Top 10 Most Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs

Whoever said “It’s a man’s world” has been proven wrong time and again. Female entrepreneurs like Estee Lauder or Ruth Fertel have not only survived but have also performed outstandingly in the business world. These successful business women have even surpassed their male peers in their respective industries.

It’s inspiring to see women entrepreneurs rise in every industry, be it entertainment, fashion, beauty, sports, politics or technology. In this blog we bring to you the 10 most inspiring and successful women entrepreneurs who have broken stereotypes and paved their way to success.

10 Most Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs:

1. Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart Hancock Prospecting

Chairman: Hancock Prospecting Group

Net worth: $14.7 billion

Gina Rinehart, the richest and one of the most successful businesswomen in Australia, has been ranked as the 36th most powerful woman in the world in Forbes 2019 list. If you thought business ideas for women were just limited to beauty or fashion, Gina Rinehart shows you otherwise. She is the chairman of the mining company Hancock founded by her father, Late Lang Hancock, which produces 30 million tonnes of iron ore every year. 

The company was in the state of bankruptcy when Gina took over in 1992 and worked very hard to build it back up. Today she is the 75th billionaire and one of the wealthiest and successful female entrepreneurs in the world.

2. Denise Coates

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Founder: BET365

Net worth: $9.6 billion

A British business woman, Denise Coates, initially trained as an accountant is the female founder of the betting company Bet365 (again not the usual business idea for women). Starting a business wasn’t easy. She had to work on it for a year before launching it in 2001. Currently, the company makes over $65 billion a year in bets. 

She ranks at 383rd billionaire in 2020 and was listed as 81st most powerful women in Forbes 2018. Her journey from a small chain of betting shops to one of the largest gambling sites of the world online is one of pure dedication and love for her business.

3. Wang Laichun

Wang Laichun

Chairman: Luxshare Precision Industry

Net worth: $9.3 billion

Wang Laichun, a Chinese successful business woman is the owner and chairman of Luxshare, an electronics manufacturer with Apple as one of their customers. After receiving an MBA from Tsinghua University, Laichun worked 10 years for Terry Gous Hon, a Taiwanese billionaire. She quit her job in 1999 and bought the company Luxshare with her brother, only to become the 71st wealthiest Chinese 20 years later.

4. Kiran Majumdar Shaw

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Founder: Biocon

Net worth: $4.4 billion

India’s first female entrepreneur in 1978, Kiran was just 25 when started her small business idea of a biopharma company in her garage. Back then, great business ideas for women were rare. Before starting a business she faced a lot of issues from banks and people who were skeptical about businesswomen in general. In spite of this, she did not give up and continued working hard to make Biocon. 

On its first trading day in 2004, Biocon was the 2nd Indian company to touch the $1 billion mark. Today Biocon sells biopharmaceuticals in more than 120 countries. In 2019, Forbes ranked her at number 65 in the  “most powerful women in the world” and is India’s 54th richest person.

5. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Founder: Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

Net worth: $2.6 billion

“The Oprah Winfrey show” was an audience favorite for 25 years. The fact that she managed to have President Obama on her show twice speaks volumes about her influence. Having a poor background, she built an empire from nothing and made her way to the 20th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes 2019

In 2011 this successful business woman created OWN ($75 million worth) and is also working for women education worldwide through her academy for girls so that the future sees more and more successful women entrepreneurs in the business world.

6. Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg Facebook COO

COO: Facebook

Net worth: $1.8 billion

Facebook before Sandberg was definitely a very popular social media, but still in huge losses. When Shery came on board as the Chief operating Officer of Facebook in 2008, she not only overcame the losses but also helped the social media platform value reach a whopping $100 billion mark. 

Forbes 2019 ranked her the 18th most powerful woman in the world. She is also a board member of Walt Disney company. With all her remarkable achievements she is definitely one of the most inspiring women today.

7. Sara Blakely

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Founder: Spanx

Net worth: $ 1 billion

For 7 years she was a door-to-door salesperson of a fax machine. After failing to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a lawyer, at 29, she invested all her life savings to create “Spanx”. After facing multiple rejections from investors, it was Oprah Winfrey who first publicly acknowledged her great business idea for women. 

Today Spanx is a multi-million-dollar company selling its garments in over 65 countries and estimated revenue of $400 million. In 2012 Sarah Blakely was listed by Times magazine in the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2014 she was listed by Forbes as 93rd most powerful woman in the world. Her journey has been an inspiration for many and she is truly a self-made woman.

8. Tory Burch

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Founder and CEO: Tory Burch

Net worth: $850 million

Before launching her own brand Tory Burch in 2004, she worked with designers like Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren. Her lifestyle brand got a push from Oprah Winfrey in 2005 to become a massive success with 250 free-standing stores and around 3000 department and specialty shops today. She also wanted to support other women entrepreneurs and started the foundation of Tory Burch Foundation. She ranks 29 in America’s Self-made women list by Forbes 2019.

9. Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki

CEO: YouTube

Net worth: $500 million

Born in California and with a degree in history and literature, Susan Wojcicki went on from being Google’s 1st marketing manager in 1999 to the CEO of Youtube, another very popular social media, in 2014. Youtubes’ worth is now estimated to be around $90 billion. 

In 2015 she was called the “most important person in advertising” by Times. Forbes has ranked her 12th in the list of “most powerful women in 2019” and 44th in America,s Self-made women. You could definitely take a lesson or two from her.

10. Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Founder: The Huffington Post

Net worth: $100 million

Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post (now known as HuffPost), a digital news platform, in 2005, which she later sold to AOL in 2011 for $315 million. In 2012, The Huffington Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Thrive Global is another company she founded in 2016 with the aim of dealing with stress and wellness. After a year Thrive Global achieved a valuation of $120 million. 

All this success did not come without her own share of setbacks. She was accused of plagiarism on more than one occasion and even her books were rejected more than 30 times. But instead of going back into her shell, she learned from her failures and only gained more wisdom and courage. In 2018 she was ranked 77 in Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world list.

The bottom line…

This list is just the tip of an iceberg. There are many more women who have fought against all odds to carve their own niche in the business world. Great business ideas for women are not limited to the entertainment, fashion, or beauty industry anymore. They have proven their worth in industries like biotech, real estate, mining, and technology and shall continue to do so in every other field too.