These Are America’s Richest Self-Made Women According To Forbes

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Forbes has published a list of America’s self-made women. This list includes 60 successful women who are worth a combined $53 billion dollars.

These self-made women span from different sectors of the American economy. From fashion to media, to entertainment and so much more.

The sector with the richest self-made women was the fashion sector with 16 women and technology sector following closely with 13 women.

“These women, who are worth a combined $53 billion, have created some of the nation’s best known brands, such as Gap, Spanx, Proactiv and Vera Bradley.

“A number of them have also helped build some of the most successful companies in tech, including Facebook, eBay and Google, while others got rich entertaining millions through their music, books or TV shows,” Forbes said.

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These Are America's Richest Self-Made Women-- Forbes

Top of the list of the richest self-made women in America is Diane Hendricks. Diane is the owner of ABC Supply, a wholesale distributor of roofing and siding materials in the US– and the largest at that. ABC Supply was started in 1982 with Diane’s late husband. She’s now worth a whooping $4.9 billion– making her one of the only 17 billionaires on the rank.

Some popular rich American women were on the list. Women like Oprah Winfrey who is second on the list with a huge net worth.

In the tech sector, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg made the cut with a $1.4 billion billion dollar worth.



Pop icon, Taylor Swift made the list for the first time. She was ranked the 6oth with a net worth of $250 million. Being 26 years, she’s the youngest on the list.

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See the full list below:

#1 Diane Hendricks $4.9 B 69
#2 Oprah Winfrey $3.1 B 62
#3 Judy Faulkner $2.4 B 72
#3 Doris Fisher $2.4 B 84
#5 Johnelle Hunt $2.3 B 84
#6 Marian Ilitch $2.1 B 83
#6 Meg Whitman $2.1 B 59
#8 Lynda Resnick $2 B 72
#9 Jin Sook Chang $1.9 B 53
#9 Judy Love $1.9 B 78

#11 Gail Miller $1.6 B 72
#12 Peggy Cherng $1.5 B 68
#12 Elaine Wynn $1.5 B 74
#14 Sheryl Sandberg $1.4 B 46
#15 Thai Lee $1.2 B 57
#16 Neerja Sethi $1.1 B 61
#17 Sara Blakely $1 B 45
#18 Christel DeHaan $900 M 73
#19 Tory Burch $750 M 49
#19 Eren Ozmen $750 M 57

#21 Sheila Johnson $710 M 67
#22 Carolyn Rafaelian $700 M 49
#23 Alice Schwartz $620 M 89
#24 Weili Dai $570 M 54
#25 Madonna $560 M 57
#26 Kathy Fields $550 M 58
#26 Katie Rodan $550 M 60
#28 Safra Catz $510 M 54
#29 Mary West $500 M 70
#30 Jayshree Ullal $470 M 55

#31 Donna Karan $450 M 67
#31 Lynn Tilton $450 M 57
#33 Marissa Mayer $430 M 41
#34 Janice Bryant Howroyd $420 M 63
#34 Vera Wang $420 M 66
#36 Liz Elting $390 M 50
#37 Celine Dion $380 M 48
#38 Barbra Streisand $370 M 74
#39 Kathy Ireland $360 M 53
#40 Sonia Gardner $350 M 54

#40 Susan Wojcicki $350 M 47
#42 Jessica Alba $340 M 35
#42 Nora Roberts $340 M 65
#42 Diane von Furstenberg $340 M 69
#45 Kit Crawford $330 M 57
#46 Jane Hsiao $320 M 69
#46 Nancy Zimmerman $320 M 52
#48 Danielle Steel $310 M 68
#49 Patricia Miller $300 M 77
#49 Pleasant Rowland $300 M 75

#49 Adi Tatarko $300 M 43
#52 Judy Sheindlin $290 M 73
#53 Sophia Amoruso $280 M 32
#54 Barbara Bradley Baekgaard $270 M 77
#54 Dorothy Herman $270 M 63
#56 Beyoncé Knowles $265 M 34
#57 Toni Ko $260 M 43 NYX
#57 Kathy Lehne $260 M 54
#57 Lynda Weinman $260 M 61
#60 Taylor Swift $250 M 26

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