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Get Inspired with Forbes’ List of “America’s Richest Self-Made Women” | Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Sandberg & More



0601_forbes-cover-self-made-women-06-21-2016-gate_976x447From music star Taylor Swift and media mogul Oprah Winfrey to Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Forbes has put together the second annual definitive ranking of America’s 60 most successful trailblazers.

The list of women includes the founders of Gap, Spanx, Proactiv, Clif Bar and more. According to Forbes, these are women “who have crashed ceilings through invention and innovation.”

Forbes says:

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 still others got rich entertaining millions through their music, books or TV shows.

Out of these 60 women, 17 of them are billionaires including the richest woman in America Diane Hendricks, who owns ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding in the country, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg and more.

See the top ten people on the list as well as the youngest below.

Forbes America Richest Self-Made Women Forbes America Richest Self-Made Women Youngest

For the full list, click here.

Photo Credit: Forbes | Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment


  1. Same old white faces

    June 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    All I see is the same structure put in place for years to help the white,nothing self made about them,if Google are still using most tax payers funded scientists and are getting paid for it.hmmmmmm

    • ShadowQueen

      June 3, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Dey there dey say same structure. What have you done to be self made? Stay on here wasting time hating rather than getting inspired and working to achieve. I bet all you want in life is to just get a husband and some kids. Read Sophia’ story she started as a shoplifter now she is richer than Beyonce at age 32. Now I am inspired and know I can be whatever I want to be. Read more, work harder and spend less time thinking the world is against you and maybe just maybe there would be new faces

    • Charmy

      June 7, 2016 at 11:52 am

      I love you


    June 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm


  3. Prince

    June 3, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I’m on my way.

  4. We're not learners now,Forbes

    June 4, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Lets quickly clear the air by stating we understand what this Forbes article was trying to go for but that’s a very misleading statement, dear Forbes writer.
    Now that conversation at work earlier today where this lady was talking about these ‘self-made’ business women makes sense.
    However, instead of inspiring the ladies to go be awesome, this article just pressured the team to clutch at gathering clouds and increased the divide between them and their goals.
    Here’s the meat: There are No Self-Made Individuals.
    There are entrepreneurs, who found a niche, stuck to their guns and (very importantly) found a team of people going in the same direction they were headed and thus created these amazing services/products but no self-made people.
    None. Zero. Zilch. get the point.
    Grow your tribe miladies. You may have to plant or water at different phases of your growth but please, don’t be demotivated.
    Your do right now is a part of the journey, stay with the program. Journal your process so we can create powerful and realistic narratives for posterity.
    E don dey beta jo 🙂

  5. keke driver

    June 4, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    One day, just one day.

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