The glass ceiling is all too real and many woman continue to make less than their male coworkers despite doing the same job. A select few persist and rise to the very top of their fields as professionals. Here are the 10 richest female CEOs in America.
10. Angela Braley $32.5 Million
Braley has shown her worth as Wellpoint’s CEO by leading the company to higher market share and sales since she was hired in 2000. Her training in law gives her a focused insight into the business world that she uses to her advantage. Her net worth is $32.5 Million.
9. Cara “Carly” Fiorina $80 Million
Former CEO of both AT&T and Hewlett-Packard, Texas native Carla Fiorina has had a very successful career. From her executive sized paychecks, books and speaking engagements she has amassed a net worth of approximately $80 Million.
8. Irene Rosenfeld $96 Million
Rosenfeld is lower only than Michelle Obama on Forbes 2010 list of influential women. She made her millions without inheriting and climbed the ranks in industry to eventually become CEO of food manufacturer, Kraft. Her net worth is estimated at $96 Million.
7. Carol Bartz $100 Million
Bartz majored in computer science in college and despite facing opposition in a traditionally male dominated field has earned the respect of her peers by giving amazing results. She has held the title of CEO at Autodesk and Yahoo and can boast a net worth of over $100 Million.
6. Indra Nooyi $145 Million
Born in India, Nooyi worked with several high ranking international companies including Motorola before signing on with PepsiCo as CEO. Forbes ranks her as the world’s fifth most powerful woman and her net worth is $145 Million.
5. Leslie Blodgett $400 Million
She worked in several major companies before finding an opportunity to get involved in cosmetics as the CEO of ‘Bare Essentials’. Her hard work in this mineral makeup manufacturer compensates her quite well and she has a net worth of $400 Million.
4. Sarah Blakely $1 Billion
Still in her 40’s she turned a wardrobe dissatisfaction into a successful business called Spanx and made herself a billionaire. She serves as CEO and business is booming earning her a net worth of $1 Billion.
3. Meg Whitman $1.9 Billion
As the CEO of online auction powerhouse, eBay, Whitman is one of the best paid CEOs in America, male or female. She has a position on the boards of other prominent companies including pharmaceutical giant, Proctor and Gamble. Her net worth is $1.9 Billion.
2. Oprah Winfrey $2.9 Billion
This former talk show host became a millionaire then billionaire on the strength of her personality. When she decided to start her network, OWN she took on the role of CEO. From her many business ventures she has amassed a net worth of $2.9 Billion.
1. Judy Faulkner $2.9 Billion
Founder and CEO of Epic Systems, Faulkner used her expertise to create a product which she knew would serve a need in the health care system for generations to come. As a result she now has a net worth of $2.9 Billion