The 10 Most Influential & Successful Female Entrepreneurs Of Our Time
It’s a man’s world’ so they say, but throughout history and in modern times, women too have played an important part in society. In fact, some of these highly influential women entrepreneurs have surpassed their male equivalents.
Notes that among the most powerful women (mostly entrepreneurs) in the world are:
- Cher Wangmost: With an estimated mass of $6.8 billion dollars in net worth, Cher is perhaps the most potent female business women of all time. She earned her fortune largely on her own hard work and innovation. She is an entrepreneur manufacturing cellphones.
- Oprah Winfrey: With her massive population of followers, she wields both power and wealth, net worth approximately $2.7 billion. Winfrey, unsatisfied with empty wealth and power, has moved well beyond the television to many forms of media and activism.
- Angela Merkel: Germany holds the most powerful and thriving European economy, and Merkel governs the nation. As the first female leader of Germany, she influences millions and is viewed positively.
- Indra Nooyi: A top power woman business leader, Indra comes from Calcutta, India. She has dominated executive positions, including the Chairwoman and CEO of the #2 drink company in the world, Pepsi.
- Melinda Gates: Gates is influential largely because of her husband's wealth, but she holds much power within their relationship. She convinced Bill Gates to govern and give away billions of dollars in charities, helping the global community. In part because of her influence, Gates has willed his $40 billion to "good causes." He has already donated more than $27 billion to charity because of her influence.
- Susan Wojcicki: As senior Vice President of the all-powerful Google, she has been largely responsible for turning a brilliant idea into a hugely profitable giant, with her work in advertising income.
- Lady Gaga: Her amazing success has powered through the music industry quickly. Worth around $100 million, Gaga is unique in that she, at 25 years old, built her fortune from her own initiative: writing her music, controlling her royalties, and promoting her own image.
- Sara Blakely: The youngest self-made woman billionaire. She rose from 7 years of selling fax machines door-to-door and a failed attempt at becoming a lawyer, to create "Spanx." This undergarment company is a multi-million dollar enterprise.
- JK Rowling: Most know the story of Rowling's rise to power from poverty, a fighting single mother, who wrote books that rejuvenated the entire juvenile reading community. The Potter books have become some of the best-selling works ever, and she parlayed the books into a massively popular movie series and a complete theme park that competes directly with Disney.
- Sheryl Sandberg: Sandberg was not the founder of Facebook, but when she joined in 2008 as number two, the user base increased to about 11% of the world's population, a 10 fold increase. She continues to guide Facebook toward increasing profitability.
Darin's note: We might add to this list the most recent rising stars of 2013: Sophia Amoruso, Tara Hunt, Jane McGoniga, Almaria Ftara, Maria Flynn, Linda Rottenberg, Olga Koper, and Yael Cohen.
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Source is AddictedtoSuccess.com
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