Gina Rinehart is an Australian heiress of Hancock Prospecting, started by her father Lang Hancock, she dropped out from the University of Sydney in order to work with her father and became a successful woman entrepreneur. When Gina Rinehart took over Hancock in 1992 it was bankrupt and she is credited with holding the company and making this company Australia’s largest private company and providing this company status as one of the largest mining companies globally. After 2010 She started to invest in other sectors, she made a huge investment in Ten Network Holding and Fairfax Media, also showed interest in the agricultural sector, and purchased several cattle stations. She is known as Australia’s richest person from 2011 to 2015 and according to the report of The Australian Business Review her estimated wealth is around A$36.28 billion, however, the increased demand for Australian iron ore in 2020 made a significant contribution to maintaining these estimates. Forbes included Rinehart as one of the world’s richest women in the world and also made her space in World’s 100 most powerful women.
One of the most famous female entrepreneurs is Denise Coates, the founder of the online gambling company Bet365, she is the major shareholder with 50.01% stakes in the company and as Sunday Times Rich List reported she is the highest-paid chief executive in Britain and Country’s one of the wealthiest women. She has been credited to starting a Bet365 foundation in 2012 which was later known as Denise Coates Foundation for charity purposes. She was honoured as Commander of the order of the British Empire in 2012 for dedicating her service to Community and business. Woman's hour named Coates as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK in 2013. In 2019 for her leadership skills Sports Betting Company enlisted her to the Sports Betting Hall of Fame.
Wang Laichun is another female entrepreneur who co-founded and has been chairperson of Luxshare Precision Industry Co. Limited known as Luxshare-ICT. It is an electronic manufacturer founded in 2004 in Dongguan, China. The company is known as a key assembler for Apple Air pods. Before co-founding Luxshare with her brother Wang Llanishen, who serves as the vice-chairman in the company, she worked ten years for Terry Gou’s Hon Hai Precision Industry also known as Foxconn. As The Daily Telegraph reported in 2014 that she was one of those people who became billionaires at a very young age.
Oprah Gail Winfrey is one of those woman entrepreneurs who successfully came up with something new and established their identity as strong and innovative-minded women. She was born on 29 January 1954 in Mississippi, belonged to a poor family, and was raised by single mother Vernita Lee. She is an American talk show host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, a Philanthropist, Actress, Author, and Television producer. She has been the richest African-American billionaire and also had the honour of the greatest Black Philanthropist in the US. Her life did not go very smoothly and her initial life was filled with many emotional obstacles. She herself revealed that she was molested in her childhood and had to bear a boy at the age of 14 who could not survive due to premature birth. But she gathered herself and moved ahead in life and at the age of 19 she became the co-anchor for local evening news but soon transferred to a third-rated daytime talk show which gained great success after her engagement with the show and after the success of this show, she started her production company. She has been honoured with many awards and several nominations include 18 Daytime Emmy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, Tony Award, Peabody Award, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Academy Award, and two more Academy Award nominations, also appointed as a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021. She succeeded to make her place in the National’s Women Hall of Fame in 1994.
Sheryl Sandberg is another name on the list of famous women entrepreneurs, COO of Meta Platforms, and founder of Leanin.Org and in 2012 became the first woman to introduce herself on the boards of directors of Facebook. She has also served in Google before joining Facebook as vice president of global online sales and operations and during this time she increased the ad and sales team from 4 people to 4,000. And before serving Google she served as United States Secretary of the Treasury as chief of staff for Larry Summers under President Bill Clinton on forgiving debt in the developing world during the Asian Financial Crisis. After joining Facebook, she started to analyze things and introduce some initiatives to make Facebook more profitable and, in her influence, the company agreed to invest in advertisements with the ads discreetly presented before this company was really interested in building cool sites. Soon she very well looks into operations which include human resources, human development, marketing, communications, sales, and public policy. “Why we have too few women leaders”, her speech in TED in December 2010 gained huge applause. In 2012 she made her space in Time 100, an annual list of most influential people in the world. Sandberg is marked to be worth $1.8 billion, due to her stocks in Facebook and other companies, as of December 2019.
