The idea that most billionaires are portrayed as men is quite sexist and hands down not true. Here’s a little motivator for you young ladies and a list of the top female billionaires.
Elizabeth Holmes, 31 Years Old
This young lady was the youngest self-made billionaire in the world. She was a Chemical Engineering student at Stanford University when during her sophomore year, she decided to drop out and begin her blood testing company.
She started a company called Theranos with the funds she was going to use for her education and her net worth is now $4.6 billion.
It is important to keep in mind one thing: Theranos is in the middle of huge scandal and her company might go to 0 in a short amount of time.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot, 34 Years Old
She inherited along with her siblings their grandfather’s French dairy company Lactalis. The three of them combined own 100% of the shares in the company and sell all kinds of dairy products internationally.
The company started in the 1930’s and has been very successful since Marie and her siblings came to power.
The net worth of this woman is $2.5 billion.
Perenna Kei, 24 Years Old
One of the youngest women on the list, she made it big right out of college. Having a Bachelor’s from the University of London in Economics and Finance made it easy for her to manage her shares with Logan Property Holdings and her companies in the Cayman islands.
She is currently the youngest billionaire in the world by selling high-end properties in China and which puts her net worth at $1.3 billion.
Yang Huiyan, 33 Years Old
When her father transferred his holdings of his company, Country Garden Holdings, she became one of the youngest billionaires in the world.
She graduated from Ohio State University and is now the vice chairman of the company. Her net worth is at a stunning $4.7 billion.
Serra Sabanci, 39 Years Old
She’s a shareholder of one of Turkey’s largest industrial and financial companies, Sabanci Holdings. After her father was assassinated inside their company in 1996, she followed his footsteps and became a board member of Sabanci.
She graduated from the University of Portsmouth and her net worth is $1.0 billion.
Yvonne Bauer, 38 Years Old
Her family has been running the Bauer Media Group, which she runs now, for five generations. The company owns roughly 600 magazines, 100 TV stations and 400 digital products internationally.
She has worked very hard to be where she is now. In 2010, her father transferred 85% of the company to Yvonne, putting her in control of Bauer Media and making her net worth at $2.4 billion.
Ana Lucia De Mattos Barreto Villela, 41 Year Old
She is part of one Brazil’s oldest banking families and currently the youngest female billionaire in Brazil. She lost both her parents at a young age and this gave her the motivation to succeed.
Her great-grandfather founded the bank Itau, which then merged with Latin America’s largest non-state bank Unibanco in 2008. Her net worth is now at $3.6 billion.
Laurene Powell Jobs, 51 Years Old
She has made a name for herself despite being the wife of the late Steve Jobs. She is the founder of the Emerson Collective and was also co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc.
She is now managing the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust which owns 140 million shares in The Walt Disney Company. Her net worth is quite high at 20.4 billion.
Lee Seo-Hyun, 41 Years Old
Her company, Cheil Industries, has its foot in many different kinds of industries. It first started as a textile manufacturer and quickly expanded into the fashion and chemical businesses.
She is now one of the top producers of energy-storage and materials that are used to manufacture TV’s, smart phones and batteries. Apart from all this, the company also owns many resorts and theme parks. Her net worth is roughly $1.3 billion.
Margarita Louis Dreyfus, 52 Years Old
This Swiss Billionaire took over the French company, Louis-Dreyfus, in 2009 after her husband passed away. She became chairman for a few years when she decided to sell the company’s energy trading enterprise in 2012.
She also owns the French football club, Olympique de Marseille. Her net worth is also very high at $8.6 billion.
Zhou Qunfei, 45 Years Old
She’s an entrepreneur and the founder of famous touch screen technology maker, Lens Technology. She began her company in 2003 and soon made Lens Technology into a top player in the industry.
The Apple Watch uses her company’s technology and as of April 2015 her company employs 60,000 people. Her net worth is $6.4 billion.
Sandra Ortega Mera, 47 Years Old
Her father was the founder of the clothing company, Inditex, and was one of the richest people in the world. In 2013, she inherited 7% of the company and she became the richest woman in Spain.
She spends her time working with mental and physical foundations that were founded by her late mother. Her net worth is $6.4 billion.
Susanne Klatten, 53 Years Old
Although she is an older member of our list, she is certainly another top contender. She inherited 50.1% of her late father’s chemical and pharmaceutical company, Atlana and is now part of the company’s board.
She has helped bring the company into the German DAX list of top 30 companies. Her net worth is at a whopping $18.6 billion.
Sheryl Sandberg, 46 Years Old
She is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Facebook and also the author the best-seller book “Lean In.” She joined Facebook in 2008 and in only four years she became the first woman on the board where she helped the website grow globally.
She was a former Google executive and was very successful there as well. Her net worth is $1.34 billion.
Sara Blakely, 45 Years Old
She’s the inventor of Spanx. She has made herself rich by helping women look better in their clothes and she owns 100% of her company.
In 2014, she had a line of products that include everything from bras to yoga wear. She started by investing her $5,000 life savings which has grown into her net worth of $1.17 billion.
Tory Burch, 49 Years Old
Ten years ago she was said to be the next big thing in fashion and she surely did became one. She started with a small one time store in Manhattan and has expanded into a multi-billion retail empire. She has made deals with Fossil and has managed to ship her cosmetics oversees.
She was appointed as one of the ambassadors for global entrepreneurship by President Obama and has a net worth of $1.0 billion.
Jin Sook Chang
In 1981, she moved to the USA with her husband and began working odd jobs just to make ends meet. Three years later, the couple opened a clothing store, Fashion 21, in LA. They began to expand after earning $700,000 in their first year by opening store after store and eventually naming their store Forever 21.
Her net worth is $3 billion.