (eBay) $3 billion, she was the CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008 and led the company from $5.7 billion in sales to $8 billion. Between 2011 and 2015 she was also CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Today she is CEO at Quibi.

Oprah Winfrey (OWN) $2.8 billion, the Queen of Television had her own TV talk show for 25 years. She launched her own television channel, OWN, in 2011 and is, without a doubt, the most well-known and powerful woman in the history of American television.

Elaine Wynn (Wynn Resorts) $2.1 billion, the Queen of Las Vegas has been the largest shareholder in Wynn Resorts since 2018 when her husband resigned as CEO over allegations of misconduct.

Sheryl Sandberg (formerly Facebook) $2.1 billion, she was the Director of Operations of Facebook (Meta) from 2008 through 2022. She also sat on Meta’s board of directors but is now devoting herself to philanthropy.

Kim Kardashian (SKIMS) $1.7 billion, it all started with a leaked video and from there came reality shows, mobile games, cosmetics, clothes, girdles, and, above all, social media. These diverse income streams make her a very rich woman.

Safra Catz (Oracle) $1.7 billion, when Larry Ellison stepped down as CEO of Oracle, it was Safra Catz who succeeded him. Before rising to the top, she helped close more than 130 company acquisitions.

Doris Fisher (GAP) $1.5 billion, she co-founded GAP in 1969 with her husband, when they opened their first store in San Francisco, thanks to a $63,000 loan. The store sold clothing and music records. By now, her sons have taken over and Doris Fisher enjoys a comfortable retirement.

Rihanna (Fenty Beauty) $1.4 billion, as a singer, she amassed a fortune. As a businesswoman, she has become a billionaire. The secret to Fenty’s success is that Rihanna has made beauty products for a diverse range of women, especially for people who felt ignored by other cosmetic brands.


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