The 2010s have seen a tremendous growth in women owned businesses. In 2018 there were approximately 12.3 million women owned businesses in the U.S. representing about 40% of all businesses. Compare to 1972, where there were just over 400,000, accounting for 4.6%. While there is still room for growth and progress, let’s take a look at some of the amazing female entrepreneurs today, leading the world.
Co-Founder of HTC, Cher Wang has helped build one of the most powerful mobile technology companies in the world. A 1981 graduate of UC Berkeley, HTC wasn’t her first venture. Previously having founded VIA Technologies, Ms. Wang has built her fortune as a driving force of the creation and adoption of smart phones.
In addition to working as one of the most powerful and successful women in technology, the Taiwanese billionaire is an avid philanthropist. Cher has spent millions on ventures that include low-cost universities for low income families in China, her alma matter Berkeley, and providing technology for schools in Taipei.
Author, activist, and executive, Sheryl Sandberg currently works as the COO of Facebook. A two-time graduate of Harvard, Sheryl’s resume includes stops on the board of directors of Walt Disney, Survey Monkey, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development, Starbucks, Brookings Institution, and Ad Council.
Consistently fighting for equality in the workplace, Sandberg has steadily climbed the rankings of the most powerful women in business, reaching the #6 spot in 2018. Sheryl's net worth is roughly $1 Billion.
Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo
Vietnam’s first self-made woman billionaire, Dr. Nguyễn made her fortune in the airline industry with the budget airline, VietJet Air. Before creating the multi billion-dollar airline, Dr. Nguyễn was an academic studying finance and economics in Moscow.
While there she began distributing goods from Japan, Hong Kong, and south Korea in what was then the Soviet Union. She holds two bachelor's degrees in financial credit management and labor economics at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and a doctoral degree in economic management at the D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia.
Dr. Nguyễn's net worth is estimated to be roughly $3.5 Billion.
Come on, how could we not mention one of the most recognized faces of powerful women in business? Oprah represents every part of the “self-made” billionaire. At one point living in such poverty that she wore potato sacks for clothes, Oprah’s voracious work ethic and magnetic personality brought her to the screen.
After being removed from her position as a news anchor, she found success with her mega-hit The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah has gone on to other ventures that include writing, acting, the Oxygen network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and philanthropic efforts that have helped raise over a hundred million dollars for various charities.
The Media-Mogul's net worth is estimated at $2.9 Billion.
Anne Wojciciki knows what it’s like to have power in the family. Her sister Susan is a business juggernaut on her own right as CEO of YouTube. Anne, however, took a different path. After leaving Wall Street, Anne went back to her background in biology from Yale. In she co-founded 23andMe with Linda Avey. Providing at home genome testing. Considered the "Invention of the Year" by Time magazine in 23andMe currently has over 10 million users.
When not working, you might find Anne counting her $440 million in estimated net worth.
These are just a few of the thousands of trail-blazing women around the world. Who do you know that exemplifies great women in business? Let us know! And if their business needs help with automation and cutting costs, show them how naturalForms can help!
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