10 Richest (Self Made) Female Billionaires in The World

By Tamara Frittella March 4 2014

It’s one thing marrying a rich man, or having a billionaire for a father, but to make it to the top 10 billionaire list all on your own!? Now that’s something! These women should be idols for all of today’s business women and female entrepreneurs worldwide.

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus.... What’s the fuss?

Margarita is not a genuine self made billionaire, but she is certainly a savvy business woman who knows a thing or two about making money.  She was married to Robert who was the great grandson of Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, the founder of the Louis-Dreyfus Group. After Robert’s death in 2009, Margarita took over his branch of the Louis-Dreyfus Group, which is involved in processing and trading oil and agriculture. She is doing a superb job at carrying on with the work that Robert left behind, and she is currently worth an incredible $6 billion.

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus

Wu Yajun of China

48 year old Wu Yajun of China was educated at the Northwestern Polytechnical University and obtained a degree in navigation engineering. She worked as a navigational engineer for 4 years and then joined the China Shirong News Agency as a journalist and an editor. In 1995 she and her former husband founded Longfor Properties (previously called Chongqing Zhongjianke Real Estate), and it was this business that took off and made her billions. She was formerly awarded the title of “Richest Woman in China”, but after her divorce, she lost 30% of her stake of Longfor to her ex husband. She has a net worth of $4.3 billion.

Wu Yajun

Chan Laiwa Follows in Yajun’s Footsteps

Chan Laiwa is also a Chinese business woman in the real estate industry. She knew all about poverty as she was born into a noble family but just at the time that their nobility had collapsed. On her own, she founded Fuwah International Group, and from there she built up her empire. She now has a net worth of $4.1 billion. 

Chan Laiwa

What Was Gayle Cook Cooking Up in Her Apartment?

Gayle Cook and her husband William, are the founders of the Cook Group which manufactures medical equipment. They literally started their business in their humble apartment, and now 50 years later, they are billionaires. Gayle’s net worth is $4 billion.

Gayle Cook

Zhang Xin - From Factory Worker to Billionaire

Zhang, like her fellow Chinese female billionaires, made her money as a real estate developer. This 48 year old is not just a pretty face. She started saving money at the age of 14 by working in a garment production factory. At 19, she travelled abroad to the UK and became a graduate of the University of Sussex and of Cambridge. She has a net worth of $3.6 billion.

Zhang Xin

Doris Fisher Catches the Big Fish

Doris is the co founder of The Gap, the renowned clothing brand. Who knew The Gap would be so popular and make this lady worth a startling $3.3 billion.

Doris Fisher

Oprah Winfrey is A Winner

We all know this star’s story. She is the most famous woman for making this top 10 list, and she currently has a net worth of $2.9 billion.

Oprah Winfrey

Diane Hendricks Ties With Oprah

Diane Hendricks is the owner of Hendricks Holding Company, and is a Hollywood film producer. She also has a net worth of $2.9 billion.

Diane Hendricks

Folorunsho Alakija, The First Female Billionaire of Nigeria

She has a net worth of $2.5 billion. Folorunsho is the founder of Supreme Stitches, an exclusive fashion label catering for Nigeria’s elite. 

Folorunsho Alakija

Giuliana Benetton... You Guessed it?

This Italian founded the Benetton Group with her 3 brothers, and is responsible for supplying the world with some pretty darn gorgeous clothes! She has a net worth of $2 billion.

Giuliana Benetton

So ladies, quit your day job and get involved in fashion or real estate.... and maybe your name will be on this list in a few years.

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References:

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