Top 27 America’s Richest Self-Made Women- Number 1 Will Surely Make Your Jaw Drop


  1. 1 #27 Kylie Jenner >> Founder, Kylie Cosmetics >> NET WORTH: $900M


    Kylie Kristen Jenner is an American reality television personality, model, entrepreneur, socialite, and social media personality. At 21, celebrity-turned-makeup mogul Kylie Jenner - a member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan - is the youngest self-made billionaire ever.

  2. 2 #26 Weili Dai >> Cofounder-President, Marvell Technology Group >> NET WORTH: $930M


    Weili Dai is a Chinese-born American businesswoman. She is the co-founder, former director and former president of Marvell Technology Group. Dai is considered one of the most successful women entrepreneurs, and is the only female co-founder of a major semiconductor company.

  3. 3 #25 Christel DeHaan >> time shares, Self Made >> NET WORTH: $940 M


    Christel DeHaan is a German-born American businesswoman and philanthropist, the former owner of Resort Condominiums International, and the founder of Christel House International. DeHaan cofounded timeshare pioneer Resort Condominiums International with then-husband Jon in 1974.

    She got half the company when the couple divorced in 1987, then bought out her ex for $67.5 million in 1989.

  4. 4 #21 Anastasia Soare >> Dosmetics, Self Made >> NET WORTH: $1B


    Anastasia Soare is a Romanian-American billionaire businesswoman, and the CEO and founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, known as the "Eyebrow Queen".

    Her company now sells more than 480 products in over 3,000 stores; revenues are estimated at more than $200 million.

  5. 5 #21 Carolyn Rafaelian >> Jewelry, Self Made >> NET WORTH: $1B


    Carolyn Rafaelian is America's richest jeweler thanks to her majority stake in bangle brand, Alex and Ani, which she founded in 2004. The Rhode Island-born founder and CEO has made a fortune by turning what women wear on their wrists into affinity statements. Alex and Ani, named after her two older daughters, has over 100 company-owned locations.


  6. 6 #21 Sara Blakely >> Founder, Spanx >> NET WORTH: $1 B


    Sara Treleaven Blakely is an American billionaire businesswoman, and founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company with pants and leggings, founded in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine's "Time 100" annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

  7. 7 #21 Neerja Sethi >> Entrepreneur >> NET WORTH: $1 B


    Neerja Sethi is vice president of IT consulting and outsourcing company Syntel. In July 2018, French IT firm Atos SE agreed to buy Syntel for $3.4 billion. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2018. She cofounded the company with her husband Bharat Desai in 1980 in their apartment in Troy, Michigan.

    Starting out with an initial investment of just $2,000, they pulled in a mere $30,000 in first-year sales. Syntel racked up $924 million in 2017 revenues and has 23,000 employees, 80% of whom are in India.

  8. 8 #19 Eren Ozmen >> Entrepreneur >> REAL TIME NET WORTH: $1.3 B


    Eren Ozmen is a billionaire Turkish-American businesswoman, president and majority owner of private aerospace and defense company Sierra Nevada Corp. Its Dream Chaser spaceplane has been selected by NASA to haul cargo to and from the International Space Station beginning in 2020.

  9. 9 #19 Alice Schwartz >> Biotech, Self Made >> NET WORTH $1.3 B


    Alice Schwartz is an American billionaire businesswoman. She is the co-founder of Bio-Rad Laboratories, and worth an estimated $1.13 billion as of March 2018. With $720 in savings, Alice Schwartz and her husband David launched Bio-Rad Laboratories in a Berkeley Quonset hut in 1952.

    Early products included ion exchange resins, which are substances used to facilitate pharmaceutical manufacturing and lab research. Bio-Rad now sells 10,000 life science research and clinical diagnostics products. Revenues total $2 billion.

  10. 10 #18 Jayshree Ullal >> Computer Networking, Self Made >> NET WORTH: $1.35 B


    Jayshree V. Ullal is an American billionaire businesswoman, president and CEO of Arista Networks, a cloud networking company responsible for the deployment of 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet networking in the data center. 

