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Women Among the World’s Richest Self-Made Billionaires

The entrepreneurial journey of women is never easy, especially when they aren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Beset with stereotypes, doubts, and misogyny, the experiences of businesswomen aren’t short of shock and hardship. However, despite all these challenges the societal norms and perceptions place in the entrepreneurial world, there are women who have managed to sail through and reach peak successes. These self-made billionaires had it tough but are now among the most influential humans on this planet, and we are going to talk about these women in today’s article.
I have listed the names of 5 women billionaires. Many of these started their journey in their early 20s and have managed to amass unparalleled reputations in the world. I am quite certain you would be aware of a number of these women mentioned below. Note that these women are listed in no particular order.

  1. Whitney Wolfe Herd
    Stepping up the dating game, Whitney Wolfe Herd created an interactive, women-centric dating app, Bumble, and revolutionized how online dating functioned. In 2021, she handled a very successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Bumble and marched right into the billionaire’s club. This also made her the youngest woman whose company went public, and she did that at the age of 31. Her company, Bumble Inc, operates another dating app called Badoo, and you might not know this, but she was also a co-founder of Tinder but eventually left the company.

  2. Rihanna
    What would the music industry be without the powerhouse Queen of Hearts, Rihanna? With a real-time net worth of USD 1.7 Billion, Rihanna climbed up the music charts in a largely white-dominated industry. She didn’t stop right there and went on to establish Fenty Beauty, a cosmetics company, which the LVMH co-owns. With more than 250 million record sales globally and a fancy, highly valued cosmetics company, Rihanna has upped the entrepreneurial game. Her fame and reputation brought repute to her country, Barbados, which, in 2021, declared her the National Hero of Barbados. Also, she contributes to society philanthropically; she has been a founder of a number of altruistic foundations, such as the Clara Lionel Foundation.

  3. Melanie Perkins
    It is quite likely that you have used Canva at least once in your life. The famous design software provides you with an array of decorative features to create attractive resumes, posters, cards, and whatnot. Yes, that Canva was created by Melanie Perkins, who is now among the richest women in the world. In the year 2013, she, along with her husband, launched the software in Australia, and ever since then, it attracts over 60 million users every month. A major highlight of Melanie’s contribution to the entrepreneurial space is her re-defining the hiring policies at Canva, which has resulted in securing a much better than average industry representation of women in the company.

  4. Falguni Nayyar
    Falguni Nayyar had a vision; it was to transform the face of e-commerce in the cosmetics industry. She was a seasoned investment banker and put her skills and knowledge into creating Nykaa. With as many as 100 brick-and-mortar stores and more than 4000 brands on its online platform, Nykaa has become the go-to destination for those wanting to buy authentic beauty products without having to shuffle from one shop to another. In the year 2021, Nykaa went public, which made Nayyar the richest self-made woman in India. Currently, her real-time net worth is pegged at USD 4.3 Billion. Her business has attracted the attention of notable investment firms, billionaires, and celebrities.

  5. Wu Yajun
    Once the richest self-made woman in the world, Wa Yajun is a Chinese businesswoman who co-founded and chaired Longfor Properties, a real estate developer. Before she ventured into the business world, she worked as a journalist after having graduated with a degree in engineering. In the year 2009, Longfor Properties went public on the Hong Kong Exchange (SEHK( and attracted investments from prominent persons and establishments such as Temasek Holdings and even the Singaporean Government. She has made investments in tech companies such as Evernote and Uber.

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Anna Papadopoulos
Anna Papadopoulos is a senior money, wealth, and asset management reporter at CEOWORLD magazine, covering consumer issues, investing and financial communities + author of the CEOWORLD magazine newsletter, writing about money with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. You can follow CEOWORLD magazine on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn for musings on money, wealth, asset management, millionaires, and billionaires. Email her at info@ceoworld.biz.