5 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Women now also play many roles in the world of business and others. Not only men can, but women can too. There are now many successful women who can be role models. The big role now is not only held by men. Today, the list of women entrepreneurs spans many industries. As time goes on, more and more women become business owners, and opportunities for all women continue to grow at an increasing rate. Below is a list of the 5 most successful women entrepreneurs who have made a significant mark in recent decades.

1. Jenice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder of ActOne Group, the first Black female-led company to bring in more than $1 billion in annual revenue. She opened the business in Los Angeles in 1978 with $1,500 including a $900 loan from her mother, a fax machine and a phone.

ActOne is primarily an employment agency and consultancy based in Los Angeles. It has more than 17,000 clients in 19 countries and, like many of her counterparts on this list, Howroyd started from very humble beginnings. She launched her company with just $1,500 in 1978.  It’s understandable why Forbes listed her as one of the wealthiest self-made women. With her family, she own several dozen properties including commercial rental properties and residences. In 2019, she released her second book, “Acting Up,” sharing her advice to conquer the business world.

Being a black woman in business in the 70s wasn’t easy. She faced racism and sexism, but pushed through the insensitivity and chose when to bite her tongue and when to make a stand.

2.Tory Burch

Tory Burch is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, and CEO who built a company with more than $1.5 billion annual sales lion annual sales. Designer handbags, shoes, and clothing are produced under Burch’s label. Tory Burch LLC, founded in 2004, presently has more than 300 locations worldwide. She is included in Forbes’ list of most powerful women in the world in 2020. Burch is also a philanthropist who launched the Tory Burch Foundation to support women entrepreneurs. After graduating from college, Tory moved to New York City, where she worked for Zoran, a Yugoslavian designer, followed by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

She then moved into public relations and advertising positions at Vera Wang. In March 2017, to coincide with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the Tory Burch Foundation launched Embrace Ambition, a global campaign to address the double standard that exists around ambition, which is often seen as a positive trait in men and a negative one in women. The campaign includes a video PSA featuring a variety of celebrities, both women and men.

3. Arianna Huffington

The Huffington Post was launched in 2005 by Arianna Huffington, a successful novelist, columnist, publisher, and entrepreneur. After just six years, she sold the website to AOL for $315 million. Later, Huffington established Thrive Global and raised $30 million in a new funding round that valued the company at $120 million. In 2016, she stepped down from The Huffington Post to launch health and wellness startup Thrive Global, which she leads as CEO. Time Magazine has included her in its list of the world’s 100 most influential people.Thrive Global is another online community that combines content and technology to promote mental health, wellbeing, and behavior change. 

4. Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely is a renowned female entrepreneur and philanthropist. She founded her company Spanx with $5,000 of her funds, and since then it has developed into a corporation with a current market worth of $1.2 billion. After building the company from the ground up with very little funding, Blakely’s fortune increase because her products were promoted by another famous female entrepreneur, Oprah Winfrey, after being turned down by numerous possible investors. Like Tory Burch, Blakely also has a foundation to help women worldwide. To support women entrepreneurs during the 2020 economic crisis, she teamed up with GlobalGiving to launch the Red Backpack Fund, which awarded more than a thousand $5,000 awards to women business owners.

5. Kiran Madzumdar – Shaw

The first female entrepreneur in India, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is also renown for her incredible riches. In 1978, she started the company Biocon, which specializes in biopharmaceuticals and is available in more than 120 nations worldwide. She began Biocon out of a rented shed and grew it into India’s largest listed biopharma firm in terms of revenue. Biocon, a global company, went public in 2004 and became only the second Indian company to reach $1 billion on its first trading day. Mazumdar-Shaw is India’s wealthiest self-made woman, with a net worth of $4 billion, according to Forbes, as of February 2022. In 2005 Mazumdar-Shaw also received the Padma Bhushan award, one of India’s highest civilian honors, for her pioneering work in industrial biotechnology.

It’s not simple to become an entrepreneur, but these successful women entrepreneurs show that you can create your empire with the correct amount of enthusiasm, hard work, and devotion. Even if reading about the achievements of successful businesswomen is wonderful, supporting other female entrepreneurs in your small business is even better. 

Here are some lists of successful Indonesian women entrepreneurs you should be aware of:

  • Chrisanti Indiana Co-founder of Sociolla
  • Carline Darjanto founder of Cotton Ink
  • Amanda Cole founder of Sayur Box
  • Angel Gani Chief Service Officer of Eratani. 

Many more! 

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