    The publicly-traded company recorded revenues of $2.2 billion in 2018. Born in London and raised in India, she is now one of America's wealthiest female executives.

  11. 11 #16 Gail Miller >> Car Dealerships, Self Made" >> NET WORTH: $1.4B


    Gail Miller is an American billionaire businesswoman, the wealthiest person in Utah, the widow of Larry H. Miller, chairwoman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, and chairwoman of the Salt Lake Community College. Gail Miller and husband Larry (d. 2009) turned a single Toyota dealership into a $4.7 billion (estimated 2017 sales) operation with 64 dealerships. 

  12. 12 #16 Peggy Cherng >> Fast Food, Self Made >> NET WORTH: $1.4 B


    Peggy Cherng is co-CEO of the $3 billion (sales) Chinese fast food chain Panda Express, which has over 2,000 locations. In 1983, she left her engineering career to help husband Andrew open Panda Express' first location in the second largest mall in Los Angeles. That same year, she built the company's systems to streamline operations and track customer feedback.

    Their Panda Restaurant Group now also owns stakes in fast-casual chains like Urbane Cafe, Just Salad, Uncle Tetsu, Pieology and Ippudo.

  13. 13 #13 Katie Rodan >> Skin Care Products, Self Made >> NET WORTH $1.5 B


    Katie Rodan is an American dermatologist, entrepreneur, and author. She is co-creator of the acne management system Proactiv, co-founder of anti-aging skincare company Rodan + Fields, and operates a private cosmetic dermatology practice in Oakland, California

    Revenues of Rodan + Fields grew 50% in 2017 to $1.5 billion; the direct marketing firm conducts sales through more than 200,000 'consultants.'

  14. 14 #13 Kathy Fields >> Skin Care Products, Self Made >> NET WORTH $1.5 B


    Kathy Fields is an American actress and photographer. Her most notable acting role was as the lead character's girlfriend in the 1971 film Johnny Got His Gun, a performance that included a then-unusual nude scene. She later became a professional photographer. 

    Dermatologist Kathy Fields and her business partner Katie Rodan have created two successful skincare brands: Proactiv Solutions and Rodan + Fields.

  15. 15 #13 Jin Sook Chang >> Entrepreneur >> NET WORTH $1.5 B


    Jin Sook Chang is the cofounders behind the $4 billion fast fashion darling Forever 21, with some 790 stores spanning 48 countries. In 1984, the Changs started the chain with a 900-square-foot store in Los Angeles and a mere $11,000 in savings.

    Forever 21 has expanded its even lower priced store format, F21 Red, which now has more than 60 locations, and opened beauty retailer Riley Rose.

  16. 16 #12 Sheryl Sandberg >> COO, Facebook >> NET WORTH: $1.55 B


    Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire. She is the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook's board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on its board. 

    As COO since 2008, Sandberg has overseen operations as Facebook went from running at a $56 million loss to $40 billion in revenue last year. Her focus on positioning Facebook as a platform for small business advertising in 2016 helped increase ad revenue by 57%.

  17. 17 #11 Thai Lee >> IT provider, Self Made >> NET WORTH $2 B


    Thai Lee is a Thai-born Korean American billionaire businesswoman, the co-owner, CEO and president of $10 billion (2018 sales) IT provider SHI International, which has 17,000-plus customers including Boeing and AT&T and reported by Forbes to be the largest woman-owned business in the US.

    Lee and her now ex-husband paid less than $1 million for a software reseller in 1989, the predecessor to SHI.

  18. 18 #10 Lynda Resnick >> Agriculture, Self Made >> NET WORTH $2.4B


    Lynda Rae Resnick is an American billionaire entrepreneur and businesswoman. Resnick is married to Stewart Resnick, who is her business partner. Resnick is the marketing maven behind the Wonderful Co., the $4.2 billion (sales) snack and drink conglomerate that she and her husband, Stewart, own.

