Women are emerging as dominant figures in the business world. From emerging as big figures in the corporate companies, the IT sector to working in government jobs, and the biotechnology sector, women are showcasing their leadership skills at the global level. Despite the inequalities prevailing in the world, women are creating a space for themselves wherein they can explore to make the best use of their talent, skills, and qualifications. In the contemporary world, we see women who are inspiring and motivating a thousand others in the corporate and business world.
Let’s have a look at the 10 popular self-made women in the world.
1. Zhou Qunfei
She was born in 1970 in a poor family in China. She started her career by working in a small firm that made parts of watches. After that firm shut down, she started her own company in a three-bedroom apartment in 1993 when she was just 22. That was the start-up which she led to huge heights, from watch glass to mobile touch screen glass. Big mobile companies including Apple now use the glass screen of her company. As of September 2020, her net worth is around 15.2 billion making her the richest woman in the world. She has many accolades with her name like fortune’s most powerful woman in Asia-pacific and Bloomberg’s world’s billionaires.
2. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao
She has been a business-minded woman since her college days. She used to sell goods from hong kong, japan, and south Korea while studying in Moscow. She has been a graduate with a dual degree in finance and economics. By launching her budget airline Vietjet air, she became Vietnam’s first self-made women billionaire. Her net worth came to $2.2 billion when the Vietjet revenue went to 27% in 2018 and is still growing. She has been listed in Asia’s 50 power businesswomen.
3. Radha Vembu
Pc: Forbes India
She has a degree in industrial management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She co-founded the Zoho mail corporation with her brother. Under her helm, she has taken this product to the top 5 business email providers worldwide. The company has grown immensely making her the second richest woman in India. She manages the team and also works as a product designer in the company. Her net worth is $1.2 billion as of June 2020.
4. Folorunso Alakija
Pc: Forbes Africa
Born on 15 July 1951, this billionaire businesswoman hails from Nigeria. She has been involved in the oil, real estate, and printing industries. She plays the role of managing director at The Rose Sharon Group(consisting of digital reality prints limited and Sharon prints and promotion limited). She is also the vice-chairman of famfa oil limited. With all these roles she plays, she has an estimated net worth of $1 billion. Her success has made her included as Africa’s second most powerful woman. Forbes listed her as the 87th most powerful woman in the world.
5. Huda Kattan
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She was born on October 2, 1983, in the US, Oklahoma. She started her career as a make-up artist. She used to run a WordPress blog with the name of Huda beauty on which she gave makeup tutorials and tips. This Iranian-American blogger then became an entrepreneur, by launching a cosmetic line with the same name as Huda Beauty. Her cosmetics became famous when her fake eyelashes were worn by Kim Kardashian. Today the beauty connoisseur maintains an entire range of products in more than 1500 stores worldwide. On the beauty note, she also has been seen emphasizing inner beauty and self-confidence. Today she is a millionaire with a net worth of $610 million. She has been recognized as “the most powerful woman in the world of beauty” by Forbes.
6. Whitney Wolfe Herd
Pc: Fast Company
Born on July 1, 1989, she left tinder in 2014 as a vice president in the company. She then became the founder and CEO of the socializing and dating app Bumble which was launched in 2014. Bumble grew immensely by December 2015 reaching 15 million conversations and 80 million matches. . After that, Bumble also launched apps for finding friends and professional networking. Wolfe Herd became the sole investor in the US-based gay dating app named Chappy. With an estimated net worth of $500 million, she has various accolades. These include TIME 100 list, inc’s 15 female entrepreneurs to look out for, Elle’s women in tech, and various others.
7. Kayla Itsines
Itsines has become Australia’s richest young woman. The 27-year-old has co-founded the fitness app sweat with her fiance. This app suggests fitness regimes and shopping lists to the users. Her net worth rose to $486 million after the rise in subscription of $19.9 each month. She is a fitness enthusiast. Her app success quickly rose to fame as a fitness queen in every household.
8. Gwynne Shotwell
Shotwell from America is the president and chief operating officer at SpaceX- A space transportation company founded by Elon Musk. She has an honors degree, a bachelor’s in science, and a master of science in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. Before joining SpaceX, she worked at Microcosm, Inc. as space systems director. This year SpaceX has launched around 700 satellites and has sent astronauts to the international space station in May 2020. Shotwell’s net worth is estimated at $290 million. In 2020, Shotwell was listed as 55th most powerful women in the world by Forbes and TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2020.
9. Kelly Steckelberg
Steckelberg hails from America. She has been serving as a chief financial officer at the leader of the video and audio conferencing enterprise Zoom communications since 2017. Before joining zoom she has worked at a dating site called Zoosk and finance corporations like Cisco Webex. Zoom shares catapult in value in the initial months of 2020. A major part of her wealth lies in the zoom stock options. Zoom became the most used conferencing website in a pandemic. Now its users have grown to 300 million by December 2020. She has been added to the Forbes list of self-made women 2020 with a net worth of $255 million.
10. Falguni Nayyar
She is an Indian entrepreneur who decided to pursue her dreams after working at various organizations. She worked for 18 years as a managing director in Kotak Mahindra capital corporation before resigning in 2012. Afterward, she founded her own online portal Nykaa. Nykaa became India’s biggest online fashion and lifestyle portal under her helm. The company now runs 35 physical stores. Alumni of IIM, Ahmedabad Nayyar, proved that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Her net worth is estimated to be $170 million.