Sara Treleaven Blakely is a successful woman entrepreneur who founded Spanx, a women's clothing company founded in Atlanta, Georgia. In her early stage, she attempted the Law School Admission Test which did not go very well and she accepted a job at Walt Disney World, also tried stand-up comedy. Later she joined Danka, an office supply company even for her sales role she was forced to wear pantyhose, however, she did not like the seeming foot which came into view while wearing open-toed shoes. She cut off the feet of her pantyhose at a private party under a pair of slacks and she realized the pantyhose rolled up her legs. She went to North Carolina to present her idea and a company from Asheboro approached it. She finalized the patent before submitting it to (USPTO), She also marketed her product at the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Neiman Marcus Stores, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman also agreed to sell her product. In 2012 she was named in Time’s list of 100 most influential people in the world and also ranked 93rd most powerful women in the world by Forbes in 2014.
Cher Wang is co-founder of HTC Corporation and chipset maker VIA Technologies, one of the most successful and known women in computer technology. VIA came into existence in 1987 by Wang and others and HTC was founded in 1997. Wang was ranked 56th in the Forbes list of Most powerful women in the world in 2012 and ranked 54th in the Forbes list of most powerful women in the world. In 2017 HTC and Google had an agreement worth $1.1 billion, according to the agreement some HTC employees would join Google and Google would be having HTC IP under a non-exclusive licensing agreement.
Folorunsho Alakija is a female entrepreneur, a Nigerian businesswoman. She is the Group Managing Director of The Rose of Sharon Group and The Rose of Sharon Prints and Promotions Limited, Digital Reality Prints Limited, and also holds the position of the Executive Vice-Chairman of Famfa Oil Limited and also a majority shareholder in Day Spring Property Developing Company. After having 12 years of experience in the Banking sector, she followed her passion and went to American College in London and the Central School of Fashion and after coming back to Nigeria she started Supreme Stitches which later became known as The Rose of Sharon House of Fashion in 1996. She is ranked 96th in the Forbes list of most powerful women in the world in 2014 and also ranked 86th in the Forbes list of the World’s 100 most powerful women and second most powerful woman in Africa in 2015. As her achievement in the Business World, she has been honoured with a Doctorate degree in Business Administration by Benson Idahosa University in July 2021.
Susan Diane Wojcicki’s story is another famous women entrepreneur tale, she is CEO of YouTube and she was also credited with the involvement of founding Google and became the first Marketing Manager in 1999 and later held the service of Google’s original Video Service and it was her suggestion to acquire YouTube by Google in 2008 and she became the CEO of YouTube since 2014. Before accepting her post as first Marketing Manager in Google, she served Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California. She also served as Management Consultant in Bain & Company and R.B Webber and company. Her association with YouTube marked with increased developments, after her joining YouTube reached 2 billion logged-in users a month and one 1 million hours a day viewership by users. Around 100 countries were marked with the local versions of YouTube with 80 languages. The female employee percentage ratio increased from 24% to 30% on YouTube. Under her leadership, YouTube Premium was also released. She ranked 41 on Forbes’ list of America’s Self-Made Women.
Indra Nooyi Krishnamurthy successfully made her name as one of the most successful entrepreneurs, she is the CEO of PepsiCo. She has already served on the Boards of Amazon and also made her space in the International Cricket Council and recently Philips asked Nooyi to join their Boards. She began her career in Johnson & Johnson as a Product Manager and in 1980 she held the position of Strategy Consultant in Boston Consulting Group. ‘Performance with a Purpose’, Nooyi’s strategies in PepsiCo succeeded in order to present long-lasting growth. She was also more focused on environmental issues and pushed some efforts to maintain sustainability. Recycling and switching to renewable energy were initiatives that were taken. She was ranked the 13th in Forbes’ list of 100 Most Powerful Women in 2014 and next year ranked 2nd most powerful women on Fortune list of 2015 and 2nd most powerful woman on Forbes list of 19 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2017.
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