This article is a guest post by 9ightout. The round-up celebrates the success of women in business and intends to inspire aspiring women entrepreneurs.
A strong woman with purpose doesn’t have to chase opportunities or people. She will look for the silver lining in every situation and focus on solutions, rather than being carried away by problems. Such women are driven by passion and will to push their enterprises forward.
Many of us hear this too often, “women are the pillars of a developed society”.
The women presented in this round-up are a testament to this adage.
Scroll down and get inspired by the stories of women who had their preferences right and chose to make their lives count.
Top Women Entrepreneurs to Follow and Their Net Worth
1. Gina Rinehart, $16.8 billion
“To stand out, just a big name is not enough, but big efforts too.”
The daughter of a high profile iron-ore miner started her career after her father’s death. She took the hold of her father’s bankrupted mine and raised the bar over the years.
At present, the mine is in collaboration with multiple projects. Some of these are Roy Hill Project, a best in class Australian Iron-ore Mine in Western Australia. Another one is Hope Downs; a joint venture with Rio Tinto. With such big partnerships and an empire that’s growing every day, she is the richest person in Australia at present.
However, the things are not always merry. She witnesses ups and downs often as the mining business keeps flipping, but regardless of the jerks, she has managed to secure the spot in the World’s Successful Women’s List.
Also, she is the third-largest cattle dealer in Australia.
She exports cattle all over the world. In fact, she has come up with a new plan to export almost 800,00 cattle to China through Darwin, Townsville, and Broome (names of regions). She has almost 23 properties in Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory Queensland, and New South Wales.
2. Folorunsho Alakija, $1.43 billion
“Reveal your hidden self, and see the wonders.”
The lady is the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Oil Exploration Estate- Famfa Oil. The company is in collaboration with Agbami Field which is Nigeria’s one of the largest deep-water discoveries. It shares 60% interest revenue in Agbami’s block OML 127.
She started with a Fashion label that served the high-class women of Nigeria. In fact, the wife of Former Military President was also her customer. At present, her net worth is in billions.
3. Cher Wang, $8.8 billion
“To reach where you want, you need to make your belief strong.”
Cher Wang is the Chairperson as well as the co-founder of HTC. We all know that the company has seen a loss of more than 70% shares, since 2011. In fact, their sales fell down straight 23%.
Despite the fact, the woman did not let the firm down. They came up with a new HTC phone, HTC One (M8). She said that with new launches, they are focusing on mid-tier markets, a segment missing earlier. Her mission is to bring the company back on track for which she is working cross-countries.
Legitimately saying, this one of the top women entrepreneurs is making every required effort to get what she desires. Now that’s what a real businesswoman does!
4. Sara Blakely, $1.15 billion
“Determination can take you to any height.”
Sara would have never imagined that her destiny and hard-work would take her so far, or maybe she did. She started her career as a salesperson, selling fax machines.
After few years of struggle, she invested $5,000 from her savings and came up with the idea of a garment that could be worn under white slacks. Her invention met the need of millions of women, and within the span of a year, her business revenue grew limitlessly. Soon, her innovation turned into a shapewear brand, Spanx. Eventually, Spanx found place in various Neiman Marcus Stores.
Today, Spanx is a trusted brand manufacturer of leggings, maternity wears, and undergarments in almost over 65 countries.
5. Indra Nooyi, $40 billion
“Nothing can stop you, if you decide to proceed towards the Goals.”
An Indian born American, Indra Nooyi is an American Business Executive, presently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest soft drink brands, PepsiCo.
From working in Johnson & Johnson to joining PepsiCo, Indra had polished her skills in management and innovation. She joined the firm in 1994, and with persistence and hardwork, become the CEO of the company.
Nooyi is one of the most successful women executives in the US and has been continuously ranked among the 100 Most Powerful Women of the world. She never fails to innovate ideas to push the brand forward and make it more popular.
6. Wang Laichun, $3.1 billion
“Just be focused on your goals, you will find your way towards them.”
Wang Laichun is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs, and the owner of an electronics manufacturing company- Luxshare Precision Industry. The company manufactures Apple mobile phones.
Yes, they count Apple as their customer!
Before her business venture, Laichun worked under Terry Gou, a Taiwan Billionaire, but left his company in 1999 to join hands in setting up business with her brother, Laisheng.
Presently, Laisheng is the Vice Chairman of the estate.
7. Sheryl Sandberg, $1.5 billion
“The combination of Hard-work and Skills is an Ultimate source of Success.”
No list of famous women entrepreneurs can exist without Sheryl Sandberg.
She is designated as the COO of Facebook since 2008. The reason behind the boost in the social revenues of this social media giant is this bold lady!
Prior to this, Sandberg had a 6 years experience of working with Google. There, she used to design the online advertising programs.
Her skills & hard-work need no introduction or explanation as her success speaks enough.
So What’s the Gist?
Remember, there is no force more powerful than you, if you are determined to rise. Get your things together, keep your head high, believe strong, keep working hard, and enjoy life as it comes, regardless of the impediments.
The road will lead you to a better place.
A woman entrepreneur will inspire other future woman entrepreneurs. You never know who you inspire.