Men have dominated the business world but more than ever women entrepreneurs are now changing that narrative.
These women have changed the mindset of other want-to-be female entrepreneurs.
It doesn’t matter what your gender is, as long as you want it hard enough, you can accomplish anything you want.
To get you inspired, we listed 28 most successful women entrepreneurs below and how they achieve their success.
You might want to check out this article on how to develop your entrepreneurial mindset.
Note: This list is in no particular order.
Let’s dive in.
1. Sophia Amoruso
Born: April 20, 1984.
Net Worth: $5 million (2020).
Sophia Amoruso was named one of the richest self-made women entrepreneurs in the world by Forbes in 2016.
She built her first company, Nasty Gal to an incredible height pulling in over $100 million in annual sales.
Soon enough a setback came, stepping down as the CEO in 2015 as she watched Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy.
But that didn’t pull her off her perch as she founded another company in 2017, Girlboss Media.
Girlboss Media is a company that creates editorial contents dedicated to advising and empowering millennial women on work, money, beauty and more.
2. Indra Nooyi
Born: October 28, 1955.
Net Worth: $100 million (2020).
Indra Nooyi became the CEO of PepsiCo in 2006 by climbing up the company’s ladder after joining as a senior vice president of corporate strategy.
She made her wealth running and successfully growing the company.
Not your typical entrepreneur, nevertheless she deserves to be mentioned on this list.
She proves that you don’t need to define success how everyone else does as she became one of the most successful women entrepreneurs by getting to the top of a big brand.
Indra Nooyi was on the list of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2007 and 2008.
3. Gisele Bundchen
Born: July 20, 1980.
Net Worth: $480 million (2020).
Gisele Bundchen is the first internationally acclaimed Brazilian model. She has done modelling for several big companies in the fashion industry and appeared in films.
While she’s well-known for her modelling career and one of the highest-paid model in the world, she also built a business of her own.
Sejaa Pure Skincare, launched in 2011 is an eco-friendly line of beauty products that reflect her commitment to conserving environmental resources.
4. Susan Wojcicki
Born: July 5, 1968.
Net Worth: $550 million (2020).
Susan Wojcicki became the CEO of YouTube in 2014 and her development as being nothing short of greatness.
She joined Google in 1999 as the marketing manager and has been its integral advertising personnel ever since.
While she was Google’s first-ever marketing manager, she worked on some of Google’s products such as Google Adwords, Google Adsense, and Google Analytics.
Susan Wojcicki continues to work on various features of YouTube and it’s evident by YouTube’s success that she is doing remarkable work.
5. JK Rowling
Born: July 31, 1965.
Net Worth: $1.5 billion (2020).
JK Rowling is passionate about writing. This passion led her to write the popular book turned into a film, Harry Potter.
Like everything worthwhile, Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishers before been eventually accepted by Bloomsbury.
Her career immediately went up from there as the novel series was turned into films, merchandise and even adventure parks.
Harry Potter set the record for the quickest selling book in history and JK Rowling has since written other interesting books.
6. Tory Burch
Born: June 17, 1966.
Net Worth: $1.5 billion (2020).
Tory Burch launched her “TRB by Tory Burch” in February 2004 with a retail store in Manhattan’s Nolita district.
Her fashion line “TRB by Tory Burch” is now known as “Tory Burch” and it’s launch is legendary as most of her inventory was sold out on the first day.
This happened after Oprah Winfrey, on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” hailed Tory Burch as “the next big thing in fashion.”
Her website receives eight million visits the next day after that statement and she climbed into of the most successful women entrepreneurs.
7. Audrey Gelman
Born: June 2, 1987.
Net Worth: Unknown
Audrey Gelman co-founded The Wing – a women’s co-working space.
The Wing did not have a formal membership policy in its first two years and only accepted women – that’s has been its policy.
The Wing’s mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community.The Wing’s mission
Audrey Gelman is a female entrepreneur for women.
8. Alexa von Tobel
Born: February 23, 1984.
Net Worth: $100 million (2020).
Alexa von Tobel is the founder of LearnVest, a website for managing personal finance.
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co acquire LearnVest on March 25, 2015, but Alexa Von Tobel remains the CEO and LearnVest operate separately.
Now LearnVest helps people manage their personal finance through Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.
9. Leslie Blodgett
Born: August 23, 1962.
Net Worth: $400 million (2020).
Leslie Blodgett became the CEO of Bare Escentuals in 2006, a company struggling to reach its potential.
As the CEO, Leslie Blodgett turned the company’s focus to its natural mineral makeup.
Leslie Blodgett had a passion for skincare and cosmetics prior to her role as a CEO and she used this passion to exponentially grow the company.
10. Martha Stewart
Born: August 3, 1941.
Net Worth: $800 million(2020).
Can cooking made you into one of the most successful women entrepreneurs? Martha Stewart is here to inspire you.
Martha Stewart became a self-made millionaire by publishing a number of cookbooks and writing columns for magazines.
After a while, she raised enough funds to purchase all her creations under her name and amalgamated it into her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia company.
She also appears on TV and Radio as she continues acquiring her success through her own cooking success.
11. Angie Hicks
Net Worth: $190 million (2020).
As the saying goes, if you can solve real-world problems, you’ll make as much money as you want.
Angie Hicks saw a huge gap in the marketplace and filled it with her idea – one that has never been provided before.
Her company, Angie’s List helps you find the ideal household service that is right for you and now serves over 3 million paid household.
12. Sara Blakely
Born: February 27, 1971.
Net Worth: $1.1 billion (2020).
Sara Blakely spent two years and her $5,000 savings researching and developing her hosiery idea.
With little money left to invest in her idea, Sara Blakely faces multiple rejections when launching her brand.
Around this time, she sent a basket of her product to Oprah Winfrey’s television program.