  19. 19 #9 Elaine Wynn >> Board Member, Wynn Las Vegas, LLC >> NET WORTH $2.6B


    Elaine Farrell Wynn is an American billionaire businesswoman, philanthropist and art collector. She co-founded Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts with her former husband, Steve Wynn. She has supported education causes, the performing arts and the visual arts. 

    As co-chair of LACMA, she has pledged $50 million to build a new permanent collection space. her lifetime giving tops $125 million.

  20. 20 #8 Doris Fisher >> Co-founder, Gap >> NET WORTH: $2.8 B


    Doris F. Fisher is an American billionaire businesswoman, who co-founded The Gap clothing stores with her late husband, Donald Fisher in 1969. The Doris and Donald Fisher Fund has granted more than $60 million to the KIPP Foundation since its founding.

  21. 21 #7 Judy Love >> Retail & gas stations, Self Made >> NET WORTH: $3B


    Tom and Judy Love, a married couple, opened their first gas station in Watonga, Oklahoma, in 1964 using a $5,000 loan from Tom's parents. Today Judy is the executive secretary at Love's and chairman of the Love Family Fund. Revenues rose 19% to $19 billion in 2017, thanks in part to 36 new locations. Judy's husband Tom is Love's chairman and three of the couple's four children work for the company.

  22. 22 #6 Oprah Winfrey >> Entrepreneur, Personality, Philanthropist >> NET WORTH: $3.1 B


    Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago.

    As a board member and brand ambassador for Weight Watchers since 2015, she has seen her shares grow from $43.5 million to more than $400 million. This year Winfrey signed a multi-year content partnership deal with Apple that includes programs for Apple's original content lineup.

  23. 23 #5 Johnelle Hunt >> Trucking, Self Made >> NET WORTH: $3.2B


    Johnelle Hunt is an American billionaire, the widow of Johnnie Bryan Hunt, and co-founder of J.B. Hunt Transport Service. In 1961, Johnelle Hunt and her late husband, J.B. (d. 2006), sold their home and took out loans to start a rice hull packaging operation.

    Eight years later, the couple bought five trucks and seven trailers to launch J.B. Hunt Transport Services. The Lowell, Ark. business went public in 1983 and is now one of the biggest transportation companies in the nation, with $7.2 billion in sales.

  24. 24 #4 Meg Whitman >> CEO, Quibi >> NET WORTH: $3.3 B


    Margaret Cushing Whitman is an American business executive, political activist, and philanthropist. Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

    Since becoming CEO of Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg's new short-form video platform, in April 2018, the startup closed a $1 billion funding roun

  25. 25 #3 Judy Faulkner >> CEO and Founder, Epic Systems >> NET WORTH: $3.5 B


    Judith "Judy" R. Faulkner is an American billionaire, the CEO and founder of Epic Systems, a healthcare software company located in Wisconsin. Faulkner founded Epic Systems in 1979, with the original name of Human Services Computing. Faulkner, a computer programmer, is still CEO of the $2.7 billion (2017 sales) company.

    Epic supports the medical records of over 230 million patients and is used by top medical centers such as Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic.

  26. 26 #2 Marian Ilitch >> Entrepreneur >> NET WORTH: $4.3 B


    Marian Bayoff Ilitch is an American billionaire businesswoman, and the co-founder of Little Caesars Pizza with her late husband, Mike Ilitch. As of March 2018, Ilitch was one of the world's seven richest women, according to Bloomberg.

    Mrs. I, as she's known, now owns the pizza chain, which hauls in more than $4 billion in annual systemwide sales.

  27. 27 #1 Diane Hendricks >> Cofounder and Chairman, ABC Supply >> NET WORTH: $4.9 B


    Diane Marie Hendricks is an American billionaire businesswoman and film producer from Wisconsin. She is the widow of businessman Ken Hendricks. Hendricks cofounded the business with her late husband, Ken, in Beloit, Wisconsin, 36 years ago. She has run it since his death in 2007.

    She led ABC to make the two biggest acquisitions in its history, buying rival Bradco in 2010 and building materials distributor L&W Supply in 2016. The company has more than 700 locations and over $9 billion in sales


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