Often, we have heard that it is the men’s world. but if you look at the history and modern times, then we find out that, Women also had played a crucial role and still playing an important part in society. Some businesswomen even surpassed their man equivalates. Today you can see women are working in every sector like from media to politics, from corporate to IT sectors, and from actor to sportsperson. However, today I’m going to talk about the world’s influential and successful women entrepreneurs who have changed the perspective(Women cannot do) of society.
Back in the day, Madam C.J Walker was the first independent Women Entrepreneurs to break through the norms. Since then, the times have changed and women are on a remarkable journey of entrepreneurship and leading with positive belief and confidence. Globally, all women have overcome criticism and broken the trends to prove themselves beyond the stereotypes. This effect was also seen to impact the Indian corporate world. From being homemakers to successful entrepreneurs, women in India have come a long way.
Men have been at the top of the leading board for years, dominating the world of business. But with the rise of influential women like Coco Chanel and Estée Lauder came the launch of a whole new era for businesswomen across the globe. Today, women are sitting side by side and establishing their businesses as household names in a variety of industries, including publishing, technology, fashion, broadcasting, and beauty. And to inspire you to do the same, I’ve listed the top 5 female entrepreneurs in the world today.
- Zhang Xin
Company: SOHO China
Zhang Xin is co-founder of SOHO China, a real estate development firm in China that went public in 2007.3 Known as “the woman who built Beijing,” she was once a factory worker, later graduating from Cambridge University with a master’s degree in economic development. Zhang worked for Goldman Sachs before launching her company; she has since amassed a $3 billion fortune.
- Oprah Winfrey
Company: Harpo Productions
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey continues to build her media empire. Winfrey, a TV personality turned entrepreneur, co-founded Oxygen Media, a cable station. She continued hosting her talk show until 2011, after which she created OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, of which she is the CEO. In 2015, Winfrey bought an equity stake in Weight Watchers International and became a spokeswoman for the popular subscription weight loss program. Winfrey’s net worth is $2.6 billion, according to Forbes.
- Gina Rinehart
Company- Hancock Prospecting
Gina Hope Hancock is an Australian billionaire businesswoman who is chairman of Hancock and prospecting, which continues to expand robustly. For your information, the company was founded by her father Lang Hancock, she headed her late father’s bankrupted estate and reinvented it into something bigger. She made the biggest fortune from the Roy Hill Mining project, it started shipments to Asia in 2015. Her net worth is 14.5 Billion dollars which makes her the wealthiest person in Australia and 75th billionaire in the world. She is also the 36th powerful woman as per Forbes 2019.
- Shery Sandberg
Company- COO of Facebook
Shery Kara Sandberg is a founder of Leanin.org and COO (chief operating officer of Facebook) who made quite a name for herself. She completed an MBA from a very prestigious university called Harvard. In 2008, she became Facebook’s board of directors by exiting board members. It was very tough to see how the site would make a profit worthy of its valuation. Since she became bord of directs, Facebook user counts improved more than 10 times to roughly 11% of the world’s population, and the company is on course to post an enormous profit. According to Forbes, she has a real-time net worth of $1.6 billion and is called the world’s 29th powerful woman.
- Huda Kattan
Company: Huda Beauty
Huda Kattan started her beauty empire after she quit her finance gig in Dubai. Struggling to find great quality false eyelashes as a freelance makeup artist, the beauty mogul decided to start making her own synthetic and faux minx eyelashes. After becoming the new ‘it’ product for Kim Kardashian, Huda Beauty lashes sold out within the first day, making makeup queen Kattan a person to look out for. Since then, her beauty empire has expanded to skincare with the launch of her new range Wishful, promoting natural, glowing skin.
There are many great female entrepreneurs in the world and this list is just the tip of the iceberg. Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy, but these inspiring women in business prove that, with the right amount of passion and a lot of hard work and dedication, you too can build your empire.