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60 Richest self-made women in the United States, 2017

Forbes magazine has unveiled its 3rd annual list of the most successful self-made women in the United States. The list is comprised of the 60 richest women – with a combined net worth $61.5 billion.

Detroit’s Marian Ilitch, who co-founded the Little Caesars pizza chain with her late husband, Mike Ilitch, ranked No. 1 on the list with estimated wealth of $5.1 billion, followed by Diane Hendricks. Her net worth is estimated at $4.9 billion.

Tied for 3rd place are Judy Love, of Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, and television queen Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey and Love each have a net worth valued at $2.9 billion.

Doris Fisher, who co-founded the Gap clothing brand with her late husband, Don, in 1969, is 5th on the list. She is estimated to be worth $2.6 billion.

Taylor Swift, 27, is the youngest woman on the list with a measly $280 million fortune. She comes in at 55th on the list of 60 richest self-made women in America.

The 60 richest self-made women in the United States, 2017

  1. Marian Ilitch, $5.1 billion
  2. Diane Hendricks, $4.9 billion
  3. Judy Love, $2.9 billion
  4. Oprah Winfrey, $2.9 billion
  5. Doris Fisher, $2.7 billion
  6. Judy Faulkner, $2.5 billion
  7. Meg Whitman, $2.5 billion
  8. Johnelle Hunt, $2.4 billion
  9. Elaine Wynn, $2.1B billion
  10. Lynda Resnick, $2 billion
  11. Peggy Cherng, $1.8 billion
  12. Thai Lee, $1.6 billion
  13. Sheryl Sandberg,  $1.6 billion
  14. Jin Sook Chang, $1.5 billion
  15. Gail Miller, $1.2 billion
  16. Sara Blakeley, $1.1 billion
  17. Eren Ozmen, $1.1 billion
  18. Carolyn Rafaelian, $1 billion
  19. Alice Schwartz, $950 million
  20. Christel DeHaan, $900 million
  21. Jayshree Ullal, $840 million
  22. Nancy Zimmerman, $800 million
  23. Weili Dal, $770 million
  24. Sheila Johnson, $750 million
  25. Neerja Sethi, $750 million
  26. Safra Catz, $670 million
  27. Kathy Fields, $650 million
  28. Katie Rodan, $650 million
  29. Vera Wang, $630 million
  30. Tory Burch, $600 million
  31. Anne Dinning, $600 million
  32. Madonna, $580 million
  33. Kit Crawford, $570 million
  34. Mary West, $570 M million
  35. Marissa Mayer, $540 million
  36. Kendra Scott, $500 million
  37. Victoria Zoellner, $500 million
  38. Donna Karan, $470 million
  39. Janice Bryant Howroyd, $420 million
  40. Liz Elting, $420 million
  41. Jamie Kern Lima, $410 million
  42. Susan Wojcicki, $410 million
  43. Celine Dion, $400 million
  44. Barbra Streisand, $390 million
  45. Nora Roberts, $370 million
  46. Beyoncé Knowles, $350 million
  47. Martine Rothblatt, $340 million
  48. Danielle Steel, $330 million
  49. Sonia Gardner, $320 million
  50. Pleasant Rowland, $310 million
  51. Judy Sheindlin, $300 million
  52. Adi Tatarko, $300 million
  53. Diane von Furstenberg, $300 million
  54. Kathy Lehne, $295 million
  55. Taylor Swift, $280 million
  56. Lynda Weinman, $280 million
  57. Toni Ko, $270 million
  58. Patricia Miller, $265 million
  59. Dorothy Herman, $260 million
  60. Jessica Iclisoy, $260 million

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is chief executive and editorial director of The CEOWORLD magazine, overseeing the organization’s news and features departments.

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Dr. Amarendra holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School in France; a Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris; and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his Master's Degree In Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States. Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a macro-economist and visiting professor at Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

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