Her business then finally took off after Oprah acknowledged her business idea.
13. Cher Wang
Born: September 14, 1958.
Net Worth: $1.6 billion (2020).
Cher Wang is the founder of HTC, the billion-dollar company which is focused on creating new innovative smartphone.
14. Jennifer Hyman
Net Worth: $300 million (2020).
Jennifer Hyman is the CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway.
Rent the Runway is a company that allowed people to rent a designer dress, wear it to an event and sent it back in a prepaid envelope.
She got this idea after watching her sister agonizing over an expensive dress for a wedding.
There is always a solution to every problem.
15. Arianna Huffington
Born: July 15, 1950.
Net Worth: $50 million (2020).
Arianna Huffington founded The Huffington Post (now known as HuffPost) in May 2005.
HuffPost was sold to AOL in 2011 for $315 million, she remained the president and editor-in-chief of the news outlet.
She also manages the website Thrive Global and launches a series of books.
16. Trish Costello
Net Worth: Unknown.
Trish Costello is the founder and CEO of Portfolia – an investment platform for women.
Trish Costello also led other ventures such as the Kauffman Fellows Program, CVE Capital Corp, the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and AT&T.
17. Kendra Scott
Born: March 27, 1974.
Net Worth: $1 billion (2020).
Kendra Scott is Designer and CEO of Kendra Scott LLC which she founded in 2002.
Took a project of $500 and turned it into a multi-million dollar company, Kendra is a driven entrepreneur.
She built her first collection with $500 in the spare bedroom of her home and went selling from store to store. Since her design as appeared on several runways.
18. Sue Bryce
Born: June 4, 1971.
Net Worth: $7 million (2020).
Sue Bryce craft is Photography and she became one of the most successful women entrepreneurs through Photography education.
She created a membership course that teaches aspiring photographer how to build a successful business with their craft.
19. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Born: March 23, 1953.
Net Worth: $3 billion (2020).
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw founder of Biocon, an Indian biopharma company.
In 2004, Biocon went public and became only the second Indian company to reach $1 billion on its first trading day.
20. Oprah Winfrey
Born: January 19, 1954.
Net Worth: $2.7 billion (2020).
If there is an order to this very list, Oprah Winfrey should be at the very to of women entrepreneurs in the world.
She not only shows her business acumen by successfully growing her own network but also by helping other women achieve growth in their various ventures.
Oprah Winfrey is an American media executives, talk show host and television producer.
She is best known around the world for a talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show.
21. Debbi Fields
Born: September 18, 1956.
Net Worth: $200 million (2020).
An entrepreneur and author, Debbi Fields is the founder of Mrs Fields Bakeries.
She launched her business when she was 20 years old and now have over 650 bakeries in the United States and 100 oversee.
As an author, she has written several cookbooks.
22. Yan Lan
Born: March 31, 1968.
Net Worth: $47 million.
Yan Lan and her husband launched the first historical and cultural channel in Great China – Sun TV in the year 2000.
Fast forward, Sun TV accumulated a loss of over 200 million Hong Kong dollar which leads the couple to sell stakes in the company.
In 2005, Yan Lan resigned from Sun TV and went to create another TV show – Her Village.
And since went on to launch other businesses.
23. Zhang Xin
Born: August 25, 1965.
Net Worth: $3.6 billion.
Zhang Xin is the co-founder of SOHO China (a real estate development firm in China that went public in 2007), has demonstrated a strong ability to drive double-digit growth and profits.
24. Sofia Vergara
Born: July 10, 1972.
Net Worth: $180 million (2020).
Sofia Vergara appears in a Pepsi commercial when she was 17 years old as a model. This begins her successful career.
Her primary source of income includes product endorsement and licencing.
As of September 2016, Forbes reported Sofia Vergara has the highest-paid actress in television bringing in $43 million per year. This mark her incredible development over the years.
Aside from being a model, Sofia Vergara is one of the successful women entrepreneurs as she co-founded Reports Inc.
One of the country’s largest Hispanic-owned companies.
She also enjoys her success from several ventures such as Latin World Entertainment and EBY, a subscription-based line of underwear and women’s basics.
25. Huda Kattan
Born: October 2, 1982.
Net Worth: $610 million (2020).
Huda Kattan made her success from markup.
She studied markup in Los Angeles and in 2010 she started a beauty-related WordPress blog upon her sister advice.
Huda Kattan launched a cosmetic line which enjoys a great rate of success from sales of false eyelashes.
Aside from her business and blog, she also earns a whopping $18,000 per sponsored post through her social media handle.
26. Vera Wang
Born: June 27, 1949.
Net Worth: $700 million (2020).
Vera Wang is an Amerian fashion designer. She launched her own design salon in 1990 after designing dresses for popular figures.
She expanded her creativity from fashion designer to fragrance, shoes, jewellery, and homeware collection.
Vera Wang is one of the great women entrepreneurs, more like a serial entrepreneur as she continues launching and growing other businesses.
27. Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Net Worth: $7.7 million (2020).
Sheila Lirio Marcelo is the founder of Care.com.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo gave birth to her first child while she was a college student and immigrant and didn’t have her family with her to provide support.
Fast forward she gave birth to her second son but her father suffered a heart attack. She struggled to care for both sons and father.
This was when she realized that there is a need for family care in the market.
Now, care.com is the world’s biggest online destination for family care
28. Weili Dai
Net Worth: $950 million (2020).
Given birth to in China, Weili Dai is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the United States.
She’s the co-founder of Marvell Technology Group and directed the rise of the company to one of the best semiconductor companies in the world.
The entrepreneur world is not limited to men only as this article have clearly shown the great female minds shaping the world through there dreams.
Out of the most successful women entrepreneurs, which ones inspired you the most?
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