None of these women were born rich. Neither did they inherit billion dollar family businesses. Instead, by sheer hard work they have amassed huge wealth and have build billion dollar businesses that have become the subjects of envy for a huge number of men. As successful self made women, these female billionaires stand apart from the crowd.
With a fortune of $5.6 billion, Zhang Yin is the world’s richest female billionaire. The founder of Nine Dragons Paper Holdings Limited had accumulated her wealth through her waste paper recycling business. Nine Dragons imports waste papers from the US and manufactures over 3.3 million tons of cardboards and paper products every year in its factories in China. The company is China’s largest manufacturer of recycled paper products.
At the age of 19 Elizabeth Holmes founded the blood test company Theranos. While a chemical engineering student at Stanford, Holmes developed a novel blood testing technique that was cheaper, less painful and faster than the conventional blood tests. With a fortune of $4.5 billion, Holmes is not only the richest self made woman of America, but at the age of 31 she is also the world’s youngest self made female billionaire.
The co-founder of ABC Supply, America’s largest wholesale roofing distributor company, Diane Hendricks is one of the top self-made woman billionaires of the world. She boasts of a fortune of $3.7 billion. In addition to her exterior building products business, she is also the president of Hendricks Holding Company, a company with diverse business interests.
A female entrepreneur from China, Zhang Xin is the co-founder of SOHO, one of the largest property development firms of China. Her firm has constructed some of the most attractive buildings of Beijing. With a fortune of $3.7 billion dollars, Zhang Xin is one of those wealthy and successful women entrepreneurs who grew up in poverty.
In 1969, Doris Fisher co-founded her first clothing store GAP with husband Donald Fisher. After over four decades, her company operates about 3,300 merchandise stores across USA and owns a number of popular brands. The self made business woman currently has a fortune of $3.1 billion.